Das Hotel allgemein
Sani Lodge Backpackers ( four star graded backpackers ) and self catering cottages situated in the Southern Drakensberg , South Africa on the famous SANI PASS road to Lesotho ,was started 26 years ago by Simone and Russell Suchet and is still run by them along with 12 employees recruited from local rural communities. Together they make up a team that is not only Fair Trade in Tourism certified for the past 7 years but also received a Silver Award from African Responsible Tourism Awards for 'Poverty Reduction' via sustainable tourism partnerships with people in Lesotho, the Drakensberg and as far afield as the Khomani San Bushmen in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. in 2018 Sani Lodge was awarded Finalist for' Lilizela Award for Service Excellence' from SA Tourism and 'Guest choice award voted best Backpackers in KwaZulu Natal' by SA-Venues.com guests.
Sani Lodge is a tranquil ,unique mountain destination bordering on to the UNESCO World Heritage Site ukhahlamba Drakensberg Park . The common room is a home away from home place to meet other travellers with a cosy open fireplace for winter nights and fully equipped guest kitchens. Barbeque area available, swimming pool, bar .Accommodation offered covers all tastes and budgets from camping, dormitories to double rooms, en suite thatch rondavels , a large group facility ideal for university / school / NGO's / hiking groups and three self-catering cottages.
Their tour company started in 1997 named Drakensberg Adventures runs 22 different tours in the Drakensberg and Lesotho including categories of guided hiking, pony trekking, and culture ( isiZulu, Basotho and Bushman ) all of which offer the discerning traveller the opportunity to engage with people in ways that are respectful, fair and beneficial for sustainable tourism in rural communities. Each and every single tour engages independent stakeholders who are remunerated directly for their services rendered from the guest tour price be it for food, accommodation for overnight tours, guiding services, ponies, shepherds music group, village women dance groups, deep rural schools visited.
Their on site restaurant started in 1997 offers value for money homecooked meals, handmade crafts with a difference supporting local entrepreneurs and Fair Trade goods, art gallery, free WIFI, coffee lounge.
Die Lage des Hotels
29deg 39min 46 sec south
29deg 27min 24 sec east
10.5 km down Sani Pass road and 15 km from nearest town Himeville , Southern Drakensberg, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa
Zimmer / Unterbringung im Hotel
Sani Lodge offers the following accommodation options;
Dormitory sleeping 4 people
Standard rooms not ensuite either single or double bed
En suite rondavels each sleeping 2 people
Group facility sleeping 30 people in 7 bedrooms
Aloe self catering cottage sleeping 4 people ( 2 bedrooms en suite)
Guineafowl self catering cottage sleeping 4 people
Honeyguide self catering cottage sleeping 6 people ( main bedroom ensuite)
Gastronomie im Hotel
On site restaurant named the Giants Cup open daily from 7am to 8 pm offering breakfast, menu all day, lunch, morning and afternoon tea and cake, evening dinner. Also coffee lounge, table tennis table, free WIFI, craft shop, art gallery. Great place to relax. Open fireplace in winter.
Our chocolate cake is famous along with our farm cream from our own Jersey cow herd.
Sport, Unterhaltung und Pool im Hotel
-On site booking office with our tour company Drakensberg Adventures offering 22 different tours in the Drakensberg and Lesotho including guided hiking, pony trekking , rock art hike and cultural tours.
-Self guided hiking into the World Heritage Site bordering on to Sani Lodge to caves, waterfalls and right up to the escarpment at 3000 metres.
-Horseriding on farm next door.
-Massage therapist on site
-Swimming pool on site
-Table tennis table
-Volunteering to teach English at deep rural school 6 km from the lodge
-Reading books to staff children in afternoons . We subsidize schooling of 4 young children at a local private school
Sonstige Einrichtungen und Services
Sani Lodge is graded as a 4 star Backpackers by Tourism Grading Council of South Africa
Reception open from 7am to 9 pm daily
Check in from 2 pm and check out from 9 am
Rooms fully serviced daily
Breakfast, lunch, packed lunch, dinner available at restaurant on site
Free tea ,coffee and our own farm milk provided to guests
Free firewood for fireplaces in lodge , Group facility, Aloe and Honeyguide cottage provided