Sani Pass a route that connects Kwazulu-Natal and Lesotho, has gained notoriety as a dangerous road, which should only be attempted in a 4x4 vehicle. It lies between Underberg in the far west of the Kwazulu-Natal province of South Africa and Mokhotlong in Lesotho. Along it can be seen the remains of the vehicles that did not succeed in negotiating its steep gradients or survive the poor traction of its surface. The number of frightening stories of failed attempts at ascending this path over the northern Lesotho mountains is legion.
The border between the two countries closes at 16:00 every day and the pass frequently has to be closed, especially during winter, owing to extreme weather conditions. The pass, approximately 9 km long, is situated between the border controls of both countries and it requires above-average driving experience and skill to navigate it safely. Although the South African immigration officials at the bottom of pass prohibit vehicles deemed unsuitable for the journey from using this route, personnel at the Lesotho Border Post at the top usually allow any type of vehicle to tackle the descent.
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