On this cultural & heritage tour you will experience all that a standard Sani Pass tour offers, plus the trip to Makhapung, a small Basotho village deep in the highlands of Lesotho. This village is still untainted by tourists, with all it’s cultures and traditions preserved. This day offers a real insight into the lives of the Basotho nation.
From Sani Top we cross the Sani Plateau before climbing the Black Mountain Pass (3240m). From here you can see Thabana Ntlenyana (the highest point in Southern Africa). We then head down the Sehonghong Valley past Highland Basotho villages and on to Makhapung village.
Here you will visit the resident traditional healer, observe a unique song & dance routine and a secret ceremonial dance. Interact and lunch with the villagers. A true, once in a lifetime, cultural experience.
This is a completely unique experience in which a meal (if you have specific meal requirements – please be sure to notify us immediately after the booking – email firstname.lastname@example.org ), an additional private guide and activities are all included in the price. This is a sustainable tourism project.
|Highlights:||World Heritage Site
Highest Pub in Southern Africa
Kingdom of Lesotho
Living Basotho Village
Unique song & dance routine
Observe a secret ceremonial dance
Explanation of village life, rituals & traditions
|Depart:||7:45 am – 8:00 am|
|From:||Major Adventures Office
Main Street, Underberg
In some instances we may be able to pick you up at your Bed & Breakfast or Hotel – if it is on route.
|Price:||R1520 per person (minimum 2)|
|Lunch:||Picnic lunch included|
|Passports:||A valid passport is required.
Visa conditions may apply.
For further info on Visa’s check:
|Bring:||Warm clothing (bring a beanie to keep your head warm), sunscreen, binoculars, cameras, portable battery bank for your phone (if you take lots of photos).|
Sani Pass Extended Tour
TOUR DURATION: 9-10 HOURS
Meet at our office at the Underberg Hotel to complete all the pre tour formalities. In some instances we may be able to pick you up at your B&B or Hotel.
After meeting your tour guide for the day we depart for the Sani Pass via the village of Himeville, past the local farmlands and into the foothills of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park. A World Heritage Site. With the South African Border post formalities complete we begin climbing the Sani Pass switchbacks until we summit at the Lesotho Border. We stop periodically for photo opportunities.
The Sani Mountain Lodge offers a welcome refreshments and comfort stop at their Highest Pub in Africa. Spend some time gazing at the views from the Lodge.
We then drive into Lesotho, make our way up Black Mountain Pass and down the beautiful Sehonghong river valley and on to the remote village of Makhupung. Here we visit the resident traditional healer, observe a unique song & dance routine and a secret ceremonial dance. Interact and picnic lunch with the villagers. A true, once in a lifetime, cultural experience.
The return trip back up the Black Mountain Pass to Sani Mountain Lodge will give you time to reflect on the experience that you have just had.
After a brief stop at the Sani Mountain Lodge and Lesotho Border Post formalities, we take the return trip back down the Sani Pass. Stopping again for photo opportunities or flora and fauna spottings that you might have missed on your way up.
Arrive back at our office in Underberg.
Every citizen of a foreign country who wishes to visit the Kingdom of Lesotho on any visa category must first obtain a visa through the Lesotho e-visa system.
Normally a single-entry visa would cost $150 pp (R2,600 pp).
Citizens of countries that have visa abolition agreements with Lesotho and citizens of some Commonwealth countries are exempt from this rule. No fee is payable for these citizens.
Nationals of the of the following countries do not require a visa for the trip up Sani Pass to Lesotho:
United States of America
For more information, please see - http://evisalesotho.com/visa-exemptions/
There are no COVID certificates required, or asked for at either the South African or Lesotho border posts.
This has not been officially legislated, but this is the accepted practice.
Yes you need a valid passport.
A copy will not be accepted. As you are going into another country you will not be allowed to enter or exit the border post without your passport.
Children also require passports.
It is impossible to predict the weather conditions. However the daily tours run everyday 365 days a year except on the rare occasion the pass is closed due to snow or rain. Although the temperatures can be cold on the pass it is most often sunny with blue skies. Snow does occur during winter but there is no regular pattern so it is recommended to consult reputable weather report.
Please check http://www.majoradventures.com/weather
For daily tours up the Sani Pass bring warm clothes, sunglasses, cameras, binoculars, passports (in some cases visa’s) and water. Bring cash (Rands) for purchase of crafts, and gratuities for your guide. The restaurant accepts credit cards, and free WIFI (when it works).
For overland tours bring minimal comfortable clothing, warm jackets and sleeping wear as well as the above. Please email info@majoradventures for further information in this regard.
A Sani Pass standard tour leaves at 9h00 and returns at approximately 16h00. It takes about 2 hours for our vehicles to travel from our office in Underberg, to the top of Sani
The cultural and heritage tours leaves at 8h00 and returns by approximately 18h00.
One night, two night, three night, four and five night tours of Lesotho are available. Please consult our office on email@example.com or phone or WhatsApp Gardi Major on +27 82 298 2135 for information on the duration of the overland Lesotho tours.
Our guides are very experienced. They have been operating through this pass for over 25 years. They understand the weather conditions and the unique conditions in Lesotho. We have a 100% safety rate. Our vehicles are comprehensively insured and we have diplomatic ties with Lesotho. We are confident that the tours we offer are as safe as possible.
We may be able to pick you up from your hotel or B&B - if it is on our route from Underberg to Sani Pass.
We only accept South African Rands, paid via EFT or a web booking through our website.