Some of you have been waiting for many years to enjoy our publication of Mpumalanga's most famous pass - The Long Tom Pass. There are a number of reasons why this mega-pass qualifies for so many superlatives. This week we take a deeper look at this hugely popular pass and what makes it as great as it is.
Most people dont realise that the traverse between Lydenberg and Sabie is made up of three official and separate passes. From east to west they are Koffiehoogte, Long Tom Pass and Masjiennek Pass. Together they make up a distance of 50 km including the 4 km plateau section separating Long Tom and Masjiennek. Had the passes not been separated by name, they would have formed the second longest in South Africa, being overshowed only by Prince Alfred's Pass in the Western Cape. [More lower down]
Mountain Passes South Africa is a website dedicated to the research, documentation, photographing and filming of the mountain passes of South Africa.
Passes are classified according to provinces and feature a text description, Fact File including GPS data, a fully interactive dual-view map and a narrated YouTube video.
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