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Sani Lodge Backpackers

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14 Total Reviews
Perfect Location
Superb Staff
Fantastic Cleanliness

Property Description

Rated as one of the best Backpackers in South Africa and located deep in the majestic Drakensberg Mountains, far from the cities. This place is unique and offers you, the traveller; fresh air, sweet mountain water, stunning views, endless space and vistas,, wholesome food, log fires, star-studded night skies, hikes to mountain waterfalls and rivers and other travellers to meet up with. Come and chill on the veranda with a view, soak up the sunshine by the swimming pool as you gaze to the Lesotho escarpment, sit in the restaurant garden whilst you enjoy a Cappuccino made with organic, Fair Trade African coffee beans and our fresh farm milk, visit the bar for a sundowner cocktail and finish your day with a 3 course dinner served to you.

AMENITIES AND SERVICES AVAILABLE AT SANI LODGE - 4-star graded Backpackers ( Tourism Grading Council of South Africa)

*COMMUNAL AS IN SHARED NOT ENSUITE GUEST BATHROOMS :There are two ablutions with a total of 5 showers, 4 toilets.
* TV ; There is NO Television in your bedroom or at the Lodge
*COMMUNAL AS IN SHARED GUEST KITCHEN :This has a stove, fridge, freezer, microwave, kettle, cutlery and crockery, pots and pans.
*COMMUNAL AS IN SHARED GUEST SITTING ROOM :This has an open fireplace for cold weather, a book exchange, reading nook, dining areas. handbasins.
* OUR ON-SITE RESTAURANT ; The Giant's Cup Café is open 7 days a week from 7.30 am to 5 pm for Breakfast, lunch and teatime treats. Please order dinners in advance. Dinner for advance bookings is served at 6.30pm otherwise the restaurant will close at 5pm if there are no dinners ordered.
* WIFI is available in the on-site restaurant only. It is not available inside your room. You may sit outdoors in the garden of the restaurant or inside to use this service whilst enjoying our quality home cooked food and our delectable Cappuccinos made from organic freshly ground coffee.
*COMMUNAL BARBEQUE AREA: This is an area outdoors where guests can make their fire to braai their meat. Please bring your own wood. Wood bundles are on sale in the on site farm supplies shop.
*TOUR UP SANI PASS INTO LESOTHO with our own onsite tour company Drakensberg Adventures we started in 1997 that offers special rates and tours for our own guests. Please book your tour with us in advance. Tours available: We offer full day tours up Sani Pass into Lesotho in our landrovers with the focus being on either culture or hiking to Hodgson's Peaks. The overnight tours focus on culture and/or pony trekking. We also offer Guided full day hikes to the Bushman Paintings (advance booking only). The cost is R550pp for groups of 3 or more, R610 for groups of 2 people and includes the guide, packed lunch, entry to the park, a contribution to the Khomani Bushman Educational Fund and a small Khomani Bushman craft item as a souvenir.
*OUR ONSITE CRAFT AND FARM SUPPLIES SHOP sells our farm dairy produce, cheese, ice-cream, yoghurt, cream cheese, halloumi, butter, fresh milk.
*OUR ONSITE CRAFT SHOP; supports local South African crafts and our very own ceramics made on site. Buy a mug specially made for you as a momento of your visit to the Drakensberg.
*YOGA SPACE - with mats provided
*ART GALLERY - paintings and ceramics created on site by local artist Simone Suchet
*MASSAGE treatments
*SELF-GUIDED HIKES in the Drakensberg Park starting right from your room door
*NATURE TRAIL on site for the whole family
*GAMES ROOM; table tennis, darts
*Trail running
*Specialised Birding tours
*Watching our cows being milked at 8am or 3pm ( feed a calf when there are newborns)
*Horse riding
*Motorbiking, mountain biking, trail running
*Room servicing during stay

Backpackers started in 1992 located in a deep rural area and bordering directly on to the Drakensberg Park. Hike from the door into the pristine wilderness. Tour with us up Sani Pass into Lesotho to hike or pony trek. Facilities include fully equipped self-catering kitchen, swimming pool, restaurant, games room, free WIFI, art gallery, ceramics made on site. Drones are not allowed.

Activities include hiking into the Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site that borders on to Sani Lodge, tours up Sani Pass into Lesotho with our tour company Drakensberg Adventures, yoga, massage therapy, milking a cow, mountain biking, trail running, horse riding, feeding calves.

We make all our own dairy produce; cheese, feta, halloumi, cream cheese, ice-cream, yoghurt.

Sani Lodge Backpackers - Terms & Conditions

Reception working hours - 07:00 to 19:00.

Cancellation policy: 31 days before arrival. In case of a late cancellation or No Show, you will be charged the first night of your stay.

Check in from 14:00 to 19:00 .
Check out before 10:00 .

Payment in advance by EFT, paypal or exchange4free.
This property may pre-authorise your card before arrival.
Taxes included.

Breakfast and Dinner not included in price. Please order in advance by contacting Hostel directly.


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Mar 14, 2024
Nice place if you wanna discover the many mountains bordering Lesotho and Sani Pass (hiking is crazy in that area, and there’s much more than Sani Pass)
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Male, 41+
Feb 21, 2024
Beautiful location, friendly staff and super clean.
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Male, 31-40
Mar 08, 2023
excelent location to visit sani pass but bed very uncomfortable and not very clean room or fesh towels. Staff does not feel you welcomed.
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Female, 31-40


  • Free

    • Linen Included
    • Free Parking
    • Free WiFi
  • General

    • Security Lockers
    • Swimming Pool
    • Common Room
    • Bicycle Parking
    • BBQ
    • Breakfast Not Included
    • Fitness Centre
    • Adaptors
    • Book Exchange
    • Hot Showers
    • Self-Catering Facilities
    • Cooker
    • Fridge/Freezer
    • Utensils
    • Outdoor Terrace
    • Parking
    • Outdoor Swimming Pool
    • Iron / Ironing Board
    • Microwave
    • Towels Not Included
  • Services

    • Internet access
    • Laundry Facilities
    • Bicycle Hire
    • Towels for hire
    • Luggage Storage
    • Tours/Travel Desk
    • Housekeeping
    • Reception (limited hours)
  • Food & Drink

    • Restaurant
    • Bar
    • Meals Available
    • Cafe
    • Tea & Coffee Making Facilities
  • Entertainment

    • Board Games
    • Games Room
    • Wi-Fi