Sani Pass and the Cobham Section of the uKhahlamba-Drakensburg Park
About the Birding
Sani Pass and the adjacent Lesotho Highlands must surely rank as one of the top birding sites in Southern Africa and are by far the easiest place to look for several of the region’s most sought-after near-endemic and endemic bird species. As the only road running from east to west over the Drakensburg Escarpment and into Lesotho, the Sani Pass further provides the unique opportunity to access a wide range of escarpment and alpine habitats within easy reach of both Durban and Pietermaritzburg.
About the Birding Site
The Lower Drakensberg Foothills Birding Route lies inland and to the south-west of the Southern KwaZulu-Natal Birding Route and is easily accessible from both Durban and Pietermaritzburg, the two nearest points of entry. The source of this route is found in the Ukhahlamba Drakensberg World Heritage Site at the majestic Sani Pass where birders get the unique opportunity to view birds in a rugged and stunningly beautiful environment, consisting of five different habitats and ranging in height from 1600m to 3200m.
Other Related Information
Travel from Howick and Kokstad on the R617. Turn north at Underberg to Himeville. The Sani road lies 2km beyond this picturesque village.
Notable points of interest include the:
South African boarder post: -29.6029, 29.3392
Lesotho boarder post: -29.5844, 29.2855
Sani Top hotel: -29.5845, 29.2880
Black Mountain view-point (Bearded Vulture): -29.4785, 29.1612