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Visiting An African Prophetess’ Cave


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Maketha Mantsopa
Sitting at the alter to where so many miracles have taken place since the 1800s

This is the cave of Makhetha Mantsopa. The prophetess was a renowned healer, rainmaker and diviner. She was also sister to King Moshoeshoe I – founder and first King of Lesotho. I wrote about Lesotho earlier this week. She was born around 1795, in a place called “Likotsi” or “Ramakhetheng” near present day Maseru (the capital of the Kingdom). In 1851, she predicted that the BaSotho (the people of Lesotho) would triumph over colonial troops led by Major Warden.

There are about 10-15 visitors per week to this cave – where she gave healings, performed miracles, announced prophecies and said prayers. A lot of people pray through her at this place to their ancestors and to God, much like the Virgin Mary in Christianity. The Priory of St Augustine’s is a monastery next to it, established in 1871.

There is a spring at this site, where people come to drink waters they believe are sacred and provide cleansing and good fortune. Watch the video below and read on for photos! Leave any questions you have in the comment section below! (more…)

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The Faces of Africa


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Tami Scripps

I wrote before about Lesotho – the African Kingdom I visited last October. Now, I’d like to put faces to the name. Here are some children at an orphanage in Maseru, the capital. There are also pictures of children I met while on my way to a school in the Maluti Mountains. The culture and history of Lesotho are so rich, it’s impossible not to fall in love with the people and the kingdom. Stay tuned for a piece on a spiritual cave nearby…. where a prophetess used to give healings and prophecies in the 1800s about the future of this kingdom. Have you ever considered going to South Africa? I’d love to know your thoughts + questions!

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“Dumela” means “Hello” in Sotho
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A child smiling at an orphanage in Maseru
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Children ride donkeys to school in the morning
Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village
Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village
Tami Scripps Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village
Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village
Thaba Bosiu Cultural Village
Lesotho Food
A buffet breakfast
Lesotho food granadilla
Granadilla
Lesotho
Lesotho Hotel in Maseru …. the Basotho hat is the symbol of the country
Lesotho Herder
A cattle herder in the Maluti Mountains
Lesotho Herder
Herding cattle
Monastery Lesotho
A monastery outside Lesotho

 

 

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Lesotho, South Africa, A Kingdom In The Sky!


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Tami Scripps South Africa

Next in my travel series of throwback trips from last year is Lesotho. I’m writing about Lesotho – a Kingdom within the borders of South Africa – because it meant so much to me when I was there. I was very lucky to get the opportunity to visit as part of a Rotary trip; more specifically, a club visit by my mother District Governor Gianna Doubell. Needless to say, I loved it so much that if I could go back tomorrow I would. Unfortunately, I visited such a remote area that chances of that are highly unlikely!

The history of people living in the area now known as Lesotho goes back as many as 40,000 years.

The present Lesotho (then called Basutoland) emerged as a single polity under paramount chief Moshoeshoe I in 1822.

Under Moshoeshoe I, Basutoland joined other tribes in their struggle against the Lifaqane associated with the reign of Shaka Zulu from 1818 to 1828.

moshoeshoe
Moshoeshoe I

Read on for more photos + facts about this fascinating Kingdom in Africa! (more…)

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In The Heart of The Maluti Mountains


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Travel South Africa: Clarens

Highlight On Clarens

I’m still doing my travel throwbacks blog series, and today’s post is about a charming town in the heart of South Africa that’s causing quite a stir on the culture map, for its chain of new pop-up boutiques, small business and trendy outdoor events.

Clarens is a small town situated in the foothills of The Maluti Mountains in the Free State province of South Africa and nicknamed the “Jewel of the Eastern Free State“. It was established in 1912 and named after the town of Clarens in Switzerland where exiled Paul Kruger spent his last days.

I stayed at this adorable quaint guesthouse while I was there for the weekend.

Things To Do In Clarens

  1. Golden Gate Highlands National Park
  2. Bushmen Art at Schaaplaats Farm
Corkscrew Willow Tree
Corkscrew Willow Tree
Millpond Guest House
Serene Millpond Guest House at the foot of the mountains
Millpond Guest House
White roses
Millpond Guest House
Lounge/Dining area
Millpond House
Our room for the weekend
Garden view
African sun
Ducks crossing a nearby road

 

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Brunch in South Africa


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The Saxon Johannesburg South Africa Brunch
I enjoy a purple macaroon – one of many tasty treats on offer at The Saxon Hotel in South Africa

This post is for the foodies! I rarely blog about food… but every time I find a hidden gem in South Africa, I feel compelled to write about it on The Starlit Path. Seeing as I’m into the second week of my travel series doing throwbacks to awesome travels last year, I figured I would include this.

Highlight on The Saxon Hotel Brunch, South Africa

At the heart of the City of Gold, beneath the warm sunshine in the opulent, tree-lined suburb of Sandhurst, lies the enchanting Saxon Hotel.

A uniquely perfect blend of rich cultural history and contemporary five-star service, the Saxon is situated on ten acres of magnificent indigenous gardens, providing a private and peaceful retreat like no other.

One of the leading hotels of the world, The Saxon Hotel offers a Sunday brunch in its opulent “Qunu” room or on its Fig Terrace every Sunday from 11:30am-2:30pm.

They have a unique Springbok, Egg + Parma Ham main dish – with South African Springbok meat a popular choice for tourists!

Full menu here.

Brunch includes: a delicious cold buffet with all you can imagine, a plated main meal and the renowned dessert assortment expertly prepared by the Pastry team.

African ornaments adorn the tables
The hotel reception
The enticing entrance to the Qunu room where brunch is held

 

Four leaf clover cappuccino
The Saxon Johannesburg South Africa Brunch
24K gold flakes on the desserts
Purple macaroons on a bed of chocolate

Mozambique Prawns
The Saxon Johannesburg South Africa Brunch
Delicious, healthy buffet table
The Saxon Johannesburg South Africa Brunch
I chose the oven-roasted seabass, charred octopus, warm panzanella salad of white anchovies, slow-roasted tomatoes, croutons and artichoke puree
Dramatic interior design touches at the entrance of the hotel
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Skybok Editing


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Tamika Scripps Skybok

What am I up to this week? Mostly editing, producing new content for Skybok…. check out its YouTube channel. I am using a Canon Xa10, Canon 5D MK2, Canon Rebel T5….. Editing in Adobe Premier CC. If you like travel, tourism, history – you might like it!

Here are some of my favorite videos….mostly 1-2 minute profiles….more on Skybok’s blog here. If you like video production, digital media, audio-visual creation tips, entrepreneurship, behind-the-scenes stuff you might like it!

I’m also on Instagram. 

I’m using a new website I found called CANVA for thumbnail images, like this one of Charleston’s Skybok profile. Canva is fantastic for any design projects you have! *Tip: Check out DeathToTheStock for brilliant stock images.

Modelling

African Cheetah Makeup at Sunset


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Busy working on some new content to post… in the meantime, here is an African-inspired shoot done at sunset with makeup by “Anna Body Art“.

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