Katse – the water on top of the world


Katse, the highest dam in Africa, is also one of the world’s ten largest concrete arch dams in terms of volume, with a capacity of nearly 2 billion cubic metres and a surface area of 38.5 square kilometres.Katse dam’s wall is 185 metres high.
It is the transfer reservoir for the Lesotho Highlands Water Project  and supplies water to Gauteng via a 32km long tunnel to the Ash river just outside Clarens.  The Lesotho Highlands water scheme is a major revenue earner for Lesotho, and the dam also provides electricity for Lesotho.
There is an info centre and daily tours of the dam wall starting at 9am or 2pm on weekdays and there is an extra tour at  11am on weekends. (Visitors from Clarens wanting to go on these tours usually spend the night at the Orion Katse Lodge.)
Katse Dam Botanical Gardens

Katse Botanical Gardens:

The gardens specialise in growing indigenous medicinal plants and environmental education is one of their core activities. The gardens offer “wild flower walks” with one of their knowledgable guides and one is also able to buy plants at their nursery.

Tours from Clarens to Katse Dam

Self Drive:  Clarens to Katse:
Maluti Tours :
Katse Dam Tour (overnight stay in Lesotho)  Contact details

Clarens Xtreme  
Katse Dam Day tour  Contact detail


NB:  All children under the age of 18 must have an unabridged birth certificate.

Further Reading

Self Drive – Ash River Outfall Drive  (Clarens News: April 2014) Map and information.

Self drive: Clarens to Katse Dam  (Clarens News: March 2014.) Article by Rod and Rose Smart on their Katse experience – with tips on driving in Lesotho.)



Author: ClarensNews

Editor of Clarens News