The drive from Sani-Top to Motebong Lodge, like others most in Lesotho, is best measured in driving time as opposed distance – approximately 4hrs. During winter months the latest time to leave Sani Top should be 13.00Hrs.
Secondly, the advice for off-road driving with manual transmission cars; proper gears selection and timely changing of gears is everything!
Thirdly, as a common courtesy on the tight mountain roads, vehicles going up a slope have right of way.
Starting the climb up Sani-Pass.
A view of the top of the Pass
The hair-pin bends closer to the top of Sani Pass – much friendlier off late!
The A3 Sani-Pass to Mokhotlong at Thaba Phatsoa – one of the finest roads in the country.
The recommended route is A3 (Tarred) from Sani-Pass to Mokhotlong, then A1 (Tarred) from Mokhotlong to the Kao Diamond Mine/Ha Lejone turn-off into B804 which is 3Km past Letseng Diamond Mine and 1Km before Tlaaeng Pass – and this is the last 60kms of the route!
The first 36Km of the B804 is a reasonable gravel road, servicing the Kao and Liqhobong Diamond mines. This road deteriorates sharply after the turn-off to Liqhobong just past Kao mine, where there is currently no maintenance the last 19Km with the drive to Motebong Lodge being a about 1hour.
This last section of the route providing a medium of-road challenge – if Sani-pass left you looking for more. While a 4×2 vehicle with a reasonable clearance can be suitable for the route, a 4×4, AWD or front-wheel vehicle is desirable during rains and light snow. In heavy snow only a heavy 4×4 is recommended.
As the pictures below will confirm, driving the B804 after sunset might not be a clever idea!
A taxi crossing the Malibamatso river on the B804 some 18Km from Motebong.
The B804 after the Malibamatso river crossing.
A muddy patch on the B804 just drying-up.
A taxi starting the last major descent a few kms. from Motebong.
The alternative route is to proceed on the A1 past Butha Buthe, turning left into the B25 at Leribe and leading to Ha Lejone/Katse Dam. Motebong Lodge – signs will be visible from just outside Hlotse and when entering Ha Lejone village. This route adds 130Km to the trip but is all tarred.
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