1. South Africa
  2. KwaZulu-Natal
  3. Durban
  4. Sani Pass

From Durban: Sani Pass, Lesotho and Basotho Village Day Trip

Product ID: 334916
Journey up the daunting Sani Pass connecting South Africa to Lesotho. Visit a traditional village and have lunch at the highest pub in Africa. Wrap up in a traditional Basotho blanket, try local bread and beer, and enjoy included pickup and drop-off.
About this activity
Duration: 13 hours
Starting time 6:00 AM
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup included

Please wait in your hotel or guesthouse lobby 15 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Wrap yourself in a traditional Basotho blanket for the day
  • Take a scenic 4x4 adventure up the daunting Sani Pass road through the mountains
  • Savor lunch at the highest pub in Africa and taste traditional Basotho bread in a local village
  • Enjoy the attention of an expert Basotho guide in a small group of no more than 8 people
  • Benefit from included pickup and drop-off at a range of locations in Durban/eThekwini
Full description
Pack your passport and head up into the Mountain Kingdom for the day. At 3,240 meters (10,630 feet) above sea level, Lesotho can get a tad icy so wrap yourself up in an authentic Basotho blanket, which is yours for the day. You'll be taught how the blanket is tied and worn.

After pickup from Durban or other available locations in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, make your first stop at Himeville, at the base of the mountains. Here, climb into a rugged 4x4 and meet your specialist Basotho guide who knows the Sani Pass like the back of his hand. Then, embark on the steep climb up the scenic and daunting Sani Pass as you make your way towards Lesotho.

Get your passport stamped at the border and head into no-mans-land which connects South Africa to Lesotho. Keep your camera on standby as you don’t want to miss a chance to capture these dramatic vistas. If you’re lucky, you may even score an eland sighting. Elands are believed to be mystical animals that were revered by the SAN or bushman people of Southern Africa.

Once you enter Lesotho, your guide will introduce you to a Basotho village where you have the opportunity to try traditional bread and beer. Tip: the bread goes wonderfully well with the soup of the day at the pub nearby. Tick another thing off your bucket list by enjoying lunch at Africa’s highest pub (own cost). Later, it'll be time to head back the mountain for your drive back to eThekwini/Durban for drop-off at your accommodation.
Includes
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Return trip between Durban and Himeville in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Return 4x4 tour from Himeville to Sani Pass and Lesotho
  • Visit to a traditional Basotho Village
  • Bottled water
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People afraid of heights

Prepare for the activity

Important information
What to bring
  • Passport
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Comfortable clothes
Know before you go
• Hotel pickup and drop-off are included in Durban, Durban North, La Lucia, Umhlanga, Umdloti, Dolphin Coast, Tongaat Beach, Durban Central, Pietermaritzburg, Howick, Kloof, and Hillcrest
• Travelers are required to pre-check whether they require a travel visa to enter Lesotho or not. If you require a visa, it is your responsibility to acquire the necessary travel documents/visa prior to your tour
• Please note that no visas are issued at the border. The local partner is in no way responsible if any traveler is refused entry into Lesotho. Travelers refused entry into Lesotho may be left at the border or Himeville town until the tour returns
• Visa applications can take up to 2 weeks to process
• Please click here for more information: http://evisalesotho.com/
• This tour reaches heights of 3,240 meters (10,630 feet) above sea level. If you are prone to altitude sickness please take the necessary precautions
Customer reviews
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This tour was for the adventurous. The drive from Durban to the 4x4 vehicle just outside Underberg can be long but our driver kept the conversation moving, captivating and answered so many of our questions! The tour itself was a drive to the South African border, through no mans land with the sharp turns and steep cliffs. Our guide stopped along the way to allow us to take photos, explore and revel at the majestic pass. Up top through the Lesotho border you can explore a few small local shops, before heading to a local village to have some of the most delicious bread and beer I’ve ever tasted. You learn about the culture, challenges and history of the local Zulu people. You then head back towards to border for a lunch stop at the highest pub before making the slow drive back down the Sani pass to the SA border. Each way up and down the Sani pass is about an hour and half, and very bumpy!

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February 17, 2020

This tour was for the adventurous. The drive from Durban to the 4x4 vehicle just outside Underberg can be long but our driver kept the conversation moving, captivating and answered so many of our questions! The tour itself was a drive to the South African border, through no mans land with the sharp turns and steep cliffs. Our guide stopped along the way to allow us to take photos, explore and revel at the majestic pass. Up top through the Lesotho border you can explore a few small local shops, before heading to a local village to have some of the most delicious bread and beer I’ve ever tasted. You learn about the culture, challenges and history of the local Zulu people. You then head back towards to border for a lunch stop at the highest pub before making the slow drive back down the Sani pass to the SA border. Each way up and down the Sani pass is about an hour and half, and very bumpy!

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February 17, 2020

Awesomeness, very beautiful scenes. Full of history & culture. Moments of magic that are unique to the pass. Loved it

December 27, 2019

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Product ID: 334916