About Motebong Lodge
About Motebong Lodge
HISTORY OF THE LODGEMotebong Lodge is situated on the enchanting shores of the Katse Dam, providing guests with direct access to the dam for unparalleled fishing and boating experiences. Our lodge offers fully equipped self-catering units, ensuring a comfortable and convenient stay. To further enhance your experience, we also feature a delightful restaurant and bar on the premises. While staying with us, guests have the opportunity to explore the surrounding beauty of the area. Embark on exhilarating hikes, enjoy leisurely horse riding, or take a guid
HISTORY OF THE LODGE
Motebong Lodge is situated on the enchanting shores of the Katse Dam, providing guests with direct access to the dam for unparalleled fishing and boating experiences. Our lodge offers fully equipped self-catering units, ensuring a comfortable and convenient stay. To further enhance your experience, we also feature a delightful restaurant and bar on the premises.
While staying with us, guests have the opportunity to explore the surrounding beauty of the area. Embark on exhilarating hikes, enjoy leisurely horse riding, or take a guided tour of the captivating Katse Dam. For a memorable experience, gather your loved ones and indulge in a glorious sun-downer boat cruise.
The Ha Lejone camp was established in 1990, in preparation for the construction of the transfer tunnel in 1991. This camp was essential because the small population of Ha Lejone could not accommodate the hundreds of construction staff and their families. With the well-being of our staff in mind, our camp accommodations are designed for maximum energy efficiency in the harsh winter conditions. Our houses are primarily north-facing and insulated to optimize passive heating. Additionally, all family units are equipped with anthracite heaters to withstand the bitter winters of the Lesotho Highlands.
The camp was self-sufficient, with a tuck-shop for essential supplies, an onsite clinic with access to doctors, and a trauma unit in Hlotse. We even have a pre-school and primary school available for families staying with us. Our self-sufficiency was crucial as Ha Lejone and the surrounding villages only had limited access to general dealers and stores.
In the past, travel in the highlands mainly relied on horseback or aircraft. Pilots often shared legendary and amusing tales of flying the mountain shuttles, with hand luggage including live chickens and pumpkins. Prior to the completion of the tarred road in 1990, most people in remote areas had been on an aircraft before ever stepping foot in a motor vehicle. However, with the opening of the new road, transportation in the highlands transformed. Sedans and mini-buses became a common sight, and traditional general dealer businesses declined. People now had the opportunity to travel and experience the novelty of town shopping in the lowlands.
The Ha Lejone camp welcomed its first residents in early 1991, just before the start of tunnel construction. The camp housed the staff of Mott MacDonald consultants from the United Kingdom and The Lesotho Highlands Project Contractors (LHPC). LHPC played a significant role in the construction of the 45 km water transfer south tunnel to Muella and the 15 km delivery tunnel south.
After the completion of the tunnel in 1997, the camp remained unoccupied until 2007 when it served as a residence for the staff of Lesotho Diamond Corporation (LDC) who were mining the Kao Diamond Mine. However, the closure of LDC allowed for the exciting transition of the camp into a tourist facility. A partnership was established between Motebong Tourism Investment Holdings (MTIH) and the Government of Lesotho (GOL), with MTIH taking over the camp in late December 2009.
Since then, MTIH has dedicated itself to the extensive rehabilitation and conversion of the camp into a comfortable and charming guest facility. Our aim is to add modern comforts while preserving the camp's unique construction character and historical essence, providing guests with an unforgettable experience rooted in both luxury and authenticity.
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
The Village offers a hall accommodating up to 100 delegates, with several breakaway rooms.
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.
Availability and Pricing
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.
- Wheelchair Enabled
- Indoor Fireplace
- Satellite TV*
- Restaurant on Premises
- Parking on Premises
- Sotho (Sesotho)
*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling