Sani Pass switchbacks - a view from the north
© Drakensberg Nature Tours    -    2016
Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal
The Sani is the most spectacular road pass in South Africa - vast scenery on a breath-taking road. It is an adventure into the natural world as you ascend 1700m, passing through vegetation zones with distinctive plants and animals en route to the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.

From the giant eland in the Protea belt low on the pass to the quaint Sloggett's Ice Rat in the alpine zone, the Sani pass is a one-off southern African experience of the response of biodiversity to changes in altitude.

The pass is a very human experience too, from the ruined trading post at Good Hope, past the old border post to the Highest Pub in Africa at the top of the Pass. We will invoke memories of the vanished People of the Eland, the Bushmen or San people who vanished from the area 150 years ago.

The human history of the pass includes remarkable characters, mirrored today in the modern adventurers and adventure sportsmen, from hikers, runners, mountain and motor bikers who challenge the Pass.

The Sani is the only road to eastern Lesotho, and leads naturally to an experience of the distinctive country of Lesotho and its people. Gain an understanding of the origins of Lesotho as an independent nation, and an insight into lives of the people of Lesotho with a trip over Black Mountain (Khoti Se Phola) at 3240m to the agricultural communities some 30km into Lesotho. We will a visit a traditional home. 

Weather permitting, there may be an opportunity to view (at a distance) Thabana Ntlenyana, the highest point in Southern Africa.

This is a day without equal anywhere in southern Africa in its breadth of experience and we will customise the range of possibilities to your experience. Perhaps you would like to walk along the escarpment with views dropping more than one kilometre below you.

Reminder: Passports are required for Sani Pass trips.
Ice waterfall on switchbacks May 2015
Paul & Christina Foxon - Sani Pass Feb 2016
View to Giant's Cup from Black Mountain, Lesotho
Our vehicle, Toyota Landcruiser Prado