Traverse the breathtaking Sani Pass and go through the border into Lesotho.
Lesotho is rich in culture and traditions steeped in the past. The people are open, warm, and friendly. Visit a private homestead that offers sustenance to shepherds, taste homemade bread and hear a blanket presentation and learn about Basotho culture. Enjoy a delicious gourmet picnic overlooking the Roof of Africa. Thereafter travel deep into the mountains to a private rural village. Become engrossed in the skills of an experienced traditional healer. Watch the local ladies dance and learn the significance of these routines. Visits are in genuine homes in which people live permanently and nothing is staged for show.
Go to the Highest Pub on the edge of the Pass for a quick drink and photo opportunity. Return down the dramatic steep switch-backs of the Sani Pass.
Covid Vaccination proof with a QR bar code is required for entry.
If you are not vaccinated a rapid test for R250.00 cash per person can be taken at the South African Border Post with almost immediate results. PCR tests taken within 72 hours of entry are also acceptable.
INCLUSIONS & EXTRAS PROVIDED ON A PRIVATE TOUR
Refreshments at the Highest Pub
Curio’s and personal items
Collection at 7h30 in luxury 4×4 vehicle.
Traverse the breath taking Sani Pass.
Only 2 passengers per vehicle, unless it is 4 of the same group, or a family/group on their own maximum 6 people in a vehicle.
Hot towels on arrival.
Enjoy tea/coffee, juice and freshly baked snacks at a view point on the Pass & stop at leisure to take photo’s on the Pass.
Mid-morning you will cross the Lesotho border control assisted by your personal guide.
Travel deep into the Highlands of Lesotho. Visit a small and exclusive village.
Observe the wisdom of a traditional healer. Learn the significance of dance routines, beliefs and culture.
Enjoy a healthy picnic lunch overlooking the Roof of Africa.
Visit the Highest Pub.
By mid-afternoon head back down the steep switch-backs of the Sani Pass.
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
How long is the tour?
This tour is usually 8 to 9 hours.
We leave by 7h30 to ensure that there are few other tours en route.
However as this is a private tour you can choose where you would like to spend time or if you wish to return earlier.
The border control closes by 18h00 which is the latest we can return.
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.
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 and will not be able to experience this tour as the village is private. 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.
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.