While the quaint and picturesque town of Dullstroom is most widely known as South Africa’s premier fly fishing destination, both the Walkersons Hotel & Spa estate, and the surrounding region boast an array of inviting Dullstroom activities.
Ranging from long walks along contoured stream-side pathways, to saddling-up to explore the countryside, and spending a day honing your skills in the fine art of fly fishing, Dullstroom offers much in the way of things to do.
Dullstroom has become renowned for its excellent fishing facilities and is considered to be the fly fishing capital of South Africa. Walkersons, itself, boasts 14 lakes and dams, all stocked with rainbow trout, making the estate a fly fisher’s paradise. Both novices and experienced fly fishermen alike are invited to try their hand at fly fishing at Walkersons Hotel & Spa, and our guides are on hand to help any guests come to grips with the art of fly fishing.
Please note that river fishing is restricted to homeowners and guests staying in hotel rooms (not self catering units) and will be closed at certain times of the year for spawning season.
Download full Walkersons Private Estate fishing regulations here
For more information on fly fishing in Dullstroom, make sure to visit our blog.
For those who are keen to keep in shape while on holiday, the Walkersons Hotel & Spa gym is fully equipped with the latest and greatest in work-out technology. For cardio-enthusiasts, the gym features a rowing machine, treadmill, stepper and stationary cycle.
For those interested in weight-training, there are a range of free weights available.
For guests staying at Walkersons Hotel & Spa, a picnic beside the river or overlooking one of the dams is a tranquil and relaxing way to spend the afternoon. The picnic basket consists of a variety of delicacies and special dietary requirements can be catered for on request. Beverages include water and juice and feel free to add a special bottle of wine or chilled champagne from our award-winning wine cellar to complete your picnic. Picnics are freshly prepared, so be sure to book with Reception in advance.
Walking and Hiking
A network of paved, contoured pathways make their way throughout the 800 hectare Walkersons Estate and up into the mountain reserve, ensuring that walking trails are pleasantly simple. In fact, in the valley, over 3000 meters of paved paths make it easy for either a hearty jog or a lazy, pleasant riverside stroll beside beautiful winding rivers or waterfalls.
Alternatively our more energetic hike to the top of the estate will take you closer to a variety of Dullstroom wildlife, which includes Impala, Zebra, Blue wildebeest and Bles buck, and offers truly panoramic and spectacular views.
Dullstroom Riding Centre offers lakes, forests and verdant rolling hills, through which you can traverse. Dave Curtis offers a herd of well tempered, beautiful horses from which to choose. Whether it is a family excursion or a group event, horse riding in Dullstroom is an experience not soon forgotten.
Website: Dullstroom Riding Centre
Telephone: 082 442 9766 (Dave)
Nestled in the Steenkampsberg mountain range near Dullstroom lies the Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate.
This Ernie Els signature Golf Course offers a truly memorable experience with its idyllic setting and provides a challenging opportunity for any golfer.
For group bookings at Walkersons we will be happy to help arrange a tee off time on your behalf. Please book well in advance to avoid disappointment. The course is often fully booked on weekends.
Website: Highland Gate
Pro Shop and Golf Bookings:
Michael Hopkins – 087 287 4652/ 3
Clay Pigeon Shooting
With a fantastic location and a wide variety of activities to choose from, Field and Stream has something to keep everyone happy. The Wingers Bush Bar also provides great food and is an ideal spot for bachelor parties, family events and team buildings.
Website: Field and Stream
Telephone: 083 443 4567 (Greg)
The cold weather is an invitation to explore many a heart-warming possibility, and there are few things as good as a top of the range whiskey on a cold Winter’s day.
Since 2006 the Wild About Whiskey Bar has kept the coziness of a boutique Whiskey Inn, while boasting the largest Whiskey menu in the Southern Hemisphere.
With an extensive range of Whiskey tastings, Wild About Whiskey is a must visit attraction.
Website: Wild About Whiskey
Telephone: 013 254 0254
Anvil Ale Brewery
While we wouldn’t suggest visiting the Brewery and the Whiskey Bar on the same day (the body can only handle so much!), the Anvil Ale Brewery is another top Dullstroom hot spot not to be missed.
Lying on the outskirts of Dullstroom, the Anvil Ale Brewery opened in 2010 and offers a wide range of beers and a daily food menu with locally-sourced delights.
Beer tastings, confectionaries and a great coffee shop, you can’t go wrong with Anvil Ale.
Website: Anvil Ale Micro Brewery
Telephone: 073 168 6603 (Theo)
Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre
The centre is open daily from 9am to 4pm, and is closed on Tuesdays except if the Tuesday is a public holiday. You can also attend the popular Flight Displays daily at 10:30am and 2:30pm (weather permitting – to avoid disappointment please phone to check)
Their twice-daily flight displays, during which visitors receive dazzling, up-close encounters with South Africa’s most magnificent birds, will bring a smile to the lips of even the most serious animal enthusiast. A stroll through the enclosures, marked with notes on the history of each animal, well-manicured gardens, kiddies playground, farmyard and well-appointed coffee shop is a perfect way to spend a sunny morning or afternoon in Dullstroom.
Tel: 082 899 4108