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Sani Pass/ Lesotho Driving times

leeds
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Sani Pass/ Lesotho Driving times

Can anyone advise roughly how long its likely to take in November to drive in a 4x4-

Drakensberg/ Underberg area via Sani Pass to Mokhotlong in Lesotho

Mokhotlong to Butha-Buthe

Thanks

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1. Re: Sani Pass/ Lesotho Driving times

If you are hiring a car you will need a cross border permit.

Have a look at this link - it might help

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g681289-r122…

The stretch of road from the tar road just outside Mokhotlong to Sani Top is about 50km of poorly maintained dirt road that is difficult to negotiate.. The surface is uneven and covered in rocks in places, so you need to ensure that your vehicle has high clearance to avoid cracking your oil sump on a boulder. Other smoother sections are easier to negotiate in dry weather, but become slippery if it has rained. Its slow going - so I would allow at least 2 hours to complete this section of road

The worst sections of all combine steep gradients and rocky surfaces The gravel roads are not good. Remember you will have to deal with cows/ goats/ donkeys crossing the road, and children running after you with their hands out looking for sweets.

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2. Re: Sani Pass/ Lesotho Driving times

Thanks -and any idea on the other sections ie Underberg to Sani Top and Mokhotlong to butha Buthe -how long are they likely to take to drive in a 4X4?

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3. Re: Sani Pass/ Lesotho Driving times

Underberg - Himeville - about an hour. Remember to fill up with fuel here as there are no garages for quite a way into Lesotho. Then from memory, about 3 hours to the top , depending on the condition of the road.

From Sani Top - Mokhotlong - is about 48 km -2 hours

Mokhotlong - Buthe Buthe is about 173 km

Caledonspoort - Oxbow - about 60 km - first 50 km tarred , then 10 km gravel ( around 90 min)

Oxbow - Mapholaneng- about 60 km of gravel - driving very slow - about 30 km per hour ( so 2 hours), then tar to Mokotlong

Driving in Lesotho is not about the distance, its about the speed you can travel at. These are approx. times from memory.

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