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Saturday, January 10, 2009


The tiny kingdom of Lesotho is encircled by its larger neighbour, South Africa. Made up of mostly highlands, much of the kingdom's villages are so remote that they can only be reached on horseback, by foot or by light aircraft. Roads have been built by developers to reach Lesotho's mineral and water resources, but many of the country's canyons and thatched huts remain isolated.From Maseru, the capital, most visitors venture into the mountains, where there is an array of activities on offer, from horse riding and trekking to birdwatching and fishing. Bearded vultures and black eagles can be viewed from the Maluti and Lesotho Drakensberg, whilst Letsie Lake and other wetlands accommodate various waterbirds. Lesotho is the last stronghold of the bald ibis.