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Sani Lodge Backpackers

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Sani Lodge Backpackers , country haven on SANI PASS. Stylish ethnic décor. 26 years old. Prime Responsible Tourism location in Southern Drakensberg close to Lesotho. Oldest Backpackers in KZN. Fair Trade in Tourism Certified. African Responsible Travel Silver Award winner for Poverty Alleviation. 4 star graded. Owners Simone and Russell are passionate advocates for conservation of wilderness and sustainable tourism practices and are respected leaders in these fields. SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS caters for the needs of the "Independent Traveller With A Conscience," Our tour company DRAKENSBERG ADVENTURES offers 19 tours from 1 – 7 days in Lesotho ; pony trekking, hiking, culture. Each tour price is shared amongst Basotho stakeholders and guides - your participation directly alleviates poverty! Massage treatments, Home cooked meals, craft shop, free WIFI. RATES: CAMPING R95 DORM BED R180,STANDARD ROOM R250sharing, ENSUITE RONDAVEL R320sharing. FAMILY COTTAGES R350 - R420 min charge applies
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Sani Pass Road, Sani Pass 3257 South Africa
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Pietermaritzburg Airport91 km
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During my stay at Sani Lodge in December 2018, together with Drakensberg Adventures I undertook the 5 day tour "Roof of Africa" ​​to Lesotho. My tour guide was Mondli, whom I highly recommend. He has a great knowledge of the country and its people, is very familiar with flora
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This backpackers reminded me of summer camp in the best way possible. Beds are comfy and the kitchens are well equipped. There’s fresh milk provided, too! You’re surrounded by green and there’s a nice area to hang out where staff will light a fire on cold evenings and mornings.
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Response from TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers
Responded 3 weeks ago
Many thanks for your review. It is nice to know that all the effort we put in is appreciated. Since we hope this will be your home away from home for a few days, it is important that the facilities make you feel at home! As far as transport is concerned, in addition to the minibus shared taxis which operate pretty much all over South Africa, there are also shuttle services operating from Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Kokstad allowing connections on the major bus and train routes around the country. We hope to welcome you again some time!
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We stayed for 2 nights in the Sani Lodge and enjoyed it very much. What was especially positive was the friendly staff, the ecological orientation of it's owners and the 1-day-tour to Sani Pass/Lesotho. If you want to explore the area of Drakensberge we highly recommend this
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Response from TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers
Responded 3 weeks ago
Thanks for the lovely review, Niklas. We are happy that you appreciated the many things we do to try and have our business "tread lightly" on the earth. Our staff try their very best and I will pass on your kind words to them, it means a lot to receive positive feedback. Our Standard Sani Pass day tour is excellent value, allowing you to get a taste of the special "Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho" with our dedicated and passionate guides. We also wish you could have stayed longer, and look forward to welcoming you again another time.
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(A late review) We stayed at the backpackers over the weekend last year and loved every minute of it. The weekend we booked in was a busy one for them, so we stayed one night in the rondaval - which was cozy, clean and so comfortable, and the last night in the dormitory. We
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Response from TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers
Responded 3 weeks ago
Many thanks for your review, we are delighted you enjoyed your stay with us. We believe we have hikes starting from the doorstep which are amongst the best in the Berg! We are also glad that you enjoyed the "melting pot" which we aim to create here - a place for people from all over the world to meet, chat and swap stories. It goes with our motto- "No TV - Rediscover the lost art of conversation!"
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Sani Lodge Backpacker has provided us with a 3 days hiking tour in Lesotho that was amazing! Very well organized and wonderful welcoming families that hosted us with smiles and amazing food, and confy and cosy private Roundavels! The guide Matthew was great and told us
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Response from TOFF1111, Owner at Sani Lodge Backpackers
Responded 31 Oct 2018
Thanks for the 5 star review, Alexandre. We believe the part of Lesotho you visited with our tour company, Drakensberg Adventures, is very special and the experience you get is 100% authentic. The mountain scenery is stunning, people are warm and welcoming as you reported and we are delighted you had such a wonderful tour. We shall pass on your compliments to Matthew who we know always goes above and beyond the call of duty!! Come back and hike our beautiful mountains again some time.
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Intérieur du rondawel, prévoyez d'apporter votre propre moustiquaire.
Rondawel "fisherman"
View from outside our room
"Double Room with Separate Bathroom are a good compromise!"
"Have a contingency plan for when it snows."
"Avoid those close to the reception, and if you want a better experience (calmer), get a rondavel."
"Don't drive there at night (especially if coming from Durban side). Fog=poor visibility"
"Book early, only a limited amount of double beds available."
US$12 - US$69 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
South AfricaKwaZulu-NatalSani Pass
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