In Mashili street Ha Lejone we find Mme Machakale Mashili, a self-taught propagation practitioner, with the kharetsa aloe as her plant of choice. This is an evergreen succulent that grows in unique spiral patterns and is endemic to Lesotho highlands. This very popular plant is now endangered and consequently protected by law.
Recognising her love for the plants and a contribution she was making in the preservation of the plant genetic resources of the Highlands of Lesotho, the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority (LHDA) gave her further exposure in propagation and subsequently licensed her to sell the otherwise protected aloe that she loves so much – she has not looked back.
Mme Machakale with adult plants and a view of her babies.
The lady is the pride of Ha Lejone and is worth a visit. Call her at +266 6308 5529/5059 4294 or ask Motebong Lodge +266 5974 4567 to facilitate.
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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