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PICS & VIDEO: Vehicles struggle to navigate through snow on Sani Pass

Published May 22, 2022

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Durban – Snow Report SA called it when they said that the top of Sani Pass may be challenging to negotiate.

A video shared by Wasim and Relton, showed challenging driving conditions beyond the Lesotho border post at the top of Sani Pass on Sunday morning.

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“It seems the pass is drivable (in a capable vehicle) but beyond the border post is very difficult, even with snow chains,” Snow Report SA said.

Photographs taken at Sani Mountain Escape – home to the highest pub in Africa – on Sunday morning showed that there was heavy snow at the top of Sani Pass.

There is heavy snow at the top of Sani Pass, as you can see from these photos taken this morning at Sani Mountain Escape – home to the highest pub in Africa. | Snow Report SA

“With this much snow, the pass will likely be very difficult to navigate. We've also been told that the road beyond the Lesotho border post at the top of the pass is extremely difficult to get through, even with snow chains,” Snow Report SA said.

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There was also snow around Mapholaneng on the A1 in Lesotho. It had been coming down fairly low but then started snowing hard.

Snow around Mapholaneng on the A1 in Lesotho. According to Jan the snow came down fairly low. | Snow Report SA/Jan

Snow had also fallen in Sani Pass and Lesotho on Saturday.

At midday on Saturday, Snow Report SA said that snow had fallen at Sani Pass.

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An amazing photo showing a vehicle in the snow on the steep switchbacks on Sani Pass on Saturday. | Snow Report SA/Tyla.

“We've heard that there are vehicles stuck on the pass and conditions are no doubt very challenging even for capable vehicles. As the temperature drops later in the day the melted snow and rain on the pass may freeze and make things even more difficult,” Snow Report SA had said.

The snow forecasting and reporting channel also said that it had appeared that the snow was quite far down the pass but they could not tell how far.

The top of Sani Pass around midday on Saturday. | Snow Report SA/Tsela Tours and Adventure

On Friday, Snow Report SA had reported that snowfall looked possible for a number of regions in South Africa as well as Lesotho between Friday and Sunday this week, but they had seen a significant reduction in the quantity of snow as the freezing level had increased from earlier forecasts.

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“The top of Sani Pass may be challenging to negotiate by either Friday or Saturday, according to current data,” Snow Report SA said.

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