We spent the 1st of January 2021 at Sani Mountain lodge having driven up the pass that morning. Welcoming staff, lovely warm bar ~ despite it being mid summer it was cold at the top of the pass. Food was excellent, great pizzas for lunch, good three course dinner and breakfast the next day. Our room was warm (had its own fireplace that the staff lit just after 17:00) with good bedding. Plenty of hot water for the shower as well.
The lodge were also very helpful in answering all my questions I sent via their Facebook page prior to our arrival.
I can highly recommended spending the night at the top of the pass at Sani mountain lodge. Gives you a good break from the driving and an opportunity to relax over a few drinks before descending the next morning.
I had seen the Sani Pass first on Top gear( BBC) and said I must visit this place.
Well I’m glad we did all they from England.
We drove from Maseru Lesotho to the Pass. Fantastic drive so much to take in. We arrived on a wet evening and just chilled in the bar with good music playing and lovely staff members.
Unfortunately our room couldn’t have the fire place because the chimney was broken, this was very disappointing.
However the Gas fire was better than nothing, I did have concerns about the gas fumes in the room.
Just to top it of the WiFi would only work in the bar not the room we payed for.
Because it was raining so much we couldn’t really do much apart from sit in the bar and chat to other guests that was nice.
We had a lovely menu and the food was well received with good service by all guests.
In the early hours I got up and went for a look, happily the rain had stopped and I could see a lot of what I came to see.
Finished of with a lovely breakfast and scones that reminded me of my Grandmother.
I would visit again but I would stay over night.
+good food (if buffet, a la carte is cheap)
-Staff woke me up at 7 am to clean the room
-the guy who fill up the heating entered our room without knocking
-they charged me in advance 1100 Zar for a horse ride (official price at the reception 550ZAR) The lunch packet was terrible but costed 300 Zar
-Almost all staff members are unfriendly and they show you that you are disturbing them
-room was very cold, even when they light the fire
-store was always closed
I compare to the next lodge (masoba-soba lodge) which is almost as good as the sani mountain lodge. They charge only ⅓ for the room
We stayed one night in the backpacker accommodation at Sani Mt Lodge. We felt ripped off - the place is pricy (same price you would pay for a self catering cottage in SA) for a very uncomfortable and dingy room. The lock system is such that someone can lock you in from the outside and the beds are old and very creaky. The showers are cold (despite a gas heater) and leaks extensively all over the show. The camping area outside is non-existent, it's a dirt area with building rubble.
The place has many obscure rules like no picnics allowed in the lodge area (only food bought from them is allowed) which is crazy when staying for a while but even just one night. The lodge effectively hogs the whole line along the mountains so not allowing people to eat their own food there is just a money making scheme. The food is pricy (paid 3x for beer what we paid in the rest of the country).
The free wifi only works in the restaurant (a good walk away from the backpacker and camping). The village surrounding the lodge was one of the most destitute we saw on our trip, the lodge could learn a thing from places like Malealea Lodge who really do involve the local community. The horse riding that we saw was also disappointing, no hats and no proper orientation etc.
Sani Mountain Lodge is high up
In the Lesotho mountains and boasts the highest pub in Africa. I stayed two nights in a chalet and the customer service was excellent and very personalized. It was freezing cold on arrival but I found a fire going in my room and a complimentary jug of sherry to warm me up. The views from the pub are to die for and the bar and restaurant very adequate. The fresh trout in particular was very good. The lodge organized a guide to lead me to the highest mountain in Southern Africa.. a grueling 33 km hike to/fro. Despite the isolated location this lodge gives 5 star service.. a must visit for an experience of a lifetime