Welcome to Sani Pass


The drive up here is a trip to the roof of South Africa: a spectacular ride around hairpin bends up into the clouds to the kingdom of Lesotho. At the top of the pass, just beyond the Lesotho border crossing, is Sani Top Chalet – various operators run 4WD trips up to the chalet.


Top experiences in Sani Pass

Sani Pass activities

$215.83 Day Trips & Excursions

Sani Pass and Lesotho 4x4 Experience from Durban

One of our most popular tours! The Sani Pass Lesotho 4x4 tour leaves from Durban and stops at the capital of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg. Your guide will give you a short tour of the city and visit Mahatma Gandhi’s statue by Pietermaritzburg City Hall. Afterwards the tour moves towards the Drakensberg Mountains and up to the Sani Pass in Lesotho. Passport required.The Sani Pass is a 33km gravel road that straddles the sheer cliffs of the Drakensberg escarpment in a series of tight Zig Zag curves. The route begins at the Sani Pass Hotel which is 1566m above sea level. You will be travelling in a Land Rover 4×4 upwards along the narrow road crossing the South African / Lesotho border post which is 1968m above sea level. On route the landscape of KwaZulu-Natal opens-up displaying spectacular views of rolling hills and vast skies.At the top of Sani Pass, at a height of 3240 metres / 9900 feet is the “Highest Pub in Africa” where you will be given time to enjoy a warm pub meal. You tour guide will take you to a local’s home near the pub to introduce you to a Basotho people in a local village. There you will see how the Basotho people of Lesotho live. Thereafter you will make your way down Sani’s Pass and cross the boarder back into South Africa and head back to Durban.

$216.55 Cultural & Theme Tours

Drakensberg Mountain day Tour into Lesotho

6.30 AM: Transportation It’s an early start for the Sani Pass, Drakensberg and Lesotho Day Tour! You will be collected from your accommodation venue (This only applies to pick-up’s and drop-off’s in Durban City, feel free to contact us if you are unsure as to whether your pick-up location is covered. Should your pick-up location not be covered, we will still collect you, however, there may be an additional charge dependent on where you are based.9.00 AM: UnderbergThe drive to Underberg is about 2.5 hours through some of the most picturesque countryside in South Africa! To speed things along, your knowledgeable guide will share on the history of area and you are encouraged to ask questions to reap the full benefit of the tour. Rest assured that you will travel in absolute comfort as Tim Brown Tours use a Toyota Fortuner or a Ford Everest to conduct all tours. This is subject to availability and Tim Brown Tours reserves the right to make alternative vehicle arrangements.We arrive at our destination where we will swop vehicles, a 4×4, and make our way up Sani Pass.We will make our way up Sani Pass which starts at 1544m and climbs 1332 Approx. to vertical meters to an altitude of 2874m above sea level, to the highest pub in 12:30pm. Your guide will educate you on the history of the pass and the views will leave you breathless as you wind your way in this rugged terrain through the Drakensberg Mountains.12.30 PM: Sani PassWe arrive at our destination where we will swop vehicles, a 4×4, and make our Approximately way up Sani Pass. We will make our way up Sani Pass which starts at 1544m and climbs 1332 vertical meters to an altitude of 2874m above sea level, to the highest pub in Africa. Your guide will educate you on the history of the pass and the views will leave you breathless as you wind your way in this rugged terrain through the Drakensberg Mountains.We shall stop over for lunch at the highest pub in Africa which offers break taking views of the Drakensberg. Please note that lunch is not included in the tour package and will be for your own account.13.30 PM: Sotho VillageWe shall depart for Durban after visiting a Sotho Village (a small handful of huts Approx. to in this very arid part of the country, Lesotho) and make our way down Sani Pass.18.30 PM: Arrive HomeApproximate time of arrival in Durban Group Rates are available on request. INCLUSIONS Entrance Fees Listed Activities Transport – Pick-up and Drop-off Guide Bottled Water (We only supply a limited number of bottles per day, should you require additional, this will be for your own account) EXCLUSIONS Items of Personal Nature Lunch Beverages: Beer; Wine; Cold Drinks Gratuities Any other items not listed in the Inclusion

$140 Day Trips & Excursions

Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban

6.00 – 6.30 AM From your accommodation in Durban we head through the southern KZN midlands to the small village of Underberg where you leave your city vehicle for the rugged yet luxury 4x4 vehicle which can make it up the Sani Pass.
 9.00 AM
With eager anticipation the tour group departs from the starting point and heads up to the highest pass in South Africa, Sani Pass. We travel through Himeville to the World Heritage Site of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, following the Mkomazana River up the scenic Sani Valley to the South African Border Post (border formalities) and the Lesotho Border.  11.30 AM
After the Lesotho border formalities at the top of Sani Pass, the group makes its way to a fully functional Basotho village to learn more about these humble people. You even get to taste their home-made bread and the local beer.
 12.30 PM
To reflect on this incredible expedition, our tour now moves to the highest pub in Africa where we enjoy a hearty lunch and cold beer.
2.30 PM
We make our way back down the Sani Pass.
 4.00 PM
We arrive back in Underberg and after a complimentary coffee stop we head back down to Durban to be in Durban approx. 6PM.

$55 Day Trips & Excursions

Sani Pass Tour into Lesotho from Underberg

9.00 AM
With eager anticipation the tour group departs from the starting point and heads up to the highest pass in South Africa, Sani Pass. We travel through Himeville to the World Heritage Site of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, following the Mkomazana River up the scenic Sani Valley to the South African Border Post (border formalities) and the Lesotho Border. 
11.30 AM
After the Lesotho border formalities at the top of Sani Pass, the group makes its way to a fully functional Basotho village to learn more about these humble people. You even get to taste their home-made bread and the local beer.12.30 PM
To reflect on this incredible expedition, our tour now moves to the highest pub in Africa where we enjoy a hearty lunch and cold beer.2.30 PM
We make our way back down the Sani Pass.4.00 PM
We arrive back in Underberg.

$97 Tours & Sightseeing

Lesotho in a Day from Underberg (Full Day Tour, 10Hr)

8.00 AM With eager anticipation the tour group departs from the starting point and heads up to the highest pass in South Africa, Sani Pass. We travel through Himeville to the World Heritage Site of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, following the Mkomazana River up the scenic Sani Valley to the South African Border Post (border formalities) and the Lesotho Border.  10.30 AM After the Lesotho border formalities at the top of Sani Pass, we climb even further into the Lesotho highlands, all the way to the top of the Black Mountain pass. 11.00 AM At the top of Black Mountain Pass we get a chance to leave our vehicle, climb a short distance to a beautiful viewpoint of Thabana Ntlenyana. We enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and then we start heading towards Mokhotlong 12.30 PM We arrive in the town of Mokhotlong and enjoy lunch together 1.00 PM We visit a cultural Basotho village OR go horse-rinding into the Lesotho Highlands 2.00 PM We make our back to Sani Pass. 3.30 PM We enjoy a cup of something hot or cold at the Highest Pub in Africa. 4.00 PM After border formalities, we make our way back to Sani Pass. 6.00 PM We arrive back in Underberg.

$249 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Lesotho Overnight from Underberg

DAY 19.00 AMWe head up to the highest pass in South Africa, Sani Pass. We travel through Himeville to the World Heritage Site of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, following the Mkomazana River up the scenic Sani Valley to the South African Border Post (border formalities) and the Lesotho Border. 11.00 AMAfter the Lesotho border formalities at the top of Sani Pass, we climb even further into the Lesotho highlands, all the way to the top of the Black Mountain pass.11.30 PMAt the top of Black Mountain Pass we get a chance to leave our vehicle, climb a short distance to a beautiful viewpoint of Thabana Ntlenyana. 12.30 PMWe arrive in the town of Mokhotlong and enjoy lunch together1.00 PMVisit a cultural Basotho village where the local villagers live the way they have for many decades.2.00 PMWe make our back to Sani Pass.5.00 PMWe watch the sun go down on the top of Black Mountain Pass before making our way to overnight accommodation at Sani Mountain Lodge.DAY 28.00 AMAfter a hearty breakfast, we join up with you again for day two’s activities.8.30 AMChoose to go horse-riding into the Lesotho Highlands on the back of the local Basotho pony; a rugged horse that has perfectly adapted to this harsh environment, OR a hike at the top of Sani Pass.12:15 PMBefore departing back to Durban we will have lunch together at Sani Mountain Lodge or in the village of Underberg.

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