Sani Pass, KwaZulu-Natal

One of the most famous hair-pinned roads in the world, the 27km Sani Pass road was built in the 1950s and remains a challenging drive in 4x4 vehicles with all the drama, scenery, and treacherous conditions expected of a pass at an altitude of 2876m.

The road, which connects KwaZulu-Natal to Lesotho (a passport is required), starts at 1544m above sea level and rises 1332 vertical meters to its summit at 2876m. The drive is a test of skill and courage, and is full of loose rocks, gravel and bends that make your stomach churn. By 2019 the Sani Pass should be a tarred road.

Sani Pass KZN

Be mindful of the weather conditions. It is recommended the travellers cross the pass on a dry day. Snow, wind and rain make for more even more difficult conditions - many drivers have fallen prey to the pass. It is also important to note that both border posts on the route are open from 6am to 6pm.

The lower reaches of Sani Pass have several hotels, guest farms, B&B's, lodges and self-catering accommodation on offer, while the summit boasts the Highest Pub in Africa.

  • Location: Sani Pass, Drakensburg, KwaZulu-Natal

  • Tel: +27 33 702 1169 (Border Post)

To find out more about Sani Pass, visit the Mountain Passes of South Africa website.

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