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Semonkong Lodge


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Semonkong Lodge overview

A rustic, homely lodge with stone and thatch rooms and rondavels in the heart of Lesotho. the lodge is on the eastern slopes of the Thaba Putsoa range.

Semonkong Lodge offers you a glimpse of life in Lesotho, set in the very heart of this mountain kingdom. In winter, chilly breezes blown off snow-capped mountains are eased by a warm fire, soft music and good company. Relax in accommodation built of stone and thatch which are rustic but have electricity and hot showers. 

Nearby are the Maletsunyane Falls, one of the highest single drop waterfalls in Africa, which creates a haze of smoke as the water plummets 186 metres into a spectacular gorge. It is from this smoke that Semonkong –The Place of Smoke –gets its name. Enjoy a walk to the falls, swim in the pool and pass local villages for a beer and a chat.

Activities here are centred around hiking and pony trekking but also in the spring trout fishing is popular. Birdwatching is good here too with many raptors and unusual species. You can also try the donkey pub crawl - a fun way to meet the locals and enjoy their music and dancing. 

The Lodge has a fully licensed bar and restaurant with a daily choice of menu which includes options for vegetarians. Should there be any special dietary requirements, they would appreciate knowing of them in advance. There is also a communal self-catering kitchen.

Overnight horse treks can be booked from here, these are quite strenuous as the rides are about 6-7 hours each day, but they are suitable for beginners. Accommodation is in Basotho villages overnight in huts with cooking equipment and utensils. Luggage is carried on pack horses.


Open:Year round

Location: Central Lesotho, 130 kms from Maseru


Rooms: 16 thatched rooms and 2 dormitory style rondavels.

Activities:  Abseiling; horse riding (day and overnight treks); hiking; Rock climbing; fishing; Mountain Biking; 4x4 driving; Community Tours


Facilities: Bar and restaurant

Dining: Meals are served in the restaurant


Children: Families welcome

Health: Due to the altitude there is no malaria here

Communication: There is mobile phone reception but no internet 

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