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About Motebong Lodge

HISTORY OF THE LODGE
Motebong Lodge is located on the shores of the Katse Dam, with direct access to the dam for fishing and boating. The lodge has fully equipped self catering units. There is also a Restaurant and bar on the premises.While staying with us guests can go hiking, horse riding and go on a guided tour of the Katse Dam.A sun-downer boat cruise can be enjoyed by the family and friends. (CAMP)The Ha Lejone camp was constructed in 1990, ahead of the start of the transfer tunnel construction in 1991. The camp was necessary because, with a population of fewer than10,000 people, Ha Lejone simply had no capacity to house the hundreds of staff from the construction companies and their families. With the comfort of staff in mind, the camp accommodation is designed for maximum energy efficiency, given the harsh winter conditions. The houses are mostly north facing and are insulated to maximize passive heating. In addition, all family units are equipped with anthracite heaters to protect them against the harsh winters of the Lesotho Highlands.The camp was self-sufficient with a tuck-shop for essential supplies, a clinic with access to doctors and supported by a trauma unit in Hlotse, a pre-school and a primary school on-site. Self-sufficiency in the camp was necessary as there was only one general dealer and a few smaller stores (all with a limited range of products) for Ha Lejone and surrounding villages. Even after Mafika Lisiu pass was completed, Ha Lejone remained largely un-serviced and the terrain made regular trips to the lowlands un-attractive.Because of the lack of proper roads in the highlands prior to the LHWP, travel was mainly by horse or by aircraft – serviced by Basutair from 1961 that was owned Richard Southworth and was subsequently bought by the Government for M100,000 in 1969 and named Lesotho Airways. Tales told by pilots of the flying the mountain shuttles are legendary and often hilarious! Hand luggage often consisted of items such as live chickens, pumpkins etc. and these did not rank as either funny or unusual! In those days, it was the norm for people living in these remote areas to have been on an aircraft before they had been in a motor vehicle.Travel into the highlands changed dramatically with the completion of the tarred road in 1990, and so did human practices. The new road featuring the Mafika Lisiu pass at 3090m allowed the transport of aggregates, concrete and other much needed construction materials and equipment for the dam project. It was only with the completion of this road that the residents of Ha Lejone and other villages saw sedans and mini-bus vehicles in their areas. An unintended consequences of the new roads was the demise of the established general dealer businesses run by traders with access to extreme 4×4 trucks to transport their supplies – older folk still have fond memories of the old Mercedes 1517 4×4 truck and the Haflinger 4×4 coming over the formidable Ha Koasa pass, taking half-a-day to cover 40km. People now travelled to experience the novelty of town shopping in the low lands. Equally, with greatly reduced passenger loads, Lesotho Airways gradually reduced the highlands route until these routes were abandoned. By October 1996 the airline suspended all operations, leading to the company winding down in 1997.The first residents of the camp arrived early in 1991, ahead of the start of the tunnel construction on 1st February 1991 (same time as the start of construction of Katse dam). The staff of Mott MacDonald consultants of the United Kingdom were housed in a section currently occupied by Katse Fish Farm, with the staff of The Lesotho Highlands Project Contractors (LHPC) occupying the rest of the camp.LHPC was responsible for the 45 km water transfer south tunnel to Muella (which roughly goes below the camp) & 15 km delivery tunnel south. LHPC comprised of Spie Batignolle (France), Balfour Beatty (UK) LTA (South Africa) Campenon Bernard (France and Ed Zublin(Germany) and Electrical and Mechanical subcontracted to the LHPC were: Neyrpic of France and SDEM of South Africa; Deutsche Babcock of RSA for steel liners for the under river-crossing; Krohne Altometer of the Netherlands for the Flow metres.Upon completion of the tunnel in 1997, the camp lay unused until it 2007, when it was occupied by staff of Lesotho Diamond corporation (LDC) which was mining the Kao Diamond Mine. Lesotho Diamond Corporation ceased to exist during 2008. The collapse of the LDC operation allowed for the start of negotiations in December 2008 between Motebong Tourism Investment Holdings (MTIH) and Government of Lesotho (GOL), for MTIH to takeover and operate the camp as a tourist facility.Agreement was reached between GOL and MTIH in late December 2009, allowing for the long and difficult task of the rehabilitation and conversion of the near derelict camp to a comfortable guest facility by MTIH. The idea is to add the comforts without losing the basic construction camp character and the historical feel.

Beach: Motebong Lodge is located along the banks of the Katse dam so it is well suited for boating and fishing. The chalets are located within 50m from the Katse Dam

Conference Venues: The Village offers a hall accommodating up to 100 delegates, with several breakaway rooms.

Family friendly: The lodge has a beautiful Jungle Gym. Children and their parents can also go horse riding within the lodge or out into the village. There are hiking trails that can be explored by our guests with the assistnace of a tour guide or on their own.

  • Response Rate: 99%
  • Enquiry Response Time: 5 hours
  • Minimum stay: 1 Days
  • Type: Self-catering
  • Sleeps: 219
  • Check-in: 2:00 PM
    Check-out: 10:00 AM
  • Reviews: 30 Reviews

Facilities

  • Wheelchair Enabled
  • Braai/Barbecue
  • Gym
  • Indoor Fireplace
  • Satellite TV*
  • Hiking
  • Wi-Fi
  • Restaurant on Premises
  • Parking on Premises

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • Sotho (Sesotho)
* Please enquire for further details.

Important Information

Both currencies are accepted at the Lodge. All self catering Chalets have the necessary kitchen utensils for guests. There is a bar with a good wine and whisky selection and a restaurant where we our menu includes meals such as fresh trout and mountain lamb which are highly recommended.

Availability and pricing

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  • Three bedroom Sleeps 5 Includes: Self-catering Two-bedroom unit sleeping up to four guests. All chalets have sufficient blankets and linen for guests. Features:  Twin beds, Double beds, Private bathroom, Mountain views, Fireplace, Self-catering see more Twin beds, Double beds, Private bathroom, Mountain views, Fireplace, Self-catering, No Smoking in Rooms
    from R1690 Room rate
    • Adults
      • Three-bedroom Chalet standard Sleeps 5 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 36 Three-bedroom unit sleeping up to five guests. All chalets have sufficient blankets and linen for guests. Features:  Twin beds, Double beds, Private bathroom, Mountain views, Self-catering, Single beds see more Twin beds, Double beds, Private bathroom, Mountain views, Self-catering, Single beds, Heater, No Smoking in Rooms
        from R1990 Room rate
        • Rooms Adults
          • Three bedroom chalet deluxe Sleeps 5 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 2 The chalet has three bedrooms with two bathrooms Features:  Twin beds, Double beds, Single beds
            from R2100 Room rate
            • Rooms Adults
              • Four-bedroom Chalet deluxe Sleeps 7 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 2 These units comprise two bathrooms with baths and showers, the master bedroom having an en-suite bathroom. All chalets... see more Features:  Twin beds, Double beds, Private bathroom, En-suite, Fireplace, Self-catering see more Twin beds, Double beds, Private bathroom, En-suite, Fireplace, Self-catering, Single beds, No Smoking in Rooms
                from R2600 Room rate
                • Rooms Adults
                  • One-bedroom Chalet Sleeps 2 Includes: Self-catering Rooms / Units: 5 One-bedroom unit sleeping two guests. All chalets have sufficient blankets and linen for guests. Features:  Twin beds, Double beds, Private bathroom, Mountain views, Self-catering, Heater see more Twin beds, Double beds, Private bathroom, Mountain views, Self-catering, Heater, No Smoking in Rooms
                    from R990 Room rate
                    • Rooms Adults

                      Reviews for Motebong Lodge

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                      Paul Carpenter
                      02 December 2018

                      I would love to see a couple of boats for hire even rowing boats with someone to row them of course I am 72 haha!! I wood love to fish there, I tried from the side for a while but the water is very muddy. I would create a few jobs if you did that as not everyone wants to tow a boat over 10000 feet. We love your country its beautiful just wish we had the money to uplift the people.

                      Cornelis Verster
                      21 November 2018

                      The facilities are absolutely appalling .... ancient and not maintained, The only positive was clean towels and bedding.

                      Barbara Heyns
                      25 September 2018

                      Very happy with the accommodation. It was clean, safe and quiet. One of the staff come in and started the fire for us. Much appreciated.

                      Regina Vorster
                      13 August 2018

                      Beautiful environment, friendly staff. The kitchen need more equipment, no grater, dishing spoons etc.

                      Malcolm Pickard
                      17 July 2018

                      Very friendly and helpful staff who provided most welcome coal to start a very necessary fire in our lodgings in the middle of the freezing snow.

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                      Motebong Lodge is 46.7km from the centre of Katse Dam , the nearest airport 112km (Moshoeshoe I International Airport).
                      *Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling