Winner of Silver Award for Africa Responsible Tourism in category
"Best for Poverty Reduction" 2016
RATED ONE OF 8 TOP MUST DO ADVENTURES IN SOUTH AFRICA (Click here)
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Sani Lodge provides a wide range of accommodation deep in the majestic Southern Drakensberg Mountains of South Africa, bordering directly onto the World Heritage listed uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park.
Situated right on the famous Sani Pass, bordering directly onto the World Heritage Site and just 16 kilometres from the border post with Lesotho, Sani Lodge is a peaceful country haven and Responsible Tourism destination with a laid back atmosphere, where guests can simply kick off their shoes and wholly unwind. You will be welcomed by Ambassadors who are truly proudly South African and feel the layers of stress peeling away as you relax and immerse yourself in the natural surrounds. This place restores your soul and upon departure, you will feel mentally and physically rejuvenated. Your staying here offers the opportunity of a lifetime to genuinely ‘Give Back to Society’ in ways you would never have imagined . Even one bed night here directly supports local employment of people who previously had no skills or jobs . Each staff member and stake holder has family who depend on them for income and thus your stay does make a significant difference to the lives of people who need it most.
Russell and Simone Suchet started the Lodge in 1992 and are both dedicated to conservation of the environment particularly the wilderness, to wildlife , to sustainable partnerships in tourism with stakeholders therein creating self-employment and social upliftment in impoverished regions , respect and preservation of people 's cultural identities in Lesotho, Kwazulu Natal and the Khomani Bushmen in Kgalagadi Transfontier Park. Join Russell for a chat about the 7th edition of his book “A Backpacker’s Guide to Lesotho” over a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of our renowned chocolate cake at our restaurant on site. Relax at “One of the Best Backpackers away from the big towns in South Africa" ( SA Handbook); treat yourself to a one hour Yoga and Mindfulness class with qualified Yoga teacher Simone, breathe in pure mountain air and drink mountain spring water,enjoy a relaxing walk around our 2.5 km nature trail with our illustrated booklet, take a dip in our swimming pool, soak up sunshine next to invigorating mountain pools only half an hour hike away, retire to the sunny reading nook, enjoy sundowners on our wooden deck verandah facing the awesome mountain range bordering onto Lesotho, socialise around the braai facility, enjoy wholesome meals in our restaurant and in winter, curl up in front of a log fire in the cosy common room with a book from our library.
As a 4 star graded Backpackers, our accommodation is simple and affordable, cosy, clean and comfortable with the personal touch of Simone's creative flair for African ethnic decor and art paintings evident in all the rooms and art gallery at the restaurant. We are often the first port of call for foreigners arriving in South Africa. Our staff will welcome you as proud members of the only Fair Trade Certified Backpackers in Kwazulu Natal and leaders in Responsible Tourism.
Please note however that if you are looking for Hotel room service, porters, private jacuzzi, champagne on arrival and personal valet, then a Backpackers is not the place for you.
We do offer four lovely self-catering cottages which are separate to the Backpackers and also on the same property for families, couples ,and the traveller seeking more comforts with a bit more money to spend.’
Please read our SANI LODGE BACKPACKERS ‘RESPONSIBLE TOURISM’ STATEMENT
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.
Sani Lodge is at the start of the famous Giant’s Cup Trail. It is an ideal base for selfguided hikes and guided hiking, viewing Bushman Rock Art, exploring Lesotho from one to seven days, horseriding, mountain biking, swimming in mountain rivers and pools and viewing birds, animals and wildflowers unique to this area.
Sani Lodge is the base for Drakensberg Adventures Tours, African Responsible Tourism Award winner started by Russell and Simone in 1997, offering 23 different value for money action packed tours with specialised Guides for a full mountain experience. Do your bit for the planet by participating on one of these tours that support sustainable trail blazing grass roots tourism, environmental conservation and cultural preservation actively realising the ambition of Responsible of Tourism.
Heidi van der Watt, managing director of Better Tourism Africa pinpointed what makes the Award winners the leaders in responsible tourism in Africa: “Our winners have a vision that extends beyond the commercial linking business success with the wellbeing of local communities and the longevity of their environments. They want to make profits with principles, communicate balance sheets alongside beliefs, and won’t undermine passion in the pursuit of professionalism. They are resilient, determined, humanising advocates for their destinations. They are the future of tourism in Africa.”
Sani Lodge is home to the Giant's Cup Café well known for wholesome home-made goodness (see the Getaway review article here). Enjoy delicious home-cooked meals, teas, coffees and cakes while browsing our interesting craft shop supporting single entrepreneurs, organic and fair trade products, our own dairy goods or looking at local art works displayed including a variety of over 70 species of indigenous plants on sale.