Dullstroom, also known as Emnotweni, is a quaint, little town situated in the heart of Mpumalanga. With this small town being known for its great fly-fishing spots, it often gets overlooked for the numerous other amazing features it has to offer in and around its boarders.
Situated 120km East of Dullstroom is the small reserve of Starvation Creek. While the name may compel you to hold the padkos a little tighter, there is no shortage of wildlife and raw nature in this reserve.
The reserve itself has a myriad of hiking trails which twist and turn through the peaks and gorges. Glimpses of the rare Blue swallow, protected in the reserve, are a treat for bird lovers. The reserve takes you back in time as you walk through forests of endangered Cycads and up to the Starvation Creek Falls.
Scenery, serenity and everything in between, if you are in Dullstroom, the Starvation Creek Nature Reserve is a must-do day trip.
Estimated Drive time: 1hr 30mins
Nooitgedacht Dam Nature Reserve
South of Dullstroom, along the R33, is a fishing trip begging to be taken. The Nooitgedacht Dam Nature Reserve, renowned for its access to great fishing opportunities, is roughly 86km South of Dullstroom. Host to the annual Morula Fishing Festival, the reserve offers much more than the opportunity to get your line wet.
The reserve itself is a large expanse of wetland ecosystems, with a multitude of separate species living within the protected area. Over 200 species of birds call the reserve home, making it a favourite choice amongst budding ornithologists.
While all this is impressive, and tends towards the nature conservationist in everyone, the reserve is also home to an impressive 43km mountain bike trail, which follows the plateau along the dam and through the reserve.
A great option for fishing, cycling, or simple walks among the nature.
Estimated drive time: 45mins – 1hr
Mount Sheba Nature Reserve
Heading North along the R540, towards the world famous town of Pilgrims Rest, lies Mount Sheba Nature Reserve.
A popular destination for bird lovers, Mount Sheba is regarded as one of Mpumalanga’s premier forest-birding destinations.
With a landscape of Afromontane forest and thorny thicket spanning its 1100 hectare area, the reserve will take at least a day to explore. Trails running beneath the mountain peaks, through river valleys and gardens, produce some of the most amazing and spectacular scenery in Africa.
With such diverse terrain, leading to the grasslands in the upper sections of the reserve, Mount Sheba has become a must visit attraction for those making their way through Mpumalanga.
Estimated drive time: 1hr 45mins