From Durban: Sani Pass, Lesotho and Basotho Village Day Trip

Activity provider: Wild Routes Africa

From Durban: Sani Pass, Lesotho and Basotho Village Day Trip

Activity provider: Wild Routes Africa

From US$ 182.52 per person

Journey up the daunting Sani Pass connecting South Africa to Lesotho. Visit a traditional village and have lunch at the highest pub in Africa. Wrap up in a traditional Basotho blanket, try local bread and beer, and enjoy included pickup and drop-off.

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Duration 13 hours
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Live tour guide
Pickup included
Please wait in your hotel or guesthouse lobby 15 minutes before your scheduled pickup time.
Small group
Limited to 8 participants


  • Wrap yourself in a traditional Basotho blanket for the day
  • Take a scenic 4x4 adventure up the daunting Sani Pass road through the mountains
  • Savor lunch at the highest pub in Africa and taste traditional Basotho bread in a local village
  • Enjoy the attention of an expert Basotho guide in a small group of no more than 8 people
  • Benefit from included pickup and drop-off at a range of locations in Durban/eThekwini
Full description
Pack your passport and head up into the Mountain Kingdom for the day. At 3,240 meters (10,630 feet) above sea level, Lesotho can get a tad icy so wrap yourself up in an authentic Basotho blanket, which is yours for the day. You'll be taught how the blanket is tied and worn. After pickup from Durban or other available locations in the eThekwini Metropolitan Municipality, make your first stop at Himeville, at the base of the mountains. Here, climb into a rugged 4x4 and meet your specialist Basotho guide who knows the Sani Pass like the back of his hand. Then, embark on the steep climb up the scenic and daunting Sani Pass as you make your way towards Lesotho. Get your passport stamped at the border and head into no-mans-land which connects South Africa to Lesotho. Keep your camera on standby as you don’t want to miss a chance to capture these dramatic vistas. If you’re lucky, you may even score an eland sighting. Elands are believed to be mystical animals that were revered by the SAN or bushman people of Southern Africa. Once you enter Lesotho, your guide will introduce you to a Basotho village where you have the opportunity to try traditional bread and beer. Tip: the bread goes wonderfully well with the soup of the day at the pub nearby. Tick another thing off your bucket list by enjoying lunch at Africa’s highest pub (own cost). Later, it'll be time to head back the mountain for your drive back to eThekwini/Durban for drop-off at your accommodation.
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Return trip between Durban and Himeville in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • Return 4x4 tour from Himeville to Sani Pass and Lesotho
  • Visit to a traditional Basotho Village
  • Bottled water
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Items of a person nature
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
  • People afraid of heights

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Windbreaker
  • Comfortable clothes

Know before you go

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off are included in Durban, Durban North, La Lucia, Umhlanga, Umdloti, Dolphin Coast, Tongaat Beach, Durban Central, Pietermaritzburg, Howick, Kloof, and Hillcrest
  • Travelers are required to pre-check whether they require a travel visa to enter Lesotho or not. If you require a visa, it is your responsibility to acquire the necessary travel documents/visa prior to your tour
  • Please note that no visas are issued at the border. The local partner is in no way responsible if any traveler is refused entry into Lesotho. Travelers refused entry into Lesotho may be left at the border or Himeville town until the tour returns
  • Visa applications can take up to 2 weeks to process
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  • This tour reaches heights of 3,240 meters (10,630 feet) above sea level. If you are prone to altitude sickness please take the necessary precautions
Customer reviews

Overall rating

5 /5

based on 8 reviews

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What a wonderful day we had on this tour. The guides were excellent. Thabo drove us from Durban to the Sani Pass road. He was a great driver and very considerate of our needs. We were then escorted by Peter to Lesotho. He is well versed in the nature of the area, as well as the Basotho people. Both vehicles were comfortable and well maintained. The scenery was beautiful despite rain and clouds. It was a little cool and the blankets provided were greatly appreciated. I would not hesitate to recommend this tour.

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December 22, 2022

Great tour with wonderful guides! The landscape of the area is fantastically beautiful, the trip over the Sani Pass brings the necessary portion of action. The tour was well organized and the guides gave interesting insights and valuable tips about the tour but also about all other topics. It was a very long day with a lot of time in the car, not a typical trip where you drive to a destination, but more "the journey is the destination" but highly recommended.

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November 18, 2021

This tour was for the adventurous. The drive from Durban to the 4x4 vehicle just outside Underberg can be long but our driver kept the conversation moving, captivating and answered so many of our questions! The tour itself was a drive to the South African border, through no mans land with the sharp turns and steep cliffs. Our guide stopped along the way to allow us to take photos, explore and revel at the majestic pass. Up top through the Lesotho border you can explore a few small local shops, before heading to a local village to have some of the most delicious bread and beer I’ve ever tasted. You learn about the culture, challenges and history of the local Zulu people. You then head back towards to border for a lunch stop at the highest pub before making the slow drive back down the Sani pass to the SA border. Each way up and down the Sani pass is about an hour and half, and very bumpy!

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February 17, 2020

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