The Sani Pass is the iconic attraction of tourism on the Southern Drakensberg. Thus everyone who loves the Southern Drakensberg should be concerned about the current road construction of the Sani Pass road. Even more important in the long run is whether the completed road will enhance or diminish the Sani Pass tourism experience.
The goal of the upgrade is a hard-surfaced road, mainly tar but including short stretches of concrete on steep sections, from the end of the present tar road at the ruins of the Good Hope trading store to the Lesotho border post.
The upgrading began in late 2016. There are three stages to the upgrade, two already in operation and a third in the planning stage. In terms of the terminology used below, Phase 1 is the completed tar stretch from the Sani Pass turnoff on the Lotheni-Himeville road to the ruins of the Good Hope trading store. Phases 2a and 2b are currently under construction. Phase 3 is under design.