Magical Photos from the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

Western Cape photographer JUSTIN SULLIVAN spent 10 remarkable days in Lesotho. Here is a selection of some of the magnificent scenes he captured... (View more at SullivanPhotography.)

I spent 10 days in the Mountain Kingdom, documenting the Basotho people and their land. Six days on horseback took me to some of the most isolated populated areas of Southern Africa, where some shepherds will spend six months away from their villages.

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A Shepard’s Tale: Overlooking a valley near Katse Dam
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The Shepherd

Traveling through Lesotho via horseback has been one of my most memorable experiences to date.

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Grassy Peaks: A glimpse of the landscape during the first day on horseback
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Lesotho my Sotho

I was inspired by the Basotho people and blown away by the prehistoric terrain.

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Never Idle Hand: The hand of a 19 year old shepherd on the mountains above Mokhotlong
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Bow of Beauty

Words cannot justify the beauty of this mountain kingdom and I can only hope that my images share a small part of the majestic atmosphere I experienced during my visit.

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Lesotho Night Sky

This image was taken in a small village on the mountain side at around 19:30 on the last evening of a 6-day-horseback journey through Lesotho.

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Lesotho Village Sky

The village was about a five hour horse-ride away from the nearest town and the local chief was kind enough to let us reside in his hut for the evening. (altitude +2,500m)

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Golden Hut: Locals sit around a fire in a hut from the mountain village of Ketane Hlalele
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Classroom for 2: This is a classroom for Grade 1 &2 pupils. Each grade face opposite ends of the room
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Children of Nthlasinyi
Boy from the Sands
Boy from the Sands

Maletsunyane Waterfall: A 192-metre-high waterfall near Semonkong Town, Lesotho. The last stop on my six-day horseback journey through the highlands of the Mountain Kingdom.

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Maletsunyane Waterfall

Lesotho you were magnificent! Out of the 20 countries I have been to, you are by far the most beautiful and have given me a new perspective on life.

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Ha Nthlasinyi Sunrise

The horseback journey through your mountains introduced me to your people and took a piece of my heart. I cannot wait to share my images over the next few months.

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