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Katse Dam

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Address: Maseru, Maseru 100, Lesotho
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The Katse dam, in the Lesotho Highlands, is one of the most spectacular...

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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Breathtaking scenery

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

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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Johannesburg, South Africa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW 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 offers guided tours as well but at 2 p.m. we were already to late to... More 

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 itself is an engineering marvel. Even better, you can go on a tour and go... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went on a road trip in August. It was just when snow season was about to come to an end. There is no entry fee for driving on the dam. A tour to dam can be arranged from Information Centre. They charge a nominal fee of 10 Rands. There are two tour scheduled in a day. The guide shared history... More 

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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

The drive doing on it's own but the dam at the end is a great fest of engineering. The dam wall which only costs 10R per person is a must. Highly informative guide, you get to go on the top of the dam wall and inside the structure. Highly recommended.

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Thank Poppyslane
Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

Staying at the Katse Dam hotel allows you to experience the majestic dam at its entirety, well almost. Nestled between mountains and winding round and round you can never quite see where it ends. However, the sluice gates tour is a must when visiting Katse Dam. It has the history and shows places where the dam flows. Hiking up those... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Although a tricky drive up switchbacks and climbs, totally worth the drive so arrange accommodation in advance for a weekend of great scenery, photo ops across from the top of the dam at a tourist center, and if enough time, a dam tour close up. Horseback riding is accessible, but be forewarned that a hike from the road level to... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Be sure to hire an experienced driver and use a 4 x 4 as road is yricky and can have dangerous black ice and snowstorms during the snow season.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2016 via mobile

Awesome,educational trip. Driving to Katse - we did not expect the beauty of nature there. The guided tour at Katse dam was very informative. Kudos to the tour guide. Make sure u hv a relaxed and careful driver to go up that mountain.

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Cape Town, South Africa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Nice place to visit and see the inside of the dam wall. Just get your timing right as the last tour of the wall is early in the afternoon. Don't get car sick with all the turns in the road to get there.

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