Long Tom Pass

Long Tom Pass - Lydenburg, Escarpment, Mpumalanga

Long Tom Pass

The historic Long Tom Pass, filled with majestic mountain ranges, was named after the cannon used by the Boers to try and uproot the British from Lydenburg during the Anglo-Boer War which occurred between 1899 and 1902. In 1900 at the Battle of Bergendal, General Botha withdrew towards Lydenburg with two Long Tom guns, and headed in an eastern direction towards what is today known as the Long Tom Pass. Under the command of General Redvers Buller, the British occupied Lydenburg on the 7th September 1900, which lead to General Botha's forces shelling the town from the surrounding hills above with the Long Tom guns. Buller and his force were in possession of two five inch artillery pieces, which were used to defend the town. Buller, however, had intentions of blocking the road from Nelspruit to Pilgrim's Rest, so the British followed Botha. Although the 5 inch gun featured a range almost equal to that of the Long Toms, the Long Toms were much easier to transport, as they were equipped with four wheels, whilst the British artillery had only two wheels. The Boers also fired with the Long Toms at ranges which were too far for the British field artillery to reply, and by the time the 5 inch guns had been brought to the front, the Boers and the long Toms had long disappeared. On the 11th September 1900 after the battle had ended, General Louis Botha and his men made their way through the pass successfully with the Long Toms.

In 1953 the pass was opened, and in some areas along the route, it featured various changes and slight deviations, though most of the pass remained unchanged. The major obstruction of cutting the pass, was the Drakensberg. In 1871, an order was issued by then President TF Burgers, that a road be constructed running over the mountains to the sea. The contract was awarded to Abraham Espag, and most of the work along the new route was undertaken using picks and shovels. The route was originally used by pioneer wagon drivers transporting goods from Mozambique to Lydenburg, and the first wagons to use the new road, arrived in Lydenburg from Delagoa Bay, now known as Maputo, in 1874. The road, which followed the route of the old hawepad in many places, carried travellers over much treacherous terrain, with steep hair pin bends and sudden drops, and many wagons were lost along the hazardous Devil's Knuckles. In the days of the old road, the area was extremely dangerous, inhabited by wild animals which roamed freely, combined with the threat of malaria carrying mosquitoes which made journies through the region both difficult and discouraging.

Today the area displays a rich and diverse in vegetation, and is home to species the likes of eucalyptus and pine trees which blanket the dramatic landscape as far as the eye can see. The LongTom Pass provides visitors with awesome views of the picturesque surrounds, which are dominated by the the peaks of Mount Anderson and Mauchsberg, which make for excellent attracions along the scenic drive.The pass which is used today, was opened on 22 July 1953. Sections of the old road are signposted along the new pass, which was tarred eleven years after being officially opened, in 1964. At Die Geut (the gutter), deep grooves can be seen, cut into in the slate by the wheels of the wagons as they slid down the steep gradient.

Also in the region is Misty Mountain, a two hundred and eighty hectare South African Natural Heritage Site situated on the spectacular Long Tom Pass. Misty Mountain boasts a unique setting, nestled amongst mountainous countryside, providing visitors with majestic views across the escarpment and into the lowveld. Misty Mountain serves as an ideal base from which to explore the Mpumalanga escarpment and the Kruger National Park. Activities in the Long Tom Pass area include trout fishing in dams and weirs with equipment available for hire, guided quad biking excursions , mountain biking, birding, hiking, and viewing of the magnificent natural features of the area.

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Merry Pebbles Holiday Resort

Holiday Resort Accommodation in Kruger Park

7.6km North East of center of Long Tom Pass

Merry Pebbles Resort is situated on the banks of the Sabie River, 1 km from Sabie village. AA Highly Recommended self-catering accommodation, as well as 3 Star caravan and camping sites are available.

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Gunyatoo Trout Farm & Lodge

Guest House Accommodation in Sabie

7.9km South of center of Long Tom Pass

Gunyatoo Trout Farm & Lodge, is the perfect country getaway presenting a charming fly-fishing, birding and nature retreat.

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The Woodsman Bed & Breakfast

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Sabie, Kruger Park Area

8.7km North East of center of Long Tom Pass

Nestled within the tranquil environment of the Sabie Valley, The Woodsman Bed & Breakfast offers a choice tudor style suites, a superb restaurant, and lively pub.

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Sleeps: 29 in 9 units/rooms
From R 625,00
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The Sabie Town House

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation in Sabie, Kruger Park Area

9.1km North East of center of Long Tom Pass

The Sabie Townhouse is within walking distance of Sabie village with its selection of shops and a very good choice of restaurants. Sabie is a small, relaxed and friendly town set among the pine covered Drakensberg mountains of Mpumalanga.

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Wayfarers Guest House

Guest House Accommodation in Sabie, Kruger Park Area

9.2km North East of center of Long Tom Pass

Wayfarers Guest House consists of six beautifully appointed and spacious en-suite bedrooms, a breakfast area and dining room and a magnificent Guest Lounge.

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Amani Boutique Hotel & Conference Centre

Hotel / Boutique Hotel Accommodation in Lydenburg

23.0km West of center of Long Tom Pass

Amani is a dream come true, offering discerning guests a place in nature with amazing views on the mountains and valleys, as well as the Mpumalanga Parks Board dams. We are situated on the border of the town.

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Sleeps: 98 in 39 units/rooms
From R 345,00
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Mogodi Lodge

Self Catering House, Cottage, Chalet Accommodation in Graskop

23.4km North of center of Long Tom Pass

Superbly situated just fifty metres from the Graskop Gorge Falls with a magnificent view over the Mpumalanga Lowveld. An ideal location for guests to enjoy the abundant natural beauty.

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Aqua Terra Guest House

Guest House Accommodation in Lydenburg

24.0km West of center of Long Tom Pass

Aqua Terra means 'Water and Earth' in Latin, this is clearly portrayed as the Sterkspruit River flows along the outskirts of this one hectare property, amidst shady willow trees and rolling lawns. We do breakfast, lunch box and dinner on request and cater

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Dankhof Guest House

Guest House Accommodation in Lydenburg

24.2km West of center of Long Tom Pass

Dankhof Guest House and her personnel strive to make your stay homely and comfortable as possible. With a lot of combined hospitality experience, the staff is here to serve you and make sure of your future return.

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Sleeps: 70 in 10 units/rooms

Sheri’s Lodge & Backpackers

Backpackers / Youth Hostel Accommodation in Graskop

24.2km North of center of Long Tom Pass

Graskop, a small forestry town on the edge of the escarpment and is home to Sheri’s Lodge & Backpackers.

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