The small town of Thaba-Tseka, "The Mountain with a Blaze", was established in 1970's and is the capital of the mountainous Thaba-Tseka district. This had a population of almost 129 000 inhabitants at the time of the 2006 census.
The town has been made considerably more accessible and tourist-friendly since the construction of the Molimo Nthuse, which joins the Hlotse to Katse road beyond Katse at Thaba-Tseka.
In the east, Thaba-Tseka borders on the KwaZulu-Natal Province of South Africa. Domestically, it borders on the following districts:
- Mokhotlong District - northeast
- Leribe District - north
- Berea District - northwest
- Maseru District - west
- Mohale's Hoek District - southwest
- Qacha's Nek District - south
What To Do
One can participate in pony trekking, hiking, camping and quad biking in Katse.
What To See
Thaba-Tseka has quite a number of wildlife to see, at Kolberg there are eagles.
Katse botanical garden displays Lesotho's diverse mountain flora and fauna including the national flower, the spiral aloe.
Katse dam was built as one of a series of dams in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project to export water to South Africa. Its huge 185m high dam wall (the highest in Africa) has become one of the countr's most important tourist attractions. The best views are provided from the Mafika-Lisiu Pass.
Where To Stay
One can find accommodation in this area at the Orion Katse Lodge.