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    Quote Originally Posted by lirritma View Post
    Surely that is a personal opinion. There are many people who will find the arid parts of the country, like the Richtersveld and Karoo, extremely interesting because they have the ability to see the beauty and wonder of it.
    well,that is your personal opinion.

    wait a minute! that is my opinion too.

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    I think Jadranko's comment was tongue in cheek...

    Perhaps he forgot the smiley ?
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    The views is what makes Sani great nowadays, not the 4x4 challenge as such. For almost similar views and more of a 4x4 challenge, rather do Ongeluksnekpass close to Matatiele.

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    We also went up Sani Friday 06/07/2018 slept over in a rondawel on Sani top. Saterday we went to Katse dam using the Thaba-Tseke road. Lots of frozen rivers and streams on the way there. Camped at Katse lodge. Sunday we went to Clarens.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniek View Post
    The views is what makes Sani great nowadays, not the 4x4 challenge as such. For almost similar views and more of a 4x4 challenge, rather do Ongeluksnekpass close to Matatiele.
    This depends very much on the weather. The last time I was up, weather was not good. The original plan was to go through Lesotho to Clarence, but the passes further inland were closed due to weather and we had to exit Lesotho via Sani again... I'm not going to type my impressions over here of the trip down the pass...

    In short: if you get the pass in good conditions, you'd really wonder what the hype is. If you get it in less than bad conditions, that pass is straight dangerous...

    On our previous trips up and down the pass, we always had good weather. My perception changed a little after this last trip...

    In short, one cannot be flippant about Sani. Do not underestimate that pass. Just my 2c.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DFNDR-GP View Post
    We also went up Sani Friday 06/07/2018 slept over in a rondawel on Sani top. Saterday we went to Katse dam using the Thaba-Tseke road. Lots of frozen rivers and streams on the way there. Camped at Katse lodge. Sunday we went to Clarens.
    I think we passed each other, close to the South African border post, we were on our way down and you up. You where two defenders traveling together.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iandvl View Post
    This depends very much on the weather. The last time I was up, weather was not good. The original plan was to go through Lesotho to Clarence, but the passes further inland were closed due to weather and we had to exit Lesotho via Sani again... I'm not going to type my impressions over here of the trip down the pass...

    In short: if you get the pass in good conditions, you'd really wonder what the hype is. If you get it in less than bad conditions, that pass is straight dangerous...

    On our previous trips up and down the pass, we always had good weather. My perception changed a little after this last trip...

    In short, one cannot be flippant about Sani. Do not underestimate that pass. Just my 2c.
    I agree with you fully. However the same applies to ALMOST any other dirt road pass. I was commenting on Sani in general as a "4x4" destination. If you want more "4x4" and almost the same views as Sani, rather go further down to Ongeluksnekpass. I will post some photos when I have better signal.
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    I was lucky to be part of a group that did a tour of mountain passes in the Eastern Cape ending with Sani Pass a few month ago. It was great to have done Sani but there are many other spectacular passes in the area to explore. If you are looking for an area that has stunning views and great off-roading then plan to spend at least a week in the area. Have a look at Ongeluks Nek Pass on the Mountain Passes of South Africa website. https://mountainpassessouthafrica.co...snek-pass.html This was one of the best for me out of the 12 passes I did on the trip. You go though the Ongeluks Nek Nature Reserve up to the SA / Lesotho border post and once you've cleared customs you head onto the pass its self. According to the customs official at the SA post, we were the first group to attempt going up and down this year as someone had decided it was dangerous going up, but some groups had come down the pass. The route can be challenging but is very rewarding and the views are spectacular. I'm defiantly planning on going back to the area to explore some of the passes a bit more in the future. Ben MacDhui, the Tenahead Traverse and Bastervoedpad Pass are other highlights of the region that must be experienced at least once. Put a small group together and go enjoy the mountains.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JvR89 View Post
    I think we passed each other, close to the South African border post, we were on our way down and you up. You where two defenders traveling together.
    Yes that was us. I had my forum stickers on the door
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    I’ve been koi about Sani in the past, did it again on the 22nd of June and suddenly it was very different to previous experiences!

    Even though the weather was not that extreme, apart from the below a gazzilion windchill🤣

    The road is however very washed out at the moment, unless they’ve graded it since
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    Photos of Ongeluksnekpass as promised.
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    Bezuidenhouts Pass
    Done that on the Way back to Jhb after doing Sani

    Do not do it Alone not a well traveled route
    But the Views and trail is Awesome
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    I have been fortunate enough to do 3 x 5 day trips in Lesotho since 2007 and must say I have seen the change over the years. Khotsipohola Pass above Sani was a rugged true 4x4 road until the Chinese started on it. The last time I went there it was a gravel road wide enough to take 2 trucks next to each other and even a Range Rover Evogue with low profiles would be able to ride it. The least changed route was from Ramatseliso Gate via Matabeng Pass to Mashai Lodge. There were some lovely scenery and steep uphills with short corners where bigger vehicle got challenged. Going into Sehlabatebe Reserve is not so challenging but still gives you the pleasure of seeing Lesotho nature which is less developed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by #BecauseJIMNY View Post
    We did Sani Pass the past weekend, and although the road has magnificent views, it was a rather monotone drive. I would have loved for a bit more excitement, any tips for 4x4 routes within Lesotho? One thing I do need to mention, is that the Chinese sure know how to build a road. The tar piece within Lesotho is immaculate and the smoothest road I've driven. It would be interesting to see what it looks like in five years' time.

    I agree the roads built by the Chinese really looked and felt superior.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bugger View Post
    You want a nice Challenge

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    We did it with 2 2Wd beach buggies and 2 Syncro busses

    Let us know how it was
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    Quote Originally Posted by lirritma View Post
    Surely that is a personal opinion. There are many people who will find the arid parts of the country, like the Richtersveld and Karoo, extremely interesting because they have the ability to see the beauty and wonder of it.
    Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed the trip and love the views in Lesotho, the monotone was referring to the actual road - I was hoping for a bit more technical driving going up the pass - then again there is a difference between a route like this and the obstace course we do over weekends

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    Does it mean that the road from Sani to Katse dam is completely tarred?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MVerster View Post
    Does it mean that the road from Sani to Katse dam is completely tarred?
    The A3 from Sani via Thaba-Tseka to Katse is not tarred and the Menoaneng Pass can be slippery in the snow.
    At the border we were given a "Tourist Map" which stated that the A3 is for 4x4 vehicles only but I think that’s an exaggeration.
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