Cape Town to Tanzania 2014

Solo trip for 12 months - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

Sani Pass

April 20, 2015  —  Lesotho
Sani Pass - Lesotho
Border post.

The previous blog was about Sani Pass. It described the drive up from South Africa to the Kingdom of Lesotho. Now I have reached the small border post of Lesotho. Entering the country couldn't have been easier. The custom officer asked me how long I wanted to stay and gave me the month I wished; officially, Canadians can only stay 15 days.

On the top of the plateau, it is another world. Instead of a developed country, we discover a country of shepherds with their sheep, goats, or cows. They wear rubber boots, a thick blanket, and a winter hat or a balaclava. They walk all day with their animals and the main means of transport is the horse (or pony). Believe me, it is quite a change.

Sani Pass - Lesotho
Sani Pass and the road that brought me to Lesotho.
Sani Mountain Lodge - Sani Pass - Lesotho

On top of the plateau lies the highest pub in Africa at 2874 metres. One can take a drink and a meal as well as sleep in a cottage, a dorm, or camp out. The only problem is the cold... slightly below zero the night I was there.

Sani Mountain Lodge - Sani Pass - Lesotho
The highest pub in Africa.
Sani Mountain Lodge - Sani Pass - Lesotho
Inside the pub.
Sani Mountain Lodge - Sani Pass - Lesotho
Travellers often leave a message.
Sani Mountain Lodge - Sani Pass - Lesotho
A Lesotho beer - the Maluti.
Sani Mountain Lodge - Sani Pass - Lesotho
Sani Pass - Lesotho
The backpacker hotel.
Sani Pass - Lesotho
Typical shepherd's house.
Sani Pass - Lesotho
Shepherd at dawn.
Sani Pass - Lesotho
Sani Pass - Lesotho
Sani Pass - Lesotho
View on a part of the Drakensberg in South Africa.
Sani Pass - Lesotho
Sani Pass - Lesotho
Sani Pass at dawn.