(Photo: Long Tom Toboggan at Misty Mountain)
Cape Town - There's a new adventure offering in the Lowveld, and locals are loving it. Long Tom Toboggan at Misty Mountain has reinvented the term 'scenic route' in Mpumamlanga's iconic Panorama route - offering a traditional sledding experience down the mountain.
Now, instead of driving over the Long Tom Pass, you can swoosh down it on a single, suspended track holding a small yellow sled!
Starting at an altitude of 1 700 metres, the thrilling ride takes bobsledders through the picturesque, rolling hills of Long Tom Pass. Dropping 115 metres from the start to finish, it takes approximately four and a half minutes to reach the bottom.
The monorail track is built on the principles of the European model known as an “alpine coaster” or “sommerrodelbahn” and reaches a top speed of 45km/hour. The travelling speed is governed by a centrifugal brake, but also includes a brake which can be pulled if a person feels they’re going too fast.
It's Africa’s first toboggan run of this type, and so far, adventurers are loving it.
Garrick Grabe, who tobogganed in March this year, wrote to Misty Mountain resort, where the track is situated, saying "A definite must when visiting Misty Mountain. No other experience like this in SA, it's truly awesome!"
Check it out:
The Long Tom Toboggan opened to the public on 12 March this year, after a year of anticipation in which all final details had to be checked.
Luckily now, the wait is over!
If you're an adventure junkie, check out these five adventure-fueled things to do in and around the Panorama Route:
Toboggan down Long Tom Pass - at night!
We can't wait to try the Long Tom Toboggan at Misty Mountains, and we know you can't too...
If you're in the area, you can also visit the first ever Long Tom Toboggan by Moonlight event this Saturday, 21 May, during the Full Moon. The moonlight toboggan festivities will be the perfect weekend escape, and for only R880 per person sharing you can get dinner, a moonlit toboggan ride, overnight accommodation and breakfast!
Check out the details here.
Get wet and wild
Go River Rafting with Idle & Wild for a memorable experience along the river through the natural bush of the Sabie River Valley.
They offer other adventure outings, like quad biking, and have experienced guides and approved equipment.
Hike the Waterfalls
The Drakensberg escarpment has a high summer rainfall of up to 190mm per month, which ensures this area to have the best waterfalls in the whole of South Africa.
Check out three iconic must-visit Waterfalls of the Panorama-route in Mpumalanga, and hike right up to them.
Hot Air Balloon over
While helicopter rides are super fun, nothing beats floating over the Lowveld in silence, looking over the basket of a hot-air balloon.
Get down and dirty on your Mountain Bike
Ride out with Mountain High Cycle Tours to get a different perspective of what makes Sabie such a great and diverse place. You'll get to experience the Blyde river canyon on your bike, or get down and dirty on the lovely single tracks in Graskop forests.
Mountain High Cycle Tours caters to all fitness levels.
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