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From Underberg: 4x4 Sani Pass Day Trip

1. From Underberg: 4x4 Sani Pass Day Trip

Depart Underberg in the morning and take in stunning views of the KwaZulu-Natal landscape as you make your way along the Sani Pass mountain road that connects to Mokhotlong in Lesotho. Stop to get breathtaking views from different locations, and at the South African Border Control and Lesotho Border Control posts. Climb to an altitude of 2,874 meters above sea level to enjoy lunch at the Sani Mountain Lodge – the highest pub in Africa. Continue to a village of the ethnic Basotho people and learn about Lesotho and its people from your experienced mountain guide. Try some traditional beer and homemade bread before you brave the drive back down the Sani Pass. Look for wildlife along the road before you arrive back in Underberg in the afternoon.

From Underberg: Lesotho Day Trip with Picnic Lunch

2. From Underberg: Lesotho Day Trip with Picnic Lunch

Immerse yourself in Lesotho's culture and nature on a 4WD trip from Underberg. Explore the Sani Pass and enter the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, experiencing real Basotho life. Enjoy a picnic lunch in nature and choose between a pony trek in the foothills of the mountains or a cultural experience with a homestead visit. Head out of Underberg in your 4WD, travelling beyond the Sani Pass and heading into the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho, called Makhotlong. Here, experience real Basotho life as you pass by populated villages. Summit some of the highest peaks south of Kilimanjaro in the comfort of your car. Drive through Black Mountain pass – an incredible sight sitting at 3,240 meters above sea level – it often sees snow in winter and sometimes even in summer. As you descend into the valleys below, start to see the remote villages around Mokhotlong. Stop for a picnic lunch of sandwiches, fruit, cocktail snacks, and warm drinks, including tea and coffee as you take in the surrounding mountain views. Then, choose between a pony trek in the foothills near Mokhotlong with your local guide who knows all about rural life in these mountains or an immersive culture experience, including a short hike into the heart of a local homestead to meet locals and see how they live. Finally, head back to Underberg in your 4WD.

From Durban: 2-Day Lesotho Guided Trip with Lodging & Meals

3. From Durban: 2-Day Lesotho Guided Trip with Lodging & Meals

It’s the perfect mix of nature, culture and history; enjoy Lesotho’s natural flora and fauna, driving past Lesotho’s highest peak, dive into the culture of the Basotho people in this historical trading post and take a peek into history by getting to see the beautiful old buildings that pack lots of history into this small village. Lesotho is the only country in the world that is in its entirety above 1000m in elevation, making this an experience that you cannot enjoy anywhere else in the world! This tour ticks all these boxes – nature, culture and history – all in Lesotho, all in one day. 6.30 AM We pick you up from your accommodation in Durban. 2 9.00 AM We arrive in Undeberg, grab a coffee and head up into Lesotho for the day. 3 9.00 AM We head up to the highest pass in South Africa, Sani Pass. We travel through Himeville to the World Heritage Site of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, following the Mkomazana River up the scenic Sani Valley to the South African Border Post (border formalities) and the Lesotho Border. 4 10.30 AM After the Lesotho border formalities at the top of Sani Pass, we climb even further into the Lesotho highlands, all the way to the top of the Black Mountain pass. 5 11.00 PM At the top of Black Mountain Pass we get a chance to leave our vehicle, climb a short distance to a beautiful viewpoint of Thabana Ntlenyana. 6 12.30 PM We arrive in the town of Mokhotlong and enjoy lunch together 7 1.00 PM We visit a cultural Basotho village OR go horse-rinding into the Lesotho Highlands 8 2.00 PM We make our back to Sani Pass. 9 5 PM We watch the sun go down on the top of Black Mountain Pass before making our way to overnight accommodation DAY 2 1 8.00 AM After a hearty breakfast, we join up with you again for day two’s activities. 2 8.30 AM Choose between a visit to a cultural village, a hike at the top of Sani Pass or Come back down the pass to explore the villages of Underberg and Himeville and its museum. 3 12:15 PM We arrive back in Underberg, in time for lunch, if you aren’t in a hurry we’ll choose the best spot in Underberg to have lunch together. 4 13:15 PM Head back to Durban.

From Durban: Sani Pass Trail Day Tour

4. From Durban: Sani Pass Trail Day Tour

From the bustling City of Durban, Tour to Lesotho – “Kingdom in the Sky” The Sani Pass tour into Lesotho from Durban gives you the opportunity to experience an adventure of a lifetime – a comfortable and exciting journey up this famous pass. Starting off in Durban, our tour heads up through the KwaZulu-Natal midlands, to the picturesque town of Underberg, where the real adventure begins. Our luxury Sani Pass tour snakes up the mountain and takes you through a scenic valley along a crystal clear river, making for a breath-taking experience. Your personal Tour Guide will fill you in on all you can learn about the history of the pass and the surrounding area. Feast your eyes on the natural landscape that is dotted with many species of wildflowers, creating splashes of vibrant colors. The road itself is rough which is why only 4×4 vehicles are allowed to traverse it, but because of this and the hairpin bends, you are in for a fun and heart-racing trip. Once you reach the top your senses will be filled beyond your wildest dreams – breathe in the fresh mountain air, drink in the sweeping vistas that are nothing short of majestic, and enjoy this unique African experience in Lesotho – ‘Kingdom of the Sky’.

From Underberg: Sani Pass Day Tour

5. From Underberg: Sani Pass Day Tour

The Sani Pass is regarded by some as having the most spectacular views in South Africa. Originally a bridle path, it has become a ‘bucket list’ experience that is not to be missed. Walls of sandstone, cascading rivers, and hair-raising bends are just some of the highlights as your 4x4 vehicle takes you through the Barrier of Spears and into the Kingdom of Lesotho.  Visit a living Basotho village and meet its people for a true cultural experience. The highest pub in Africa welcomes you with a hearty lunch and refreshments before your journey back down the pass to Underberg. 

Maseru - Scenery Tour to the Waterfall

6. Maseru - Scenery Tour to the Waterfall

Full Day Scenery Tour to Maletsunyane Falls Tour starts in Maseru, traveling to the highlands of the Mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. The views are unique in each direction along the same route. Brief history of Roma Valley is related when traveling through this place with a rich history. Attempt the trivia question relating to certain mountain along the way. On arrival, hike closer to the waterfall - according to Guinness Book of World Records, it is the highest direct drop in Southern Africa at 192 m. Lunch at a local restaurant. Return to Maseru and drop off at the hotel. End of Service.

Sani Pass Guided Birding Tour - Himeville & Underberg

7. Sani Pass Guided Birding Tour - Himeville & Underberg

Sani Pass Specialist Birding Tour The Sani Pass is a must-do trip for any serious birder, because it provides the only easy access globally to the Drakensberg Rockjumper, Drakensberg Siskin and Mountain Pipit. En route one has the chance, dependent on the season to see difficult-to-find birds such as Barratt’s Warbler, Fan-tailed Grassbird and Bush Blackcap, whilst other narrowly distributed endemics such as Gurney’s Sugarbird and Buff-streaked Chat are present. In the alpine zone, several western species such as Grey Tit, Sickle-winged Chat, Layard’s Warbler and Fairy Flycatcher may be found, whilst this is probably the best place to search for the highly endangered Bearded Vulture. This general area is home to all three of the southern African crane species (Grey Crowned, Wattled and Blue), and the enigmatic seldom-recorded Short-tailed Pipit and Black-rumped Buttonquail.

Historic Horizons: Maseru’s Timeless Trails

8. Historic Horizons: Maseru’s Timeless Trails

Embark on “Historic Horizons: Maseru’s Timeless Trails,” where every step uncovers a story, and every corner holds a piece of history. This tour isn’t just a journey; it’s an adventure that transforms you, the explorer, into the hero of your own epic. Wander through the heart of Maseru, from the iconic Basotho Hat Building to the regal Royal Palace, and feel the pulse of a nation proud of its heritage. This carefully curated walking tour is designed to captivate your senses, enrich your knowledge, and leave you with unforgettable memories. Whether you’re a culture vulture, a history enthusiast, or simply in love with discovering new places, this tour offers the perfect blend of education, entertainment, and excitement. Join us and step into the narrative of Lesotho, where every path leads to discovery and every moment is a treasure. Please note: The program and attractions may vary based on booking date/time and crowd conditions, ensuring each visit is a unique experience.

3 day Combination Tour

9. 3 day Combination Tour

Community tourism at its best! We take you by 4x4 Landrover up Sani Pass, over the second highest road pass in Lesotho, Black Mountain at 3240m, then down into remote eastern Lesotho valleys. Lunch along the way, then on to typical highlands villages. Our hosts will help you to appreciate and understand their lifestyle and culture. Enjoy 24 hours as a Basotho villager. Overnight accommodation at a remote mountain village and delicious traditional cooking. A range of activities gives you a window into the lives of a proud and unique people. These trips are de­signed to benefit as wider segment of the local community as we can by allowing as many services as possible to be rendered to the tour by community members. After lunch on day 2, we travel to the base of our long time Basotho partners (the pony trek experts!!). Horses will be waiting, and you are off, riding like a local into soaring mountains and to remote villages! Your horse guide is experienced and highly skilled, and many novices have been introduced by them to the joys of riding! Their horses are Basotho ponies – short, stocky, sturdy and extremely sure-footed animals who are totally at home on the steep gradients you will encounter. Overnight accommodation is provided by homesteads in various villages, thereby spreading the benefits of tourism into remote communities by encouraging small scale entrepreneurs. You will ride for about 3 hours on the second afternoon and 3 hours on the third morning. What Makes Us Different: Guides: Our experienced guides are all knowledgeable and passionate about the Sani Pass and Lesotho. Vehicles: We use mainly 9 seater closed in Landrovers. This is the vehicle which pioneered the Sani Pass. The emphasis is on adventures and experiences on not on comfort. Pricing is numbers dependent, with different prices for group sizes of 1, 2, 3 and 4 or more people who actually go on the tour. It makes sense for individuals to join existing tours if possible to bring prices down. Contact us to see when tours have been booked and if you could join an existing group. If you book a tour for a smaller number and more people join later, we will refund you the difference. Community Tourism: Experience responsible tourism in action! Your tour price includes a contribution to the Sani Top Basotho community. Our ground-breaking approach to grass-roots tourism means that your tour price directly benefits a wide segment of the local community, preserving cultural dignity and ensuring Fair remuneration for services rendered. “Sani Lodge is the Silver Award Winner of AFRICAN RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AWARD for POVERTY REDUCTION 2018. Sani Lodge and Drakensberg Adventures in the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa has made a major contribution to local livelihoods and poverty reduction over many years. ~ Judges

From Underberg: Overnight Lesotho Trip with Meals & Lodging

10. From Underberg: Overnight Lesotho Trip with Meals & Lodging

This tour departs from Underberg / Himeville, from where we take you up Sani Pass and further on into a village in the Mountain Kingdom, called Mokhotlong, allowing you to explore more of Lesotho’s Highlands! After lunch you get to choose between a tour of a cultural village or explore the rugged terrain the best way possible – on horseback! In the late afternoon we make our back towards Sani Top, where we spend the night atop the Roof of Africa. The next morning you will meet your guide after a hearty breakfast to choose your activity for the morning – hiking, horse riding or immerse yourself in more of the areas culture and history and your personal guide shows you around. Enjoy a hearty lunch at the top in the Highest Pub in Africa before heading back down the pass. This 2 day and 1 night tour of Lesotho from Underberg is great value for money as it includes all tours and activities as well accommodation and meals. The only thing you have to pay for is your drinks. Its not just a Sani Pass tour, rather an immersive full day trip into the heart of Lesotho and then back to best accommodation available on Sani Top, Lesotho. Day 1 8.00 AM We meet in Underberg 3 9.00 AM We head up to the highest pass in South Africa, Sani Pass. We travel through Himeville to the World Heritage Site of the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park, following the Mkomazana River up the scenic Sani Valley to the South African Border Post (border formalities) and the Lesotho Border. 4 10.30 AM After the Lesotho border formalities at the top of Sani Pass, we climb even further into the Lesotho highlands, all the way to the top of the Black Mountain pass. 5 11.00 PM At the top of Black Mountain Pass we get a chance to leave our vehicle, climb a short distance to a beautiful viewpoint of Thabana Ntlenyana. 6 12.30 PM We arrive in the town of Mokhotlong and enjoy lunch together 7 1.00 PM We visit a cultural Basotho village OR go horse-rinding into the Lesotho Highlands 8 2.00 PM We make our back to Sani Pass. 9 5 PM We watch the sun go down on the top of Black Mountain Pass before making our way to overnight accommodation DAY 2 1 8.00 AM After a hearty breakfast, we join up with you again for day two’s activities. 2 8.30 AM Choose between a visit to a cultural village, a hike at the top of Sani Pass or Come back down the pass to explore the villages of Underberg and Himeville and its museum. 3 12:15 PM We arrive back in Underberg, in time for lunch, if you aren’t in a hurry we’ll choose the best spot in Underberg to have lunch together, or stay up in the mountains and have lunch at the Highest Pub in Africa

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(29 reviews)

Our guide Mxolisi was excellent. He was very nice and patient with us, giving us time to take photos. He was explaining everything along the way and answering our questions very well. His driving was very gentle in that windy gravel road as a result we never felt scared but were very comfortable and happy with his driving skills. The transportation was a 4X4 Landcruiser. We had our own door in our row of seats, not sharing one door with other rows like in minivans. I'm used to wearing a seat belt but my seatbelt locked me up could open luckily it was loose I managed to free myself out of it. Mxolisi managed to unlock it afterwards. They just need to check their seatbelts if they are in a good working order. That's not a big issue anyway, otherwise I was happy with the whole experience. I think the tour was really good value for money considering all the activities involved in this tour.

This day trip up the Sani Pass was incredible. The beauty of the mountains and the views along the way were absolutely breathtaking. It was a full day but not once did we feel bored or exhausted. Loved how they break up the big group into smaller groups per vehicle, we do convoy but each guide/driver goes off his group and shows us what we want to see. Busani our guide and driver was the star of the day! He kept us entertained with all sorts of titbits about the area, the pass and the local people and made sure we were well informed and comfortable the entire day. Would definitely recommed Sani Pqss Tours for this trip!

We had a fantastic trip! Thank you to Roof of Africa Tours for being so professional and proactive from the day of our booking by messaging to check and confirm our documentation and pick-up location. We had a seamless trip from start to finish, in a fit and comfortable 4x4 vehicle with a wonderful tour guide - Peter is such a great guide; he was punctual, friendly, polite, knowledgeable, funny, experienced and drove safely. Thank you for making our trip all the more memorable.

The waterfall and surrounding mountains are stunning, further enhanced by the eagles that fly overhead. Make sure to stop by the local market to buy your own herder’s hat. Some fantastic scenery on the journey from Maseru, not least of which is Nipple Mountain.

this was sick! the sanipas is amazing and leshoto was also great to see