Sani Pass Tours

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The Sani Pass is a stretch of extremely undeveloped road that links South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal with the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho. It's neither for inexperienced drivers nor anything but a 4x4.

Although the Sani Pass is only about 5.6 miles long, it climbs a whopping 4,370 feet in that distance – when you reach the top, you're at over 9,400 feet in elevation. The road is essentially a dirt path of switchback after switchback, so it's imperative that you have not only a 4x4 but an experienced driver behind the wheel.

The Sani Pass leads to Lesotho—the country's border is at the summit—and because of the dangerous conditions it can sometimes be closed due to inclement weather. Improvements are slated to be made to the road, paving parts of it, but the planning for these improvements has been going on for years already.

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Traveling from South Africa into Lesotho means ascending the Sani Pass, so that trip is best done with an experienced local guide. Vehicles that aren't capable of making the ascent are turned back by border agents. 
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Mountain Splendor -The Kingdom of Lesotho

Take a day trip into the Kingdom of Lesotho from Durban, traveling by 4-wheel drive vehicle through the extremely steep Sani Pass after passing through the Natal Midlands and Himeville in a more standard coach. Visit a Sotho village to meet the locals, then head for the Sani Pass Top Chalet for lunch (included) before returning to Durban.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Sani Pass and Lesotho 4x4 Experience from Durban

Experience the beauty of Sani Pass via 4x4 vehicle on a day trip from South Africa into the mountain kingdom of Lesotho and back. Set out from Durban and pass through the exquisitely preserved Victorian city of Pietermaritzburg en route to the World Heritage Suni Pass, a steep pass rising 9,429-feet above sea level. Once crossing the border (bring your passport) visit a traditional Sotho village filled with huts built around a central area filled with livestock. Afterward, savor incredible views while enjoying lunch (own expense) at Africa's highest pub.
  • Duration: 12 hours
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US$158.67
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  • Duration: 12 hours
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Richards Bay Shore Excursion: Shakaland Cultural Experience Tour

Experience Zulu culture on a full-day tour from Richards Bay to Shakaland, a living museum that offers an immersion in local traditions. Taste Zulu beer, watch drumming and dancing performances, and see traditional handicrafts while meeting the ‘villagers’ that keep the Zulu spirit alive. This full-day Shakaland tour includes pickup and drop-off at Richards Bay port, entrance fees, and lunch, and it’s limited to 14 for individual service from the guides.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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  • Duration: 8 hours
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Richards Bay Shore Excursion: Hluhluwe Safari and DumaZulu

Visit the oldest game reserve in South Africa then learn about Zulu culture on a full-day shore excursion from Richards Bay. Spot big game and birds during a morning game drive through Hluhluwe – iMfolozi Park, eat a picnic lunch inside the reserve, and immerse yourself in Zulu life at the vibrant Gooderson DumaZulu Lodge and Traditional Village. This full-day wildlife and culture tour includes pickup and drop-off at the Richards Bay cruise port, all activities, and lunch.
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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US$291.38
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  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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Richards Bay Shore Excursion: Hluhluwe Safari

Visit the oldest game reserve in South Africa on a full-day safari through Hluhluwe iMfolozi National Park. Search for ‘Big Five’ wildlife on morning and afternoon game drives, and enjoy a picnic lunch inside the reserve, which is home to the world’s largest population of white rhino. This full-day Hluhluwe iMfolozi tour includes pickup and drop-off in Richards Bay, park entrance fees, and lunch, and it’s limited to 14 people for individual service from the guides.
  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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  • Duration: 12 hours 30 minutes
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