Welcome to Sani Lodge Backpackers, owned by Russell and Simone Suchet.

We are leaders in the field of responsible and sustainable tourism with global recognition for ethical practice in environment conservation,  social upliftment via engaging stakeholders in authentic grass-roots tourism within economically poor and disadvantaged communities and business practice. It is one of the oldest backpackers in the country and has been welcoming guests for 27 years.

Set in the heart of the Southern Drakensberg, one would struggle to find a setting more stunning and conducive to a full mind and body relaxation. 

You will find that SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS caters for the needs of the  “Independent Traveller  With a Conscience “, those seeking affordability and wanting to support sustainable social upliftment  ,as well as satisfy their sense of adventure through activities on offer.


We Are Fair trade certified
We Are Fair trade certified

Southern Drakensberg On Your Doorstep

Sani Lodge Backpackers is situated at the foot of the legendary Sani Pass and 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.

As we border onto the Southern Drakensberg National Park our location makes us an ideal base camp for the hiking, trail running and mountain biking enthusiasts. A number of self guided hikes leave from our doorstep. However, for those seeking more we offer guided hikes as well.

Getting Here

Sani Lodge Backpackers is located 20 km from Underberg in the Southern Drakensberg.

We are accessible to all vehicles as there is a tar (sealed) road and are roughly a three hour drive from King Shaka International Airport and one and a half hour’s drive from the N3 highway off-ramp at Merrivale/Howick.

For detailed directions, shuttle options & useful transport tips please follow the link below.

If you have any further questions contact us.