You’ll start your adventure at sea-level and during the day will climb to a height of ±2900m / ±9500ft (ASL). From Durban you’ll travel inland to Himeville near the base of the Sani Pass - the highest pass in South Africa. The roads up to Himeville are all tarred. Sani Pass used to be gravel all the way to the top until recently, but is in the process of being tarred. The views enroute and at the top remains spectacular, whether viewed from gravel or tar. You’ll transfer into 4x4 vehicles, with experienced and permitted drivers, for your journey up the mountain. The uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s part of a great escarpment at the eastern edge of Southern Africa’s inland plateau.
You’ll snake your way up the winding pass, all the while enjoying beautiful views of the valleys below. At the top of the pass a tiny border post awaits. Take out your passport and do the formalities (all visa requirements for your own arrangements). Congratulations, you’re now in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. From there you head to a Basotho village before retiring to the ‘highest pub in Africa’ at the Sani Mountain Lodge (previously Sani Top Chalet) for lunch. After lunch it’s all downhill as you retrace your steps back to the coast.
R2,465 per person
Duration: 1 days
Tour Type: City & day tours
Transport: Luxury sedan, minibus or 44-seater luxury coach up to Himville and then a 4x4 vehicle to ascend Sani Pass.
Group sizes: minimum-2 average-6 max-12
Languages (guides): English
Other languages on request if booked as a private tour.
Countries: South Africa , Kingdom of Lesotho
Notes: Note that you will be crossing a national border between South Africa and Lesotho twice. Once on entering Lesotho and again on exciting. It is your responsibility to establish the visa requirements applicable to your home country.
Highlights: Drakensberg Mountains , Sani Pass , Kingdom of Lesotho .
Starting dates: Daily departures from Umhlange hotels (±05:30) and Durban hotels (±06:00). Tour duration is ±12-hours.
Available starting dates: Nov 2016 - Oct 2017
The Drakensberg Mountain range is the largest and highest range in South Africa. The name “Drakensberg” is Afrikaans and means “dragon mountain. The mountains run from northeast in the Mpumalanga Province southwest into the Eastern Cape. It stretches over more than 1000 km. The highest peak is Thabana Ntlenyana with an elevation of 3428 m.more about Drakensberg Mountains
The Sani Pass connects KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa) with the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho in the Drakensberg mountains. The journey entails a steep climb of 9 km. The Pass is in the process of being tarred, but at present can only be fully navigated by 4X4 vehicles with experienced drivers.more about Sani Pass
The Kingdom of Lesotho is a landlocked country, completely surrounded by South Africa as it's only neighbour. The largest part of the country is in the Maluti (Drakensberg) mountains. More than 99% of its population belong to the Sesotho ethnic group and are called the Basotho.more about Kingdom of Lesotho