Thursday 25th April 2019
Durban to Sani Pass Lesotho
Today we were up early again at 5am☹️☹️☹️☹️. We had to be downstairs in the hotel lobby by 6am for our day trip to Lesotho via the Sani Pass in the Southern Drakensberg Mountains. We met our guide and we set off in the dark from Durban in the early morning traffic, which was not really heavy. The day was misty, but as we drove past Pietermaritzburg, the day cleared to be very fine and perfectly clear. We reached Underberg, a small but busy town near the Drakensberg at around 8:45am where we joined up with the others who were on the trip with us for the day, a couple from The Netherlands and also a couple from Germany with a delightful 5 year old daughter Diana who already spoke both German and English. Our guide from there was Elias who was very friendly. We then drove in a 4x4 into the Drakensberg and up towards the Sani Pass heading towards Lesotho. Once we left the bitumen, the road became extremely rough and there were roadworks all the way along the route. The road was also very steep with precipitous drops and many hairpin bends. We stopped regularly to get out and take photos of the amazing view as we travelled higher and higher towards the top. The views are staggering and after we reached the South African border post and had our passports stamped, we continued on up to Sani Top where we entered Lesotho and had our passports stamped again. We stopped at a local hut where we were invited inside and had bread and were shown how the people live in this extremely harsh climate. It was bitterly cold there. There were many sheep and a number of shelters for the shepherds who live in the area. After visiting the local lady and partaking of her hospitality, we drove a short distance to the Sani Mountain Lodge, the highest pub in Africa at 2,874 metres above sea level, where we had lunch. During lunch Diana leant forward across the table and very pleasantly said to Lynn “you are very old” to which Lynn responded equally pleasantly “yes I am”! After lunch, we commenced the drive back down the pass and arrived back in Underberg a bit after 3pm, where our first guide was waiting to take us back to Durban. Arrived back at the hotel in Durban at about 6:30pm - we decided not to go out tonight and stayed in our room and ate a packet of chips and a beer. Our cruise to Venice starts tomorrow from the Durban port just across the bay from our hotel. Very excited about the cruise.