The highlands of Lesotho are the watershed for most of the large rivers flowing through South Africa. A huge Highlands Water Project, i.e. Katse Dam 8 is concerned with building a series of dams along the mighty Orange River to export water and hydroelectricity to South Africa. The view of this massive dam from Mafika Lisiu Pass is incredible as the flooded valleys go on for 45 km. The centrepiece of the whole project is the dam wall - at 185 metres, it is the highest in Africa.
The Katse Lodge has been used predominantly by engineers, but is now attracting more visitors, and an area of the lake will be devoted to water sports. Many of the little boats criss-crossing the dam ferry villagers from one side to the other.