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Navigating the Sani Pass- The Mother of all South African mountain passes

Nestled 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.
 
No other province in South Africa is blessed with a diverse range of mountains as the kingdom of Zulus. From the beautiful coastline of the Indian Ocean and the peaks of the Drakensburg Mountains to the lush greens of the Valley of a Thousand Hills. Kwa-Zulu Natal’s geographically diverse topography with spectacular scenic beauty and an abundance of wildlife, pays homage to this province. This makes Kwa-Zulu Natal one of the most culturally diverse locations and one of South Africa’s Best Roads to Drive. 
 
This gravel pass possesses a challenge for any 4x4 enthusiast as you experience the gorgeous mountain scenery with a bulk of the Drakensburg Mountains forming a picturesque backdrop of this high altitude adventure. Being Mzansi’s steepest pass, Sani Pass comprises of a series of hairpin bends which are estimated at 180 degrees therefore, maximum concentration is required when tackling this route. Renting the perfect 4x4 to scale this pass from Avis will give you a luxurious experience on the majestic Sani Pass.
 
Embarking on the country’s most exhilarating mountain has its pleasures. South Africa encompasses over 600 scenic passes where one can enjoy the spectacular scenic topographical beauty of our country’s nine provinces; Sani Pass being one of the most unique and memorable mountain passes in South Africa.  
 
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Sani Pass

KwaZulu-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.