29° 35′ 17.3″ S, 29° 17′ 33.8″ E

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An elevation of over 3,000 meters.

The pass traverses the Great Escarpment

Sani Pass is a mountain pass located in the Drakensberg Mountains, in the province of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. It is a famous tourist attraction and a popular route for 4x4 enthusiasts, hikers, and cyclists. The pass links the town of Underberg, which is situated in the foothills of the Drakensberg, with the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. The pass is known for its steep gradients, hairpin bends, and spectacular views. It is also the gateway to the remote and rugged mountainous region of Lesotho, which is known for its beautiful scenery, unique culture, and traditional way of life. To travel on the Sani Pass, visitors need a 4x4 vehicle, as the road is unpaved and can be quite challenging, especially during rainy or snowy weather. The pass is also subject to occasional closures due to bad weather or road conditions. Visitors to the Sani Pass can enjoy a range of activities, including hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, and trout fishing. The pass is also home to the Sani Pass Hotel, which offers accommodation, meals, and guided tours of the area.

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Located in the West of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa on the road between Himeville, KwaZulu-Natal and Mokhotlong

How to get there:

The easiest way to get to Underberg is by car, either by driving from Durban or from Johannesburg. The journey from Durban takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours, while the journey from Johannesburg takes approximately 6 to 7 hours.

Alternatively, visitors can also fly to Durban or Johannesburg and then hire a car to drive to Underberg. There are several car rental companies located at the airports, and the drive from either airport to Underberg takes several hours.

Once you arrive in Underberg, you can take a 4×4 vehicle up the Sani Pass to the border post with Lesotho. There are several companies that offer guided tours up the pass, as well as self-drive options for experienced 4×4 drivers. It is important to note that a 4×4 vehicle is required to navigate the steep and rugged terrain of the Sani Pass.

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