Set in the heart of the majestic Southern Drakensberg, Sani Lodge Backpackers offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, hearty meals, and well deserved relaxation.
We are one of the oldest backpackers in the country, welcoming guests from around the world for over 30 years. In addition, we are leaders in the field of responsible and sustainable tourism. This has gained us global recognition for our ethical practices in social upliftment as well as nature conservation.
At Sani Lodge Backpackers we believe we cater towards the independent traveller with a conscience.
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Our cozy common room area provides a laid-back environment in which to connect with fellow adventurers. It has been the starting point of many a great story, berg exploration and friendship.
Whether you'd rather catch a tan next to the pool, kick back with something interesting from our book exchange, or simply sip a cold beer by the braai whilst the sun sets on another stunning African day, Sani Lodge Backpackers is the perfect setting.
For those seeking a bit more, we have lovely self-catering cottages which are perfect for a family getaway or group of friends.
We are members of Fair Trade Tourism and were the Silver Award Winner of African Responsible Tourism Award for Poverty Reduction 2016.
"Sani Lodge Backpackers and Drakensberg Adventures in the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa has made a major contribution to local livelihoods and poverty reduction over many years. By involving Basotho stakeholders, they have created opportunities for communities to proudly showcase their unique cultural practices, engaging with guests in an authentic manner, thereby earning their respect. They are the future of tourism in Africa".
We have recently been the subject of an article by Mark Heywood, editor at the Daily Maverick Citizen, who lauded our leading approach to fair, responsible tourism and the contribution we have made to the communities we operate in.
Sani Lodge Backpackers is situated at the foot of the legendary Sani Pass. This places us a mere 16 km from the South African border post at the foot of the Sani Pass from where the tortuous 4x4 track proceeds 8 kilometres up to the Lesotho border post.
Drakensberg Adventures is our on site partner tour company which operates a variety of tours ideally suited to the backpacker's sense of adventure, itinerary and budget.
A negative Covid antigen test is required at the South African border post costing R300 cash, before entry is allowed up the Sani Pass into Lesotho.
Our fantastic location on the border of the Drakensberg World Heritage Site National Park means there is no shortage of outdoor activities on your doorstep.
Some of the favorites are self guided hikes to crystal clear mountain waterfalls, Yoga with a view and fishing in what is a renowned trout fishing region.
After all that exertion, why not treat yourself to a well deserved massage from a certified massage therapist in the comfort of your room.
Our on site cafe offers a variety of affordable home made food, placing an emphasis on local produce from ethical sources.
We offer comprehensive breakfast options, a daytime menu and a three course set menu dinner each night.