Sani Top
Close to the ground.

GPS: S 29 35.073 E 029 17.150 | elevation 2,875 m/9,432 ft

The Sani Pass is the highest mountain pass in the country and the only vehicle-accessible border crossing between Lesotho and Kwazulu-Natal. The pass is a gravel road with tightly wound switchbacks on both sides. The pass reaches 2,875 meters with beautiful views. At the top on the Lesotho side of the border you can enjoy a beer at the Sani Top Chalet - the “highest pub in Africa.”

Sights & Activities

There are a number of hiking trails that depart from the Sani Top area including a trail to southern Africa's highest peak - Thabana-Ntlenyana at 3,482 meters. Guides for serious ascents such as this or for easier day hikes can be arranged through Sani Top Chalet. They can also arrange horses with advanced notice if you would prefer to ride the trails instead of hike.


Sani Top Chalet

Sani Top Chalet is one of the finer spots to stop and enjoy a beverage while overlooking the mountain descent into South Africa. Accommodation is available in a backpacker lodge or in a number of luxury en suite rondavels with fireplaces. Meals can be prepared with advance notice, although there are self-catering facilities as well. In the winter, the temperature is well below freezing so make sure to be prepared. Electricity is generator-powered and is usually on for only a few hours a night.


Sani Top Chalet

Sani Top Chalet is one of the finer spots to stop and enjoy a beverage while overlooking the mountain descent into South Africa. Accommodation is available in a backpacker lodge or in a number of luxury en suite rondavels with fireplaces. Meals can be prepared with advance notice, although there are self-catering facilities as well. In the winter, the temperature is well below freezing so make sure to be prepared. Electricity is generator-powered and is usually on for only a few hours a night.


Sani Top Chalet

Sani Top Chalet is one of the finer spots to stop and enjoy a beverage while overlooking the mountain descent into South Africa. Accommodation is available in a backpacker lodge or in a number of luxury en suite rondavels with fireplaces. Meals can be prepared with advance notice, although there are self-catering facilities as well. In the winter, the temperature is well below freezing so make sure to be prepared. Electricity is generator-powered and is usually on for only a few hours a night.