Accommodation and general information
Camping will be FREE! Everyone must be self sufficient (i.e. Glen remember your tent and tent poles...) including catering for all meals. The organisers will provide eco friendly pit latrines, clear rivers, flat grassy camp sites (i.e. slopey with rocks) and great views. The rest is your own indaba. Please remember we need to have as little impact as possible on the rural landscape and clean river systems, so plan accordingly. Absolutely NO tinned / hi-fi music in campsites. Guitars only.
Water will be FREE! (Giardia included at no extra charge) so you are advised to bring water in tanks/ plastic containers. Some villages have piped water systems and taps, so you may find a chance to refill, but bring sufficient to keep you going for 4 days. Don't forget how much camelback bladders use...
It is essential that you attempt to learn a few rudimentary phrases in Sotho. (Like for example, “Where did the other mad umlungus go?”). Some basic phrases will be provided at the briefing to enable participants to interact couteously with the local folks.
You all have to carry valid passports. Lesotho is NOT a province of SA.
Should you require accommodation on the evening preceeding the event or after the event please don’t hesitate to ask us and we will refer you to B&B’s or camping facilities in the vicinity.
Lesotho has very little firewood. The local people fuel their fires with dried cow dung. If campers want to avoid a similar fate and scent, they are urged to provide and carry their own fire wood.
Waste disposal is something that we can't reconcile ourselves doing in this wilderness. All waste must be carried out, yourselves.
Most of our campsites have a resident attendant who is a person of some influence in the area. We like to use this person as the contact with the surrounding communities for the distribution of information, stationary, soccer balls, seeds, blankets and clothing which the Thin Air participants have provided. Local people are given some employment through assisting with short guided walks, digging toilet pits, camp security and selling homebaked traditional Basotho food (bohobe, makoenas, etc) to campers.
Peter Grosskopff (aka Shlabbert) is the foundation of our liason with the local communities. He speaks Sotho like a Mosotho having grown up in Lesotho. More than that, he has an imposing presence that allows little trouble from any potential trouble causers. He is often said to "preside" over the campsite but most think this is the case due to the fact that his camping set up is like a palace.
All vehicles must be 4x4's with suitably capable drivers. We try to limit impact and reduce vehicle numbers by encouraging riders to share vehicles wherever possble.