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Sani Pass Tours

Address: Trout Walk centre on main road to Himeville, Underberg 3254, South Africa
Phone Number: +27337011064
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Ranked #3 of 11 Attractions in Underberg
Owner description: Once, the Sani Pass was a rough mule trail descending the Eastern Highlands of old Basutoland into...
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Owner description: Once, the Sani Pass was a rough mule trail descending the Eastern Highlands of old Basutoland into Natal. Tough drovers brought wool and mohair down the Pass on donkeys and mules to be exchanged for blankets, clothing and maize meal, the essentials for life in a remote, impoverished country. And a young man had a dream of operating a motor vehicle service up this fantastic Pass, using the 4-wheel drive vehicles he had seen on service in World War II. His name was David Alexander and he founded this Company in 1955. It has operated on the Sani Pass ever since.
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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62 reviews 62 reviews
13 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

We booked a day trip up Sani Pass through Sani Lodge and were lucky enough to have Philip as our guide. He was a font of all knowledge and worked his socks off to ensure we saw everything we could (although he did not understand that English and British do not mean the same things, did you Philip!!) We drove... More 

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San Diego, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

There were seven of us who booked a day tour to Lesotho. We could not have been more fortunate to have been recommended this company. From the owner, Murray Cairns, to the guides, to the people we met on the way there and back, everyone was gracious and accomodating and so friendly and helpful! Our guide, Longelo, was absolutely lovely... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

We booked the tour through our accommodation. Wilson our guide was very knowledgeable and an extremely good guide. However we were a little disappointed as when the vehicle turned up to collect us there was already a party of 4 in the vehicle which meant we were cramped into the two small seats at the rear of the vehicle. This... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
12 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

We had a great time driving around for the day. We got to see the Sani Pass and our driver/guide told us about the history. Definitely worth the price- Especially if you don't have a 4x4.

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London, United Kingdom
5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

It is a wonderful ride up a very steep escarpment on an unbelievably rocky and bumpy road- so it's slow- great views down the valley. Arriving on to a high level plateau (over 2,000 metres), very un-populated apart from a few locals playing some simple instruments and a few grazing animals spread over many miles. But you can get a... More 

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Cape Town
13 reviews 13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

We went with Sani Pass Tours on a 4 by 4 trip up and down this spectacular pass which takes you into Lesotho, our driver was Wilson, don't accept any other, he was great and very knowledgable, we went to a typical hut where the occupant had cooked delicious bread in her oven over the hot fire coals. You get... More 

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

We booked with Sani Pass Tours for 4 adults and a toddler. We opted for day tour with them and found a great guide who was friendly and accommodating. It costs R650 per adult and R500 per child. The company, however, left a bad taste to our experience. The vehicle we were taken in was in a bad condition. I... More 

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Tucson, Arizona
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260 reviews 260 reviews
112 attraction reviews
161 helpful votes 161 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2014

It takes a good 4x4 vehicle and an even better driver to undergo this dangerous steep old mule track of a road with numerous switchbacks and hairpin turns. The Drakensberg Mountains are the highest in South Africa and this area is a World Heritage Site. Coming to the border of Lesotho at 9,429 ft is the highest pub in Africa... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Sani tours offers two options: a day tour up and back with lunch at the sani mountain lodge, or an overnight at the lodge. I opted for the overnight. They made all the arrangements and even helped with a b&b suggestion for my night before the tour. The operator was very helpful. The tour itself was wonderful. I was with... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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27 attraction reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2013

I had done this trip with the same company about 20 years ago and this time took my sister and nieces to do the trip. Expecting the road to be the same was a poor assumption as the SA roads department have an excavator in the and even though 4x4 is still required the road is almost a highway compared... More 

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