Lesotho Shepherd


It was a friend of mine’s birthday. Frans Goosen. He invited us to travel with him and Hantie to the Katse dam in Lesotho. Just a nice little 3 day breakaway with awesome people. I took this photo of a Lesotho shepherd on one of the passes.

A Lesotho shepherd herds his Angora goats in the highlands of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

This is a lonely life.

These Basotho men spend days, sometimes weeks alone with their goats in the rugged mountains. Continually negotiating the elements.

Temperatures in the mountains in the winter can easily reach -20°C. These are tuff men. They are used to the elements. They wear a likobo, a traditional Basotho blanket that protects them against the icy winds and temperatures.

Angora goats produce the lustrous fibre known as mohair. They are a major source of income for the rural communities.

However difficult life may seem, there is always something you can do and succeed at. Stephen Hawking