Navigating the Sani Pass- The Mother of all South African mountain passesNestled between the town of Underberg in the West of Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa and the Mokhotlong of Lesotho, Avis Best Roads brings you the Holy Grail of South Africa’s mountain passes. Sani Pass has become the icon of adventure leading travelers to an elevation of 2,876m placing this gem at the summit of mountain passes throughout South Africa. Sani Pass, Best roads to navigate.
Sani PassKwaZulu-Natal’s Sani Pass is located in the Western part of the province, on the road between Underberg, KwaZulu-Natal and Mokhotlong, Lesotho. It is considered one of the most spectacular mountain passes in South Africa, and a favourite for off-road enthusiasts. It’s accessed via 4×4, mountain bike, quad bike or motorcycle – or you can join legions of runners who tackle it on foot each year – if you’re up for the challenge!
The Sani Pass starts at 1544m and rises 1332 vertical meters to summit at 2876m. This altitude gain is almost 300 meters more than its nearest competitor – the Naude’s Nek Pass in the Eastern Cape. Originally a pack-animals trail and only opened to traffic in 1955, Sani Pass Peaking is also aptly referred to as the Roof of Africa. No surprise why as the pass peaks in at 2 873 metres above sea level.