Africa’s Longest Toboggan Run – 1.7 kilometre track, winding and whooshing around the mountains in the Long Tom Pass. THE FIRST OF ITS KIND IN SOUTH AFRICA
Opened in March 2016, the Long Tom Toboggan is built on the principles of a European model, known as an ‘alpine coaster’ or ‘sommerrodelbahn’. Developed, built, owned and brought to life by the owners of Misty Mountain, James and Lisa Sheard, and their engineer friend Murray Simpson, the steel monorail track took over two years to complete.
Building the Long Tom Toboggan took years of planning. Misty Mountain is set on a breath-taking 280-hectare South African Natural Heritage Site and the mountain down which the track meanders had never before been developed. This meant careful and minimal clearing of the land to make way for the development without compromising the environment or scenery.
It took much experimentation and innovation but today this greenfields project stands as a proud testament to how the Lowveld’s many wonders can be opened up for the enjoyment of tourists and locals while preserving the natural environment and scenic beauty of the area.
Painstaking hours went into running safety tests on the 328 lengths of steel pipe, which led to the final product. The distance from the top to the bottom is equal to the length of 17 rugby fields and every centimeter of it has been checked, double checked and checked again to ensure riders’ safety.
Ride the exhilarating twists and turns once… We bet you will want to go again… and again… As once is simply not enough!
Keep your eye on our website’s specials section below or Facebook page for announcements throughout the year.
MISTY MOUNTAIN LODGE
Before or after your ride, relax and unwind at Misty Mountain Lodge, which is perched at an altitude of 1700 meters above sea level. Enjoy a meal on the deck with breath-taking views or book in and stay the night in this beautiful part of the world!
Conveniently situated on the Panorama Route, Misty Mountain is an ideal base from which to explore the Mpumalanga escarpment (God’s Window, The Pinnacle, Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon) and the world-renowned Kruger National Park and adjacent private games reserves.