At Drakensberg Adventures, we run our tours in a fleet of 5 Landrovers. Our Landrovers can carry up to 9 passengers in each. The configuration is two on a bench seat in front with the driver, three in the middle seat and four in the back on two small, inwardly facing seats. We have chosen to use Landrovers for a number of reasons:
NOTE THAT OUR TOURS INVOLVE A LOT OF SHORT DRIVES BETWEEN LOTS OF STOPS WHERE YOU GET OUT THE VEHICLE TO LOOK AT VARIOUS THINGS, SO YOU ARE IN AND OUT THE VEHICLE ALL DAY. WE ALSO ENCOURAGE CLIENTS TO MOVE AROUND THE VEHICLE DURING THE DAY SO EVERYONE GETS A CHANCE IN DIFFERENT SEATS.
Drakensberg Adventures are fortunate to be able to call on the services of a wonderful group of freelance guides. All the guides who work for us are specialists in some way, all are experienced on the Sani Pass and all are passionate about what they do. We have always believed in the principle “pay peanuts get monkeys” and as such, we pay our guides far better than other operators. In return, we expect the highest of standards from our guides in terms of guiding and driving. All guides are expected to buy into our vision of community tourism and our environmental ethos. Using larger capacity vehicles allows us to pay more for better guides and still keep our prices to the client lower than other operators.
While at school Philip completed a three week Outward Bound course in the Chimanimani Mountains, which made a lasting impression on him.
Once settled and married in South Africa, many special holidays were spent hiking and backpacking in the Drakensberg Mountains. After moving to the Boston area near Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal in 1993, Philip discovered many beautiful walks and hikes in the Southern KwaZulu-Natal Drakensberg and the surrounding areas. He enjoyed introducing them to others and sharing his love of the outdoors.
In December 2005 Philip qualified as a Drakensberg Mountain Walking Guide, founded Southern Secrets Hiking and Backpacking, and registered with all the relevant authorities.
Christeen is a regular free-lance driver / guide of 4x4, day and multi-day hiking, cultural and pony trekking trips into Lesotho via Sani Pass, and San Rock Art walks for Drakensberg Adventures since 2008.
Wilderness and Mountains, including Flora and Fauna are passions and interests; these, combined with being a prolific photographer, illustrator and fine artist complement and enhance the potential experience of clients.
Philip Grant, (her husband), and Christeen are Southern Secrets Hiking and Backpacking www.southernsecrets.co.za
These extracts for our guides’ Local Operating procedures give a flavour of our ethos:
Sani Lodge | Phone +27 (0)33 7020330 | Cell +27 (0)839873071
SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS DOES NOT HAVE A 24 HOUR RECEPTION. RECEPTION OPENING HOURS ARE 7AM TO 9PM. GUESTS PLANNING TO ARRIVE LATER THAN 9PM, WILL NEED TO MAKE SPECIAL PRIOR ARRANGEMENTS.