As part of assisting the local community around Katse Village, the Lesotho Highlands Water Project assisted the community with funding to acquire a 28-seater boat to operate cruises around the dam. This boat operates in both Katse and Ha Lejone, and in Ha Lejone, it is based at motebong lodge. Cruises range in duration and destination, from 1-hour cruises travelling about 5 kilometres down the dam, to the longer 2-hour cruises to the islands in the dam that have interesting flora and fauna, and to the 3-hour cruise between Katse and Ha Lejone ( a distance of 50 kilometres). Refreshments can be sourced at the bar for these cruises.
The pilots of this boat have been trained to pilot the boat and to cater for any emergency that may arise. They are also well-versed in the history and geography of the dam, giving guests an introduction to the Lesotho Highlands Water Project as they cruise on the dam.
All amounts collected by Motebong for the boat cruises is passed directly to the community – another way that Motebong is contributing to and helping empower the community.
Private boating and water sports
Guests are welcome to use the dam for water sports including swimming, water skiing, rowing and canoeing, windsurfing, and boating. These activities are undertaken at the guests’ own risk. The regulations around boating on the dam are similar to South African and other international regulations and include the following:
- Guests will provide their own craft and equipment;
- All craft and equipment must be cleaned thoroughly before being immersed into Katse Dam, this to ensure that the dam is not contaminated with foreign diseases, etc.;
- Crafts must have the necessary safety equipment (e.g. life jackets, etc.);
- Operators of these craft must have the necessary licences and permits from their home countries available for inspection if need be;
- Standard boating rules apply;
- Motebong is located next door to a commercial Trout farm, with its cages in the dam near the village. Guests’ crafts are prohibited from approaching the cages and must travel slowly past these so as not to disturb these commercial operations;