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    Default Sani, easy or not? Also cordinates please?

    Hello all, ive read and seen quite some conflicting info between 2012 and now, in 2012 i see posts like "you need a proper 4x4 or atleast good AWD to go up sani pass

    But then i hear people say you can go up with a "platkar" and i see videos on youtube of people go up with a FWD Qashqai

    So did they improve it over the last few years?

    Also i plan on going on tuesday but gps seems confused and keeps giving me the lodge where i want to know where the start of the pass is as i want to figure out how early i have to leave to get there. Currently im in clarens on a roadtrip.

    Thanks in advance for any response, appreciate it greatly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XC90 View Post
    Hello all, ive read and seen quite some conflicting info between 2012 and now, in 2012 i see posts like "you need a proper 4x4 or atleast good AWD to go up sani pass

    But then i hear people say you can go up with a "platkar" and i see videos on youtube of people go up with a FWD Qashqai

    So did they improve it over the last few years?

    Also i plan on going on tuesday but gps seems confused and keeps giving me the lodge where i want to know where the start of the pass is as i want to figure out how early i have to leave to get there. Currently im in clarens on a roadtrip.

    Thanks in advance for any response, appreciate it greatly.

    AWD is probably good - I've seen some RWD bakkies struggle a bit on some of the steeper sharp turns. If you were on it in winter in ice, it would be...exciting...

    Stop at the Sani Lodge at the top (right just after the border post...you need R 40 there - good place for a beer. I don't have the coordinates - but it's well marked once you get close.

    Have fun!

    We went thru there once after a lot of rain - was pretty muddy down at the bottom - that was actually trickier than the pass. They are doing construction down there. This is before the SA border post.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyahhey View Post
    AWD is probably good - I've seen some RWD bakkies struggle a bit on some of the steeper sharp turns. If you were on it in winter in ice, it would be...exciting...

    Stop at the Sani Lodge at the top (right just after the border post...you need R 40 there - good place for a beer. I don't have the coordinates - but it's well marked once you get close.

    Have fun!

    We went thru there once after a lot of rain - was pretty muddy down at the bottom - that was actually trickier than the pass. They are doing construction down there. This is before the SA border post.
    Ahahaha i like your description for ice, interesting....

    Thanks man i appreciate the feedback i was planning to hit that highest pub up there yes, do you by any chance perhaps have coordinates of the start and finish for me? Sorry ive never been there before so a bit confused about the pass and how it works

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    You cant get lost so stop stressing .
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    Hi

    You not clear on your ask. Are you planning to go back to KZN via Lesotho and down Sani, or are you just planning to go up and down from Himeville?

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    I've done the Sani Pass this December. Mostly used 1st and 2nd low range with my 4x4 Fortuner. There are quite bad spots where you have to go slow over the Rocky sections. Without low range you would use your clutch quite a lot.

    It is a beautiful drive though.

    Just be aware of those Lesotho taxi's though. They drive like maniacs up and down the pass. Click image for larger version. 

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    As with most of Lesotho Sani is dependent on weather conditions. I had 4 different surface conditions in one day (up and down twice in one day).

    Coming down Low Range can be handy. I have always been in 4 High going up.

    If you are coming from Clarens side then its tar all the way to the pass. If you are coming from the Himville side its tar at the bottom.
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    Default Re: Sani, easy or not? Also cordinates please?

    My apologies on not being clear on what i want to do.

    The plan is to drive and enter from himeville side as i want to start with the ascent, have my beer and lunch at the pub and them come back down again into himeville and back to clarens. Basically a full day trip. The thing is i dont know where exactly the start lies on the himeville side so that i can calculate how far it is and the time it would take to get there.

    Another option is if it takes too long then ill rather leave early on wednesday do the pass thing and on my way down head to margate as that is my next stop after clarens.

    Also thanks so much im overwhelmed by the amount of responses for something as simple as this, really appreciate it
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    It took us about 3 hours from Underberg to the top and then 3 hours down again. We took it easy as well. Stopped a few times for photos.
    Quote Originally Posted by XC90 View Post
    My apologies on not being clear on what i want to do.

    The plan is to drive and enter from himeville side as i want to start with the ascent, have my beer and lunch at the pub and them come back down again into himeville and back to clarens. Basically a full day trip. The thing is i dont know where exactly the start lies on the himeville side so that i can calculate how far it is and the time it would take to get there.

    Another option is if it takes too long then ill rather leave early on wednesday do the pass thing and on my way down head to margate as that is my next stop after clarens.

    Also thanks so much im overwhelmed by the amount of responses for something as simple as this, really appreciate it
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    Quote Originally Posted by cornel1610 View Post
    It took us about 3 hours from Underberg to the top and then 3 hours down again. We took it easy as well. Stopped a few times for photos.
    Yep, that's about where we were too.

    You may know this - but the "pass" is really between SA and Lesotho. Coming northwest up Sani Pass Road it mostly flat, mostly paved (maybe fully now). You then stop at the SA border post, quite an informal affair, and drive up the pass to the very top. It gets gradually steeper nearer the top as you might imagine. Lots of switchbacks. There are some rocks in the road - it's not fast going - but it's not treacherous or anything (it would be if it was frozen, as I mentioned - or if you got hail. I was there about six months ago, and there was a destroyed Land Cruiser - had rolled on the paved (and flat!) road up at the top.

    Anyway, when you get to the top, you clear Lesotho customs - also very informal. There are plenty of turnouts and places to stop.

    Parts have no cell phone signal. Don't have coordinates but if you google "Sani Pass Border Control (Lesotho) in Google Maps, you will see the Lesotho border checkpoint. The pass runs from there downhill, to the Southeast towards Himeville.

    Leaving Himville, its northeast initially, on "Sani Road" and a left, to head Northeast on Sani Pass Road.

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    Default Re: Sani, easy or not? Also cordinates please?

    Sani pass border control South Africa. Search from that in google maps. Much too long to come from Clarens go up for lunch and drove back again

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeboy69 View Post
    Sani pass border control South Africa. Search from that in google maps. Much too long to come from Clarens go up for lunch and drove back again

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    Quote Originally Posted by joeboy69 View Post


    Is that showing a duck crossing

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    Holy smokes, never realised how long it takes just to get there, think ill rather save my sani urges for another holiday when i go to drakensberg or something. Even if i go there on my way to margate it will take way too much time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XC90 View Post
    Holy smokes, never realised how long it takes just to get there, think ill rather save my sani urges for another holiday when i go to drakensberg or something. Even if i go there on my way to margate it will take way too much time.

    itís worth doing sometime. Stay at Lotheni.

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    Quote Originally Posted by estee View Post
    as with most of lesotho sani is dependent on weather conditions. I had 4 different surface conditions in one day (up and down twice in one day).

    Coming down low range can be handy. i have always been in 4 high going up.

    if you are coming from clarens side then its tar all the way to the pass. If you are coming from the himville side its tar at the bottom.
    YIKES!!! Lol....
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    Quote Originally Posted by EttiennedK View Post
    YIKES!!! Lol....
    Range Rover P38

    Low range going up had too much torque and traction control kicked in way too much. Leaving it in H was more than adequate

    Oh, and normal road tyre pressures
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    Quote Originally Posted by cornel1610 View Post
    It took us about 3 hours from Underberg to the top and then 3 hours down again. We took it easy as well. Stopped a few times for photos.

    Coming off the N3 at Nottingham Road and taking the Lowerer Lotheni route to Himmeville will knock 2 hours off that at least.
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    Clarens - Buthe Butha (Lesotho) - Oxbow Lodge - Sani Top

    This route could be the quickest. It is tar the whole way to Sani Top

    Then down the pass and on to Margate
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    Quote Originally Posted by heyyahhey View Post
    Is that showing a duck crossing
    Man carrying a fridge over road. Perhaps a Game nearby ?
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