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  • AFRICAN RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AWARDS 2016

    Beds from R200 / night

  • TRIPADVISOR CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE 5 YEARS RUNNING

    Cottages from R950 / night

  • SA VENUES GUESTS' CHOICE AWARD 2018

    Rooms from R280 / night

OUR PLACE

Set in the heart of the majestic Southern Drakensberg, Sani Lodge Backpackers offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, hearty meals, and well deserved relaxation. We are one of the oldest backpackers in the country, welcoming guests from around the world for over 27 years. In addition, we are leaders in the field of responsible and sustainable tourism. This has gained us global recognition for our ethical practices in social upliftment as well as nature conservation.  At Sani Lodge Backpackers we believe we cater towards the independent traveller with a conscience. 

ONLY GOOD VIBES

Our cozy common room area provides a laid-back environment in which to connect with fellow adventurers. It has been the starting point of many a great story, berg exploration and friendship. Whether you'd rather catch a tan next to the pool, kick back with something interesting from our book exchange, or simply sip a cold beer by the braai whilst the sun sets on another stunning African day, Sani Lodge Backpackers is the perfect setting. For those seeking a bit more, we have lovely self-catering cottages which are perfect for a family getaway or group of friends.

WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

“Sani Lodge Backpackers is the Silver Award Winner of African Responsible Tourism Award for Poverty Reduction 2018. Sani Lodge Backpackers and Drakensberg Adventures in the Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa has made a major contribution to local livelihoods and poverty reduction over many years. By involving Basotho stakeholders, they have created opportunities for communities to proudly showcase their unique cultural practices, engaging with guests in an authentic manner, thereby earning their respect. They are the future of tourism in Africa". ~ Judges

ROOMS & COTTAGES

Choose from a variety of sizes and styles.

Great View

Kingfisher Rondavel

Sleeps 2, Double Bed, Private En Suite.

R720/night
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Francolin Rondavel

Sleeps 2, Double Bed, Private En Suite.

R720/night
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Great View

Woodpecker Rondavel

Sleeps 2, Double Bed, Private En Suite.

R720/night
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Hoopoe Rondavel

Sleeps 1, Private En Suite.

R360/night
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Indigenous Garden

Guinea-fowl Cottage

Sleeps 4, Double Bed, Self Catering.

R840 - R1370/night
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Travelers Staple

Dorm Bed

Bunk Bed, Private Locker, Shared Kitchen & Ablutions

R250/person/night
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Great View

Honeyguide Cottage

Sleeps 4-6, Double Bed, Self Catering.

R1680/night
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Great View

Aloe Cottage

Sleeps 4, Queen Bed, Self Catering.

R1260 - R1680/night
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Indigenous Garden

Ntshitshi Cottage

Sleeps 4-6, Double Bed, Self Catering.

R840 - R1960 /night
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Lourie Standard Room

Sleeps 2, Single Beds, Shared Kitchen & Ablutions

R560/night
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Nightjar Standard Room

Sleeps 2, Single Beds, Shared Kitchen & Ablutions

R560/night
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Whydah Standard Room

Sleeps 2, Double Bed, Shared Kitchen & Ablutions

R560/night
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Sunbird Standard Room

Sleeps 2, Double Bed, Shared Kitchen & Ablutions

R560/night
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Dassie Standard Room

Sleeps 1, Single Bed, Shared Kitchen & Ablutions

R280/night
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Ibis Standard Room

Sleeps 3, Single Beds, Shared Kitchen & Ablutions

R840/night
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Camping

Indigenous Gardens, Shared Kitchen & Ablutions

R110/person/night
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Best For Groups

Group Facility

Dormitory Beds, Shared Kitchen & Ablutions

R250/person/night
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Fair Trade in Tourism Certified

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LESOTHO TOURS

Sani Lodge Backpackers is situated at the foot of the legendary Sani Pass. This places us a mere 16 km from the South African border with Lesotho. Drakensberg Adventures is our partner tour company which operates a variety of tours ideally suited to the backpacker's sense of adventure, itinerary and budget.

SO MUCH TO DO

Our fantastic location on the border of the Drakensberg World Heritage Site National Park means there is no shortage of outdoor activities on your doorstep. Some of the favorites are self guided hikes to crystal clear mountain waterfalls, Yoga with a view and fishing in what is a renowned trout fishing region. After all that exertion, why not treat yourself to a well deserved massage from a certified massage therapist in the comfort of your room.

GIANTS CUP CAFE

Our on site cafe offers a variety of affordable home made food, placing an emphasis on local produce from ethical sources. We offer comprehensive breakfast options, a daytime menu and a three course set menu dinner each night.

MAKING YOUR WAY HERE

Sani Lodge Backpackers is located 20 km from Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg. We are accessible to all vehicles by a tar / sealed road.

Our stay was amazing. We will be returning again.
Amy Johnson
Adventurer

PACKAGES

Choose from some of the our popular vacation & tour packages.

R2120

/person
Three Nights / Two Days

Lesotho Tour & Volunteering

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R2545

/person
Three Nights / Two Days

The Essential Drakensberg

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R3040

/person
Four Nights / Three Days

Hikers Heaven

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R3055

/person
Four Nights / Three Days

Sani Three Cultures & Volunteering

The package includes accommodation at Sani Lodge, all meals (including vegetarian), tours as detailed and this package will run any time with any number of guests.

Price Negotiable

YOUR IDEAS & OUR EXPERTISE

Custom Trips

The package includes accommodation at Sani Lodge, all meals (including vegetarian), tours as detailed and this package will run any time with any number of guests.
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