Situated North of Maseru, along the Main North 1, Leribe offers a variety of tourism products. These include nature reserves, the magnificent Katse Dam and a variety of handicrafts. The two reserves and the Katse Dam, which are products of the Lesotho Highlands Development Authority, have made Leribe a major tourist destination.
In the west, Leribe borders the Free State Province of South Africa. Domestically, it borders on the following districts: Butha-Buthe on the North Mokhotlong District, in the East Thaba-Tseka, and Berea in the Southeast and Southwest.
What To See
Tse'hlanyane National Park
The largest reserve established by the project, this national park encompasses the upper catchment of the Tse'hlanyane River and protects the all important Leucosidea forest. Accommodation consists of the magnificent Madiba Lodge which consists of a guest house, conference centre, rondavels and camping sites.
Bokong Nature Reserve
From the Visitor Centre, with its panoramic view over the Lepaqoa Valley, raptors cruise the high thermals and the Lepaqoa River plunges into the sheer gorge. In winter, the scene is freeze-framed and the waterfall becomes a spectacular ice sculpture set in a landscape dusted in snow.
Katse Dam was built as one of a series of dams in the Lesotho Highlands Water Project to export water to South Africa. The dam's wall is 185m high and is regarded as the highest dam wall in Africa. Katse Dam has become the country's most important tourist attraction. There is also a Botanical Garden at Katse which displays Lesotho's diverse mountain flora and fauna heritage in its natural environment.
Where To Stay
Leribe has two hotels: Sekekete Hotel in Maputsoe, which shares a border with Fichsburg, and Leribe Hotel in Hlotse. There is also Orion Katse Lodge overlooking the magnificent Katse Dam. Other accommodation establishments include Umbrella Guest House and Choks Lodge both at Halejone, Aloes Guest House in Pitseng, and a number of other accommodation establishments in Hlotse.