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    This was posted on the 13th of Jan 2020 on Sani Pass Tours on FB.

    Credits to them for the images.

    Would love to do Sani in such a condition (without my wife and daughter)







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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Magic.

    The Lower Lotheni is as scenic if not better. They are starting to tar it now but havent completed it yet

    Estee, they have done a fair amount of resurfacing of the badly potholed section of tarred road. Of the 25km section of tar they have resurfaced approx half. The first stretch (3km or so) heading out of Notties still has some magnificent potholes that would do well to have a fence and a pool net over them.

    There is no plan at this stage to continue tarring the gravel section. This section is about 55km and ends just before the turnoff to Sani. It was graded in stages in the last part of last year, although new shale wasn't laid. The road is generally in fairly good condition and in dry weather is easily travelled even in a sedan.

    There are a number of clay type sections which are extremely slippery in the wet and may pose a hazard for sedans.

    This weekend a driver for a transporter driving an interlink tried to use the route as a shortcut. He lost traction on a steep uphill and ended up going backwards into the ditch next to the road. We tried with a tractor but were unable to get him out. Eventually it dried up enough on Sunday and a recovery rig was able to winch him out.
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    This was us, Sani one day

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    Sani top the next morning. Those diesels battle to start the next morning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyAndy View Post
    Estee, they have done a fair amount of resurfacing of the badly potholed section of tarred road. Of the 25km section of tar they have resurfaced approx half. The first stretch (3km or so) heading out of Notties still has some magnificent potholes that would do well to have a fence and a pool net over them.

    There is no plan at this stage to continue tarring the gravel section. This section is about 55km and ends just before the turnoff to Sani. It was graded in stages in the last part of last year, although new shale wasn't laid. The road is generally in fairly good condition and in dry weather is easily travelled even in a sedan.
    Yip, stayed at Invermooi a couply months back. The section leaving Notties was a slalom and then new surface to the Invermooi gate. Nice route to take. Now I am getting an itch

    We summered at the Sani Pass Hotel for years until taken over by a large Hotel group who renovated it and totally ruined it
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    Quote Originally Posted by mariusrautenbach View Post
    This was posted on the 13th of Jan 2020 on Sani Pass Tours on FB.

    Credits to them for the images.

    Would love to do Sani in such a condition (without my wife and daughter)








    Excellent

    I have seen worse, where the high bank had collapsed onto the road and the drop off bank disintegrated. The point where my passengers got off and walked the rest of the way down
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Excellent

    I have seen worse, where the high bank had collapsed onto the road and the drop off bank disintegrated. The point where my passengers got off and walked the rest of the way down
    Would love to have seen that...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mariusrautenbach View Post
    Would love to have seen that...
    Found a couply phodies from that particular trip.

    The picture of me, the First Wife and the bairns standing in a pool, you will know where this is if you have done Sani before. I should have known that the conditions would have been odd, by the size of the pool. Its not usually this large.

    Another sign is the amount of water on the wadi crossing, on the ascent, where you turn right, cross the wadi and then left again.

    Then of course some of the wash aways

    Last phodie is taken by me from drivers seat on the ascent. At many points it was just the width of the Range Rover
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    Estee = S T = Sean Towlson

    There is no such thing as inclement weather, only poor selection of clothing.... or Vehicle

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndyT View Post
    The foreign couple in this vehicle also did Sani Pass in March 2012, we were going up ..........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Found a couply phodies from that particular trip.

    The picture of me, the First Wife and the bairns standing in a pool, you will know where this is if you have done Sani before. I should have known that the conditions would have been odd, by the size of the pool. Its not usually this large.

    Another sign is the amount of water on the wadi crossing, on the ascent, where you turn right, cross the wadi and then left again.

    Then of course some of the wash aways

    Last phodie is taken by me from drivers seat on the ascent. At many points it was just the width of the Range Rover
    Looks awesome.... Was at Sani the last time in Jul 2017.
    Think I must stretch the Freelanders legs.

    That first pic is a big clue on how the pass might be..
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    Wow this thread is flourishing, thanks for the compliments and i find everybodys different experiences very interesting. So when are we all doing it again? Hehe

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    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    Very underated 4 x 4 ??
    Duncan, I didna know you were Foreign

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    Quote Originally Posted by ViperR View Post
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    Black Mountain has now been tarred. I often found the conditions on BM worse than Sani
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    Quote Originally Posted by XC90 View Post
    Wow this thread is flourishing, thanks for the compliments and i find everybodys different experiences very interesting. So when are we all doing it again? Hehe

    I did it twice last year; once on my 1200GSA and once in the Amarok.

    The Amarok was a breeze, the GSA was a real challenge. The only reason I made it to the top was that I was scared to try turn around on the switchbacks!!!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Found a couply phodies from that particular trip.

    The picture of me, the First Wife and the bairns standing in a pool

    That must have been an expensive divorce. I see you haven't been able to shave since that morning.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyAndy View Post
    I did it twice last year; once on my 1200GSA and once in the Amarok.

    The Amarok was a breeze, the GSA was a real challenge. The only reason I made it to the top was that I was scared to try turn around on the switchbacks!!!!!
    I saw a guy going down on a gs 800 i think? I know it didnt have the boxer engine so its a smaller variant.

    As a biker myself albeit not GS rider, i can imagine it must be quite the challenge! That being said i envied how he could manage to choose on the little bit of nice road there is and choose to ride on that instead when available

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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Duncan, I didna know you were Foreign


    We went up the "road" from Katse town to the top of the mountain to take pics and have a picnic. 4 Land Rovers arrived later and the looks they gave us made our whole Lesotho trip worthwhile.
    Later they arrived at the hotel whilst I was unpacking the Atos with one of them being towed.............priceless !!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Estee View Post
    Black Mountain has now been tarred. I often found the conditions on BM worse than Sani
    Yeah, and that black ice is nobody’s friend.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LandyAndy View Post
    I did it twice last year; once on my 1200GSA and once in the Amarok.

    The Amarok was a breeze, the GSA was a real challenge. The only reason I made it to the top was that I was scared to try turn around on the switchbacks!!!!!
    So it would have been tarred I think by then? I havent done it since it has been tarred, it was mud and rock and near the top, ambiguous.

    I can only imagine, as Viper says, the black ice would be challenging.
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    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    we went up the "road" from katse town to the top of the mountain to take pics and have a picnic. 4 land rovers arrived later and the looks they gave us made our whole lesotho trip worthwhile.
    Later they arrived at the hotel whilst i was unpacking the atos with one of them being towed.............priceless !! ;d;d
    lol

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    When we came down Sani in December there was a Lesotho registered Honda (think it was called a Fit) front wheel drive car coming up the Pass. It was quite low down still (just past the SA border) and he really struggled to getup a small hill. We waited for him to try and get over the hill 3 times, but after that decided that we are not going to sit forever waiting and came down and passed him.

    I really don't know how he would have been able to get over the rougher stretches higher up with that little car. Attached is a poor picture I managed to take of the car when we already passed him.
    Quote Originally Posted by duncang View Post
    We went up the "road" from Katse town to the top of the mountain to take pics and have a picnic. 4 Land Rovers arrived later and the looks they gave us made our whole Lesotho trip worthwhile.
    Later they arrived at the hotel whilst I was unpacking the Atos with one of them being towed.............priceless !!
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