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    Question Sani Pass

    I wonder if someone could help.

    We're going away for a couple of days and were thinking of going up Sani Pass and spending some time in the area, few questions.

    1. Condition of road at the moment, anything to be aware of.
    2. Nice places to stay and things to do around there,taking my father in law around a bit before he goes back to England.

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    Went up Sani Pass last weekend. Road not too bad, just took it slow.
    There has been a lot of rain in the area & we had mist from the RSA border post to the top. Scenery still stunning & plenty of waterfalls
    We stayed at Sani Backpackers Lodge near Himeville - they have a variety of types of accommodation.
    There were a lot ot GP'ers who travelled up to Sani Top Chalets on the Friday afternoon. It was quite chilly at the top.
    We carried on to Malonareng Chalets on the Letsing Mine property - stunning scenery. We took the turnoff near the security entrance and had to turn back because the river was too high & flowing too fast. There is another road which does not cross the river - distance from tar road 11 to 12km and took around an hour.
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    went up there before they tarred it ..awsome ..theres always the mile high pub ..great views

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    Thanks guys. Never been there before.

    We were planning on staying at the bottom taking a drive up, doing a bit of sightseeing and back down again. Possible or not?? Rather advisable or not?

    I know were pushing it a bit but we are trying to show as much of our beautifull country as possible, unfortunately we dont know the area at all around there.

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    Hierdie interessante artikel raakgeloop
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    Jolli Trolli,
    This article brought tears to my eyes. The subject of the article, Sy Symons, taught me most of what I know about motoring in general and rallying in particular.

    He was studying to become a geologist when the second WW broke out. He dropped out of university and became a fighter pilot and never finished his studies in the earth sciences. He passed away a few years ago.

    He told me how he tried to get sponsorship for his Sani Pass attempt - with no success. In the end, one of the oil companies offered to pay for any oil he may use on the pass. WHOOPY! He was also one of a very small band of SA rally drivers to complete the East African Safari rally during the sixties - in a Simca. Cutting up his leather belt and inserting it as main bearings, to keep the car going.

    Another member of that Sani Pass expedition, Ewold van Bergen, (as told to me by uncle Sy) went on to be hired by Nissan in Japan to develop a saloon car for motorsport. He was instrumental in the design of the Datsun 1600 and carried on to win repeated national rally titles in a Datun 1600 SSS. His co-driver, non other than the Japanese girl assigned to him in Japan as a translator and later to become his wife.

    Man, you have just forced me down memory lane.
    Thanks.
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    Hi Roelf

    Hope it was all good memories.

    By the way, myself went down Sani pass twice, once with some snow.
    On 27 March myself & Janita with friends in a Disco 3 staying over in Underberg and plan to go up Sani for the first time on the 28th, having something in the highest pub and down again the same day before going home. The photo is of a previous time in the pub.
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    Quote Originally Posted by PITTE View Post
    Thanks guys. Never been there before.

    We were planning on staying at the bottom taking a drive up, doing a bit of sightseeing and back down again. Possible or not?? Rather advisable or not?

    I know were pushing it a bit but we are trying to show as much of our beautifull country as possible, unfortunately we dont know the area at all around there.
    Hi Pitte, it is doable. Go fairly early, say around 8 o'clock, spent some time at the top, even have lunch and then go down again.
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