Premier Hotel Sani Pass (Southern Drakensberg)

Premier Hotel Sani Pass is currently closed for refurbishment and will reopen December 2016.
The Premier Hotel Sani Pass is situated at the foot of the famous Sani Pass which is only passable by 4X4 vehicle and is on the bucket list of all off road enthusiasts.

The Premier Hotel Sani Pass which opened in 1958 is 1577 meters above sea level and the Pass rises 1297 meters higher to 2874 meters at the Lesotho border. The hotel is nestled at the foot of the Pass on the banks of the Mkhomazana River with its fresh water direct from the Drakensberg Mountains.

The hotel offers guests an array of accommodation choices to suit each and every traveller’s needs. Tastefully decorated with elegant and stylish furniture and décor, this hotel places travellers on the doorstep of South African beauty.

The Premier Hotel Sani Pass is surrounded by the mountains with all the activities that these provide and is the base for 4X4 excursions up the Sani Pass which can be reserved by phone with the hotel. The hotel is also the base for horse trails up the mountain to Lesotho as well as shorter horse rides around the property and pony rides for the children. The hotel has its own 9 hole golf course which is free for hotel Guests as well as a host of activities which include: Swimming, Chess, Full Size Snooker Tables, Bowling Greens, Tennis Courts, Volley Ball, Squash Court, Putt-Putt Course, Fly Fishing Trout Dam and Bass Fishing Dams. More than enough to keep you busy during your holiday.

The hotel with its 867Ha is surrounded by the Ezemvelo Nature Reserve with the hills populated by Eland and numerous hiking and biking trails for beginners and more advanced practitioners. A permit is needed to traverse the Ezemvelo Reserve and these are available at reception.


Nestled in the foothills of the Drakensberg at the foot of the Sani Pass, the hotel is 19km from Underberg, 120km from Howick on the N3 highway, 220km from Durban and 636km from Johannesburg. The R617 from Howick to Kokstad, Mthatha and East London is the connecting road from the Eastern Cape to KZN. The road to the Sani Pass Hotel is a brand new tarred road which terminates at the foot of the Sani Pass and a new tarred road is being 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.


Whilst there are a host of activities available at Premier Hotel Sani Pass, those looking to explore the area have a number of options available to them. Sample the dairy delights of the River Glen Cheese Farm or enjoy a tasting of the Abington Wine Estate or a bit of both on a picnic excursion into the natural surrounds. Guided tours are a must and whether you explore the area in a 4×4, on horseback or on foot; San Rock paintings, natural forests, waterfalls and indigenous flora and fauna are just a few of of the discoveries that await you.

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Premier Hotel Sani Pass

Good Hope Farm, Sani Pass Road, Himeville, KwaZulu-Natal. PO Box 44, Himeville 3256

Tel: +27 (0)33 702 1320
Fax: +27 (0)33 702 0220

GPS Coordinates:
S29’39.299”S E29’26.683”