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“Stunning location but needs investment”
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Katse Lodge
Reviewed 1 May 2012

The location is unusual, but the views are truly spectacular once you get there. The lodge was originally accommodation for engineers building the Katse Dam. Unfortunately the hotel urgently needs investment in the bedrooms and bathrooms - everything was functional, but basic and dated. The beds were dreadfully soft and creaky - if I spent money on one thing, it would be new beds. Some rooms have to share bathrooms. We turned down the first room because someone had been smoking in there. Having said all that, it is probably the only hotel in the area and it is acceptable. The staff are doing the best they can on a limited budget. Food was fine. The Katse Dam tour is essential for all visitors and well recommended. This is a truly beautiful area and our holiday was truly unforgettable.

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  • Stayed: April 2012, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 23 March 2011

A gang of us stopped off here so we could see the Katse Dam, a marvel of engineering. This building used to be the accommodation block for the engineers etc when the dam was being built and while like being back at school, was perfectly adequate and any lack of luxury was made up for by the lovely views from the huge terrace. Our room in the annexe was a reasonable size with an unnecessary kitchenette left over from the old days, basic shared bathroom with no shower curtain, separate loo, single school beds that squeaked and crunched and a vast telly showing the usual endless sport. The terrace/deck was very big with lovely views and a nice beer out there was very welcome. Buffet supper, not stunning but perfectly OK and an OK buffet breakfast. Very friendly staff & a fascinating tour of the dam the next day. Worth a look if passing!

  • Stayed: March 2011
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Reviewed 20 December 2010

My husband and I and three friends and our guide stayed over at the Katse Lodge for one night. After a wet, slippery trip on rough roads it was such a pleasure to be greeted by their friendly staff. We had hired a self-catering house which is maintained and serviced by the Lodge. It was roomy and spotlessly clean. There was one bedroom en-suite. The other two bedrooms shared a bathroom. As our group consisted of 6 adults we could have done with another separate toilet. However, for a family the accommodation is superb. We ate at the Lodge that night. The food was excellent. Breakfast too is beautifully presented and exceptionally tasty. The service was very professional and Roy Martin, the General Manager, made sure that we were happy guests. If you are going to visit one of the most spectacular dams in Africa, if not the world, the Katse Lodge is certainly the place to stay.

  • Stayed: December 2010, travelled as a couple
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2  Thank jillymSouthAfrica
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Reviewed 5 March 2010

Totally agree with the other reviewer - he couldn't have summed it up better. The rooms are sizeable, with enormous flat screen TV.......and one plug point! The large bath was very welcome as most other places we stayed didn't have that. Meal service was fine - breakfast was good and the evening meal pretty good considering where we were (this is quite a remote place). But it feels like a refurbished school! There's no particular reason for anyone to go to Katse but if you are doing a Lesotho tour as we did, the trip to (and INSIDE!) the dam,is pretty interesting and a total bargain at ZAR10 each.

  • Stayed: February 2010, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 2 January 2007

Katse Lodge is probably the best place to stay if you're visiting the Katse Dam in Lesotho, one of its main tourist attractions. Built mainly to house the contractors who worked on the construction of the dam, it's a sort of low common denominator Holiday Inn - a very quiet one when we were there - but the magnificent view of the dame and surroundings make up for it. Rooms are comfortable and clean... get one outside the main building for peace and quiet. When we were there, their credit card machine was down so take some cash with (about $80 per night). It's a good place to use as a base to explore the region with. It's a totally unspoilt area (save for the dam of course).

  • Stayed: December 2006
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  • Stayed: November 2016, travelled solo
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Reviewed 15 January 2017
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Additional Information about Katse Lodge

Address: Katse Village, Bokong 333, Lesotho (Formerly Orion Katse Lodge)
Region: Lesotho > Thaba-Tseka District > Bokong
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free Parking Kitchenette Restaurant Room Service Suites Swimming Pool Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Speciality Lodging in Bokong
Price Range: £23 - £61 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2.5 star — Katse Lodge 2.5*
Number of rooms: 40
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Katse Lodge is perfectly positioned atop a saddle, offering incredible panoramic views of the famous Katse Dam, with its surrounding mountains, rocky crags, sparse vegetation and landlocked lakes. The Lodge is an ideal starting point for travelers wishing to explore Lesotho’s mountain kingdom. For the adventurous, drive the robustly constructed alpine roads to Mohale Lodge, and experience the stark desolate landscape with traditional villages, untouched by time. Return to the lodge after a day of exploration and adventure dine in comfort, with unobstructed views of the glimmering waterscape, and then relax in front of the inviting fireplace. Katse Lodge offers genuine warmth and old-fashioned hospitality, making it one of Lesotho’s best-kept secrets. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Orion Katse Hotel Bokong
Katse Lodge Lesotho/Bokong

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