Wednesday

Thaba Bosiu

It literally means night mountain. Legend has it that the mountain, which is but a hop from Maseru, the capital city, would grow at night, assuring the safety of its inhabitants. King Moshoeshoe I, the founder of the nation, had chosen it as his fortress. And indeed, from atop, he was able to repel attacks of all sorts. That's why today there is a tiny, mountainous country called Lesotho, within a bigger and more powerful one, South Africa. Fascinating read:
For those adventurous enough to seek it, the stark mountains of this southern African kingdom offer a fascinating no-frills look at history, a dark tale of 19th-century cannibalism and a king's forgiveness. [ Read on... ]