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Sani Pass, South Africa

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.

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Sani Pass Private Day Tour
Sani Pass Private Day Tour
$66.99 per adult
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Spectacular Sani day trip.
The whole experience was phenominal. Greg was an excellent host and knowledgeable guide. It was a great day out. Excellent trip. Met and exceeded our expectations.
Nick_C, Sep 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Durban

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A nice day out in the Mountains
Neil-B, Feb 2020
Sani Pass & Lesotho 4x4 Experience Day Tour from Durban
We actually did a different trip to the above and went to Giants Castle and the cave paintings as the Sani pass had been shut by the rain which had fallen. This was a nice trip though and our guides Benson and Frederick were good and very knowledgeable. We had a nice walk in the mountains and also visited the Nelson Mandela capture site and Howick falls. A very enjoyable day out.
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Great guide! Def. an adventure going...
Becst8, Mar 2018
Sani Pass & Lesotho 4x4 Experience Day Tour from Durban
Great guide! Def. an adventure going up the mountain and was pleasant to visit the Soho Village. The Sani pass view was amazing and just great to take it all in. Nice all day adventure.
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Our guides were awesome and knowledgable
Bless, Mar 2020
Durban: Journey along the Epic Sani Pass & Lesotho Tour
It was an experience of a lifetime. Rode up these beautiful mountains in a 4x4 to experience the culture of the Lesotho people. It totally took my breath away. The ride up and down the mountain was scary but exhilarating. Definitely recommend!
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Sani-Pass day Trip
dstavert, Jan 2020
Sani Pass Private Day Tour
Greg was simply amazing, His knowledge of the history of the area was immense. He made the trip fun and we felt safe with his skill and abilities. All the additional treats throughout the day made the trip exceptional. Highly recommended.
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What an amazing day! Dont be...
Quin M, May 2016
Sani Pass & Lesotho 4x4 Experience Day Tour from Durban
What an amazing day! Dont be intimidated by the duration of the drive up the Sani Pass, it is absolutely worth it, and theres no other way to see it. And, you do want to see it, trust me. This tour is so incredible. The company is great-reliable, ethical--highly recommend!
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Sotiri from First Zulu Safaris is a...
Deborah S, May 2016
Sani Pass & Lesotho 4x4 Experience Day Tour from Durban
Sotiri from First Zulu Safaris is a guide extraordinaire! He and his son Christos and tour guide Pieter far exceeded our high expectations. In fact Sotiri and his son have become our friends and we happily engaged Sotiri for other trips and transports. We couldn't have been more pleased, and know that you will be too!
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Otherworldly experience
katevanrij, Feb 2020
Sani Pass & Lesotho 4x4 Experience Day Tour from Durban
This was a life changing experience. The guide picked us up in Durban. We went there and back in one day, I definitely recommend splitting this into a two day excursion as it is an exhausting day. This excursion is dangerous but we were in good hands with our experienced driver. Lesotho was otherworldly, like nothing I have ever seen. Guides did a good job of giving us the context of their civilization and cultural. I cannot put into words what it is like to journey to this isolated, beautiful, vast, heart wrenching place. The drive up was extreme. Lots of rocking and big bumps for several hours, NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. My only concern was my guide was exhausted on the way back to Durban. Going too fast and risky that last leg. For your own safety, split up into two days.
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Great tour, knowledgeable guide, it was...
Sds.brandao, Sep 2017
Sani Pass & Lesotho 4x4 Experience Day Tour from Durban
Great tour, knowledgeable guide, it was definitely worth doing it. Great experience
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Ndomiso is a charming, informative...
Liletta P, Mar 2018
Sani Pass & Lesotho 4x4 Experience Day Tour from Durban
Ndomiso is a charming, informative, tour guide and a skilled 4x4 driver. The vistas are majestic and continuously breathtaking this tour was the highlight of my visit to Durban. One hiccup: the Viator information on the website, as well as the person answering the phones at 1st Zulu Safaris, indicated that hotel pick-up is the only option, when, as it turns out, consistent with their policy of dropping off at private homes and guesthouses, you can be picked up from them, as well. I made an unnecessary early morning trip to a hotel not 10 minutes from where I was staying, only to discover that Ndomiso had shown up at the house to puck me up! Fortunately, there was only one other tourist to pick up, but had there been more, the tardiness caused by miscommunication could have been a significant impediment given the duration of the journey.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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