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Transportation: Lesotho

Water in Africa

Africa, Lesotho


by MaryAnn Camp, Ha Rantubu, Lesotho

The river Caledon is used mainly as a boundary marker between Lesotho and South Africa. I have never seen a craft of any kind on this river.

by Claire Hilger, Christ the King Mission, Qacha's Nek, Lesotho

I live at the edge of a plateau on the Senqu River gorge. The nearest bridge across the river is a three-hour drive. When the river is low enough, people cross it on foot. Most of the time, though, they take a "skate," or small rowboat, across. Most of the rowers are paid by the government, but they will often demand money from those who do not know better. Stores and the hospital on the other side of the river have to have at least two vehicles. During the rainy season, they pick up supplies from South Africa, drive it to the river and park it. They then unload all their supplies into the waiting boat. After several trips across, they load it all into the other vehicle waiting on the other side and head off into the mountains. This is why only a few wealthy men own shops on the other side of the Senqu River.

by Cynthia Holahan, Ha Nkoka, Thaba-Tseka District, Lesotho

The river is not used by the local people for travel or transport.

by Becki Krieg, Qacha's Nek, Lesotho

Lesotho is full of rivers and streams. The roads used throughout the country cross the rivers. Most of the roads are dirt, and there are few bridges along them to cross these rivers and streams. Therefore, the rivers are seen as a hindrance to transportation. During the rainy season, some areas become inaccessible because vehicles cannot cross the rivers.

Near my village there are several areas where the river is always too high to be crossed with a vehicle. There are boats at these places to carry people across the river to vehicles waiting on the other side.

by JeanMarie Mitchell, Ha Tebelo, Lesotho

I live about two and a half hours walk from a small river—the Makhaleng. It is not used for anything—at least, not for transport or travel. I think it's even dry most of the time. Other than that river, I basically live in the desert of Lesotho in the Mafeteng District.

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