The Sani Pass is an iconic mountain pass located between the African nations of South Africa and Lesotho. The view from the summit of the Sani Pass is world-famous – and one of the most picturesque sights seen on Planet Earth.
The summit of the Pass reaches almost 9,500ft. The road to the Pass is well-renowned as one of the most dangerous in the world, yet this doesn’t deter many from attempting to reach it.
In this article, we take a look at this popular tourist attraction, and provide useful information on the stunning location – one of the most well-renowned in the African continent.
Where is the Sani Pass?
As mentioned, the Pass lies between Lesotho and South Africa, and is part of the Drakensburg Mountain Range. The road to the Sani Pass was built in the 1950s.
The route begins at 1544 metres above sea level, and rises a further 1,332 metres! The road to the Pass is profoundly dangerous. It is steep and treacherous.
The treacherous road
South African law dictates only 4×4 vehicles are permitted to attempt the route. However, those approaching from Lesotho are – somewhat controversially – allowed to attempt to scale the Pass in any vehicle they choose.
A slew of remains from vehicles that unsuccessfully navigated the route can be seen on the approach to the pass – a reminder of the treachery of the road. Unsurprisingly, efforts are being made to modernise and improve the safety of the road. However these efforts take years to fully implement.
It should be noted that inclement weather regularly causes the Pass to be closed – unsurprisingly. The route to the Pass is tough for even experienced drivers.
Those that do make it to the summit however have incredible views – and can access the highest pub in Africa! Many would consider a stop here a requirement to congratulate themselves on making it to the top.
The views are stunning! Moreover, the Pass is fondly known as the ‘Roof of Africa’ – owing to how high up the summit is! Anyone that does reach the summit can attest to that nickname – especially given that visitors are 9,500ft above sea level!
Social media features thousands of pictures from tourists that have scaled the area and made it to the summit. These are certainly stunning pictures which are very impressive to see!
There are many tour operators that operate in the local area, who can happily arrange tours – they too will be experienced in scaling the road.
The Sani Pass will surely continue to be a popular tourist attraction over the next few years. Overall, the Sani Pass is well worth visiting!