Everyone has a life bucket list (right?) and we’re not going to judge anyone who has filled it with amazing foodie experiences and nothing else. Whether it’s Michelin-star dining in France or vegan delights in Cambodia, we pass no judgement. We would, however, like to humbly suggest you add this epic bar to your list. In fact, add it to the top of your list right now. This is the highest pub in Africa…
Sani Mountain Lodge in South Africa has an incredible view which is hardly surprising since it’s the highest pub in Africa. Intrigued? Well, you’d better keep on reading for all the details. Located at the top of Sani Mountain Pass, the bar and hotel is up so high it’s often above cloud level, giving it an otherworldly feel and air of majesty.
The views are breathtaking; rain, hail or shine.
With a casual elevation of 2,874 metres (9,429 feet), Sani Mountain Lodge not only has bragging rights as the highest bar in Africa, but it actually comes pretty close to the world’s highest bar which is (unsurprisingly) the luxe At.mosphere in Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.
Sure, it’s a reasonable trek to reach the mountain-topped bar but there are plenty of well-earned beverage choices available once you get there.
Being up super high isn’t the only cool thing about this bar either. Technically it’s in two countries, which means you can have a drink in two countries at once if you find the right spot. Sani Mountain Pass is on the eastern border of South Africa and the lesser-known country of Lesotho that sits entirely within South Africa.
The cool part is of course its location in the clouds, see:
Given the altitude, it’s highly recommended that you drink in moderation here. Many people come to Sani Mountain lodge to do hikes around the pass and that teamed with alcohol consumption can exacerbate altitude sickness. Think of it like drinking on a flight, it hits you quick and makes you dizzy fast, so take it easy and be sure to indulge in the lodge’s locally sourced menu of mountain sausages and South African stews.
So, cheers moderately and take in the dreamy view while you do it.