The mountain ranges in Letseng-la-Letsie, a protected region of Lesotho

Caledonspoort Eco-Lodge

  • Sector: Tourism / eco-tourism
  • Geographical location: Caledonspoort, Botha Bothe, Lesotho
  • Responsible Ministry or Institution: Lesotho National Development Corporation (LNDC)

Project description

The LNDC has acquired 140 hectares land for the development of an eco-lodge in a quiet and tranquil setting along the border between Lesotho and South Africa. The lodge will be sub-leased to a prospective investor.

Part of the site (10%) is situated on a plateau, with the rest being situated along the banks of the Caledon River and its tributaries in the beautiful landscape of Caledonspoort, in Botha Bothe district.

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Offering spectacular mountain scenery of the Maluti and Drakensberg mountains, as the stage for a wide range of holiday activities, Lesotho provides visitors with the opportunity to enjoy its rugged beauty and experience the warm hospitality shown by the inhabitants of the Mountain Kingdom.

The Botha Bothe district is a gateway to Lesotho’s lucrative mining, engineering and northern tourism route in Lesotho. To a certain degree, this guarantees the right level of traffic in that direction, for visitors to make use of the facility.

Accommodation in Lesotho's Tsehlanyane National Park
Accommodation in Lesotho’s Tsehlanyane National Park

The design inspiration is a cost effective development combining local architecture with international architectural standards. The aim is to maximise the use of eco-friendly and sustainable practices, offering a wide range of experiences: basic outdoor activities such as hiking, riding, skiing (at AfriSki) and cultural excursions and day trips, such as picnics and fishing – whether onsite or in conjunction with other nearby attractions – all leveraging the warmth of the local Basotho soul.

Strong focus is on eco-friendly elements e.g. solar power, waste management programmes, and the use of natural and eco-friendly materials where possible. The target market is primarily South African and foreign tourists looking for an accessible, high quality, yet value-for-money base from which to explore Lesotho with their families, friends and colleagues/business partners.

Project objectives:

An investor with experience in the sector is sought to develop a medium-high quality eco-lodge of 30-40 units, with 40 to 80 beds, on-site spa and events venue, to offer a wide range of activities.

The ultimate aim, along with providing a profitable opportunity for the eventual developer and operators of the site, is to create benefits for the country’s national tourism industry and more specifically, for the communities living around the park – through the provision of a sustainable tourism product.

Revenue sources include: rooms rates, food & beverages, conferencing, spa treatments and fees from various activities.

The tourism success of nearby Clarens, in South Africa, and the well-reported trends toward authenticity, adventure and eco- and pro-poor tourism, provide a good basis for good occupancy rates. The development’s operation is expected to provide employment opportunities for 38 permanent staff and 18 indirect local employees.

Current studies conducted:
  • Feasibility Study (2010)
Project size/cost:
  • US$2-million
Proposed procurement process:
  • Foreign Direct Investment
Project documentation available:
  • Land Title Deed
Government Guarantee or involvement:

The Government of Lesotho, in its efforts to support tourism investment into Lesotho, guarantees support in the provision of basic infrastructure for significant investments, including: road to main component of development as well as support in provision of basic water, sewerage & electricity infrastructure.

Financing status, amount & structure required:
  • US$2-million – Equity

Contact

To discuss the opportunity; or for the most current update on project progress, outstanding actions and investment requirements, please contact the LNDC (Lesotho National Development Corporation).

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