Without a doubt the Sani Pass is one of the most spectacular and scenic mountain passes in Africa. This tour is a must for any tourist travelling to Kwa-Zulu Natal. It lies between the Southern Drakensburg mountains and the landlocked country of Lesotho. The Pass winds steeply through to the summit of the Drakensberg and through the Lesotho border post. Many adventurous travellers from across the world include this on their itineraries in order to traverse the breathtaking natural scenery this precarious mountain has to offer. The guided tour does not require any physical fitness and therefore encourages people of all ages. The tour packs a big punch with unforgettable views. You will leave having conquered the highest and most iconic pass that Southern Africa has to offer.
Please note that it is not cost effective for us to bring only one person through from Durban to Underberg, so we encourage you to invite a friend or fellow tourist to join you. Our minimum booking is for two people.
6 am from Durban
Immediately after making the online booking, please email your pickup address in Durban to firstname.lastname@example.org
|Tour starts from:||Major Adventures Office, Main Street, Underberg|
|Lunch:||Own cost – Choose from a Menu.|
|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).
And don’t forget – “A Spirit for Adventure“
PLEASE NOTE THAT WE NEED AT LEAST 24 HOURS ADVANCED NOTICE TO ENSURE WE CAN BOOK YOUR TRANSFER FROM DURBAN TO UNDERBERG
|Start/end location:||Start in Durban. The pass connects the town of Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal with Lesotho, rising to an altitude of around 2,865 meters across a rough gravel road.|
|Duration:||Leave Durban by 6:00 am and return to Durban between 18:00 and 18h30 depending on weather and traffic.|
|How often does the tour run?||The tour runs 364 days a year (excludes Christmas Day) in rain, mist, snow or sun. The only times the tour does not run is if the pass is closed due to heavy snow or flooding.|
No. The road up until the South African border post (8km from Lesotho) has been tarred. However the entire Sani Pass experience with its gravel roads and tortured hair-pin bends, remains in its rugged gravel-road condition that requires 4x4 vehicles to traverse.
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:
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.