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Sani Pass Tours and Activities

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Sani Pass

Set at nearly 10,000 feet (2,865 meters) above sea level, Sani Pass is the gateway between KwaZulu-Natal and the landlocked mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. Via 4-wheel-drive, experience the rugged dirt road cut with hairpin turns on a steep climb to the top of Sani Pass. Your reward is a bumpy adventure along with panoramic views.


The Basics

While the road up Sani Pass is only 5.5 miles (9 kilometers), the challenging route requires a 4-wheel-drive vehicle and competent off-road driving skills. Taking a tour allows you to focus on the views rather than the winding road. Group tours from Durban to Lesotho include round-trip transportation. Alternately, book a private guided tour and stop where you'd like. Once past the border post, some tours visit Lesotho villages for a look at local culture.


Things to Know Before You Go

  • The cliffside drive is a must for adventure lovers and photographers.

  • Make the trip on a clear day to take advantage of the views.

  • Bring your passport for the border patrol checkpoint and a jacket for the cold temperatures and wind.

  • 4-wheel-drive vehicles are required, and authorities will turn you away if your vehicle can't handle the challenging pass.

How to Get There

The easiest way to summit Sani Pass is to book a guided tour that includes round-trip transportation and a skilled driver. You can make the drive yourself if you have a 4WD vehicle. From Underberg (the closest town and a common jumping-off point for the Sani Pass drive), take Sani Road to Sani Pass Road and follow it to the top. 


When to Get There

The most popular time to make the trip in summer (December through March) when you have the best chance of clear views and favorable weather. The pass is closed when conditions are poor, and it should not be attempted when the road is wet or muddy. 


Visiting the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho

After the climb up the harrowing Sani Pass, make time to discover the highlights of the Kingdom of Lesotho. Completely surrounded by South Africa, the independent country has its own unique culture that you can explore on your own or on a tour. Visit a high mountain village on the other side of the pass and stop in at the Sani Mountain Lodge to enjoy a beer at the “highest pub in Africa.”

Address: Sani Pass, South Africa
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6 Tours and Activities to Experience Sani Pass

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Sani Pass & Lesotho 4x4 Experience Private Day Tour from Durban

Sani Pass & Lesotho 4x4 Experience Private Day Tour from Durban

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Experience the beauty of Sani Pass via 4x4 vehicle on a day trip from South Africa into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho and back. Set out from Durban and pass through the exquisitely preserved Victorian city of Pietermaritzburg en route to the World Heritage Suni Pass, a steep pass rising 9,429-feet above sea level. Once crossing the border (bring your passport) visit a traditional Sotho village filled with huts built around a central area filled with livestock. Afterward, savor incredible views while enjoying lunch (own expense) at Africa's highest pub.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$232.25
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Full Day Sani Pass and Lesotho Tour from Durban in 4X4

Full Day Sani Pass and Lesotho Tour from Durban in 4X4

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Combine a city tour with mountain terrain on this full-day tour from Durban. Visit Pietermaritzburg, the capital city of KwaZulu-Natal, followed by the Mahatma Gandhi statue at city hall. Next, drive Sani Pass—a rugged mountain road that reaches the neighboring country of Lesotho. Cross the border to visit a local village and have a drink at the highest-altitude pub in Africa.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$251.68
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Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban

Sani Pass Day Tour from Durban

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Experience the KwaZulu-Natal midlands and the Sani Pass on this full-day tour from Durban. With hotel pickup and drop-off, you're ensured a stress-free experience riding in the back of a capable 4-WD vehicle with a small group of just eight people or fewer. Learn about the history, culture, and people of Lesotho through guided commentary while getting epic views and photo ops of the panoramic vistas on the Sani Pass and in Underberg.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$186.97
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$186.97
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Sani Pass and Lesotho Day Tour from Durban

Sani Pass and Lesotho Day Tour from Durban

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Embark on an immersive day trip to the tiny country of Lesotho. Set out from Durban in a 4x4 vehicle in order to cross Africa's highest pass―9,435-foot-high (2876m) Sani Pass―and into this intriguing landlocked kingdom. Once inside, pay a visit to a Sotho village to experience how locals live. Interact with villagers, sample borotho bread inside a traditional hut and even purchase crafts as souvenirs. Afterward enjoy lunch at Sani Mountain Lodge, Africa's highest pub.
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  • 12 hours
  • Taking safety measures
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Mountain Splendor -The Kingdom of Lesotho from Durban

Mountain Splendor -The Kingdom of Lesotho from Durban

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Take a day trip into the Kingdom of Lesotho from Durban, traveling by 4-wheel drive vehicle through the extremely steep Sani Pass after passing through the Natal Midlands and Himeville in a more standard coach. Visit a Sotho village to meet the locals, then head for the Sani Pass Top Chalet for lunch (included) before returning to Durban.
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  • 12 hours
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Sani Pass Tour into Lesotho from Durban (Wednesday Scheduled Departure)

Sani Pass Tour into Lesotho from Durban (Wednesday Scheduled Departure)

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Starting off in Durban, our tour heads up through the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, to the picturesque town of Underberg, where the real adventure begins! Our Sani Pass tour snakes up the mountain and takes you through a scenic valley along a crystal clear river, making for a breath-taking experience. Your personal Tour Guide will fill you in on all you can learn about the history of the pass and the surrounding area. Feast your eyes on the natural landscape that is dotted with many species of wildflowers, creating splashes of vibrant colour. The road itself is rough which is why only 4×4 vehicles are allowed to traverse it, but because of this and the hairpin bends, you are in for a fun and heart-racing trip! Once you reach the top your senses will be filled beyond your wildest dreams – breathe in the fresh mountain air, drink in the sweeping vistas that are nothing short of majestic and enjoy this unique African experience in the ‘Kingdom of the Sky’.
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  • 12 hours
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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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What are Sani Pass hours of operation?
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Sani Pass hours of operation: Daily. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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