Circumnavigating Katse Dam

3 Night/ 4 Day Guided Adventure Motorcycle Tour with Jo Rust as your guide.

Lodge accommodation.

Dinner and Breakfast included.

R 5899 per rider or pillion.

Single supplement available at R 1800 p/person. 

(Non riding partners can join in support vehicle @ R 5899)


Available Tour Dates:

13 - 16 September 2018 ( 15/15 Places Available)​

This tour has a LEVEL 3 grading. 
For information on how we grade our tours, please visit our Tour Grading Page.


This amazing motorcycle adventure is a chance for you to get on your bike and ride it in the terrain it was designed to be ridden in! Lesotho, this is the land of the “blanket people”, who ride their sturdy ponies, build picturesque houses and greet visitors with a dignified salute.  Having arguably some of the best and most scenic riding roads Southern Africa has to offer, we traverse Lesotho along side Katse Dam. Katse Dam is Africa's second largest dam and the route we have planned out is a complete circumnavigation of the dam on gravel roads!  The dam is part of the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.  The dam was completed in 1996 and the reservoir filled with water by 1997.  Water from the dam first travels through a 45 km, 4 m diameter tunnel, exiting at a hydroelectric station near Muela. The dam's high elevation allows a gravity flow delivery system to South Africa, in addition to hydroelectric power for Lesotho, and was a prime reason behind the choice of site.  Water delivery officially began on 22 January 1998. The dam currently supplies about 30 m³/s of water to South Africa.  Over the four day tour you will get to see some of the most stunning scenery from the seat of your motorcycle with the peace of mind that every last detail has been taken care of by the Jo Rust Adventures Team, including a full support crew, back up vehicle, trailer and medic.


Johannesburg to Maliba Lodge 

424kms total / 324kms tar / 100kms gravel

Our adventure starts in Johannesburg where we travel from our meeting point, heading south towards the little town of Clarens which will be our lunch stop on day one.  We head off the tar and onto some awesome gravel roads near Frankfort.  The gravel roads are well maintained and will get you excited for what’s to come in Lesotho! From Clarens it’s a short ride on good twisty tar to the border with Lesotho.  Customs at the South African/Lesotho border posts are easy and it takes only about 20 minutes to get stamped in!  From here we have a 50km ride to our hotel for the night.  We stay at the amazing Maliba Mountain Lodge nestled in the Maluti Mountains.  It’s a 5 star hotel and the food is amazing!  We relax with a few drinks on the deck over looking the beautiful valley and river below.


Maliba Lodge to Katse Lodge 

180kms total / 131kms tar / 49kms gravel

We leave Maliba after a leisurely breakfast and ride out of the valley and start to head towards Katse Dam.  One of the highlights of today is riding up to the viewpoint at the Mafika Lisiu Pass, the summit is just over 3000 meters above sea level and the road to the top is perfect tar and has loads of curves especially for the bikes!  We head off the tar at the small village of Ha Lejone and stop off at Motebong Village situated at the very start of Katse Dam for coffee and lunch.  After lunch we start our circumnavigation of Katse Dam via some unbelievably beautiful dirt roads to get to the Katse Dam Lodge which is our home the the evening!  If we get to the lodge early enough a dam wall tour is a fantastic way to learn all the history behind the building of the dam. A warm cosy pub with WiFi and a magnificent view over the Katse Dam are just some of the features it has to offer!


Katse Lodge to Oxbow Lodge

169kms total / 52kms tar / 117kms gravel

This morning we leave the lodge and head out onto the western side of the dam.  The route is good gravel with some slightly rocky sections, remember if at any point you feel uncomfortable riding a certain section, stop and wait, one of our guides will help you through, this is after all how we learn and become better riders and why we have a support crew!  The scenery is spectacular and you get a feeling of really being out there!   We have a refuel stop in Ha Lejone for those that need it and then we hook up onto the Kao Mine road.  The road takes us through rural villages and the children and villagers will greet you with beaming smiles.  We also pass the Kao Diamond mine.  The Kao kimberlite pipe is the largest diamond-bearing pipe in Lesotho and the fourth largest in South Africa.  Before we reach our rustic lodge for the night we pass Kowl’s Summit at a height of 3200 meters above sea level!  We stop in to Afriski for a cup of hot chocolate and a bite to eat before heading to our stop for the day.  The New Oxbow Lodge is situated in a valley on the banks of the Malibamatsoe River.  It is secluded and rustic, creating a very casual atmosphere and the food is home cooked and delicious! 


Oxbo Lodge to Clarens

110kms tar

Unfortunately all good things must come to an end and today we travel home via some spectacular tar roads and mountain passes.  Our tour will end back in South Africa in the village of Clarens.  On the way to Clarens we will stop in for a look at the Liphofung Cave.  People have used the Liphofung Cave since prehistoric times, as evidenced by the San rock art on the walls and the rich archaeological deposits of Stone Age implements on the floor. Later, the first Basotho monarch, King Moshoeshoe the Great, used the cave as a place to stay when visiting that part of his kingdom.  After seeing the cave it’s a short ride to the border where we stamp our passports and head back into South Africa.  The road down to Clarens from the border has some magnificent fast sweeps and in no time at all we will be at our final lunch stop!

So Why Tour with Jo Rust Adventures?

Jo Rust knows a little bit about adventure!  She was the first female to circumnavigate the African continent solo on a motorcycle. It took her 18 months, traveling through 28 countries and over 45000kms!  She is also one of four women who are internationally accredited BMW Motorrad off-road instructors.  

The Jo Rust Adventures guides team have been conducting off-road tours throughout Southern Africa for over 10 years. Their track record speaks for itself and the relationship we have with all the lodges and hotels on this tour have been built up over the years.  We pride ourselves on safety and nothing is more important to us than your well being while on tour.  We have a lead and sweep rider, a full support truck, trailer and medic on every tour.  You can relax on your holiday and know that Jo Rust Adventures has taken care of all the details to make your experience an unforgettable one!

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