From the bustling Dullstroom Winter Festival and unbeatable fly-fishing, to the belly-warming meals and cosy fireplaces, there are many reasons to visit Dullstroom in winter. To nudge you into booking your next trip to this charming town, we’ve put together our top 10.
1) The Dullstroom Winter Festival
The much-loved Dullstroom Winter Festival is a renowned annual occurrence on the Dullstroom calendar of events. This year, the festival takes place from 30 June to 2 July. It will include many exciting musical performances accompanied by a variety of food and drinks offerings from various local establishments.
2) The Fireside Intimacy
Many of the Dullstroom’s restaurants, coffee shops and accommodation establishments boast the best cure for a chilly winter’s day – a fireplace. The Misty Trout restaurant at Walkersons Hotel & Spa, in particular, is known for it’s numerous ever-crackling fireplaces. Each of the suites at Walkersons also boast open Morso fireplaces to fight back the evening chill. Guests are urged to settle into one of the plush armchairs in front of the kindles with a glass of red wine in-hand, and enjoy many a cosy night-in.
3) For The Insta-Worthy Moments
There’s no doubt that Dullstroom is at its most beautiful in winter. From the cosy fireplaces, and frosty lakes, to the lush rolling hills and rain-washed windows, there are bound to be endless picture-perfect moments. So make sure to keep your camera (or phone) at the ready to fully capture your Dullstroom winter experience.
4) It’s The Best Time of Year For Fly-Fishing
Dullstroom is well-known as the fly-fishing capital of South Africa. While many of the Dullstroom dams and lakes have no closed season, the best time of year for fly-fishing is from July to September. Take a look at our handy infographic to find out all about what fish you can expect to catch and what ties are most successful in the Dullstroom waters.
5) The Outdoor Activities
While Dullstroom is mainly known for exceptional year-round fly-fishing, there are a wide range of enticing activities suitable for those crisp winter days. Saddle up and head out on a guided or self-guided horse ride, tackle the 18-hole Highland Gate Golf Course, try your hand at clay pigeon shooting, or visit the Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre.
6) The Lush Landscape
The bulk of rainfall in Dullstroom occurs from November to March, with July, August and September the driest months of the year. What this means is that holiday-makers visiting this charming town in winter benefit from clear skies and a verdant landscape. The best way to experience the beauty of this region is to set out on a leisurely walk or bike ride. The 800 hectare Walkersons estate offers a multitude of contoured pathways, ideal for many a relaxing afternoon stroll, and an impressive 1780m mountain biking trail.
7) For The Whiskey Tasting
As well as boasting a vast array of charming restaurants, Dullstroom is also home to the southern hemisphere’s best stocked whiskey bar – Wild About Whiskey. And what quicker way to warm yourself up on a winter’s day than with a tumbler of whiskey? With over 1100 whiskies to choose from, and an impressive tasting menu which features over 30 different tastings, Wild About Whiskey is a hub of activity during the colder months.
8) It’s Value For Money
Although it’s one of the most popular seasons of the year, many Dullstroom hotels and lodges run a variety of specials over winter. Walkersons Hotel & Spa, in particular, are currently running three exclusive accommodation specials: Stay 2 nights and get 15% off, stay 3 nights and get 20% off, or stay 4 nights and get 25% off. To find out more about these exciting offers, visit our Specials page.
9) The Decadent Dining
One of the best ways to warm your body up in winter is with a steaming bowl of soup or stew, and in Dullstroom there various are places to do just that. As well as the Misty Trout, some popular restaurants in the town include Mrs Simpson’s, the Duck and Trout Restaurant, the Mayfly Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, The Coachman, and Art of Food.
10) The Possibility of Snow
Situated at 2100m above sea level, Dullstroom is one of the highest towns in South Africa. As such, it is also one of the country’s coldest, and snow is a regular feature in the depths of winter. So to stand a chance at making snow angels, or building a snow man, keep an eye on your favourite weather channel and get ready to book your stay in chilly Dullstroom.
To find out more about visiting Dullstroom in winter, or to book your stay at the stylish Walkersons Hotel & Spa, simply get in touch with a member of our friendly reservations team on firstname.lastname@example.org or +27 (13) 253 7000.