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How to visit Sani Pass in South Africa: the complete guide

Sani pass is one of the most beautiful places in the Drakensberg chain and you cannot pass by without climbing this pass. Its access is very steep and requires a 4 × 4. But no need to break the bank in renting, the best is to take this excursion with an organized tour from the city from Underberg located at the foot of the mountains. We will explain everything to you !

Departure to the Sani pass from Underberg in South Africa

Departure by 4x4 to the pass of Sani pass from Underberg in the Drakensberg in South Africa

Sani Pass Tours organized since Underberg 4 × 4 circuits during the day to climb to the top of the essential Sani pass in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We really liked this provider and we recommend it with your eyes closed.

Consulting: Remember to book because places in their 4 × 4 are very limited.

Namely : they leave at 9:30 am so you will have to get up early to be on time at the meeting point if you come from Durban or Margate!

Practical advice for climbing the Sani pass in the Drakensberg in South Africa

Climb the Sani pass in a 4x4 in the Drakensberg in South Africa

Without a doubt the most beautiful pass in Africa, Sani pass marks the border with Lesotho therefore don't forget your passports to go through customs. The winding road that takes you to the top is only possible in 4 × 4. If you have hired one and feel like making the climb then no need to contact a tour operator!

4 × 4 to Sani Pass in the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa

4x4 to Sani Pass in the Drakensberg Mountains in South Africa

Once at the top, you can have lunch at Sani Mountain Lodge, the tallest pub in Africa ! The advantage of the tour is to have a guide to explain the history of the region and to accompany you in a traditional Basotho village. It was a very enriching experience which complimented the day well. You will be back in Underberg around 16 p.m. to relax after this early wake up call.

Sleep in a chalet at the foot of the Drakensberg in Underberg in South Africa

Sleep in a chalet at the foot of the Drakensberg in Underberg in South Africa

For accommodation in Underberg, we recommend the Khotso Lodge & Horse Trails. They have very comfortable cabins for rent at great prices. You can enjoy the magnificent view of the mountains in complete peace of mind on this farm which raises horses and sheep!

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For more options, read our article on the best places to stay in Underberg.

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