Highlands Journey

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Highlands Journey  
Mature man

Presentation at a tourism conference
2010-03-15 09:07:31 GMT
2010-03-29 08:00:00 (GMT -05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada) 
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Project Parameters

The Voice Actor should be located in:
Student or Non-for-profit student project - USD 100
10 mins
English - USA and Canada
Middle Age Male
• Audio files must be delivered via email
• Deliver edited and finished voice tracks
The Voice Actor should have at least 5 years of experience in the voice industry.
This is a non-union project

Script Details

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Gauteng - gow teng
Bokong - bok kong


Fireworks blazing from the earth, volcanoes erupting, earth’s continental plates were
Shifting, creating explosions!
Molten lava flowed, continents were formed as magnificent new landscapes came
into being.

Millions of years ago, dinosaurs roamed and left a legacy.
Lesothosaurus was unique —
Fossilized bones and footprints were captured in stone. Rocks fell apart, exposing positive and negative prints — to be seen in many locations in Lesotho.

Early people — The San — painted images in sandstone caves.

A chief’s son became a great king — Moshoeshoe the first. He drank the crystal clear water while on hunting trips at the “The Place of the Eland” — Liphofong.
A cultural and information centre has been built. Come and stay near the caves — where traditional lifestyle of over one hundred years ago is revived.

Qiloane pointed to King Moshoeshoe’s stronghold, Thaba Bosiu, “The Mountain of the Night”.
Besieged, he lived on top with his people, defending Basotholand.
He ruled and lived in that stone house until his death in 1870.

On Moshoeshoe’s Day, the culture of the Basotho people is celebrated in memory of their king.
Nowadays, King Letsie the third, leads his people.
Chiefs and horsemen ride and gather, wearing blankets, still today the nation’s pride.

“Reflections of communal living in the Kingdom of the Sky.” The natural hospitality of the mountain people still resounds today.

People continue age-old traditions of harvesting, then threshing their precious crops together, as in the past.
Life near the dam continues. Donkeys are a useful form of transport for supplies.
Fire bushes are collected from afar. It takes much time of the women’s day. They stack the fuel carefully — a scarce supply for cooking and warmth.

Traditional horsemen wear their colourful blankets, as a shield against the weather — sun, rain, hail and snow. Basotho ponies are surefooted and suited to this rugged and steep terrain. They are a versatile form of transport.

High altitude peaches are carefully dried and stored for later use in the snowy winter months.

Angora goats flourish. The rare conditions create a treasure — fine mohair. This is carded and spun on spinning wheels using bicycle rims! Cooperative industries invite tourists to their galleries. These artworks are tapestries in a kaleidoscope of colours depicting village life.

Discover villages of organic beauty where customs are a way of life. The stone and thatch rondawels provide insulation from the winter cold.
The three-legged traditional cooking pots were brought by traders many years ago.

(The natural hospitality of the mountain people still resounds today.)

The rich culture of the Basotho is passed on to the new generations. Young people attend traditional schools, learning history, and plants for survival.
Initiation ceremonies are practiced.

Livestock plays an integral role in the lives of the Basotho. Sheep are herded and brought to remote woolsheds. The skill of shearing by hand is passed on through practice. The wool is sorted, baled and transported to local markets and beyond.

As if time has stood still, the oxen plough the fields. The maize crop sustaining life. Animals become the people’s natural bank.

Around the Katse Dam, development has become sustainable. At Ha Lejone, the first commercial trout farm was established. The farming of trout is successful and together with indigenous Yellow Fish, they are marketed.

Often referred to as “The Roof of Africa”, Lesotho is a country totally surrounded by South Africa.

Deep in the mountains, we gaze in awe at the natural waterfall at Semongkong — “The Place of Smoke”, from the thundering falls.

The Highlands Water Project was born — in the catchment area, torrents of rain collect in fast-flowing rivers, the water is harnessed in the Katse Dam — the largest in Southern Africa. It is an architectural and engineering masterpiece with its double curved concrete arch and one hundred and eighty five meter high wall.

The water is gravity-fed to Gauteng, through a series of transfer tunnels.

“Experience the mountain dam. Take a boat trip or book a pony ride. See local canoes used as water taxis — a convenient way to cross the water.”

Special grasses are woven into “mountain shaped” Basotho hats.
“And this handcraft is sold by the roadside”

Bokong — “The Place of the Brain”, is one of four national parks of Lesotho, at an altitude of 3000 meters, it is one of the most important flora regions of the world.

At Katse, the Botanical Gardens and nursery is the highest in the Southern Hemisphere. More than 500 exquisite plants can be admired. The beauty and bio-diversity of the flowers is best seen in the summer. The Spiral Aloe — unique to Lesotho, — is the national flower.
Through the indigenous knowledge of traditional heelers, medicinal plants are preserved.

Traditional beer is brewed with a coloured flag to advertise — sorghum, pineapple or raisin.
Donkeys are used for transporting goods.

Matsoku Weir, near Katse is another example of engineering excellence in the Highlands Water Project.

Travelling to the foothills, signposts lead you to this cave village, Ha Kome. Built into the rock, the dwellings are decorated with earth colours. This is home to Basotho, and a place to experience the living history of the ancestors.

Marabaraba is a relaxing outside pastime game.

Creating self-employment, the clay bricks are hand-made. Then fired and baked for seven days in earth furnaces covered with mud and straw — later used for building.

The second dam, Mohale, is closer to Maseru. It has an unusual rock-filled wall.

The long range of the Maluti Mountains forms a continuous chain of discovery. The hot African sun, the thunder clouds building up, casting ever-changing patterns of shadows.

Up north at Muela, the water from the dam flows to South Africa.
Hydro-power! At the Hydro electric station, three turbines of twenty four mega watts were installed to generate electricity for Lesotho.

The water is channeled across the border to the Ash River outfall near Clarens in the Eastern Free State. It continues flowing through natural waterways to the Vaal Dam, 200 kilometers north.

Come and explore, find tranquility and serenity, or, wild storms and hospitality.
The mountains call, one and all, and echo Lesotho! 
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