Over and above its products and services for its visitors, Motebong Tourism believes in Responsible Tourism in Lesotho, Africa. To this end it has undertaken various initiatives in and around Ha Lejone where it is based, and from where it sources its staff.
All of this mentoring and efforts to support the community enterprises and individual business initiatives are done entirely at motebong lodge’s costs. It is its firm belief that through tourism, it can improve the lives of people and as they benefit from tourism they will be inspired to contribute towards developing their areas into attractive and hospitable destinations.
Motebong is also developing various initiatives for the benefit of the community that include:
A local farmer delivering potatoes.
Motebong Tourism has made it one of its aims to assist in skills development wherever it operates in Lesotho, Africa. At motebong lodge it is offering the same opportunities for skills development with the initiatives already underway listed below.
Motebong has undertaken a number of developmental initiatives in and around Ha Leone and continues to pursue additional opportunities of a similar nature.
Mallane community: the community owns a boat which was moored at Katse village for a long time with limited returns for the owners. Motebong has developed a strategy for marketing the boat optimally, between ourselves at Motebong and Katse village. It also discussed the adjustment of pricing to add more benefit to the community. To manage the risk of the community, it agreed to guarantee the community a fixed amount for each trip they take and Motebong takes the risk of an under-recovery as and when that arises.
Transport:Motebong has arrangements with transport operators from the area, one for goods and the other for transport. Shoapha Molatli collects all major items purchased and brought to Motebong e.g. furniture that was bought from Durban, Maseru and Maputsoe, while Nchafatso Molapo provides transport for guests for whom Motebong arranges package tours to explore the area along the Kao route to Afri-ski or to Katse dam in the comfort of being driven by a driver with experience in the area.
Food supplies: Local farmers have been encouraged to plant food supplies for Motebong to purchase. At present it sources Eggs and cabbage locally, with potatoes and carrots from time to time. It is also encouraging farmers to see the village as a market for these and other vegetables including fresh peas in season as well as dried fruit – mangangajane and lipabi.
Horse riding: Motebong found a Basotho Pony Association of Ha Lejone had existed in name only when it started operating as motebong lodge. The association was established with hope of renting horses to tourists as and when they arrived. The problem was there were no tourists and even if they were tourists, the amounts to be charged would not have justified the effort e.g. a rate of M100.00 per day was levied, as opposed the M100.00 per hour that is currently being charged. Motebong helped structure the charges for the association and created a market for them. Today the association has come to life and they are getting benefits from hiring their horses.
Duvets & sheet sewing: Rosa Ramajake, local dressmaker is being supported with procurement of material for making sheets and duvets. As with the Basotho pony association Motebong has also assisted in arriving at an optimum pricing to maximise her benefit. The quality and pricing has created a demand that suggest a great a very lucrative business is in the offing.
Fishing guides: A number of fly fishing enthusiasts want to experience fishing from the banks of the rivers that feed into the dam. Motebong has recruited a few young boys that are available over weekends and during school holidays that serve as guides.See Activities in Ha Lejone.
If you are not familiar with the driving etiquette in Lesotho, please read Tips for driving in Lesotho
Motebong Lodge offers an array of activities for all of our valued guests. Located on the banks of the Katse dam, our unique location offers our guests days filled with adventure or relaxation!
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Accommodation at the mountain lodge is made up of fully-furnished and fully-equipped self catering cottages of varying sizes and accommodating a varying number of people. These cottages are heated with coal or electric and gas stoves, which is critical during the winter months. They are cleaned daily by our housekeeping staff with the exception of a couple of days when the staff is also given time off
The Lesotho Highlands and Motebong mountain lodge offer a host of activities both within the camp and in the surrounding highlands. Although a place for rest and relaxation, those looking for some excitement, fun and games have also come to the right place. Notwithstanding this, one gets tempted to sit back, relax and do absolutely nothing
Motebong has committed itself to recruiting from Ha Lejone and will continue to do so where the skills and experience is there. With the exception of the Chef, all our staff are from Ha Lejone and surrounds, and have been given the necessary training for the roles they occupy at Motebong. This is a practice that Motebong will continue to pursue for as long as is possible into the future.
Over and above its products and services for its visitors, Motebong Tourism believes in Responsible Tourism. To this end it has undertaken various initiatives in and around Ha Lejone where it is based, and from where it sources its staff. All of this mentoring and efforts to support the community enterprises and individual business initiatives are done entirely at motebong lodge’s costs