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Long Tom Pass

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Mpumalanga

The Long Tom Pass gets its name from the 'Long Tom' cannon which is actually known as the 155 mm Creusot Long Tom. The Boers purchased four of the e French made cannons and used them against the English in the Anglo-Boer war.

The cannons were used in many locations around the country but there last shots were fired in the vicinity of the Long Tom pass. A replica of a Long Tom cannon can be seen at a point on the pass known as the Devil's Knuckles.

The highest point of the Long Tom Pass is at an altitude of 2,150 metres.

The drive through the pass is an easy and scenic one. Drivers should take note that this road can be busy and is often covered in mist.

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References and further reading

Conolly's Guide to Southern Africa - Author: Denis Conolly - Year Published: 1982 - Page: 320

Getaway - Vol 27 No 04 - Author: - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 16

go! - Issue 086 - Author: - Year Published: 2013 - Page: 32

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Year Published: 1995 - Page: 183

Reader's Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Year Published: 1986 - Page: 252

Road Tripping South Africa - Author: MapStudio - Year Published: 2014 - Page: 158

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 32

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 331

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Year Published: 1987 - Page: 126

Things ewe never kn'ewe about South African place names - Author: Ann Gadd - Year Published: 2015 - Page: 132

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