THABANA NTLENYANA VIA SANI PASS TWO DAYS- THE HIGHEST PEAK IN THE DRAKENSBERG
Enjoy this guided climb up Thabana Ntlenyana (3482m) the highest peak in the Drakensberg, over two days. Highlights on this Southern Drakensberg trek are the 4×4 trip up the notoriously steep Sani Pass and of course the hike to the summit of the highest peak in Lesotho.
Leaving from the town of Underberg, GoTrekking Africa uses 4×4 vehicles to negotiate the dramatic twists & turns of Sani Pass as it winds it’s way up the Southern slopes of Drakensberg. Sani pass gains altitude quickly; 1300m over 22km. You’ll pass through the South Africa border post & into the mountain Kingdom of Lesotho.
After the pass, you’ll start trekking along the Sani River the altitude rises and falls around the 3000m mark and you’ll be close enough to the Southern Drakensberg escarpment to enjoy views over the spectacular Mkhomazi Wilderness area. From the summit of Thabana Ntlenyana there are commanding vistas of the Drakensberg range & the Lesotho Highlands. The night is spent camping on the slopes of Thabana Ntlenyana. A final treat before descending Sani pass is a stop at South Africa’s highest Pub and restaurant with it’s dramatic views of Sani pass.
THABANA NTLENYANA 3482m VIA MKOMAZI PASS – FOUR DAYS IN THE SOUTHERN DRAKENSBERG
This is a challenging four day three night trek to Thabana Ntlenyana (seSotho for beautiful little mountain) via scenic Mkomazi Pass. The trek starts from the remote ranger station at Vergelegen at the base of the Drakensberg range (1500m). The hike up Mkomazi pass is steep and demanding, but affords you beautiful vies of the valleys in the little Berg. It’s a remote and unspoilt area and the hiking is great.
The pass is climbed over two days and the second night is typically spent up on the Drakensberg escarpment at an altitude around 3000m. From here you’ll have splendid views of the Drakensberg peaks and the Mkomazi wilderness area below you. The summit of Thabana Ntlenyana is normally attained on the third day, a great spot for a lunchtime picnic on a fine day with it’s panoramic views. Descent may be shorter but no less dramatic than the ascent. This is a rewarding hike for fit ‘peak baggers’ and wilderness adventurers. Email us for details.
SO THAT YOU CAN RELAX AND ENJOY YOUR TREK, GOTREKKING AFRICA GUIDES:
- Arrange park fees and permits
- Set up camp
- Provide, tasty, nutritious meals, dietary requirements eg vegetarians are catered for.
- Are trained in rescue
- Carry First Aid
- Carry a satellite phone for emergencies when necessary
- Are knowledgeable about the wildlife, birds, geology & flora of the Drakensberg
OPTIONAL EXTRAS INCLUDE:
- Transfers to/ from the Drakensberg
- Equipment hire
- Accommodation reservations