Tourism, Accommodation and Historical Attractions in Natal, South Africa

The Natal Drakensberg

The Southern Drakensberg: Sani Pass

This trip is unforgettable and is an absolute, absolute must-do!

Sani Pass

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The pass is the only road access between KwaZulu-Natal and Lesotho and climbs more than 4,000ft in four miles.

At the crest of the pass is the Sani Top Chalet that provides cozy overnight accommodation - as well as being the highest licensed pub in Africa!. Winter offers a totally different view of the pass often with snow and frozen waterfalls.

To Do:

  • Go up the Pass! Passports are required as you will be entering Lesotho.
  • You will need a 4WD vehicle - or take a local tour through the pass and on to the village of Mokhotlong.
  • Have a drink at the highest pub in Africa.

To See:

  • Great views, both on the way up and the way down.
  • Nearby Thabana Ntlenyana which at 3483m (10,800ft) is the highest point in Africa South of Kilamanjaro
  • The antics of the ice rats outside the chalets.


  • The Himeville Hotel or Sani Pass Hotel.
  • The Mountaineers Chalet at the top of the Pass


The pass was established by the San people and was simply a bridle path until 1912 when it was widened to 2 metres and further widened to take wheeled transport in 1951. It is still used to transport wool, mohair and skins to Himeville.

The village of Mokhotlong in Lesotho which is the turnaround point for trips up the pass used to be called the 'loneliest settlement in Africa'. The caves around Sani Pass are well endowed with San paintings and occupation of the caves has been estimated at 7,500 years ago.

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Natal Accommodation Guide
Natal Accommodation Guide
Natal Accommodation Guide