Sani Pass – Lesotho
If a road or mountain pass could define a country then #sanipass is Lesotho. Without doubt it is one of the ‘roads to ride before you die’.
This stunning 27km roadway twists up the Drakensberg Mountains, linking Underberg in South Africa to Mokhotlong in Lesotho. Sani Pass reaches a height 2900 metres at the Lesotho border post. Much of this beautiful roadway has recently been tarred but the last 5 km from the South African border post to the top remains a wonderful gravel challenge. And the decent to Mokhotlong is a sublime twisting asphalt masterpiece.
The entire pass, up and down is a visual extravaganza of lush green vegetation and rocky outcrops. Stop regularly, take pictures and suck in the beauty.
Unpredictable and extreme weather can instantly transform the pass into an extreme challenge best tackled with a high clearance proper 4×4 vehicle or tough adventure motorcycle. Take extreme caution when snowing which can happen at any time of year.
WildWood chooses to visit in autumn (early April) or late spring (October) when the chances of extreme weather are less likely.