Tourism projects in Lesotho seek investors
Boundless Southern Africa is looking for investors for multi-million tourism projects located in a conservation area.
Maloti Drakensberg Transfrontier Conservation Area, which is spans parts of South Africa and Lesotho has six tourism projects that require funding. These are, Sehlabathebe National Park Mountain Resort, Sehlabathebe National Park Environmental Education Centre, Bokong Nature Reserve, Mohale Village, Afri-Ski Leisure Kingdom and Katse Tourist Village.
Sehlabathebe National Park Mountain Resort
The objective is the development of top-end and adventure-tourist accommodation facilities in the mountain resort in Lesotho. This will result in employment opportunities for local communities as provide a revenue-generating scheme for the park.
Sehlabathebe Mountain Resort is situated in the north eastern part of the park on a high plateau with northern views of the higher Maloti mountain peaks. The resort is accessible by vehicle from Lesotho, and by pony trail from Bushman’s neck. Activities include among other things, hiking and pony tracking along the escarpment with incredible views down onto the KwaZulu-Natal midlands.
An estimate injection US$2,2-million is needed for this project.
Sehlabathebe National Park Environmental Education Centre
This project is seeking US$4.5-million to for an environmental education centre in Lesotho which includes accommodation for high-end and adventure tourists.
The project is one of the components of the second phase of implementation of Maloti Drakensberg Conservation and Development Programme. The project includes construction of staff housing and an office at the existing Environmental Centre comprising 72 beds’ accommodation at Sehlabathebe National Park (SNP) and entrance gate, upgrading of a 10km road within the park, communication and power facilities. The Lesotho Government is in the process of soliciting an operator to run the existing facilities over a period of two- to three-year contract extendible by two years.
Bokong Nature Reserve
The Bokong Nature Reserve lies at the head of the Mafika Lisiu Pass (Lesotho) and reaches an altitude of 3090 metres above sea level. Its key tourist attractions are the Lepaqoa Waterfall, a number of hiking trails, horse riding and sightings of the rare and endangered bearded vulture. Current tourism infrastructure includes five five-bed chalets and a visitor centre with picnic facilities. A number of additional services are required to be built by the operator. An estimated US$2,14-million is needed for this development which will involve luxury and adventure-style accommodation development and community employment.
Mohale Village is situated near Mohale Dam (Lesotho), about 86 km from Maseru. The Mohale village served as accommodation during the construction of phase 1B of Lesotho Highlands Water Project. This village has potential to attract a significant number of tourists. Accommodation includes 81 houses and 79 single quarters, fully equipped and furnished, which need to be refurbished and operationalised. Investors interested in funding this refurbishment are invited to contact Boundless Southern Africa.
Afri-Ski Leisure Kingdom
The resort is located on the Mahlasela Pass in the Butha-Buthe District, northern Lesotho. The resort is accessible by tar road from the A1 National Road between Butha-Buthe and Mokhotlong and Sani Pass, a home to the highest pub in the world. Afri-Ski has launched a sales campaign of 100 ski chalets to be constructed onsite. As result, opportunities exist to buy sectional or full ownership of ski chalets in Lesotho. For more information, please contact Boundless Southern Africa.
Katse Tourist Village
The Katse Dam area is a primary tourist destination in Lesotho. The village was built to house staff during the construction phase of the dam and is currently underutilised. It is supported by large, effective and functioning infrastructure that makes it ideal for conversion into a tourism village. This village is envisaged to include a hotel and conference facility, bed and breakfast accommodation, restaurants, retail outlets, art and craft outlets, bars and a museum. An estimated US$140-million is needed for this development.
Interested parties for any of the above-mentioned opportunities in Lesotho are invited to contact Boundless Southern Africa for more information on how to get involved.
Original article courtesy of Frontier Market Network