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Drakensberg tour – 20th July 2015   We began our Drakensberg day tour just outside Durban from my home as I was taking my cousins and wife up the Sani pass into Lesotho. It had been 13 years since I had seen my cousin so I was pretty happy about showing off my beautiful country to them and having my wife come with us as well.   I did the usual covering some of the history of the area of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa before we arrived in Underberg and changed over vehicles into a 4×4 to go up the Sani pass.   Lesotho is an amazing country with the Drakensberg mountain as its border. In Zulu we call it Ukhahlamba which means the barrier of spears and the word “Drakensberg” means dragons peak!   The view up the Sani pass in the Drakensberg was lovely today as it was a clear day.         Drakensberg tour, View up the Drakensberg Drakensberg tour, View up the Drakensberg                               We had a very lucky day on our way up to Lesotho and in Lesotho itself, we spotted a host of Jackal Buzzards and Pied crows… As well as Dassies(Rock Hyrax), Eland antelope and Reebuck. We even spotted some Ground Woodpeckers.         Drakensberg tour, Ground Wood Pecker Drakensberg tour, Ground Wood Pecker                               The Eland are the Bushmen or San peoples totem animal and these people were the original South Africans that were sadly killed out by every other group of people that are in South African today. The Eland had special powers for the San people and they would use it to communicate with there ancestors.         Drakensberg tour, Eland Drakensberg tour, Eland                                 On route up the Drakensberg on our day tour into Lesotho we came across a small waterfall up Sani Pass called Lovers Cascade. It is believed that here the San people would come to drink the fresh water and which would give them eternal life…         Drakensberg tour, Lovers cascade! Drakensberg tour, Lovers cascade!                                 We then stopped at the South African border post before we continued the 8 kilometers to Sani top the highest pub in Africa and of course the Lesotho border post. We got the passports stamped and I got a picture of my cousins.         Drakensberg tour, My cousins at the South African border post Drakensberg tour, My cousins at the South African border post                               As we made our way into Lesotho we noticed that there was snow in the mountain and some of the hairpin bends were which has waterfalls were frozen over. It was about 9 degrees up the sani pass but mostly due to to cold breeze. It was now time for us to visit the Basotho village and to enter one of the huts to learn more about the Basotho people and taste some lovely home made bread.         Drakensberg tour, Snow in the Drakensberg Drakensberg tour, Snow in the Drakensberg                               After the great hospitality we continued our Drakensberg tour and made our way to the Highest pub in Africa, Sani Top. It was here we had some lunch and enjoyed the great views as well as the warmth of the Pub as it was so cold.           Drakensberg tour, Highest pub in Africa Drakensberg tour, Highest pub in Africa                                 After lunch it was time to begin the journey down the Sani pass and enjoy the spectacular views of the Drakensberg mountain leaving Lesotho behind us.   It was a beautiful decent down the Drakensberg mountain and we arrived back at the bottom at about 15:30.           Drakensberg tour, View down Sani pass in the Drakensberg Drakensberg tour, View down Sani pass in the Drakensberg                               Once we got to the bottom we stretched our legs after the “African Massage” on the bumpy dirt roads and made our way back home after what turned out to be a very long but enjoyable day.   Our Drakensberg day tour ended back at our home where we enjoyed some food and a special drink my cousins brought for us. It was a special day!   If you would like to do this tour into the Drakensberg click the below link:   Drakensberg day tour

Sani Pass Tour

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. 

Sani Pass Drakensberg day tour

Sani Pass Drakensberg day tour 25th April 2015   I met me clients in Durban and they would be doing two days of touring with me beginning with today’s Sani Pass Drakensberg day tour from Durban. It was an early start at 6am and we began the almost 3 hour drive to the base of Sani pass which boarders on Lesotho the mountain kingdom. It was here we met with the 4×4 vehicles for the tour itself of the Drakensberg. On route I had already set the scene and covered a lot of the History of Durban, KwaZulu Natal and South Africa.   As we ascended the great Drakensberg over into Lesotho we enjoyed the spectacular views of the mountain and enjoyed the day of touring from Durban.        Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture going up Sani Pass Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture going up Sani Pass                               Every so often we go out of the vehicle to stretch the legs and enjoy the view on route to our destination Lesotho and the highest Pub in Africa! We got the the South African border post and after the formalities of passport stamping we spotted some Eland up on the hill. These majestic antelope are the original people of South Africa, the bushmen’s totem animal. The blood and fat of these animals were used in the paint of the Bushmen in the cliff overhangs in this Drakensberg range. The name itself Drakensberg means Dragons peak and the Zulu name “Ukhahlamba” mean barrier of spears! Both names are so indicative of this amazing mountain which is a mixture of Sand stone and Basalt rock.           Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture of Eland Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture of Eland                                 We finally reached boarder post into Lesotho at an altitude of 2874 meters above sea level. Having come from Sea level it was pretty high and it is normal to have a little headache.  It was hear that we had conquered this great mountain to reach its summit as many other had done before us. We spotted a little shop at the top before heading to the highest pub in Africa.       Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Shop at Sani top Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Shop at Sani top                               Lesotho on the eastern side is very baron and this pass was originally used for Donkeys and horses to trade with the South Africans with Mohair and wool. It is such a rough arid environment that you just cannot see how people can survive here, but they do. The nearest school is 50 km away so when the kids leave for school they only return for holidays to see their family.         Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Basotho homes Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Basotho homes                               At the moment the Chinese are in Lesotho creating a road from the village at Sani Pass to the nearest town where the kids get educated. The agreement is that they must use local staff for the labour. We had a great lunch under the hot Lesotho sun but with the breeze we were all a little cold however that wasn’t going to stop us from enjoying the breathtaking views, the Basotho Shepherds and after lunch the Basotho village. It was here we entered into on of the locals homes and she had some bread in a pot on coals and she was kind enough to share some with us and even allow us to taste there traditional beer.   The views on the way down were just as good as on the way up the pass and our Drakensberg day tour from Durban had really been amazing.         Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture coming down Sani pass Sani pass drakensberg day tour; Picture coming down Sani pass                               We were grateful for the amazing weather that we had been blessed with and the amazing sights and sounds of this mountain we have come to know as the Drakensberg. After we arrived back at the bottom we headed off to Durban where I dropped my clients off at a restaurant I recommended and then I headed back home for the night.   It had been a great Durban day tour up Sani Pass into Lesotho.

Drakensberg day tour – Sani pass Lesotho

Drakensberg day tour – Sani pass Lesotho 12th March 2015   I met my clients in Durban for their Drakensberg day tour where we would be going up the pass into Lesotho a land locked country in South Africa and on average the highest country in the world. We headed to UnderBerg where we would meet the 4×4 vehicle to begin our Durban Day Tour which would take us over into the Drakensberg/Lesotho via the Sani Pass. Sani Pass is a massive 2874 meters above sea level and has the Highest Pub in Africa at the top. Lesotho in the Drakensberg is on average over the country the Highest country in the world! This is mostly due to it being one of only a few countries which is land locked by one country(South Africa). The Zulu Name for this amazing mountain range is Ukhahlamba which in English mean Barrier of Spears due to the nature of the difficulty to cross these majestic mountains. This eastern side of Lesotho is the most baron part of Lesotho and only a handful of Hardy people live here. The Sani Pass has been used for years as a trading point for the Basotho(people of Lesotho) to Shear their sheep and goats and sell it to the South Africans. The Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban is only 2.5 – 3 hours away from the city of Durban and is spectacular. If you are in the Durban are you need to take thisDurban day tour with Tim Brown Tours. We begun this amazing Durban Day Tour at 09:00 from Underberg and on route had some spectacular views of the Drakensberg mountain. We first stopped at the old Ticket station where if you are moving between Lesotho and South Africa you need to stop and put your name on the list so that the taxi knows who was there first before traversing the Sani pass into Lesotho via the Drakensberg or into South Africa. Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Waterfall   Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Waterfall We continued up Sani Pass in the Drakensberg and stopped to look at the views in the mountain range the next stop being the border post into “No mans land” – the 8 Kilometers between the South African Border post and the Lesotho Border post. Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, South African Border post Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, South African Border post As we continued in no mans land we got some more amazing views up the Sani pass of the Drakensberg. For me it is like home and it holds so many memories for myself and my wife as we spend some of our Holidays in these majestic mountains. Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, View up the pass Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, View up the pass We continued up the Drakensberg and Sani Pass and reached ice corner which is so named because it is always got ice at that bend, when it snows that is a very difficult corner to traverse; even with a 4×4! After getting up Sani Pass and finally through the border post into Lesotho our Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban continued! We drove off to a Basotho village where we met with Me-Ilena and she was busy making the traditional Sotho pot bread. She was very welcoming and invited her into her home and we learned more on the Sotho Culture. Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Sotho hut Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Sotho hut It was not time to see the amazing bread the lady of the house had prepared, Just so you know this is as rural a place as possible and we are actually entering some body’s home so this is a real honor to taste her bread and it is amazing! Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Basotho bread Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Basotho bread Before leaving the hut we learned more about the Sotho culture and also saw some 5 week old kittens. I had one of the cats laying on my lap and I was a bit surprised to find out it was the male! It was now time to head to the highest pub in Africa, Sani Top! Before we could get there we spotted a Basotho Shepard or herder. Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Basotho herder Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Basotho herder Lunch at the highest Pub in Africa was amazing and at that altitude I must say I got a headache the wind chill factor didn’t help as it reduced the temperature. At least the pub is warm inside! Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Highest Pub in Africa Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, Highest Pub in Africa We left the Highest Pub in Africa in the Drakensberg/Lesotho and made our way back down the mountain the views were amazing and we were all very content with how the Durban Day Tour to the Drakensberg had panned out. The view down the pass from the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg was amazing and I had to take more pictures. Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, View down the pass Drakensberg day tour, Sani Pass, View down the pass The view was so amazing the the drive so steep that I tried to film some of it to show you how it is driving down there but it is nothing like the real thing. You will have to just book a Drakensberg day tour to Sani pass to really see it. Video of drive down the Sani pass – Drakensberg. The Sani Pass Tour from Durban into the Drakensberg are so special and you have to experience it to believe it!