The famous Sani Pass, located in Western KwaZulu Natal, is getting fully tarred. The road, famed for being a great, but notoriously dangerous, 4x4 vehicle drive, links Underberg in South Africa with Mokhotlong in Lesotho. The route up Sani Pass starts at 1544m and climbs 1332 vertical metres to an altitude of 2876m.
The first phase of the upgrade of the gravel road to tar has already been completed, with 14km of the road now fully tarred. The construction of the remaining 5km will begin within a five month period from 21 May 2014, if there are no further appeals. The total cost of upgrading the 19km from Old Good Hope Trading Post to the summit of the Sani Pass at the border post to Lesotho is expected to cost R887m.