On the 26 October 1948, Godfrey Edmonds, an ex RAF Spitfire pilot, drove up the Sani Pass for the first time.
It took three hours thirty-five minutes to reach the border post and a further two and quarter hours to reach the top. The equipment required for this epic feat included - a Basotho labour gang with their ponies, a chain pulley block, jerry cans of petrol and lots of rope.
It must be remembered that the bridle path was used as a route for trade between South Africa and Mokhotlong during this period, all goods being carried up and down by pack mule.
Today it is quite different. One can still make out the old track carved into the side of the mountain in certain places alongside the new road that 4x4s travel on a daily basis. The road is still only accessible to 4x4s and in winter, the icy layer covering the road can be especially treacherous.