Sani Pass Day Tour
Private Tour from Durban
The Sani Pass Day Tour goes up a gravel winding pass that is higher and steeper and much tougher than any of its Southern African competitors and offers the most exceptional views in the country. As the altitude increases, the road becomes narrower and more treacherous. All signs of human habitation disappear and you come face to face with the vast, desolate beauty of the Drakensberg Mountains.
As you are not driving have a beer at the highest pub in Africa as you summit at 2874 metres above sea level! Coming back down is as thrilling, if not more, don’t close your eyes as you’ll miss these incredible vistas.
INCLUSIONS & EXTRAS PROVIDED ON A PRIVATE TOUR
Collection from your hotel at 06h00 in a luxury vehicle with a top professional guide and head towards the Southern Drakensberg
On arrival in Underberg transfer to a luxury 4×4 vehicle. We offer specialist 4×4 Sani Pass guides who will transport you into a magical world as you head towards the South African Border post.
Enjoy the experience as you stop en route for tea and refreshments whilst your guide entertains you with a multitude of facts and stories about this magnificent pass and its history.
After climbing 1000 metres in 8 km’s through breathtaking views, you will reach the Lesotho Border Post.
Visit a small private homestead & meet the family who live there and raise chickens, sheep and goats on their land.
Learn the significance of their local traditions and cultures and taste homemade bread.
Enjoy a talk about the history of Lesotho, the lifestyle of the people and how they live in the unforgiving climate.
Enjoy an informative blanket presentation.
Go to see shepherds humble dwellings.
Visit the Highest Pub for photographs and drinks and lunch.
By mid-afternoon head back down the breath taking Sani Pass.
Meet your chauffeur to transfer back to your accommodation in Durban.
Passports & Visas
Valid Passports are essential. No exceptions are made.
Visas may be required for some nationalities and can be obtained online.
Please check http://www.evisalesotho.com/
What to Bring
Bring warm clothing in case of cold and wear walking shoes.
Don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses and camera’s.
Small change for purchase of curio’s.
We provide all other refreshments
What happens if the weather is bad?
When it is raining, misty or snowing we still operate the tour as most times you rise above the clouds as you go up the Pass.
The only times when the tour will be cancelled is if the Pass has been closed by the border control due to being blocked by snow.
Please speak to us about cancelling if you are not happy.
What is the altitude?
The Sani Pass is at an elevation of 2873 meters above sea level.
Black Mountain Pass which is towards the village you will visit is at an elevation of 3278 meters above sea level.
How long is the tour?
You will leave your accommodation in Durban at 6h00 am
Arrive and transfer to a 4×4 vehicle by 9h00.
However as this is a private tour you can choose where you would like to spend time or if you wish to return earlier.
You will need to meet your chauffeur to return to Durban by 16h00.
Arrival in Durban by 19h00.
Is the Pass going to be tarred?
Yes. However according to the engineers involved this will only be in about 5 years.
There are a few road works but this is long before the South African border post.
Can I drive on my own?
Some do attempt to do this but unless you are very experienced it is not advisable. Inclement weather conditions are dangerous if you do not know the road and can happen at any time even if it looks good in the morning.
You will not get to see Basotho culture as this is only provided through a guided tour and your views will be restricted if you do not have the freedom to watch as you pass.
You can however ‘Hire a Guide’ provided you have the correct vehicle the guide will accompany you in your vehicle to ensure that you get to the top and will take you to the village for the activities at a small cost.
Rental vehicles are not suggested as rental companies will charge for damage in the area even with full cover insurance.
You can also hire a ‘Buddy Tour’ which means you follow one of our existing tours in your own vehicle. This is not suggested for those without experience.