Sani Pass

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Sani Pass
Sani pass.jpg
Mountains in the Sani Pass area
Range Drakensberg Mountains
Coordinates 29°35′17.3″S 29°17′33.8″E / 29.588139°S 29.292722°E / -29.588139; 29.292722Coordinates: 29°35′17.3″S 29°17′33.8″E / 29.588139°S 29.292722°E / -29.588139; 29.292722
Sani Pass is located in KwaZulu-Natal
Sani Pass
Location in KwaZulu-Natal

Sani Pass is located in the western end of KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa on the road between Underberg and Mokhotlong, Lesotho it is a route that connects Kwazulu-Natal and Lesotho. It is a notoriously dangerous road, which requires the use of a 4x4 vehicle. This pass lies between the border controls of both countries and is approximately 9 km in length[1] and requires experienced driving skills. It has occasional remains of vehicles that did not succeed in navigating its steep gradients and poor traction surfaces, and has a catalogue of frightening stories of failed attempts at ascending the path over the Northern Lesotho mountains. While South African immigration at the bottom of the pass prohibits vehicles deemed unsuitable for the journey, the Lesotho border agents at the top generally allow vehicles of all types to attempt the descent. The Sani Pass dirt road was to be upgraded[2] in two phases, with construction work commencing in December 2006. It was originally intended that the part from the Sani Pass Hotel to the Lesotho Border post be done in two phases, but this has subsequently been consolidated into a single 2nd phase. The borderpost between the two countries closes at 18:00 every day[3] and the pass is often closed due to weather conditions, especially during winter. The Sani Pass was recently used in TV advertisements for the new Nissan 4x4 and Ford Ranger 4x4 vehicles.

The road up Sani Pass

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://home.intekom.com/ecotravel/regions/southern-drakensberg/sani-pass.htm
  2. ^ http://www.info.gov.za/speeches/2006/06072712451001.htm
  3. ^ DHA Webpage - South African Ports of entry

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