Dullstroom, a mere 2,5 hours away from Johannesburg by car, and conveniently situated halfway to the Kruger Park, is a beautifully scenic escape. Given its altitude at 2100m above sea level, it is the highest village in South Africa and has become a very popular training base for top European athletes during the summer months.
It’s a humming weekend getaway due to the charming little town bustling with quaint antique shops, home industries and local pubs. It’s a scenic part of the country; filled with trout dams, beautiful elm trees and stone cottages. It’s also the top trout fishing destination in South Africa.
Here are our top 10 things to do in Dullstroom:
- Teach your children how to fish in one of the many crystal clear, trout filled dams. Some are catch and release but others you can bring home a delicious rainbow trout for your supper. There are shops where you can buy fishing tackle in town too, but try to come prepared with your own gear, if possible.
- Enjoy Steak, Egg & Chips and other traditional pub fare at the Duck & Trout pub, one of the oldest establishments in town.
- Sample some South African brewed craft beers at the Craft Breweries that have popped up around town.
- Admire the Ernie Els designed golf course and play a round, if you have the time. The views are spectacular.
- Hire bikes and enjoy beautiful mountain trails, filled with rich fauna and flora and crisp, clean air.
- Get your hiking boots on and explore the many hiking trails that are dotted around the mountains.
- Enjoy some whiskey at a top whiskey bar in town.
- Visit in the Fall and photograph the gorgeous autumnal colours that nature offers.
- Horse-riding is a fun activity that’s offered, for kids and adults alike whether you’re a beginner or an experienced rider. Just remember, it’s not American side saddle but the English Saddle.
- If you’re a keen ornithologist, Dullstroom is well known for its rich birdlife, in particular to see the endangered blue crane, crowned crane and wattled crane.