Katse Lodge is perfectly positioned atop a ridge offering panoramic views of the famous Katse Dam. The lodge is an ideal starting point for travellers wishing to explore Lesotho’s rugged mountain kingdom. Embracing the culture and customs of The Mountain Kingdom, this lodge overlooks the largest man made dam in the Southern hemisphere. Experience the unique highland and alpine Fauna and Flora with its crisp clean air, with a memorable pony ride or a boat cruise on the dam. The Lesotho experience embraces the culture and customs of The Mountain Kingdom and nowhere is this more evident than at Katse Lodge, with its comfortable accommodation and good food.
Pursuits such as fishing, walking, riding, hiking, pony trekking and swimming will seduce any visitor looking for time out from the rat race. Not to be missed is the informative tour of the award winning 185 meter high dam wall.
Nestled between Lesotho’s mountain ranges, Mohale Lodge offers a variety of outdoor activities from horse riding to canoeing and fishing. There is also a restaurant and main lounge area.
The air-conditioned rooms all contain a seating area with satellite TV, tea-and-coffee-making facilities and bathroom amenities. Some rooms have a private balcony.
There is also a self-catering cottage with a well-equipped kitchen, a dining area and a lounge with satellite TV. It also has bathroom amenities, features panoramic views the Lesotho mountains and includes a single garage.
Guests can enjoy buffet meals at the restaurant and drinks at The Lodge Bar. The lodge can arrange boat tours of the Mohale Dam and village walking tours.
Moshoeshoe International Airport is located 85 km from the property.
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Katse, a malaria free area, is one of Lesotho’s popular tourist destinations. It was named after a wealthy man called Katse who used to have a lot of livestock and provided agricultural produce to the local communities. The area is now a home to the second highest Dam Wall in Africa, Katse Dam. The gracious Katse Village, developed in the early 1990s is situated in this area and provides a beautiful view of the Katse reservoir as well as the country’s rugged mountain scenery.
Situated at 2,000 metres above seal level, Katse Dam is described as “a striking piece of modern engineering”. The Dam is one of less than 30 double curvature concrete arch dams in the world; one of the world’s 10 largest concrete arch dams in terms of its volume; and the second highest dam in Africa. The Dam has since its construction in 1991 been attracting thousands of thousands who come to see this engineering marvel.
Katse Village is located at a strategic point in terms of those tourists who plan tour packages that take them to other tourist destinations in Lesotho. For instance, the area provides a tour linkage for self-drive tourists heading to places such as the Afri-Ski Resort at Mahlasela in the Oxbow area or Sani Pass, providing an opportunity for tourists to gain further exciting experiences.
Katse Lodge lies inside the Katse Village and provides accommodation to people. Reasonably priced chalets and self-catering cottages with television access are also available to offer an excellent accommodation alternative to tourists.
Daily presentations on the overview, benefits and impacts of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project and tours to the Katse Dam Wall are scheduled as follows:
Pony Trekking has become of the popular tourists attractions in Lesotho and is one of the alternative ways to experience Lesotho’s spectacular scenic mountain terrain on horseback. It also provides opportunity for visitors to see the traditional lifestyle of the Basotho People. Sure-footed ponies are available at Katse to provide a highly convenient transport. Service is available by prior arrangement.
Mohale Dam is constructed at the confluence of Senqunyane and Likalaneng rivers. The dam allows for abstraction and diversion of waters of Senqunyane river through a 32 km interconnecting tunnel from Mohale reservoir to Katse on the Bokong arm. Water can be drawn from Katse to Mohale dam .
A presentation that provides you with information about the Lesotho Highlands Water project progress; A guided tour of the Mohale dam, drive on top of the wall and end on the intake compensation control house to view the scenic beauty of the area. Drive down the downstream site of the wall for a wonderful spillage of compensation water in the Senqunyane valley.
Mohale Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore Lesotho’s mountains, valleys, dams, rivers and rich cultural heritage. Whether you travel by road, water or horse/pony trail, sites of awesome natural unspoiled splendor awaits our guests.
Mohale Operations and Information Centre Building P.O. Box 7332 Maseru 100.
(+266) 229 36432
Lesotho’s has abundant water for unique environment friendly water based tourism activities around Dams. LHWP dams offer excellent opportunities for water sports and recreational activities. The dams are suited to leisure cruises and extreme sports events. The Lesotho Tourism Development Corporation operates a small cruiser around the Mohale dam through to the Thaba-Chitja Island. Directions to Mohale To get to Mohale follow the tarred road from Maseru to Roma-Mohale intersection. Turn left and follow the road over Bushmen’s, God-help-me and Blue Mountain passes to Mohale village. Drive past the village for 11km to the Mohale Information Centre and access the dam site.
Mohale Operations and Information Centre Building P.O. Box 7332 Maseru 100.
The hydropower plant at ‘Muela was constructed as part of Phase 1A of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The major benefit now delivered from ‘Muela Hydropower Project is that Lesotho generates electricity
‘Muela Hydropower Station is located in the North of Lesotho in the Butha-Buthe District. It is fed by Katse reservoir via a 45km-long concrete lined transfer tunnel with a diameter of 4.35m. The Hydropower Station generates electricity for Lesotho.
The underground power house cavern is 60m x 1.30m x 15m . 3 turbine generators rated at 24 MW each. Cavern accommodates 3 transformers. Access is through a vertical lift shaft from the surface. Operation Building houses the control room to monitor and operate the ‘Muela Hydropower Station and the LHWP. The building also houses operation of maintenance staff offices and workshops For generation of power, water passes through the hydraulic turbines as the prime mover for the generators. Water is then discharged through the draft tubes and concrete lined connection tunnels into a 40m high downstream surge chamber and through 1.7km long tailrace tunnel into ‘Muela Reservoir. Water is conveyed by delivery tunnels via ‘Muela Intake Structure to the tunnel out-let at Ash River in South Africa. Finally water lands to the Vaal Dam.
A visit to the centre offers visitors a presentation, a tour of the operations building to the mimic board displaying generation and delivery of water to RSA, the under ground power house and ‘Muela tail pond.
‘Muela Visitors Centre is situated below the Operations Building of ‘Muela Hydropower Station. The centre is about 30 km from Butha-Buthe and 35km from Caledonspoort border post. Off the main road to Oxbow and Afriski, the centre is 6km.
‘Muela Information Centre
P.O. Box 7332
Tel: +266 22481211/221
Fax: +266 22481001
Katse Botanical Garden (KBG), situated in the Katse Village, occupies an area of 17 hectares. It evolved from the LHWP Treaty requirement that commits LHDA to safeguard the environment. The Garden provides a unique natural and semi –natural setting to expose the floristic beauty and heritage of the indigenous plants of Lesotho to the wider audience. It has rich diversity of birds, medicinal, ornamental as well as utility plants. Activities in the Garden Plant and seed Collections Community awareness and out reach Plant propagation/multiplication Research Extend your stay at Katse Village and visit Katse Botanical Garden. Home to indigenous plants extracted during the construction of Katse Dam. The plants, flowers and trees are exclusively grown in Lesotho.
Tel (+266) 22910 315
Fax (+266) 22910002