Sani Lodge Backpackers

Hodgson's Peaks Tour

A guided tour & hike to the top of the world.

Great Views 9 Hours Moderate Hike & No Climbing Packed Lunch Included Passports Essential


This memorable day combines a 4x4 trip up the famous Sani Pass, reputed to be the most remarkable as well as challenging mountain pass in South Africa and into Lesotho, with a moderate 12km hike (400m altitude gain) to the summit of Hodgson's Peaks - the highest peak in this section of the Drakensberg mountain range. The overall altitude gain from Sani Lodge is 1700 metres. Hike across grassy alpine plains sprinkled with delicate flowers, interact with the local shepherds and their flocks of sheep and goats, see their unique stone 'Motebo' dwellings then ascend to 3256m and an unparalleled 360 degree view from the summit of Hodgson's Peaks. Stunning views down into South Africa and the deep incised valleys of the Drakensberg Park, the high peaks of the escarpment stretching north and south and the soaring Maloti Mountains of Lesotho as far as the eye can see to the west. Hiking Footwear, warm clothing and rain gear essential.


Experience Fair Trade in Tourism in action. Your tour price includes a contribution to the Sani Top Basotho community. Our ground-breaking approach to grass-roots tourism means that your tour price directly benefits a wide segment of the local community, preserving cultural dignity and ensuring fair remuneration for services rendered. “Sani Lodge is the Silver Award Winner of African Responsible Tourism Award for Poverty Reduction 2018. Sani Lodge 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". ~ Judges


Departure from Sani Lodge (7.45am)
We meet in near reception ten minutes prior to departure for a quick briefing and introduction to your guide and equipment check.
Travel up the Sani Pass
Travel up the only road through the Drakensberg cliffs in a 4×4 whilst hearing tales of the pioneering of the rout. You will also learn about the natural history of the Drakensberg and see the beautiful wildflowers, wildlife and birds which inhabit the slopes.
The Hike
Parking once through the Lesotho border post, we start the hike across the high mountain plateau of the Sani Flats. In summer, these grazing lands are covered with sheep and goats, and you may well encounter the shepherds who look after them. The hike takes around 2 hours from Sani Top to the summit and a moderate level of fitness is required. The final section is a steep climb to the summit, one exposed section along a footpath and 5m scramble up some boulders brings you to the summit. Enjoy your picnic lunch with a 360 degree view. The guide usually returns via a slightly different route.
Return Journey
The aim is to reach Sani Top in time for a celebratory drink at the Highest Pub in Africa before returning down Sani Pass and back to Sani Lodge between 5 – 5.30pm.



Please note that the price quoted above is for tours running with a minimum of three guests. If you wish to do this tour with a group of less than three, there will be additional charges due to the fixed nature of certain costs. Owing to the current fuel cost increase, there may be an additional fuel levy.



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