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    Hi all,

    Just a couple of quick questions. Would try search for the answer but need to find this out fairly urgently and i am a bit busy so dont have time to really look. A friend of mine is taking a young lady through Lesotho. He has never been there and will be driving a Hyundai X35.

    They will be spending a night at Malealea and then driving to Sani top. Does anyone have any idea how long this would take?

    Also will a X35 manage on Sani Pass?

    Thanks for the help,
    Paul

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    Hi Duggen

    I am convinced that it's not a good idea. The distance is short(380km) but it will take you a long, long time to get to Sani. If the iX35 is all wheel drive, you might be okay; although it's risky. Remember, only four wheel drive vehicles are allowed on Sani Pass, so if its a 4x2 vehicle I would not chance it and also, it's against regulations.

    Its a loooooooong drive from Malealea past Roma, Thaba Tseka and Mokhotlong to Sani pass and the roads are dangerous and slow. I would recommend staying over at Sani Top and going down the next day if you make it to Sani top in one haul. We did Sani to Katse over this past weekend and its an 8 hour drive, you want to do almost double the distance and T4A on Basemap says its a 17 hour journey if you can get your speed to average 40km per hour, which is a mean feat over those mountain passes on rough terrain. If you want to reach the border down at Sani SA side that closes at four, it means that you will have to leave Malealea lodge in the dark hours of the morning and driving those gravel roads in the dark is hectic and certainly not safe. Although distance are relatively short in Lesotho, the condition of the roads and the very slow average moving speed due to the mountainous terrain, animals on the roads, kamikaze taxis and slippery surfaces means that you can easily take the whole day to do 300km. Also, Sani is weather dependent so if they get there and there is heavy mist, high winds or serious rain it will be best to sleep over and to descend the following morning.

    Looking back at the experience over this past weekend, I will rather sleep over on the way to Sani instead of racing down the mountains to get to the border post in time.
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    Well said Kierie.

    I remember driving from Sehlabathebe to Mashai Lodge in perfect conditions. That was via Matebeng Pass.
    It was 76km and took 6hrs. Was great fun.

    Point is Lesotho cannot be taken at a gallop, time needs to be taken and allowed for.
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    Hi Kierie,

    Thank you for the response. They have already left but I will try get of him and let him know that they are looking at a 10 hour drive so they can at least plan accordingly.

    As far as I am aware it is a 4x4 X35. It was rented for the trip. He has never driven a 4x4 however.

    all I can do is hope it goes well.

    Thanks,
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    Sure Duggen

    Let us know of the outcome of this journey. Have a good day!
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