Sani Pass Travel Guide

  • Sani Pass
    Sani Pass
    by MikeAtSea
  • Good Hope Trading Station
    Good Hope Trading Station
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  • Good Hope Trading Station
    Good Hope Trading Station
    by MikeAtSea

Sani Pass Things to Do

  • Good Hope Trading Station

    This former trading station from the 1800's was positioned at the foot of the Sani Pass. In old times traders would make their way down the pass with donkeys, overnight at the trading station and then make their way back up the pass with the goods they had exchanged. Today only the ruins are left and there is talk that the ruins are to be removed...

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  • The South African Border Post

    Even though the Kingdom of Lesotho is entirely surrounded by South Africa one still crosses a "proper" international border. Therefore do not forget your passports even if you just like to visit the top of the pass. Passports are being stamped both at the South African and Lesotho border posts. The South African border post is situated some 8 km...

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  • Waterfalls

    Some of the waterfalls along the pass are beautiful. Some are nestled away in the mountains and others are along the roadside. We got out at a few waterfalls and our guide washed and drank water from them.

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  • To the Border

    If you intend travelling to Lesotho which is at the top of the Sani Pass then you must take your passport and clear immigration on both sides on the way up, and on the way down.

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  • Scenic Sani Pass

    The Sani Pass is one of the most scenic roads I have ever driven on. As I am afraid of heights I did think that this drive would terrify me! But it must have been the skill of our driver, I was not scared once.I loved stopping along the pass at many scenic lookouts, taking in the wonderful scenery and taking a few snaps!

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  • Sani Pass

    The Sani Pass is quite literally that - a pass.The road is steep and windey, it is a mud road and is only accessible by 4WD. You could try and go up in a 2WD but it is not reccommended and you will not get through immigration.Coming from Lesotho down the Sani Pass you do not need a 4WD (although I would reccomend it!), it is the South African...

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Sani Pass Restaurants

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    The Highest Restaurant & Pub in Africa 2 more images

    by MikeAtSea Written Sep 18, 2009

    Sani Top is a small rustic establishment on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment. Situated on the border between South Africa and Lesotho, it is also home to the highest pub in Africa at 2874m. Your host Jonathan and Sylvia Aldous at the top of the Sani Pass at one offer one of the best-kept secret places in Africa.
    And rest assured having a meal there with vistas right across the pass and the valleys below is one of the most spectacular places in Southern Africa!

    Favorite Dish: The Austrian Meatloaf - how appropriate having this in the mountains!

    Related to:
    • Mountain Climbing
    • Road Trip
    • National/State Park

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Sani Pass Transportation

  • To Head up the Pass

    The only way presently to get up the pass is by 4x4 vehicle. I have made it up the pass in a normal vehicle, however this is not recommended now since the road has become very bad. The Lesotho government is responsible for maintaining the road from the South African Border Post to the top and the 8km are VERY bumpy. There are a number of operators...

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  • 4X4

    Very agile 4X4 vehicle is a must if you wish to get to the top of Sani's Pass. Hiking or walking will take at least two days to get to top from nearest lodge. You will NOT get to the top of Sani's Pass without a good solid land rover or otherwise.

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