Sani Top Chalet is situated at the top of Sani Pass. From the lodge, the views are absolutely amazing. The quiet and peaceful surroundings make the stay very worth while. In the mornings you can see the shepherd boys heading off into the hills with their sheep herds. Lambs had recently been born and added to the size of the herds and the beauty. It is a wonderful, very remote site. A small ‘village’ is close to the lodge (500 meters away) and I walked through the area and observed the ‘rock’ houses and daily life….no need to drive anywhere to see this.
When writing a review, I feel it is important to understand expectations. Remember that all supplies need to come up the pass. Each day, supplies need to be delivered and this includes the propane tanks to generate heat in the heaters and also the firewood needs to come up the pass. These are valuable commodities and need to be thought of as such. Care is taken not to waste the fuel. All food comes up the pass as well. When you consider this and you see the lodge, it is quite amazing what you get. We had one of the newer roundavels which was neat and clean, however it is not ‘big city’ neat and clean. Water for showers is heated via wood heaters and it may not always be reliable. For 1 night I can miss a shower if the hot water doesn’t arrive.
I would say the accommodations are more reminiscent of hostel type accommodations in very remote areas. Considering this, we were pleased with the accommodations. The set meal in the evening was very good with good variety. This is cooked on basic stoves, nothing fancy in the kitchen and yet great meals are produced. It is a great opportunity to meet fellow travelers from around the world. They are all there for the experience of Sani Pass, the view and the overnight stay.
We were there on November 26. The log book indicated that the prior day, those that were there woke up to snow on the ground. So even though it is summer, at this height, it can still be quite cold at night.
The generator only runs for a few hours in the evening. After that it helps to have a torch or a head lamp. But with a clear sky, the stars and natural light is quite amazing.
I rate this a solid 4 based on my expectations, the remoteness and the constant turn around in guests who stay 1 night only to experience a unique part of Lesotho and South Africa.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A one of kind Lodge located at the top of Sani Pass,2874m above sea level,located on the border line of Lesotho and South Africa some 300m from the entry border post of Sani Pass, Lesotho.The lodge has a 48 seater restaurant, serving breakfast, lunch & dinner daily.The Highest Pub in Africa stocks a wide varity of beverages accompanied with a varst selection of great wines, satisfying all ones needs.Satilite TV and free WiFi is available in the lodge area ,enabling one to keep in contact with the outside world and family.The lodge has 9 rooms, made up of double & twin bedded rooms, on suite, togther with 6 & 4 sleeper family rooms.We also have a 22 sleeper Backpackers and Camping Area located next to the backpackers. Both the main Lodge & Backpackers are run on generator power.Activities available-guided hikes,fishing, bird watching and horse riding. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Sani Top Chalet Hotel Sani Pass
- Sani Top Chalet Pass