Afriski: Next Gen

The niece and the nephew took a husband, a wife, and two kids each and took over the St Moritz snow week at Afriski in Lesotho. The next generation! They went up Sani Pass. Thank goodness for the snow machines as there was no ‘free snow from heaven’ on the ground!

Afriski Over The Years

Skiing became sad, you had to snowboard. Friends joined us to fill up the 11-bed chalet over the years. Youngs, du Toits, Naudes, Chriches and Ogilvies. The instructors were great to the kids. Bronwyn, Brad & Wynand were special faves! Some years there was free snow, some years only the machine snow. The older theContinue reading “Afriski Over The Years”

Molumong – Wool Trading Station

We stayed at an old sheep shearing station in Lesotho one winter, where they welcomed us with a deep bath full of hot water, a hot coal stove burning in the kitchen and friendliness. The main lodge was the residence of successive traders who ran the Molumong Trading Station, the first of whom was apparentlyContinue reading “Molumong – Wool Trading Station”

Jazz at Oxbow

Stayed at Oxbow Lodge one cold winter night. Can’t remember if we were childful yet or child-free. The whole lodge is tightly squeezed in a narrow space between the road and the river. Our little rondawel was icy: Concrete walls, thin iron windows with flimsy curtains, a slate floor. The bed looked and felt likeContinue reading “Jazz at Oxbow”

Afriski 2014

*** publishing now, but a story I wrote six years ago after our annual winter trip to Lesotho – just ‘parking it’ for the archives! *** The resort has taken another leap forward this year under PIN management since they got 51% share and with that, management control. Most noticeable was the parking, the roadsContinue reading “Afriski 2014”

Die Donkie is n Wonderlike Ding

I was going too fast, but we were late and I could see miles ahead along the sweeping roads on the hillsides of Lesotho. A speck of dust would show up then disappear as we rounded a hill, then reappear later a bit nearer, but still far away. Eventually a car would materialise, turn intoContinue reading “Die Donkie is n Wonderlike Ding”

Back from Afriski

James gets First Prize – takes after Ma!   Just got back last evening. Nine slow hours there on Thursday, and nine hours back today. Dawdled through the Oos Vrystaat. Saw jackal (Tommy spotted him just outside Clarens), mongoose, springbok, blesbok, hartebeest, white-tailed gnu, zebra, grey rhebok, and lotsa birds. Sterkfontein full to the brimContinue reading “Back from Afriski”