On the Steenkampsberg Plateau along Mpumalanga’s Highlands Meander, you’ll find the charming town of Dullstroom: halfway between Pretoria and the Kruger National Park.
Also known as Emnotweni, Dullstroom is the top fly-fishing destination in South Africa. The Highlands Meander’s Trout Triangle can be found between the towns of Dullstroom, Machadodorp and Belfast. Only two-and-a-half-hours from Pretoria and Johannesburg, and less than two hours away from Nelspruit, this is a popular holiday and weekend spot.
Fishing enthusiasts are drawn to the exotic fish, trout and picturesque countryside vistas, but many other tourists have fallen in love with this little town .the main street offers a number of local shops, restaurants and pubs, and in winter there’s nothing like sitting by a crackling log fire and sipping on the finest whisky in Wild about Whisky.
There are a number of art, craft, decor and curio shops, but it still feels like a countryside village. The new leisure estates and golf estates being developed are well outside the village, as developers know that the secluded atmosphere is a big drawcard for residents and tourists alike.
Local nature spots:
- Dullstroom Nature Reserve
- Steenkampsberg Hiking Trail
- Verloren Valei Nature Reserve
- Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre
- Ama Poot Poot Hiking Trail
Our favourite things to do in the area:
- Explore the area on a quad bike, on horseback or mountain bike.
- Play golf, go clay pigeon shooting or try trout fishing.
- Enjoy scenic drives via Sabie, Graskop and/or Hazyview.
- Browse through the many novelty shops and taste some whisky, beer and cheese.
- Enjoy a delicious trout dish.
3 fun facts:
- The country’s highest railway station (2,076m above sea level) is in Dullstroom.
- The endangered blue crane, crowned crane and wattled crane can be found in this area.
- Elm and beech trees grow here: the only place in the country.
“To me, Dullstroom is like South Africa’s own Scotland . . . mystical, misty, dreamy, rocky views, relaxing, recharging. Dullstroom encompasses lots of wood fires, special wine or beer, earthy food, long discussions with special friends surrounded by the majestic scenery!” – Karen Meyer, second home resident
Words: Bridget McNulty| Images: Franz Rabe, Dullstroom Accommodation & supplied