The Heart & Soul of Sani Pass

The History of Major Adventures

Major Adventures is the only Sani Pass tour operator in Underberg, that has a sixty-six year family legacy – that continues today.

It all started with Arthur Major, father of Charlie Major.

Charles says:

“I grew up in this area and spent much of my youth on the Sani Pass when my father Arthur Major was a partner in Mokhotlong Mountain Transport (MMT). My father was involved with the building of the Sani Top Chalet while with MMT. I began driving tourists up the Pass when I was only 19 years old.

I always wanted to return to live in Underberg again and hence Major Adventures was born. We started with one vehicle – an old Toyota Landcruiser (Uncle Bob) which I drove every day. Uncle Bob eventually had to retire and now 25 years down the line, we have a substantial fleet of vehicles, all driven by qualified and passionate guides.”

Gardi Major is wife to Charlie, and creates magic every day with her strong operational and organisational skills.

Back in the early days Charlie and Gardi relied on walk-ins and coping with four or more people was challenging. Now numbers can escalate to as much as a hundred people plus, in a day. The business has grown tremendously and it has taken years of hard work, persuading Tour Companies to come to the Southern Drakensberg for a night or two, instead of spending it in Durban. We pride ourselves that many tour companies in South Africa now book their Sani Pass and Lesotho tours with Major Adventures. A large portion of our business is referral with lots of repeat business.

Our tourist information office is open 7 days a week and is a busy office which receives many visitors to Underberg needing information on what to do, where to stay or simply how to get to their destination. We offer a wide variety of local brochures including other areas of KZN, Wild Coast, Lesotho and many more.

Charlie and Gardi of MAJOR ADVENTURES would sincerely like to thank all those that have supported the business, and helped it to grow over the past 25 years.”