Morning at Katse Lodge in Lesotho — Including Breakfast

After I was greeted to breathtaking scenery when I awoke on that cool February morning in my room at Katse Lodge in Lesotho, I decided that I wanted to explore around outside before I partook in breakfast, which was included in the room rate.

Morning at Katse Lodge in Lesotho — Including Breakfast

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

I went outside and viewed the water of the reservoir which is formed by Katse Dam on the Malibamat’so River.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

A woman was selling souvenirs outside of the front entrance to Katse Lodge, whose doors were locked when I arrived the night before — or, more accurately, earlier that morning, as I arrived incredibly late.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

The entrance to the dining area of Katse Lodge where breakfast is served in the mornings is adjacent to an overlook where one can enjoy the view of the lake and the surrounding mountains.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Between the lobby and the dining area of Katse Lodge is a living area of sorts, where one can read a book, watch television, or relax in the many available chairs.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

A fireplace is available when the air gets cold enough at night.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Both the relaxation area and the dining area were empty during my visit to Katse Lodge.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Maluti Mountain Brewery produces beer in Lesotho — but as I do not drink alcoholic beverages and despise beer, I did not sample any.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Pitchers of orange juice and grapefruit juice were available to guests for breakfast; but I am not sure what was the third variety of juice.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Different types of fruit and yogurt were available…

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

…as well as various seeds, vegetables, pickles, dried fruits, crackers, and sliced cheeses.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

An assortment of dry cereals were sealed in transparent plastic containers.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Guests can choose from various kinds of tea and coffee — along with honey, sugar, cream, and whatever else one needs to create as close to the perfect cup of the ideal hot beverage as possible.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

A variety of bread and hot food items — such as baked beans, sliced mushrooms, bacon, and eggs — were also available at the breakfast buffet table.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Through the vast number of windows, diners are treated to sweeping views of the reservoir and the surrounding mountains, which were enshrouded by low clouds on that tranquil morning.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Considering that breakfast — which was all you can eat, buffet style — was included in the room rate, the food was not all that bad…

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

…but it was not great, either. I slogged through a variety of hot and cold items; but I did not return to the breakfast buffet for a second helping of food.

Katse Lodge Bokong Lesotho

Photograph ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

Summary

Katse Lodge — which was once one of the properties of the Orion Hotels lodging company in southern Africa — is located on a small peninsula at the confluence of the Bokong River and the Malibamat’so River in Bokong in central Lesotho. Count on spending close to five hours driving the 263 kilometers to get to the property.

The buffet breakfast appears to no longer be include in the room rate, as it is available daily from 7:00 through 10:00 in the morning: 130 South African rand for adults, which is approximately $7.63 in United States dollars; and 65 South African rand for children, which is approximately $3.82 in United States dollars. I would only take the breakfast if it was included in the room rate.

Access to Wi-Fi is included in the room rate; but it is only available in some areas of Katse Lodge. Free parking is available. I did not use the outdoor pool.

I paid a room rate of $35.81. Add the $5.01 in tax for a grand total of $40.82, which did include the lackluster breakfast buffet. I booked my reservation through Expedia.

Rooms are currently unavailable to be booked at Katse Lodge — perhaps due to the current 2019 Novel Coronavirus pandemic.

I recommend staying at Katse Lodge for three reasons: the helpful assistance I eventually received from members of the staff; the breakfast buffet at no additional charge; and the low cost for lodging. Otherwise, I would not recommend staying at Katse Lodge.

For the entire trip report of my experience, please refer to the following articles in order:

All photographs ©2015 by Brian Cohen.

3 thoughts on “Morning at Katse Lodge in Lesotho — Including Breakfast”

  1. MFK says:

    In a previous review, you said, “but please allow me to say that despite my first impressions of the room and the experience of not being able to check in, Katse Lodge should be on your list as a place to stay if you plan on visiting Lesotho.” What changed between now and then, just breakfast not being included? Are there better accommodations nearby now? The area looks lovely and the hotel certainly looks decent enough for the price and region.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      Nothing changed other than breakfast seemingly no longer being included, MFK.

      The area really is worth the trip; the room was nothing special with mold in the bathroom; and there are not many other lodging options in Lesotho outside of the capital city of Maseru.

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