Sani Pass Day Tour – Private
The Sani Pass Private Day Tour goes up a gravel winding pass that is higher and steeper and much tougher than any of its Southern African competitors. This Pass 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 as you come face to face with the vast, desolate beauty of the Drakensberg Mountains.
Go to the Highest Pub.
Have a beer at the highest pub in Africa as you summit at 2874 meters 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
We will collect you at your convenience in a luxury 4×4 vehicle.
We then traverse the breathtaking Sani Pass.
The guide and vehicle will be exclusive to you whether 2 or 4 people.
There are hot hand towels available for your comfort.
We enjoy tea/coffee, juice and freshly baked snacks at a viewpoint on the Pass & stop at leisure to take photo’s of the exceptional views.
By mid-morning you will cross the Lesotho border control assisted by your personal guide.
We always keep fluffy blankets in your vehicle just in case it gets cold.
We visit a small private Lesotho homestead where you learn how these amazing folk survive in temperatures often well below freezing.
Our guide tells you all about the blankets that the Basotho people wear and the meaning of each pattern then you get to taste homemade bread.
Spend time learning their cultures and traditions.
We then visit the Highest Pub in Africa for photographs and drinks and lunch. You can take your time and walk along the edge of the pass should you wish.
By mid-afternoon head back down the breathtaking switchbacks of the Sani Pass and 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 wear walking shoes.
Don’t forget sunscreen, sunglasses and camera’s.
Small change for purchase of curio’s.
We provide all other refreshments
All guides are very appreciative of tips.
How long is the tour?
This tour is usually 6 t0 7 hours. although will be longer if the optional rock-art walk is chosen.
We leave by 9H00 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 you may visit is an elevation of 3278 meters above sea level.
Can I drive on my own?
The road is not currently in a good condition therefore driving in your own vehicle is not recommended.
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.
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.
You dictate your preferences in terms of time.
Our only restrictions are the South African border control closes at 18h00.
Therefore we need to be back in South Africa prior to this time.