Mpumalanga Tourist AttractionsThe Long Tom Pass
The somewhat mystical area of Long Tom Pass is one filled with beautiful mountain ranges - each with a story to tell, exciting outdoor activities that will keep the whole family entertained and captivated.
Where? The closest town is Sabie (+/- 25km), Mpumalanga
When? Best during daylight hours
How much? Free
The Long Tom Pass gets its name from the Long Tom cannons used during the Anglo-Boer war. The original Long Tom Pass was a treacherous one of steep hairpin bends and hair-raising drops.
It was originally the route followed by pioneer wagon drivers transporting goods from Mozambique to Lyndenburg. The road tumbled over the so called Devil's Knuckles, and many wagons were lost in this area as it was so dangerous.
Back in the old days, this road was a dangerous area where wild animals roamed freely and it was truly ‘the wild’. This coupled with the relentless mosquitoes made it a difficult journey and not one for the faint of heart.
Today however, as you travel on the new tarred road, you will still see the old road twisting over its dangerous course but the danger is no longer present. This area is now rich in vegetation like eucalyptus and pine trees as far as the eye can see. The scene is dominated by the peaks of Mount Anderson and Mauchsberg making it quite a beautiful route to drive along.
Misty Mountain is a 280 hectare South African Natural Heritage Site situated on the spectacular Long Tom Pass. Misty Mountain is uniquely set in mountainous countryside with majestic views across the escarpment and into the lowveld.
It is an ideal base from which to explore the Mpumalanga escarpment and the Kruger National Park. Trout fishing in dams and weirs with equipment available to hire and guided quad biking excursions are just a few of the activities to do in the Long Tom Pass area.