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SSani Lodge Backpackers is Fair Trade in Tourism certified (2011) 4 star graded (2008 ) and annual recipient of Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence since 2013 . The lodge is 26 years old and still nurtured by original entrepreneurs , Russell and Simone who are passionate ,altruistic advocates of conservation and leaders in the field of sustainable tourism as recognised by the Africa Responsible Tourism Awards 2016 through awarding Sani Lodge a prestigious Silver Award for Poverty Reduction. This unique ,laidback Lodge warmly welcomes international visitors to South Africa and local tourists ,offering a wide range of comfortable accommodation with a tasteful African ethnic décor theme ( camping, dormitories, twins, doubles, ensuite rondavels, self catering cottages, group facility) to suit all budgets ,in a stunning location bordering the Drakensberg Park World Heritage Site on the famous Sani Pass. Easily accessible and only 16km from the Lesotho border post and set in lovingly planted indigenous gardens that attract 92 bird species, butterflies and resident duiker, guests can ; enjoy a sundowner on the deck facing the magnificent peaks , dip in the pool, hike into the wilderness from the doorstep to sleep in caves, climb peaks, swim in mountain pools, indulge in a professional Spa treatment, sample good value home cooking at the restaurant on site as well as organic milk from Simone’s Jersey cows from which yoghurt and butter is made and Russell’s organic jams made from home grown fruit, purchase Fair Trade crafts or paintings by Simone , revel in the tranquility and natural beauty, enjoy conversation with other travellers by the open fireplace in the cosy lounge, join a tour traversing Sani Pass into Lesotho with their tour company Drakensberg Adventures to learn about the Basotho’s unique culture, hike or pony trek to remote villages , do a guided hike to see ingeniously drawn rock art by Bushmen, or create tailor made hikes / mountain biking / pony treks, volunteer to teach English at the local rural school -a life changing experience, participate in our staff's children reading club, pick organic fruit in summer, hand milk our cows, learn to bake bread. Each guest’s stay and tour directly contributes towards the livelihood of hundreds of people who provide services in the form of knowledgeable and dedicated guides, crafts, ponies, homestays, food, and the opportunity to engage in a manner that affords learning of and respect towards different cultures - Zulu, Basotho and San Bushmen.