A while ago I was lucky enough to travel extensively with my work. One of the countries I visited was Lesotho, a landlocked independent Kingdom in the heart of South Africa it sits high in the Maluti mountains. As the whole Kingdom is above 1000m it is often referred to as ¨The Kingdom of the Sky.¨ It is also one of the few places in Africa where you can find wild horses. The Basotho Pony is a throw back to colonial times and is a descendent of horses originally imported by the East India Company as early as 1625. Much of this mountain kingdom is only accessible by small aircraft, or on horseback and most of this on the  Basotho pony. It is a stunningly beautiful country  with incredibly friendly people and a rich and varied culture. What sets it apart from the rest of Africa is that due to its altitude, the climate is temperate with wet summers and cool winters. It is one of the only places on the continent that gets regular snow. The local men and women are unique in their dress, wearing their individually woven Basotho blankets, throughout winter and summer. The photos here are ones I took with my Olympus OM10 at the time I visited and which I later developed as postcards. I subsequently used them for the first in series of travel books I made.A5 HorsesA5 fellas

A5 Brick house2 A5 Buckets  A5 flowers pine A5 flowers  A5 tree path Pig

About Mark Hodgson

Designer and creative professional based in Jutland, Denmark


  1. Mema

    It is amazing to me reading American takes on foreign countries and how we’re most surprised by the types of hospitality received abroad. For those of us not yet able to experience this, it is encouraging and eye-opening. Thank you for giving your readers a window seat exposing the lesser known places in the world. Your pictures look beautiful…

    • Your right Mema, I’m not sure why we are surprised. I think in general most people are friendly and proud to show visitors their home. I guess it’s surprising because we only generally hear the bad stories, especially with regard to poorer nations whereas in my experience they generally appear to be happier. I’m English btw. 🙂

  2. wayne

    Great pictures! Thanks for sharing!

  3. jirair tcholakian

    great pix, Mark., remember that trip well. best

    • Thanks Jirair, great to hear from you…Yes, it was rather special, still makes me feel warm thinking about it. A big contrast to Senegal… Hope you are well in NY :))

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