KATSE LODGE
KATSE DAM OVERFLOWING
KATSE VILLAGE
MOHALE LODGE RECEPTION AREA
LESOTHO's UNIQUE SPIRAL ALOE
MOHALE DAM

LODGES

Katse Lodge
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.
Mohale Lodge
Mohale Lodge
is an ideal base from which to explore the rich natural splendours of Lesotho's mountain kingdom. This family-friendly lodge is ideal for those seeking an adventurous escape or wishing to reconnect with nature.
Likileng Lodge
Likileng Lodge
is an ideal base from which to explore the rich natural splendours of Lesotho's mountain kingdom. This family-friendly lodge is ideal for those seeking an adventurous escape or wishing to reconnect with nature.
Welcome to 'MUELA
Katse, a malaria free area, is one of Lesotho’s popular tourist destination. 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 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 highest dam in Africa. The Dam has since its construction in 1991 been attracting thousands of people who come to see this engineering marvel.

 

 Activities @ 'Muela

  • 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.

    Key Features of the Hydropower Station

    ‘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 Stations generates 85% of Lesotho’s electricity requirements.

    Characteristics of the Hydropower Station

    The underground power house cavern is 60m x l.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.
  • ‘Muela Information Centre P.O. Box 7332 Maseru 100 Tel: +266 22481211/221 Fax: +266 22481001 Email : mohapp@lhda.org.ls Bookings: +266 22481221 Directions to ‘Muela Visitors Centre ‘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 Afroski, the centre is 6km.
  • Muela Visitors Centre 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.