highest pub in africa Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 17th February 2016

    Drakensberg day tour

     

    Our Drakensberg day tour began in Durban where I collected my clients and we began a great day under the African sun exiting South Africa over the Drakensberg mountains into Lesotho a landlocked country in South Africa.

    The Kingdom of Lesotho is on average the highest country in the world and South Africa’s second proclaimed world heritage site.

    The Drakensberg mountains have been a place of great peace yet many struggles have be fought in the area over land and control. Whats new….

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Drakensberg Sani Pass

    Drakensberg tour; Drakensberg Sani Pass

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Draksenberg mountains are home to many species of animals including Eland, Bush buck, Nyala, Reebuck and many more. As we changed over vehicles into a 4×4 we managed to come across many raptors and some lovely Rock Hyrax.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Rock Hyrax sits on a rock

    Drakensberg tour; Rock Hyrax sits on a rock

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We made our way higher up the Drakensberg mountains to about 2874 meters which in near on 9000 feet as you reach past the South African boarder post and you get you passports stamped there is 8 Kilometers with 3000 feet or 1000 meters of climbing in the 4×4 to go to the summit.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; South African boarder post

    Drakensberg tour; South African boarder post

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    No mans land belongs to South Africa and is maintained by them and the last 8 or so bends to reach the summit of the Drakensberg mountain into Lesotho is very steep and very windy!

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Drakensberg treacherous sani pass

    Drakensberg tour; Drakensberg treacherous sani pass

     

     

     

     

     

    Once we reached the Lesotho boarder post we felt the drop in temperature and the cool mountain breeze as we enjoyed the scenery of one of the poorest parts of Lesotho.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Lesotho boarder post

    Drakensberg tour; Lesotho boarder post

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Aside of the new tar road the Chinese have constructed from the Lesotho boarder post to the nearest town 50km away this area is very baron and devoid of much life. If you are luck you will see a Ice Rat otherwise it is just the Marino and Angora sheep which was the reason Sani pass was built in the first place. South Africa wanted the wool and the Basotho people wanted the food and building material of there huts from South Africa.

    We visited the poor village and entered one of the ladies homes to learn more and sample the fresh Basotho bread.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Basotho homes

    Drakensberg tour; Basotho homes

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    These amazing homes are constructed or stone, poles from South Africa, grass, cow dung, mud and soil. All these natural materials make the homes warm in Winter which has dropped one your below 20 degrees Celsius and cool in Summer which can still reach 30 degrees.

     

    After this experience we ventured to the Highest pub in Africa near the boarder post and it was here we would have a lovely lunch.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Drakensberg Highest Pub in Africa

    Drakensberg tour; Drakensberg Highest Pub in Africa

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    After lunch at Sani pass we popped out to enjoy the views down the Drakensberg mountains and spotted these young Basotho Shepherds and there sheep. It was a lovely picture as they looked down into South Africa.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Basotho Shepards on top of Sani Pass

    Drakensberg tour; Basotho Shepards on top of Sani Pass

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then began the bumpy drive down the Sani pass and the Drakensberg mountain enjoying the amazing views from a new angle.  We had some lovely sightings again of the Rock Hyrax and then of a Malachite sun bird (Male) on a Protea which is South Africa’s national flower.

     

     

     

     

     

    Drakensberg tour; Malachite sun bird sits on a Protea flower

    Drakensberg tour; Malachite sun bird sits on a Protea flower

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    It had been an amazing day tour in the Drakensberg mountains and we were all pretty tired but happy all the same with how wonderful the tour had gone.

    It is always a pleasure to show off the Drakensberg mountains to my clients and the amazing diversity we have in South Africa.

     

     

  • 10th June 2015

    Sani Pass Tour into Lesotho 10th June 2015

     

     

    I met my clients in Durban and we began the 2.5 – 3 hour drive up to Underberg where we would be ascending into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho via the Sani Pass.

    It was a very cold day and on route to Underberg we actually saw the mercury drop down to 1 degree Celsius which was quite something for South Africa and KwaZulu Natal, but it was our winter!

    As we drove I chatted about some of the interesting history but as my client we Lawyers they were keen on hearing my opinion on the state of the Nation.

     

    We arrived in Underberg and it was around 5 degrees. After fulling up the paper work it was time to get into the 4×4 vehicle and we made our way slowly up the pass climbing over 1500 meters in a couple hours. We always stop to look at the amazing view on these Sani Pass tours so we can get some great pictures.

     

     

     

     

    Sani Pass Tour; View up Sani Pass

    Sani Pass Tour; View up Sani Pass

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Drakensberg or Ukhahlamba in Zulu meaning Barrier of Spears is South Africa’s second World heritage site behind St Lucia or Isimangeliso wetland park where we would be going the following day.

    These majestic mountains cover over 250 kilometers and rise up to about 3500 meters which is the highest point south of Kilimanjaro.

    We reached the South African border post and got out at passport control and stretched the legs.

     

     

     

     

    Sani Pass Tour; South African border post

    Sani Pass Tour; South African border post

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then continued out Sani pass tour and arrived at the Lesotho boarder post and the temperature was 9 degrees we were all sure it was less as it was freezing.

     

    Here at the Sani Top you have the highest pub and Africa which we had lunch at and some interesting shops.

     

     

     

     

    Sani Pass Tour; Shop in Lesotho

    Sani Pass Tour; Shop in Lesotho

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Chinese have just finished tarring the road from the top of the pass to the nearest town which made our drive really easy to the Basotho village where we met a couple Sesotho people and entered into one of the ladies huts for a taste of her free pot bread. It was as always lovely!

     

     

     

     

    Sani Pass Tour; Basotho pot bread

    Sani Pass Tour; Basotho pot bread

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We also got to see some pigs which sound crazy but the mother pig had babies and they were actually cute. They even started sucking while we were there and this was a sight to behold as they gorged themselves!

    Sani pass is really a lovely way to access Lesotho if you have a 4×4 and is well worth the visit. We had learned more about the Basotho people and their culture so after a final picture of the Basotho hut we made our way back to Sani top to have lunch at the highest pub in Africa situated at 2874 meters above sea level!

     

     

     

     

     

    Sani Pass Tour; Basotho hut

    Sani Pass Tour; Basotho hut

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The lunch was great and we enjoyed the views down the mountain and Sani pass before getting back into the vehicle and making our way down from Lesotho leaving the majestic Sani Pass behind us and re-entering South Africa.

     

     

     

     

     

    Sani Pass Tour; View down Sani Pass

    Sani Pass Tour; View down Sani Pass

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The hairpin bends at the last section of Sani pass are something you have to witness to believe and they views on this Sani pass tour are amazing. Words cannot describe the area, you have to visit this amazing area on a Durban day tour.

     

    We arrived safely back down in South African and made our way back to Durban arriving home before 7am. The next day would be the St Lucia day tour.