Sani Pass Drakensberg Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 27th April 2015

    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.

  • 29th November 2014

    Sani Pass Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban– 21st November 2014

     

     

    After collecting my clients from there respective hotels we began with the interesting drive to Underberg and Himeville where we meet our 4×4 vehicles and head up the Sani Pass into Lesotho

     

    This whole are is known as the Drakensberg and is South Africa’s second world heritage site.

     

    The Drakensberg mountain are best visited with a guide who knows the area and can expand on the history of the area and the original South Africans, the San – Bushmen.

     

    Once we got into the 4×4 vehicle we headed up the pass stopping every so often to see the beauty of this over 3000 meter mountain.

     

    Sani Pass artistic picture on our Durban Day Tour into the Drakensberg

    Sani Pass artistic picture on our Durban Day Tour into the Drakensberg

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The next photo I chose was a picture of the group with the mighty Drakensberg as our back drop. This area is steeped in history and great beauty.

     

    The group I took up Sani Pass into Lesotho during our Drakensberg Day Tour

    The group I took up Sani Pass into Lesotho during our Drakensberg Day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We finally reached the top of the pass and passed through the two boarder posts and “No mans land” to get to the summit. Here we are 2874 meters above sea level and the country changes to Lesotho.

    Lesotho is the highest country on average in the world as it is land locked within South Africa.

     

    It was here that we visited a SeSotho village. We met with one of the local ladies who showed us into her hut and we got to learn more of this great Sotho culture. She even had the bread ready for us to taste, real Basotho bread. It was amazing!

     

    Basotho hut seen in Lesotho on our Durban Day Tour to the Drakensberg up Sani Pass

    Basotho hut seen in Lesotho on our Durban Day Tour to the Drakensberg up Sani Pass

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Outside the hut was some chickens and the ladies husband was weaving some Sotho hats together. We also got some entertainment from the local sheep herders.

     

    Sesotho Boys play home made musical instruments on our Durban Day Tour to the Drakensberg

    Sesotho Boys play home made musical instruments on our Durban Day Tour to the Drakensberg

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We then moved on to the sheep shearing sheds and then to the highest pub in Africa. At 2874 meters above sea level it is a real gem and the food is great.

     

    I had a lovely Burger before we continued back down the Sani Pass.

     

    As we were at the top I took one last photo of the view.

     

    View from the top of Sani Pass in the Drakensberg during our Durban Day Tour

    View from the top of Sani Pass in the Drakensberg during our Durban Day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    We continued down and the man which carries the wood every day from the bottom of pass to the top was on his way back up to see if he could sell the wood for money.

     

    We always pay him for his photo out of respect before taking his picture.

     

    Sesotho man carries wood up the Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour

    Sesotho man carries wood up the Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    On the way down after this amazing Sani Pass Drakensberg Tour from Durban we stopped and took a picture of some lovely rock structures.

     

    The Drakensberg mountains are really and amazing place to visit and rank as some of the most spectacular in the world. Join me for a Durban Day Tour in the mountains of KwaZulu-Natal.

     

     

     Drakensberg Rock art see on our Durban Drakensberg Day Tour

    Drakensberg Rock art see on our Durban Drakensberg Day Tour

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Our final stop was the bottom of the pass in Underberg and we then changed vehicles and headed the 3 hours back to Durban City.

    This had been as great Durban Day Tour.

  • 19th June 2014

    Drakensberg Day Tour from Durban to the Sani Pass 18th June 2014

     

     

    We departed from Umhlanga outside of Durban with my clients and 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 this Durban day tour with Tim Brown Tours.

     

     

    Tim Brown Tours is fortunate to have won the certificate of Excellence from TripAdvisor for the second year in a row and is rated very highly on TripAdvisor. If in Durban and wishing to do either a Durban Day Safari/Durban overnight Safari or Durban Day Tour/Durban Overnight Tour you need to contact us! We will make sure your experience is special.

     

     

    We begun this amazing Durban Day Tour at 08:30 from Underberg and on route had some spectacular views of the Drakensberg mountains.

     

     

    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.

    Ticket office at base of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Ticket office at base of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

     

     

     

     

    The next stop apart from the great views of the Drakensberg mountain was this lovely little waterfall on our Durban Day Tour.

    Waterfall when heading up Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Waterfall when heading up Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

     

     

     

     

     

    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.

    Border post on South African side of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Border post on South African side of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

     

     

     

     

     

    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!

    Ice corner on our way up the Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014
    Ice corner on our way up the Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

     

     

     

     

     

    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.

     

     

     

     

     

    Basotho Hut where we visit on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014
    Basotho Hut where we visit on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Basotho Women prepares home made pot bread on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Basotho Women prepares home made pot bread on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

     

     

     

     

    After we said goodbye to Me-Ilena and her lovely children we made our way back to Sani Top Pub the Highest pub in Africa at 2874 meters above sea level.

    We met some Basotho boys who played some music for us but it was so cold up there with a gale force wind blowing that we couldnt enjoy it for very long before heading inside to have a coffee and some warm food. This Durban Day Tour was warming up.

     

     

     

     

     

    Basotho Boys playing home made instruments at the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Basotho Boys playing home made instruments at the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

     

     

     

     

     

    Lunch at the highest Pub in Africa was amazing and at that altitude I must say I got a headache the wind chill factor didnt help as it reduced the temperature close to zero.

    Highest Pub in Africa at the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    Highest Pub in Africa at the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

     

     

     

     

     

    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.

     

     

     

     

    View of highest Pub in Africa heading back out of Lesotho down Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

    View of highest Pub in Africa heading back out of Lesotho down Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014
    View down the pass from the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

     

    View down the pass from the Top of Sani Pass on our Durban Day Tour to Sani Pass Drakensberg 18th June 2014

     

     

     

    Sani Pass Tour from Durban into the Drakensberg are so special and you have to experience it to believe it! I do my best thinking in the mountains and even had my fathers ashes scattered in the Drakensberg in 2009. It is a truly special place.

    I would like to dedicate this blog post to my clients who did 3 Durban Day Tours with me but also to my Brother and his wife who had there first child this morning – To you “Jonah Lex Maber” may your life be as blessed and for-filled as mine!