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Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 9:41pm

Lesotho trip

I'm planning to do a trip to Lesotho,

I would like to do the Sani pass for starters
Any costs at the border visa and so on
When is the best time to do this trip and the worst time
Any recommendations on where to sleep
any special equipment I need to take a long with me.

and any other suggestions regarding the planning and the the trip .

o yeah will a weekend be enough or should I plan for a long weekend.
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Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 10:05pm

Hi Reinhardt

I'd be keen to do a similar trip at some stage. Have you searched this forum for info? I see there is some information and "Trip planning tips".
Regrets? I've had a few...but then again, too few to mention.

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Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 10:07pm

Yes I have. Zaheer planned the trip but I'm not sure if he did it or not. I should ask him and find out if he did this or not.
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Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 10:11pm

I'm almost too scared to ask whether Sani pass is still in untarred condition, or whether it has been reduced to a tarred road...
Regrets? I've had a few...but then again, too few to mention.

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Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 10:15pm

what i have seen on you tube it is gravel and rocks and slippery when wet and realy slippery when iced up.

I would like to do it first with the Ft and then attempt it with the bike :dash:
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Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 10:32pm

Bike would be great. I planned such a trip including a trip to Katse dam a few years ago, but then had quite a few friends wanting to join us, but who did not have dual purpose bikes (I had a R1150GS at the time), so we ended up doing a great trip to Katse and Free State surrounds, but never did do Sani pass.
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Tuesday, March 18th 2014, 11:56pm

Sani is a breeze in the dry! No challenge! They are busy building / tarring the road!, so road conditions will be good! If snowed up theyll close the pass!
Snow: jul aug sep
Rain: sep okt nov
A wet sani can be tricky

Sani to katse is a stretch for 1 day!
Sani top is a great place to stay!
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Wednesday, March 19th 2014, 6:29am

No costs or Visa required at the border, infact you dont need much as the border posts at Sani is really very basic.
Sani is very easy and not a challenging pass, but conditions can change very quickly as the weather changes. Ensure you plan your trip with enough time to stop and enjoy the view for that is what Sani is about, if you looking for a hardcore 4x4 route then this is not the one, but the views and scenery are specatcular!!
Last time we drove up we drove into Lesotho and stayed at St James lodge.... which are no lodge, very basic and simple... loved it there! just make sure you plan your time!
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Wednesday, March 19th 2014, 7:57am

Driving up there tomorrow for the weekend...will give some feedback when back :beer:

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Wednesday, March 19th 2014, 9:01am

No costs or Visa required at the border, infact you dont need much as the border posts at Sani is really very basic.
Sani is very easy and not a challenging pass, but conditions can change very quickly as the weather changes. Ensure you plan your trip with enough time to stop and enjoy the view for that is what Sani is about, if you looking for a hardcore 4x4 route then this is not the one, but the views and scenery are specatcular!!
Last time we drove up we drove into Lesotho and stayed at St James lodge.... which are no lodge, very basic and simple... loved it there! just make sure you plan your time!



I just want an outing and the hardcore stuff at this stage is not for me.

@ Prawn: Thanks allot and enjoy the weekend safe traveling and look out for the oaks on the bikes too
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Wednesday, March 19th 2014, 9:07am

Did in two years ago;was dry;beautiful scenery
Had to put the auto in LR....HR is seemed to....uh...hesitate...???
LR no problem though
Up and down in couple of hours
We were early in the day and wanted to "sommer drive into Lesotho",but ,that road....nee,I wasn't prepared to damage tyres and be shaken apart...to see a very bleak landscape...
We stayed at Himeville Arms...very nice,good food
The Sani Top is IMO too expensive,although I understand been upgraded..
But when wet or snow....nee,stay away,you gonne end up in the DEEP gorge...
When clear skies the scenery is SPECTACULAR!!!!
We returned via the gravel road running to the north at the foot of the berg...very nice and scenic;goes up to Giants Castle...rather do that than drive into Lesotho
Do Katse from Ficksburg side...
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Wednesday, March 19th 2014, 9:10am

thanks

will have a look at that as well.
will a weekend be enough?
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Wednesday, March 19th 2014, 9:56am

Weather permitting..yes
You can be easily up and down before lunch...then go rent a trout kit at a store and do a bit of fishing and relaxing... :beer:
That's my son at the time we did it in my avatar!!!

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Monday, March 24th 2014, 7:09am

Facts
SA Border crossing, they just stamp passport, no vehicle papers required
Lesotho Border crossing, R30 (get slip) no vehicle papers no inspections, they dont even leave thier office
Road is gravel NO TAR
Couple of water crosssing, nothing hectic but stop and drink some of the water
Sani Top the place to be
Black mountain pass being worked on by chinese, not worth the drive for sigh seeing
AT Oil Temp warning light came on halfway up, was in H 2
Did a bit in HL 2 light came on again
Did rest is LL 2, no problems
Down was LL 3
Drive up was about hour and half - some stops for photos
Drive down was about an hour
No tire damage
No vehicle damage
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Monday, March 24th 2014, 8:34am

Nice Johan

Nou nog net fotos!!
Word daar gewerk aan die pas self?
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Monday, March 24th 2014, 11:20am

Nice Prawn
Nothing is forever..... good or bad.

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Monday, March 24th 2014, 1:55pm

Facts
SA Border crossing, they just stamp passport, no vehicle papers required
Lesotho Border crossing, R30 (get slip) no vehicle papers no inspections, they dont even leave thier office
Road is gravel NO TAR
Couple of water crosssing, nothing hectic but stop and drink some of the water
Sani Top the place to be
Black mountain pass being worked on by chinese, not worth the drive for sigh seeing
AT Oil Temp warning light came on halfway up, was in H 2
Did a bit in HL 2 light came on again
Did rest is LL 2, no problems
Down was LL 3
Drive up was about hour and half - some stops for photos
Drive down was about an hour
No tire damage
No vehicle damage
STD Tuna with BFG



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Thursday, March 27th 2014, 9:36am

Tal,
Ja daar word gewerk aan die pas maar al wat hulle doen is om klippe te pak om pad bietjie breer te maak op draie, niks fancy nie
Die teerpad hardloop net tot verby die Sani Hotel - met die golfbaan- en van daar is die gravel.
Daar is n paar huur karre wat tot by SA grenspos gery het (polo and nog n ander een) en van daar het hulle die pas gestap
Paar fietse het ook opgegaan en n hele paar motorfietse
By Sani Top waar meeste mense stop was daar oor die naweek net 2 Tuna's. Heelwat Disco's an n paar rangers. Grootste verbasing was die i35 wat daar gestaan het.
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Friday, March 28th 2014, 7:10am

oh ja..
1 evoque
1 toureg
couple of jimnys

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Sal like om so n trippie te doen...
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