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Sani Pass and Lesotho Day Tour from Underberg provided by Sani Pass Tours

Sani Pass and Lesotho Day Tour from Underberg

Sani Pass and Lesotho Day Tour from Underberg
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Tour snapshot
Traverse the Sani Pass into Lesotho and visit a traditional village
Duration:
7–8 hours
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
100
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
About
Check a whole new country off your life goals list on this day trip from Underberg to the highland kingdom of Lesotho. Leave 4-wheel driving to your guide as you wind up the Sani Pass, a rugged dirt road and historic trading route with spectacular mountain views. Reach elevations as high as 9,429 feet (2,874 meters), stop at one of Africa’s highest pubs, and learn about Basotho culture in Skeering village.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Stop at the Sani Mountain Lodge, considered Africa’s highest pub
  • Discover daily life in a tiny mountain kingdom, surrounded by South Africa
  • Sleep in longer, with hassle-free transfers from central Underberg hotels
What to expect
Know before you go
  • Duration: 7-8 hours
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Stop at the Sani Mountain Lodge, considered Africa’s highest pub
  • Discover daily life in a tiny mountain kingdom, surrounded by South Africa
  • Sleep in longer, with hassle-free transfers from central Underberg hotels
What to expect
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 53489P1
Important information
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees, handling charges and Insurance
  • Pickup within a 5m radius of the Sani Pass Tours Office
  • Guided 4x4 trip up the Sani Pass
  • Lesotho Tourism Levy
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Landing and facility fees
  • Entry/Admission - Sani Pass Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Sani Pass
Exclusions
  • Personal purchases
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Pick up at hotels outside of 5km radius of Underberg Town will be subject to a surcharge of R210 per person (minimum of 2 people)
Duration
7–8 hours
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We collect from all hotels in the Underberg Area and on route to the Sani Pass (Himeville) , but charges do apply should the Hotel be more than 5km outside of the town.
  • 12 Sani Rd, Underberg, 3257, South Africa Sani Pass Tours Offices are based at 22 Trout Walk Centre , Sani Road , Underberg
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code: warm clothing in winter. Light weight clothing in Summer
  • Recommended items to bring: camera, light jacket in case of sudden change in weather
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Be advised, this tour will travel at a high altitude
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
Inclusions
  • All taxes, fees, handling charges and Insurance
  • Pickup within a 5m radius of the Sani Pass Tours Office
  • Guided 4x4 trip up the Sani Pass
  • Lesotho Tourism Levy
  • Fuel surcharge
  • Landing and facility fees
  • Entry/Admission - Sani Pass Tours
  • Entry/Admission - Sani Pass
Exclusions
  • Personal purchases
  • Gratuities
  • Food and drinks
  • Pick up at hotels outside of 5km radius of Underberg Town will be subject to a surcharge of R210 per person (minimum of 2 people)
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • We collect from all hotels in the Underberg Area and on route to the Sani Pass (Himeville) , but charges do apply should the Hotel be more than 5km outside of the town.
  • 12 Sani Rd, Underberg, 3257, South Africa Sani Pass Tours Offices are based at 22 Trout Walk Centre , Sani Road , Underberg
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
7–8 hours
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Dress code: warm clothing in winter. Light weight clothing in Summer
  • Recommended items to bring: camera, light jacket in case of sudden change in weather
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Be advised, this tour will travel at a high altitude
  • Minimum age is 4 years
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travellers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
What you can expect during your visit
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    12 Sani Rd
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Sani Pass Tours
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 2
    Sani Pass
    Stop: 7 hours - Admission included
    See details
  • You'll return to the starting point
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elize_jhb
Johannesburg, South Africa6 contributions
I really enjoyed every moment of the Sani Pass Day Tour! Our guide and driver, Martin, was excellent at navigating the tough route up the pass and he was very informative. We stopped plenty of times to admire the spectacular views. The Covid test and crossing of the border was a seamless process. Our lunch at the Highest Pub in Africa was of course also a big highlight. I will definitely recommend doing this tour in order to just sit back and enjoy the scenery, instead of doing a self-drive. Thanks for a great day out Martin! Tip: Take a warm jacket with, as the wind at the top was extremely strong!!
Written 5 October 2021
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Celina N
12 contributions
My husband and I loved our day trip up the Sani Pass and into Lesotho. Our guide Wilson was very professional, he would stop the car regularly to enable us to take photos of the breath-taking views, he knew a lot about flowers/nature, and most of all he is an excellent driver!
When we arrived in Lesotho, he took us to a village and we sat down to learn about the country and its relationships with South Africa, which was very interesting.
We highly recommend this day trip if you are in the Southern Drakensberg region.
Thanks a lot, Wilson!
Written 11 January 2020
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Lana J
Thank you so much and Wilson says thank you !! So glad you enjoyed your day with him :-)
Written 3 March 2020
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AmbLee
Hong Kong, China174 contributions
The tour left on time, and it was in a comfortable vehicle with an experienced driver who also has a great sense of humour! The Covid test and border control went by smoothly and the views were breathtaking. The driver was very knowledgeable and had great insight into both South African and Lesotho history! The visit to the little village was good although I was expecting a bit more excitement from the other travellers and host. We managed to buy a little souvenir and then had lunch at the highest pub in Africa. We enjoyed the experience and it’s great value for money. Definitely recommend!
Written 21 November 2021
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Mohammed A
3 contributions
Family
The worst day of my life
We booked this tour as a celebration of my birthday during our visit to South Africa.
I asked the company in advance about the visa requirements at the Lesotho border as I am a holder of UAE passport and they assured me that I don’t need a visa.
After 3 hours journey in a bumpy 4x4 trip we arrived at the Lesotho border.
We were denied entry into the country because we apparently needed a visa.
The driver left me and my family (wife and two children aged 11 and 9) in the middle of the road at the border for 2 hours.
This company wants only to make money without a regards to the basic human needs for the tourists.
Shame on you treating us like this just for the money!
Management never apologized and refused to refund our money
Written 6 January 2020
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Lana J
Hello Mohamed Thank you for the honest review - while we would love to take all the blame , we understand that you booked via a third party who told you , that a visa was not required. We did our best on the day to show you the best time possible. We hope the rest of your birthday was better .
Written 3 March 2020
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johannhb
Empangeni, South Africa6 contributions
What an awesome experience. Passport control was a breeze and it was an eye-opening experience to see how the people in Lesotho live. The visit to the highest pub in Africa is something never to be forgotten. The guide who took us on the tour was well-informed and a superb driver. This is the kind of stuff memories are made of.
Written 23 September 2020
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Gingerlyn640
Cape Town Central, South Africa157 contributions
I must say we were extremely disappointed at the weekend with the booking of the above tour. We flew up to Durban, stayed in the area and met as arranged on Saturday morning at the tour office. All looked good, lots of activity, vehicles until we were to depart. They are using Toyota vehicles not sure which model but it could not fit in a driver plus 6 adult passengers. There is no way 3 adults could fit on the small seat at the rear of the vehicle with absolute no leg space. I’m astounded that a company who supposedly specializes in this tour could expect this. South African’s in general are not small or short people.
We had flown up especially for the weekend, trying to give my friend a memorable holiday in South Africa. He went and even said for one passenger in the rear seat it was uncomfortable.
I wish we had rather spent the day hiking in the Berg as Sani Pass Tours it truly was a waste of my time and money, yes our money was refunded but that didn’t compensate for spoiling the weekend.
Written 11 November 2015
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jill c
London, UK39 contributions
Couples
My partner and I recently took a trip to Lesotho via the Sani Pass using Sani Pass Tours as the guides and transport.
We were collected from The Sani Pass Hotel on time but unfortunately much to my annoyance we were told we had share a space designed to two with a fairly big man which meant that one of us had to sit in the middle section which was uncomfortable and with a very restricted view,
The driver was professional and knowledgable.
I was not very impressed by the Lesotho village the top of he pass with fairly aggressive so called dancers shaking tin cans in your face trying to get you to give money.
The Pub was very average. I had the Lesotho stew which was mainly grizzle and fat with a few veg. Ugh!!
The actual event had the potential to be very exciting, but because of the seating arrangement which I can only put down to greed.
There were 2 other vehicles from Sani Pass Tours on the trip and they both contained 6 people including the driver, ours contained 7 people.
Considering that all you get is a seat or part of a seat this company do not give value for money
I can't in all honesty recommend this Company
Written 28 March 2016
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VisagieL
Hartenbos, South Africa327 contributions
Couples
Much of one's enjoyment during vacations comes from booking attractions that suit your exact needs. We booked a day-tour with Sani Pass Tours, made sure we browsed their website properly to understand what the tour entailed, and wasn't disappointed. After a few weeks of driving through South Africa we simply wanted to sit back, enjoy some great views, and have a whirlwind intro to Lesotho in the company of a competent driver and guide. It's exactly what we got.

Our guide picked us up at our B&B and drove us to the Sani Pass Tours offices where we did a minute bit of paperwork to assist with the border crossing. Three vehicles left at the same time, but we didn't maintain a convoy which meant there wasn't any rushing involved.

We picked up another couple en route to the bottom of the pass, and the four of us (plus driver) fitted quite comfortably in the well-maintained Land Cruiser. Having discussed vehicle maintenance with the guide, it was clear that Sani Pass Tours spend a lot of money to maintain their vehicles, which are continuously battered on the tours up the mountain.

The scenery took our breath away, all day long - from the bottom of the mountain pass, at regular photo stops on the way up, and of course enjoying the magnificent vista from the top. NOT having to concentrate on driving ourselves, freed us to enjoy the natural spectacle far more than what we would have done otherwise.

Both border crossings were hassle free and fairly fast. In fact, our guide did everything for us (just hand him your passport and he does the rest).

At the Lesotho post on top of Sani Pass there are one or two small places where you can purchase curios from Basotho vendors.

We drove a little bit into Lesotho to visit a traditional village with which Sani Pass Tours has an arrangement. We're allowed to visit some huts and in exchange it is deemed "appropriate" to say thank you by buying some handicrafts or leaving a little donation. However, fresh produce is scarce up there on the windswept and barren mountain plains. If you really want to contribute, we recommend you pre-purchase some fresh fruit and veg to take up with you to present to the villagers. If we'd have known beforehand this is what we would have done.

Afterwards we returned to the Sani Mountain Lodge on the top edge of the pass to enjoy some lunch (note: cost of lunch is not included in tour price) and, of course, a drink or two in the highest pub in Africa. One can walk around the area a bit to find that perfect spot for a photo.

We returned down the mountain in a state of bliss and our guide dropped us off at our B&B's front door again where we parted as friends.

This was a day well spent and excellent value for money. Be aware that you will sit for many hours in an off-road vehicle ascending a bumpy and steep mountain pass. This is never going to be super comfortable, and always bouncy, so if you have a bad back or can't sit for very long, realise that this tour is not for you. If you're used to being off the tarmac and enjoy breathtaking natural scenery and qualified guides, this is for you.
Written 11 February 2016
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vagabondginger
Alicante, Spain1 315 contributions
Solo
It takes a good 4x4 vehicle and an even better driver to undergo this dangerous steep old mule track of a road with numerous switchbacks and hairpin turns. The Drakensberg Mountains are the highest in South Africa and this area is a World Heritage Site. Coming to the border of Lesotho at 9,429 ft is the highest pub in Africa and the local beer is Maluti. We visited a Basotho Village of circular huts with thatched roofs. In this high treeless landscape, seeing men on horseback wearing wool blanket shawls, it's the way I envision Mongolia to look. Elena served us hot backed bread from a dutch oven in her hut fueled by burning cow dung. I had Elmar at Gibela Backpackers in Durban arrange my transport to Underberg and then went with Thaba Tours up the Sani Pass so it was a long day starting at 5am and getting back about 6pm but I thought it was definitely worth it.
Written 8 May 2014
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Jenmac48
Monterossa132 contributions
Couples
Our guide from Sani Pass Tours used the term "African Massage" to describe the bumping and bouncing of the 4WD over the pass! This aside, what a great trip this was. Engenders respect for the hardy people of Lesotho who regularly walked and took donkeys laden with goods over the pass. The tour was a breeze to organise, a simply phone call was the way we did it. It was very professional throughout.
Our guide was brilliant, had eyes like an eagle to spot game that we struggled to see with binoculars! The Drackensberg Range is a World Heritage listed site and for obvious reasons. Such spectacular natural beauty. The tour leaves from Underberg, traverses the Pass (slowly) and arrives at the top, crossing into Lesotho, so yes, passports are needed, and visiting a traditional village where we had some great bread baked and hot from the camp oven.
Lunch is had at the Pub at the top of he pass, you pay for this yourself, but they are very reasonable priced. The food is plain pub grub but you will not leave hungry. The veggie soup was very good. Also SA Rand are readily accepted as currency.
Need to allow a full day for the tour and be in Underberg around 0900, usually back into Underberg around 1530 ish. Highly recommend this tour, loved it.
Written 2 July 2012
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daltongafney
daltongafney
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Adventure up the Sani Pass
We had tried the Sani pass the year before and it was a tricky drive even with a decent vehicle and I found that th
David B
David B
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What a view'
Had been on our list for some time and were very excited about the trip. Our driver Frank was great - really helpfu
Storyteller754583
Storyteller754583
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Most fun day of whole holiday
The Sani Pass is not to be taken lightly, and certainly not if you have back or joint problems. We were picked up b
Martyn S
Martyn S
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Sani Pass and Mokhotlong
WIlson, our driver and tour guide from Sani Pass Tours, was excellent! Very attentive, informative and considerate
loular09
loular09
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We survived the drive!
Went on the extended trip taking in Mokhotlong. Was a fantastic day. Our driver Wilson was great fun, stopping regu
teresam997
teresam997
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Amazing!!
Our driver, Frank Mtshali, was an excellent tour guide and driver! He navigated the hairpin turns and the washed o
ig92
ig92
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Up Sani Pass
An absolute must for people that loves the outdoors. The view is beautiful and the hospitality of the tour guide Ne
WFBELGIUM
WFBELGIUM
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Fun & unique
Climbed up Sani Pass with a MTB (don't even try it with a road bike). Accompanied by Roger, guide of Sani Pass. We
PhilisiweZ1
PhilisiweZ1
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Best Time
The drive up the mountain was wonderful our driver/tour guide ( Wilson) "We survived the Drive" was informative and
CheliseA1
CheliseA1
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Spectacular Day!
The day by getting picked up by Freddie, who was the best— he told us about the local culture, vegetation (sugar ca
karins873
karins873
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Visit up on Sani Pass
What a great experience with an excellent driver. We really enjoyed it and would recommend this to anyone.
Rivonia O
Rivonia O
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Dangerous FUN
What a wonderful experience it was to go up the Sani Pass. It sure was scary for me but i loved it. Facilities at t
jonesylovestotravel
jonesylovestotravel
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INTERESTING TRIP
Our driver was excellent and the road was particularly bad - he deserved a medal. The trip to a village felt a lit
Portrai T
Portrai T
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Great Trip, absolutely recommendable!
Loved our guide, Wilson. He drove us up the pass very gently - seemed to have a lot of experience and we felt safe
johang706
johang706
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Amazing drive thru amazing nature👍👍👍 with a Top driver. Thanks Martin Nyawose!
Amazing drive thru amazing nature👍👍👍 with a Top driver. Thanks Martin Nyawose! Drakensbergen rules
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