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The Katse dam, in the Lesotho Highlands, is one of the most spectacular water features in the country. Located on the Malibamatso River, this dam was completed in 1997 and is central to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project. The dam is second in size in Africa to Ghana’s Lake Volta and Akosombo Dam. The impressive dam wall is 185m high, 700m long and contains 92 000 cubic metres of concrete.
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Maseru, Maseru 100, Lesotho
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Reviewed 17 October 2017

It is an incredible piece of engineering! Tours are run at 9am, 11am and 2pm when we were there. It last approximately an hour. There is a visitor centre with lots of information on the building of the dam. We did a tour of the...More

Thank lfrauenstein
Reviewed 25 September 2017 via mobile

Awesome ride from Ficksburg to Katse Dam (pity about the low water levels), very interesting engineering & development. Lovely to see the countryside & rural villages. Good service & lunch at the lodge.

Thank Candz33
Reviewed 16 September 2017 via mobile

The Katse dam was built by South Africa and Lesotho to provide electricity to Lesotho and water to South Africa. It is part of a big scheme of the Lesotho Highlands project that is not yet completed. The existing dams and tunnels were built by...More

Thank mvtouring
Reviewed 10 August 2017

the breeze is so fresh and the dam is such a great piece of art and architect. the dam makes the place look so urban

Thank mosaek
Reviewed 21 July 2017

Visited as part of a work tour of the dam wall. Wonderful experience and magnificent engineering to build this dam.

Thank Knersus007
Reviewed 18 July 2017

Traveling through the mountains, 3 passes and the highest Mafika Liusa 3090m in the Maluti mountains, is also the highest pass in Africa. From Ficksburg to the Katse dam, it took us 3 hours, the road is asphalt and winding and in a very good...More

Thank Antoinette23
Reviewed 16 April 2017

These tours take place twice a day at 9.00 am and 2pm. We went for the 2 pm tour and met up with our guide at the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) building. He talked us through the development and planning of the dam, in...More

3  Thank sandy r
Reviewed 11 April 2017

The journey through the Maluti mountains to reach the Katse Dam was magnificent. Climbing to a height of 3000 metres on winding mountainous roads was a great adventure. The Katse Dam - built as a four phase project began with the signing of the treaty...More

1  Thank Maureen B
Reviewed 20 March 2017 via mobile

This trip on the bike was amazing and mind blowing a must do! Only thing is there were cases where children would throw stones at the bikers so just be warned

Thank Maya056
Reviewed 3 March 2017

Having never been inside a dam we were interested in doing this tour. Had problems finding the Information building as there were no signs but the guide was most enthusiastic giving lots of details about the scheme and how important it is to Lesotho's economy....More

Thank Vivienne w
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David John V
24 October 2016|
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Response from Baile T | Reviewed this property |
hi John, there is no cost for crossing into Lesotho for South Africans. i am not sure about other countries passport holders. the Katse Dam tour starts at 10 or 11am. not sure most probably 11. the cost is R10.00 per person... More