Sani Lodge Backpackers is a 4 star graded family friendly destination with self -catering option, offering Sani Pass accommodation for tourists and visitors of Drakensberg.


Sani Lodge Backpackers provides a wide range of accommodation deep in the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa. The farm borders directly onto the uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site, giving guests direct access to the park for hiking purposes.

Sani Lodge is a peaceful country haven owner run and managed since 1993, offering rural charm, superb views, fresh farm milk from our Jersey cows, farm cheese, ice-cream, cream cheese, unsalted butter,legendary apple pie and scones and home-cooked meals topped with a ‘home away from home’ atmosphere.


Backpackers Accommodation:
We offer a wide range of budget accommodation. Guests have full use of modern,fully equipped kitchens, central cosy communal sitting room with open fireplace and reading room, braai area, swimming pool and sundowner wooden deck facing the sun setting over the mountains of Lesotho. There are clean ablutions and an outdoor shower with unforgettable mountain views.

Ideal for small tents or camper-vans. Not suitable for caravans. No power points. Basic ablutions and kitchen.

Duiker / Rhebok/ Oribi / Eland; each room sleeps four people on bunk beds. The rooms are compact for warmth in winter and all have wall panel heaters. Bedding is provided.

Standard rooms:
Wydah / Lourie / Sunbird / Nightjar / Ibis; each room sleeps two people on either double or twin beds. Bedding is provided. Rooms have wall heater panels for winter.

En-suite Heated Thatch Rondavels:
Francolin / Woodpecker / Kingfisher; each private rondavel sleeps two people on double beds. Bedding is included. Tea, filter coffee and a kettle are provided. Contains a shower, toilet and hand basin in each.

Group facility:
Double storey stone clad building with 7 dormitories sleeping a total of 30 people. Ideal for large groups. Two bathrooms, large equipped self-catering kitchen, dining area, lounge with fireplace, outside garden with braai. All bedding is provided. Rooms have wall heater panels for winter.

Self Catering Family Cottages:

Honeyguide Cottage:
Honeyguide is a compact cottage with magnificent mountain views set in an indigenous garden and ideally suited to families of two adults and four children. The master bedroom is furnished with a double bed and en-suite bathroom. The second bedroom has twin beds, whilst the small third bedroom has a bunk bed. These two bedrooms share a bathroom. There is a cosy lounge with open fireplace, fully equipped kitchen and a verandah with braai.

Aloe Cottage:
The cottage is set in indigenous gardens and has uninterrupted views of Hodgson’s Peaks (The Giant’s Cup), and the escarpment bordering onto Lesotho. Aloe Cottage has two bedrooms, both with two single beds and each bedroom has an en-suite bathroom (one has a shower and the other, a bath). The kitchen is fully equipped and the lounge has an open fireplace.

Guineafowl Cottage:
Guineafowl garden view cottage is set in an indigenous garden and suited to a family of two adults and two children. There are two bedrooms, one with double bed and a second small one with bunk bed. A fifth person may sleep on a sleeper couch in the lounge. The open plan kitchenette is fully equipped and wall heaters provide heating in winter.

Ntshitshi cottage:
A rustic, charming self-catering, ethnic design and crafted wood furnished garden cottage next to Guineafowl cottage and sleeping six people in three bedrooms; one with double bed, one with twin beds and another bedroom with twin beds accessed from the outside porch. Set in an indigenous garden with Ntshitshi trees after which it is named, near a small stream that attracts a multitude of mountain birds, 19 of which are endemic to the Sani Pass area. Lounge, fully equipped kitchenette with gas stove, fridge, crockery, cutlery, bathroom with toilet, shower and handbasin. All bedding and bath towels are provided. Free farm milk, coffee, tea, biscuits, shower gel, hand soap and hand lotion provided. Guests have access to the large braai area at the main lodge. There is no braai directly in front of this cottage owing to the proximity to thatched cottages nearby.

Note: Smoking is not permitted. No pets allowed.

"The Giant's Cup" is open for breakfasts, savoury and sweet pancakes, toasted sandwiches, homemade legendary chocolate cake or scones with homemade jams and farm cream, farmhouse cheese, trout, teas, good filter coffee, milkshakes and lots more. Dinner must be ordered in advance along with accommodation booking.

The lodge is child friendly, has a camp cot available for small children, offers children portions for dinners, and has a playground for children.


This is an ideal place for a healthy family holiday, as there are plenty of activities and tours which can be arranged, including hiking, Sani Pass tours into Lesotho, horse riding and Bushman paintings.

Guests can indulge in trout / bass fishing on nearby dams, mountain biking up the Sani Pass or playing golf at the hotel 1km up the road, birdwatching, macro-photographing or painting or simply relaxing in the gardens enjoying the magnificent view. River rafting for all levels is available in the district in summer.

Once you are here, you need not step back into your vehicle, as the cottages are perfectly situated for exploring the Drakensberg Mountains on foot.


Tourism Grading Council 4 star graded since 2008 with accolades for Responsible Tourism, Wholistic Wellness, Family Friendly, Cycling Friendly, Birding destination, Hiking destination.

Fair Trade in Tourism Certified since 2011.FTT is a member of Global Sustainable Tourism Council.

Award winner of African Responsible Tourism Award for Poverty Reduction.

  • Awards & Accreditations As Claimed By The Establishment
  • Tourism Grading - 4 Stars
  • big game (less than 30km)
  • cycling trails
  • fireplace
  • guided nature walks
  • horse riding (less than 5km)
  • internet facilities
  • kitchen communal
  • laundry facilities (less than 2km)
  • laundry facilities onsite
  • lock-up safe
  • Malaria free
  • mountain biking
  • nature trail onsite
  • outdoor pool
  • parking all onsite
  • restaurant onsite
  • serviced
  • tea / coffee making facilities

How To Get Here
An easy 3 hour drive from Durban central or 6 and1/2 hours from Johannesburg.
Take the N3 motorway from Johannesburg or Durban until you reach the R 617 turnoff to Underberg. In Underberg, turn right to Himeville which is 5 km from Underberg. Drove on through Himeville for approximately another 4km until you reach the Sani Pass Road on your left which is tarred. Sani Lodge is 10.5 km down this road on the left hand side. Please park in the Sani Lodge main parking area and report to reception in the main office upon arrival. You will then be directed to the accommodation you have booked.

Transfers from and to Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Kokstad. Please call us to find out more about these options.