The Long Tom Pass

Elizabeth Kendall

Bronkhorstspruit, South Africa

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The historic Long Tom Pass, (Mpumalanga, South Africa) 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.
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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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