On 27 February 2008 the Silver Spirit Adventure team tested
the Rolls Royce over Africa’s highest pass, the Sani
Pass, which runs from KwaZulu in South Africa to the Mountain
Kingdom of Lesotho. The route is appropriately called the
‘Roof of Africa’.
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Only 4x4 vehicles are allowed to cross the Sani Pass, unless
special permission is granted by the Commissioner. This
was gained and the test was on!
The Sani Pass is claimed to be the highest road in Africa
and the third highest in the world, peaking at 3 200m above
sea level. Close to the Sani Pass summit is the highest
peak in Southern Africa, Thabane Ntlenyana, at 3482m. At
the top is the highest pub in Africa, a welcome site for
Before the climb the team met at the Magnificent Moorcroft
Manor with the Sani Pass Tours Crew for a briefing session.
These guys are often called to rescue broken down 4x4s and
trucks. Mike explained that this was merely a test for a
full trans-Africa trip. The skeptics in the crew started
to believe when they inspected the Rolls, and the modifications
done by Emgee.
The night before the trial the heavens opened and the Pass
had some of the worst rain in years. The road (track) was
more like a river. Undaunted, the team set off.
The Recovery Team were called upon only to watch and advise
while the Rolls
performed the climb with few problems. In fact, one of the
4x4’s had to be rescued while the Silver Spirit cruised
on. Interviewed at the top, the ‘Recovery’ Team
confirmed that if the Rolls could handle Sani Pass with
such aplomb, there should be no obstacles that Africa can
throw at her which might slow her down.