Sani Pass in South Africa

Accommodation in Sani Pass

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Sani Pass Hotel Garden Cottage from: ZAR 990
Sani Pass Hotel Hotel from: ZAR 880

Sani Pass

The Sani Pass probably started as a game path used by the Eland and other antelope in their migration from the high summer grazing to the warmer midlands in winter....and, perhaps, by the San Bushmen who hunted them. Later, it became the route by which traders, missionaries and adventurers trudged or rode into old Basutoland. By 1913 the first trader, Lamont, had set up his trading operation on the Pass, living in a dugout just above where the SA Police Post stands today and where he is buried.By the 1920's the Sani Pass was an important trade route between the Eastern Highlands of Lesotho and old Natal. Long trains of mules and donkeys laden with hides, bags of wool and mohair, descended from Mohotlong and other villages to trading posts like Makhakhe's and Good Hope Stores and, on the long journey back, were loaded with blankets, gumboots, clothing, maize meal, building materials etc. In 1933, the year of the Great Drought, a proper mule trail was built.The first vehicle was driven, pushed and manhandled up the pass in 1948. In 1955 David Alexander realised a cherished dream by founding a transport company, Mokhotlong Mountain Transport, operating Landrovers and a Jeep on Sani Pass. Soon after that, a proper "road" was build over the Sani Pass.Even today, the upper reaches of the Sani Pass, beyond the SA Police Post, are a challenging and sometimes difficult sections restricted to 4X4 vehicles.Passports: You MUST bring a passport or if you are on a day-tour, a South African Identity Book is sufficient. Children under 16 years accompanied by a parent or guardian, do not require documentation.  persons travelling in their own vehicles, by bicycle or on foot require passports!