Day trip

Sani Pass: Cultural and Heritage Tour

Activity provider: Major Adventures

Sani Pass: Cultural and Heritage Tour

Activity provider: Major Adventures

From US$ 101.57 per person

Experience all that the Sani Pass has to offer. Visit a remote Basotho village and watch traditional Basotho dancing. Have lunch here and interact with the local villagers.

About this activity

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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1 day
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  • Drive through the steep switchbacks of a World Heritage Site, the Sani Pass
  • Cross the border from South Africa into the Kingdom of Lesotho and drive through remote villages
  • Have an exclusive interaction with a remote village with a private local guide
  • Visit a genuine traditional healer who is responsible for using her vast knowledge of herbs and health to assist many local people
  • See the hand grinding of wheat bread and unique secret ceremonies of a rural society
  • Visit the "Highest Pub in Africa" and admire the views
Full description
On this tour, you will experience all that a standard Sani Pass tour offers plus the trip to Makhapung, a small Basotho village deep in the highlands of Lesotho. From Sani Top, cross the Sani Plateau before climbing the Black Mountain Pass (3240 meters). From here you can see Thabana Ntlenyana (the highest point in Southern Africa). Then head down the Sehonghong Valley, past Highland Basotho villages and on to Makhapung. The Makhapung living village is untainted and retains all its cultures and traditions. This trip offers a real insight into the lives of the Basotho nation. Have a completely unique experience and support this sustainable tourism project. Visit the resident traditional healer, observe a unique song and dance routine, and a secret ceremonial dance. Interact and have lunch with the villagers. 
  • Cross border toll fee
  • Lesotho Tourism charges
  • Fully qualified and experienced guide
  • Additional private and articulate Basotho tour guide from the village
  • Lunch and a beverage
  • Unique song and dance routines
  • Visit to traditional healer
  • Gratuities
  • Drink at the Highest Pub in Africa
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

At the Major Adventures Office, Underberg Hotel, Main Street, Underberg, Underberg, 3257.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets

Know before you go

  • Passports are essential for this tour.
  • Please wear warm clothes.
  • Participants from some countries may require visas to enter Lesotho. Please check website.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 2 reviews

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Overall, the tour over the Sani Pass to a mountain village in Lesotho was a very interesting tour. Unfortunately, we were unlucky with the weather when driving over the Sani Pass, it rained at times and it was foggy. Sometimes we couldn't even see the next hairpin bend. But our guide was a very safe driver! We were very happy that we decided to do the big tour. Because that's how we drove to a mountain village in Lesotho via a newly developed road and were warmly welcomed by the villagers and were able to learn a lot about how the people there live without electricity. In winter they sometimes have -14 degrees and they heat their huts with fire. We were very impressed!

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February 20, 2020

November 25, 2018

Product ID: 162966