Sehla­bathebe is tops


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My hus­band Pi­eter and I loved the ar­ti­cle in go! #139 about Le­sotho’s three re­serves. We re­cently vis­ited Sehla­bathebe Na­tional Park for the first time. I had no­ticed the name on our map of south­ern Africa years ago and I’d been dream­ing of it ever since. I made our book­ing in Oc­to­ber 2017. The book­ing of­fice asked us to call closer to our ar­rival to con­firm the num­ber of peo­ple in our party. When I called to do so, no one an­swered the phone. Our itin­er­ary was al­ready set and we de­cided to drive there and see what hap­pened. We fol­lowed the rocky road from the Ra­mat­seliso’s Gate bor­der post. When we got to the park, we met a man called Sa­muel who con­firmed that the park lodge was in fact open, but there was no power or hot wa­ter. I had done my home­work and I asked if we could camp on the grounds at the old Jonathan’s Lodge, a bit fur­ther from the gate. He gladly gave us direc­tions. For­tu­nately we had all the nec­es­sary gear to al­low us to ex­pe­ri­ence three days of heaven. Even though there were no shower or toi­let fa­cil­i­ties, it was won­der­ful. Jonathan’s Lodge is close to some mag­nif­i­cent rock for­ma­tions. There was ac­tu­ally too much to take in over three days: hik­ing trails, rock art, wa­ter­falls… We’ll be back! ELLANÉ VAN WYK, Welling­ton

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