Long Tom Pass, one of SA's best roads

Long Tom Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.151m (7,057ft) above the sea level, located in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Long Tom Pass

The road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called R37. With hundreds of bends, corners and curves it’s a beautiful route to drive along. The road is now perfectly surfaced and gives you one spectacular panoramic view after another. Located within the Sterkspruit Nature Reserve, the pass is named after the Long Tom cannons used during the Anglo-Boer war. It was originally the route followed by pioneer wagon drivers transporting goods from Mozambique to Lydenburg.

The road carries heavy traffic - both tourist and commercial. The pass is 57.2 km (35.54 miles) long, running west-east from Lydenburg, a town in Thaba Chweu Local Municipality to Sabie, a forestry town on the banks of the Sabie River. The zone is prone to heavy mist and can be dangerous in low visibility conditions.