For now, let’s just say I loved the Katse Lodge. Yes, there were wide Marley tile passages with double doors and characterless white rooms that put you in mind of a koshuis, an old-age home or a hospital. And it was fine by me. After all, it was originally built to accommodate the guys working on the dam, which explained the appearance of Makro-type office desks in each room, as well as the ‘canteen-like’ size of the dining room.
For another, you can’t fault it in terms of housekeeping and little touches that make your stay comfortable. There’s loo spray, a bath and a shower, a large flat-screen TV, shampoo and body lotion, a choice between regular/decaff coffee, rooibos/earl grey tea on the tray in your room, lots of cupboard space, and crisp white sheets on a king-size bed. My only gripe was that the windows didn’t open far enough to let you really drink in the mountain air.
Still, not bad for around R450 per person per night, including a full breakfast. I reckon that anyone who complains about this must be used to over-the-top luxury lodges costing thousands of rands every night.
Lunch and supper choices were good too. Whatever you do, don’t miss the trout almondine, a piquant and delicious treat I enjoyed so much I had it twice.
Apart from the trout almondine, what else shouldn’t you miss while you’re here?
First, a tour of the dam wall from the blue-roofed visitor centre nearby will probably knock your socks off, even if you’re not usually a fan of things engineering.
Second, look in at the Katse Botanical Garden, originally established to save spiral aloes, Lesotho’s national flower, from the ravages of the dam’s construction and now home to lots of other indigenous and medicinal plants too.
Other activities include pony trekking or a guided boat cruise on the dam.
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