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Semonkong Lodge
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Toronto, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
72 reviews
10 hotel reviews
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“Great Staff!”
Reviewed October 20, 2011

I would just like to say how accommodating and helpful the owners of this establishment are. My family and I weren't able to make it as scheduled and the flexibility of the owners to change our reservation makes me wish Lesotho wasn't so far away. Support this team, they are wonderful!

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled with family
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Sydney, Australia
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Reviewed May 28, 2011

after a grueling 10hrs in one day on horse back to reach Semonkong, it was like slipping into paradise when we arrived, it was night and cold with snow on the ground, once i managed to get off my horse, the owner quickly ushered my friend and i into his warm office with concern for our well being.

The owner then showed us to the meal area so we could warm up further and enjoy some food, which i can happily say was fantastic!
once finished we went to our room with a roaring fire already prepared!!!!!

The service upon arrival was fantastic and stayed that way throughout our stay!

The owner was once again happy to give us directions to some shops and was always happy to help.

with clean rooms and warm service i would recommend this hotel to everyone!

well done Semonkong lodge!!

  • Stayed June 2010, traveled with friends
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Preston, Lancashire
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Reviewed May 1, 2011

Located around 120km south of Maseru, the last 65 km on dirt roads. Some guides claim this last stretch is passable in a 2wd. Believe us IT IS NOT. We travelled down this road mid March on a very wet day in a 4WD travelling at times in deep mud and for long periods not getting above second gear. We passed a Toyota 4WD coming the other way that got stuck in mud and from Maseru it took us 4¼ hours. In drier weather it is not as challenging but you can’t guarantee this when booking.
The effort is well worth it though. This place has a real end of the world feel to it emphasised when they closed the bridge providing access to the lodge around 3 hours after we arrived due to rising flood waters. Access after this is only available via a footbridge with cars left on the other side of the river. We stayed in a delightful stone thatched roundel with its own log fire which is lit on chilly evenings. Furnishings are rustic, perfectly in keeping with the surroundings. There is a wonderfully comfortable double bed with plenty of blankets (it can get cold in the evenings) and shower with hot water. Power is a bit hit and miss but it is rarely off for more than half an hour and this just adds to the magic of the place.
In the evenings, centre of attraction is ‘Thatchers Tavern’ where all food is served. This is simple home cooked food but very good quality and drinks are reasonable. The bar is open all day and has outside tables, perfect for a late afternoon beer after sampling the numerous outdoor activities. We did pony trekking to Maletsunyane Falls (at 204m, the largest single drop waterfall in Southern Africa) which was amazing followed by a trek up the mountain for spectacular views of the valley below. This takes around 4 hours but is well worth it. For the not so faint hearted abseiling off the top of the waterfall is possible but we gave this a miss!
The bar has a great vibe in the evening with music playing and a pool table.
All in all a really memorable part of our trip and well worth the effort of getting there. Staff are really friendly which just adds to the experience.

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  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed March 13, 2011

You are warned about the road to Semonkong when you book - three hours of tortuous pot-holed dirt road, and when you reach the odd bit of tarmac, the pot holes just get bigger! However, the views on the way are stunning, and each pass you reach opens up yet another fantastic vista with the road snaking away into the distance. Our 2x4 managed it without significant difficulty. The most tricky stretch was half way along, but then it gets better again.

The lodge itself is in a pretty location, down by the river, where a constant stream of people, horses, donkeys etc cross the bridge so it is great for people watching.

Our room was a spacious ensuite rondavel just along from the main lodge. There are slightly limited facilities for sitting and relaxing, though some rooms have seats outside them, and you can use the restaurant area.

Self catering is available, though just at present there is a film crew there who are rather monopolising the kitchen with huge quantities of food and two ladies who seem to spend 20 hours a day cooking for them all! That said, they were perfectly happy to make space for us to make a cup of tea, which is all we needed to do.

We ate in the 'tavern' restaurant, which has limited choice, but good sized portions of the kind of food you need for an outdoor holiday.

The owners were away when we stayed, but the managers are extremely helpful and friendly, and full of plans for developing the lodge. They are keen that the local community should benefit from the lodge, will organise guides, pony treks (good fun) etc, and encourage guests to go and explore the local town. As we discovered there is more going on that appears at first sight.

They also offer the longest abseil in the world which we weren't tempted to try, but we did walk down to the foot of the falls, which are very impressive.

  • Stayed March 2011, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 8, 2010

This lodge was a fantastic special expience hidden off the beaten path in the mountains of Lesotho. Spectacular views, wonderful accomodations with lots of character and very good food. We loved walking to the Maletsunyane Falls and seeing all the horses and birdlife all around us.

  • Stayed October 2010, traveled with family
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Property: Semonkong Lodge
Address: 1 River Bend Road, Semonkong 120, Lesotho
Location: Lesotho > Maseru District > Semonkong
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Ranked #1 of 1 Specialty Lodging in Semonkong
Number of rooms: 19
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