Malealea Lodge & Pony Trek Centre
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This centrepiece of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project is a fine piece of engineering. The flooded valleys of the dam extend for 45km and the dam wall is 185m high. The dam is second in size in Africa only to the Lake Volta Akosombo Dam in Ghana. Accommodation can be found in the Katse Dam Village.
The surrounding scenery is magnificent. The dam does not detract from the magnificent panoramas, and is often of great interest to visitors.
The views of the dam are the best from Mafika Lisiu Pass when the water levels are at their highest.
For visitors, there is an interpretative centre, which features a model of the whole project and all its phases, with a commentary in English. You can also go on a tour arranged by the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority Visitor Centre. They are on the right side as you enter Katse. The Katse Botanical Gardens is a new feature created to house Lesotho's indigenous flora, especially those threatened by the flooding of the valleys to create the dam.