Sani Pass & Lesotho Stars
Sani Pass & Lesotho Stars is an overnight tour over the top of the mountain and underneath a blanket of stars in Lesotho in the evening.
Built in 1950 as a bridle path, what the Sani Pass takes out of you in the challenge of adventure, it gives back in scenery.
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.
The road is made of gravel, and at elevations ranging from 1544m to 2876m at the summit.
Drive deep into the mountains to enjoy a Sani Pass Full Day Splendour
After lunch travel to your overnight accommodation and spend the evening under a blanket of stars across the sky. Good food, drinks and company are followed by a cosy nights rest.
Lots of outdoor activity opportunities.
INCLUSIONS & EXTRAS PROVIDED ON A PRIVATE OVERNIGHT TOUR
ON A PRIVATE OVERNIGHT TOUR
- Personal items
- Lunch on Day 2 at Sani Pass Highest Pub
- All alcoholic drinks
- Collection 07h30 then traverse the breath taking Sani Pass stopping frequently for photo opportunities.
- After crossing the Lesotho border, drive deep into the mountains for an exclusive experience with a Basotho community including watching a traditional healer whose knowledge has been passed down over generations, learn the significance of dancing routines as played out by the local community.
- Watch bread making, beer tasting and the daily lives of the Basotho people.
- Overnight at an historical guest house in Mokhotlong enjoy dinner, bed and breakfast in this remote area.
- Wake up to the sounds of nature and after a hearty breakfast decide if you wish to hike into the mountains, go on a horse ride or laze in this beautiful setting,
- Or you can take a leisurely walk along the 12 apostle mountains with your guide. Please to sure to take warm clothing as the weather can change very suddenly.
- Have lunch at the Highest Pub in Southern Africa and snap the last photo’s of this incredible scenery.
- Drive down the steep switch back of the Sani Pass and return to your destination
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 warm sleeping wear in case it get cold at night. Wear comfortable walking shoes.
Bring a small overnight bag. Additional luggage can safely be stored in Underberg until your return.
Don’t forget sunscreen, Mosquito repellent (no malaria in Lesotho) sunglasses and camera’s.
Warm water is sometimes only available and night
Generators usually run electricity except in the rural village where there is no electricity.
There is no internet or cell phone signal or places to charge phones.
Small change for purchase of curio’s.
We provide all other refreshments
How long is the tour?
The tour is 2 days and one night.
As this is a private tour you can request the time of return but the border control closes at 18h00 by which time we need to be back in South Africa.
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.
There has not been a case of altitude sickness but our guides are trained to watch for signs and have a back up in place should this occur.
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 will not be able to go to any of the private accommodation mentioned.
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. The guide will spend the night with you and return with you the next day. The cost for this is R1100 per day.
Rental vehicles are not suggested as rental companies will charge for damage in the area even with full cover insurance.
You dictate your preferences in terms of time.
Our only restrictions are the South African border control closes at 18h00
and therefore we need to be back in South Africa prior to this time.