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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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16 Apr 2017
“A must visit attraction!”
10 Apr 2017
“Informative, educational with superb views”
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
Maseru, Maseru 100, Lesotho
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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

2  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
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

It was a splendid look the magnificent scenery oh virgin mountain kindom. It's real eye taking so beautiful

Thank plitseho
Reviewed 19 February 2017

A very long drive to get here but worth it. Beautiful mountain passes with amazing scenery.Very steep and twisty road, but in reasonable condition. There is not much in the Visitor Centre but there is a viewing balcony.

Thank robbti r
Reviewed 18 February 2017 via mobile

recommended Katse Dam. Two hours driving from Maseru. Ticket is only 10 Rand. This is very nice place to get photos of nature.

Thank rentacarinmontenegro
Reviewed 18 January 2017

The location is amazing and the mountain views are out of this world. The mountain road to reach the dam just add to a wonderful experience

Thank MaxwilG
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

I was there with 4 friends. We stayed a night in thaba tseka where you can catch a public bus to katse. It passes by the dam so we just jumped out walked around the structure and caught a bus back. The dam information office...More

Thank Albert S
Reviewed 2 January 2017

It is a journey to arrive at the Katse dam. Although mileage wise it is not that far, the going is slow. But the journey itself is scenic and pleasurable. The countryside is remarkable and there is another photo stop around every corner. The dam...More

Thank dmittleman
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David John V
Hi, we are travelling from Ficksberg, to Katsie dam, what does it cost to cross into Lesotho from SA,and what time are the tours.
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