Menoaneng pass | Warning

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3048.0 masl
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martoulenn

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road from Mokhotlong to Linakaneng is more than terrible
both sides of Menoaneng pass are rather step, rocky and destroyed by the floods.
quite more tough than Sani pass itself.
good 4x4 very very High clearance needed.
very isolated, no traffic at all
challenging if dry, dangerous and not passable if raining

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There are Minibusses driving the pass.
We would nevertheless recomand 4x4, highclearence and gearreduction. There were several rockcrossing, where rivers filled the road with rocks, very steep sections and deep gaps in the road.
But it was driveable and is worth the efford.

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Saw a sign, that they want to upgrade the road, so do it while you still can! Absolutely gorgeous views from the top of the pass.

We did the road after four days of heavy rainfall. Sun was up and the road dried up quickly. No problem at all in a Toyota Hillux. Gradient is steep in some sections, but no mud. Didn’t need 4x4 at all, high clearance was handy, though.

Not a lot of traffic (didn’t see any other car), but you’re never alone. There‘s always some friendly shepherd around, some of them on horseback, who‘s more than happy to pose for a photo.

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Did this road on motorcycles 160 km and it took us 8 hours.
we did not know it was a gravel road.

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We drove the pass on a rainy day in our Landcruiser. Just take your time and you’ll be fine. The difficult part only stretches the 2 km over the top. We were coming from the east side.

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Don’t let the previous posts frighten you! Drove the pass today, after it had been raining for three days, in my 1996 Rav4 with awd and no issues at all. As said before, 2wd minibuses drive these roads up and down everyday!

There is only 1 steep hill that is challenging if you’re coming from Tseba Tseka (coming from Mokhotlong its more easy as its downhill). A lot of big stones, but can avoid them. You need some clearance, but with my rav4 didnt touch any stone (half clearance of a Hilux). Of course 4x4 with recommended, and drop your tire pressure for extra grip.

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Do not, do not do this without 4x4 and high clearnce. The road is very very terrible. We are in a land cruiser and got stuck at some points. Do not do this in the rain. We are going 5 km per hour on a sunny day

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The Toyota Hiace Minibus do it. So no special requirements.

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Of course the Menoaneng Pass is exhausting because of the rocks and bad street, but for big rigs the Sani Pass is definetly more difficult because of the narrow curves and steepness. However 4x4 and high clerance is recommended, because of heavy washouts.

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We did the Menoaneng Pass in heavy rain, as well as a lot of regular minibusses...
There are a few rocky sections, but never too steep and not dangerous at all. It does not need VERY high clearance, but 4x4 recomended. No mud, firm gravel with potholes

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Drove this pass on a standard rented camper hilux with a roof top tent. It was raining and snowing. It was hard but doable. The big rocks are an easy hit on that slippery road, be careful. Ruts made the car move sideways for few dozens of meters. No grip because tyres were full with mud.

It took forever. Met three other cars there. Two full packed kamikaze toyota vans and a woman on an old pickup.

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road from Mokhotlong to Linakaneng is more than terrible
both sides of Menoaneng pass are rather step, rocky and destroyed by the floods.
quite more tough than Sani pass itself.
good 4x4 very very High clearance needed.
very isolated, no traffic at all
challenging if dry, dangerous and not passable if raining

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