How an ensemble of classic off-road vehicles went looking for snow up infamous Sani Pass

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Wheels24 contributor Reuben Van Niekerk and some of his classic car owner friends decided to take a drive up the daunting Sani Pass in their decades-old vehicles.
Wheels24 contributor Reuben Van Niekerk and some of his classic car owner friends decided to take a drive up the daunting Sani Pass in their decades-old vehicles.
Reuben Van Niekerk

 •Sani Pass should be on every 4x4 owner's bucket list, and for good reason.
 •The pass rises 1332m in 27km 
 •While sections have been tarred, the pass proper remains a proper 4x4 challenge.

Sani Pass is South Africa's most notable mountain pass in all aspects, including elevation gain, difficulty, and the sheer beauty of its views.

Located between Lesotho and South Africa near the town of Himeville, Sani Pass was built in 1950. The pass starts at 1 544m and summits at 2 876m above sea level, which results in an altitude gain of 1 332m over 27km. Its resulting height above sea level attracts bad weather and often receives snow. In addition, the fact that it is built in a ravine where water and melting snow make their way down the mountain means its surface is often in less than ideal condition. Perfect for a leisurely cruise in some classic off-roaders then.

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