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Katse Dam

Maseru, Maseru 100, Lesotho
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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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“trout” (4 reviews)
“long drive” (5 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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Maseru, Maseru 100, Lesotho
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"trout"
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"long drive"
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"botanical gardens"
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"south africa"
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"mountain passes"
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"great view"
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"two hours"
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"hard hats"
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"free state"
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"beautiful place"
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"maluti mountains"
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"engineering"
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"dam"
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"scenery"
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Ok so it was not your usual vacation. We had been working as teachers in thaba tseka so with no transport apart from local taxi getting around was difficult. To start the journey was long ( 5 hours 60 kn) but spectacular if uncomfortable. The...More

Thank Sion W
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stunning views and very good roads on route to the dam from Caledonspoort. Amazing project and very interesting to see the inside of the wall. We fully agree with a previous reviewer: the tour guide is an arrogant young woman, her presentation was almost useless...More

Thank Erika J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely place to stay. The food is great and the staff is vey professional and helpful. It was worth the long drive and the views of the dam is breath taking

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We did a tour of the dam wall and although it is spectacular with fascinating facts, we had the worst guide I have ever encountered. She barely looked at us, showed us she was utterly bored with what she was doing and the accent was...More

Thank Jinx L
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Reviewed 10 May 2018

The drive may be long, but it is definitely worth experiencing!! The dam is massive and the views are stunning; even the guard that let us drive over the dam was friendly! The bridge opens at 7 am and closes at 5 pm, so make...More

Thank Travis B
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Reviewed 16 January 2018 via mobile

The people are friendly and the view of Katse Dam from the lodge is spectacular. What I was disgusted about is that on two occasions. 1st incidence happened in the afternoon when asked for a whiskey glass at the bar and the barman reached for...More

4  Thank tebogo m
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Reviewed 14 January 2018

I am not one to stop in awe at manmade structures -- especially in such a rural beautiful place like Lesotho where the mountains and agrarian lifestyle are beautiful in themselves. But, when we stopped and decided to do the tour at 9:00, I was...More

Thank stephmiami
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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

1  Thank lfrauenstein
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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
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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

1  Thank mvtouring
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Stoney S
12 March 2018|
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Response from lfrauenstein | Reviewed this property |
Goodday to you, There were no facilities at the Visitor Centre because we wanted to have a snack so we had a bite in the parking area.
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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
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