Sani Pass has been dubbed the mother of all South African mountain passes. Perfect for those seeking adventure! Built-in circa 1950 nestled between KZN and Lesotho, the pass remains a much-loved adventure destination for South Africans and international visitors alike. These enchanting mountains, not only offer an opportunity to snake over the challenging mountain range in a 4×4 but also a chance to witness the breathtakingly beautiful scenery of the Khomazana valley.
Depending on the type of experience you seek, there are a few different options to choose from for enjoying Sani Pass. Whichever option you choose, you’re guaranteed to feel the same thrill and take away some brilliant memories.
Here is a list of our recommended top must-visits, which should —without a doubt— be part of your Sani Pass travel guide!
1. Giants Pass Hiking Trail
One of the most identifiable passes of the Drakensberg Mountains, the Giants Pass hiking trail is situated among the deep valleys running down from the face of High Drakensberg and offers glorious views over Giants Castle Valley.
Giant’s Pass is a 6 km hike from Giant’s Hut below. Along the way, hikers can expect game sightings, birding and indigenous flora and fauna. The journey will take you meandering along the remote paths, streams and valleys in the rugged Drakensberg foothills; before starting the steep, rocky ascent to 3 102m — which is well worth the stunning views that await you at the top.
2. Private Lesotho Tour
Lesotho has been nicknamed the “Kingdom in the Sky” and for good reason, as it lies at an altitude of over 1000 meters. It may be a small country but packs quite a punch.
You can explore the local culture of the Basotho communities, experience the unspoiled nature of the countryside and discover the sweeping mountainous landscapes – a true photographer’s playground! You can also be transported back in time and see where dinosaurs walked the mountains some 200 million years ago.
There are many ways to explore Lesotho, from pony trekking and mountain biking to climbing and hiking through the steep passes, clear streams, waterfalls and tiny rustic settlements. Book a private tour up the Sani Pass & into Lesotho, and you are guaranteed to leave with memories for a lifetime!
3. Drakensberg Mountains & Caves
How could one not mention Drakensberg Mountains and caves? With their towering peaks, verdant valleys, forests and rivers and the best sunrises ever! Located in KwaZulu-Natal and falling within the greater Maloti-Drakensberg World Heritage Site, the rolling cliffs of the Drakensberg mountains range are evermore appealing to adventurers, hikers, and nature lovers and historians as a place where Mother Earth can be embraced in all her fresh and dewy glory.
Well known for its hiking routes, with trails for all abilities, you can explore the beloved maze of rugged beauty and spend a night wrapped in the arms of the Earth, in one of the many overnight caves. Or visit the rock art along The Escarpment, the world’s greatest outdoor art gallery to view the spectacular ancient rock art sites reflecting the beliefs of the indigenous San people. The mountains are also home to many waterfalls, and abundant wildlife, flora and fauna. You will want to have a camera ready to capture every moment because believe us when we tell you, you’ll want to relive it over and over again!
4. Canopy Tours
If you are a thrill seeker, take your exploring to new heights with a Drakensburg canopy tour! Experience nature like never before as you glide through the canopy and enjoy a unique view of the world around you. This exhilarating activity combines two experiences in one—a chance to see a spectacular nature spot, and an opportunity to go ziplining. An experience that is guaranteed to take your breath away.
If you are looking for scenic and comfortable accommodation to explore Sani Pass, book today at Premier Resort Sani Pass – the best hotel in the Drakensberg area! Our resort is a mere 19km from Underberg with a road built from the Lesotho border post via the Katse & Mohali dams to Maseru and the South African border post to Ladybrandt in the Free State. In addition, Premier Hotel Himeville Arms is also just 12km away. Both our resorts are perfect for experiencing the sensational surrounds of Sani Pass during your stay.