Latest News! 25th November, 2013

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Katberg - Vultures preening Katberg - Vultures preening - Photo: Pic courtesy www.south-africa-info.co.za

There is plenty of new material to view this week. The hyperlinks are provided when you expand the page.  I have received a personal phone call from Lesotho's Minister of Tourism. He has given an unreserved apology for what happened to us and he has informed me that the two policemen who took the bribes have already been identified and that "suitable action will be taken against them". I have been invited to return to Lesotho to complete our flming work. The minister assured me that he would keep me updated via email. He also said that he has launched a national campaign amongst law enforcement officers and educators going right down to school level that tourists should be welcomed and not harrassed. That includes stone throwing. Maybe I have made a small difference after all?

What's new this week?


On to happier things - production of the Katberg Pass is now complete. We had to split the video into two parts to do the pass justice. You can see Katberg Pass (Part 1) and Katberg Pass (Part 2) by clicking the blue hyperlinks.


The historical ox-wagon route through the Langeberg known as Gysmanshoek Pass, is also now complete. This is a lovely pass to explore. Make a day of it as it falls within the Boosmansbos Nature Reserve. Take a picnic lunch and spoil the family.


We only filmed one pass in Lesotho - the Kotisephola Pass - a monster, with a 3300m summit height and over 31 kms long. It is basically an extension of the Sani Pass and is currently undergoing conversion from a two spoor gravel track to a multi-lane tarred highway, by the Chinese. The video will make you ask lots of questions - we dont have the answers either! Feel free to post comments on our FaceBook Page: https://www.facebook.com/MountainPassesSouthAfrica

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