Sani top Archives - Tim Brown Tours
  • 22nd July 2015

    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

  • 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.