Life on the road to Semonkong, Lesotho

Images by Andrew McDermott and Adrienne McDermott | @heyheyandrew and @byebyeadrienne

Landscapes, Dwellings, Animals, and Local People in the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Lesotho is the country, Basotho are the people, and Sesotho is the language. People live mostly 'Western' lives in the major city, Maseru. This road trip and collection of images explores only rural life in Lesotho. Learn more about Basotho culture, blankets, and how you can be a part of this beautiful country's journey at the bottom of this page.

Adrienne McDermott at Maletsunyane Falls in Semonkong, Lesotho wearing a traditional Kharetsa (Spiral Aloe) pattern Basotho Blanket. Learn about purchasing a blanket at the end of this story. Image by Andrew McDermott @heyheyAndrew

Adrienne McDermott at Maletsunyane Falls in Semonkong, Lesotho wearing a traditional Kharetsa (Spiral Aloe) pattern Basotho Blanket. Learn about purchasing a blanket at the end of this story.
Image by Andrew McDermott @heyheyAndrew

Driving Route from Maseru to Semonkong, Lesotho

Landscape and Traditional Homes in Lesotho

Lesotho is known as the Mountain Kingdom or Kingdom in the Sky and is the highest country in the world. The landscape is dynamic and full of incredible features amongst the mountains. This small mountain serves as the inspiration for the iconic traditional Basotho hat, the Mokorotlo.

Lesotho is known as the Mountain Kingdom or Kingdom in the Sky and is the highest country in the world. The landscape is dynamic and full of incredible features amongst the mountains. This small mountain serves as the inspiration for the iconic traditional Basotho hat, the Mokorotlo.

The Spiral Aloe is only found in the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho. No place else in the world has this incredible crop, which is used in some traditional Basotho ceremonies. The male spins clockwise and the female spins counter clockwise.

The Spiral Aloe is only found in the Maluti Mountains in Lesotho. No place else in the world has this incredible crop, which is used in some traditional Basotho ceremonies. The male spins clockwise and the female spins counter clockwise.

Outside of the capital city, Maseru, most people live rural lives centered around agriculture and herding. The traditional Basotho home is the round stone structure with a thatched roof pictured here.

Outside of the capital city, Maseru, most people live rural lives centered around agriculture and herding. The traditional Basotho home is the round stone structure with a thatched roof pictured here.

Local People and Lifestyle in Rural Lesotho

Basotho shepherds watching over their grazing cows in the morning.

Basotho shepherds watching over their grazing cows in the morning.

Basotho shepherds boys wearing traditional Basotho blankets

Basotho shepherds boys wearing traditional Basotho blankets

Basotho shepherds boys wearing traditional Basotho blankets ready their maize (corn) for the markets.

Basotho shepherds boys wearing traditional Basotho blankets ready their maize (corn) for the markets.

Basotho shepherd wearing traditional recycled wool Basotho blanket

Basotho shepherd wearing traditional recycled wool Basotho blanket

Young Basotho shepherd boys out with their horses

Young Basotho shepherd boys out with their horses

Men in Lesotho wearing traditional Basotho Blankets waiting roadside for the public minibus.

Men in Lesotho wearing traditional Basotho Blankets waiting roadside for the public minibus.

Basotho man and his donkey on the long mountain road between villages. Recently paved by China :)

Basotho man and his donkey on the long mountain road between villages. Recently paved by China :)

Basotho men wearing traditional Basotho blankets on horses

Basotho men wearing traditional Basotho blankets on horses

Basotho men wearing traditional Basotho blankets herding their sheep on the main road between villages

Basotho men wearing traditional Basotho blankets herding their sheep on the main road between villages

Basotho shepherd and son travel with their flock of sheep in Lesotho

Basotho shepherd and son travel with their flock of sheep in Lesotho

A Basotho shepherd boy in Lesotho travels with his father and flock of sheep.

A Basotho shepherd boy in Lesotho travels with his father and flock of sheep.

Basotho man with his donkeys passes through the town of Semonkong in Lesotho

Basotho man with his donkeys passes through the town of Semonkong in Lesotho

Basotho Shepherd boy takes his horses for some water in Semonkong River in Lesotho

Basotho Shepherd boy takes his horses for some water in Semonkong River in Lesotho

Want to own one of these incredible blankets? Learn more about Basotho Blankets from our good friends at MountainKingdom.org. Mountain Kingdom gives a portion of all profits to Sentabale who's fighting the negative impacts on HIV and AIDS on kids. Sentabale was created by Prince Harry of the United Kingdom and Prince Sesso of the Kingdom of Lesotho.