#myMpumalanga road trip day 2: A crazy toboggan ride and beer tasting along the Long Tom Pass

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From 23 to 27 July, we launched the #myMpumalanga domestic tourism campaign month with an exciting road trip. Six influencers made their way from Johannesburg through Mpumalanga for an unforgettable five-day journey.

The campaign shines the spotlight on a number of unique experiences along Mpumalanga’s seven incredible visitor routes with plenty adventure and opportunities to connect with locals, dance to the rhythm of traditional drums, feast on delicious local cuisine and snap a few Instagram worthy views. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be reliving the journey in a series of blog posts.

On day 2 of the #myMpumalanga road trip, our seven influencers set off from Dunkeld Country & Equestrian Estate in Dullstroom and headed for Hazyview, where we would spend the evening at Africamps at Mackers.

However, since this was all about truly experiencing the many magical moments Mpumalanga has to offer between destinations, there was no rush to get there.

So, we took the scenic route, heading along the legendary Long Tom Pass that connects the towns of Lydenburg and Sabie. About halfway through, we stopped off at Misty Mountain for a quick, but intense adrenaline shot at Long Tom Toboggan.

Known as Africa’s longest toboggan run, it consists of a 1.7km pipe track that winds its way from an open plain relatively high up, down into a pine plantation, coming to an end on the resort’s green lawn. Rushing along at about 45km/h – wind in your hair and heart in your throat - you obviously don’t have much time to take in the view.

Without a helmet or any sort of protective gear, you may also feel somewhat vulnerable and exposed, strapped into your tiny plastic toy car, to start off with. However, as the guide gives you a tiny push and you start flying along, there’s no time to wonder what you’ve done. By the time the ride comes to an end less than 3 minutes later, and the wobble in your knees has subsided somewhat, you’ll feel invincible, untouchable and larger than life.

Long Tom Toboggan rides cost R250 per person and bookings are essential.

Once the crew had completed their rides, it was off to the town of Sabie, where we got to take the edge off their adrenaline rush with a brewery tour and tasting at Sabie Brewing Company. Located on Main Road, this charming microbrewery and restaurant is easy to find and well worth a visit for anyone with a penchant for beer.

All beers are made with fresh water sourced directly from the Sabie River, which happens to possess just the right mix of minerals to be the perfect base for brewing purposes. They currently produce seven beers and one cider, each named after prominent characters from or relevant historical references to the area. For instance, there’s Glynn’s Gold, Long Tom Lager and Shangaan Stout.

During the brewery tour, we got a bit of insight into the fascinating process behind the making of these brews – from grain room to the large steel fermentation tanks - followed by a tasting of all seven at the restaurant. By this time, we had also managed to work up quite the appetite and got to enjoy platters filled with hearty delicacies.

The brewery tour (inclusive of the tasting) costs R150 per person and booking is essential.

If you have time, be sure to spend some time exploring the rest of Sabie. Take a stroll along Main Road – where chickens have right of way - and pop into the charming selection of curio and craft shops and stock up on treats at the local bakeries, biltong shops and delis.

 

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