Dullstroom, nestled in the heart of South Africa’s picturesque Mpumalanga province, is a destination renowned for its tranquillity and natural beauty. While staying at Walkersons Hotel & Spa, surrounded by rolling hills and serene lakes, you have the perfect opportunity to explore the great outdoors. Embark on a day hike adventure and discover the stunning landscapes that make this region so special.
Here are the top 5 day hikes near Dullstroom that promise unforgettable moments in nature.
1. An Hour Well Spent: Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre
Distance: Approximately 3 km (return)
The Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehabilitation Centre offers an exceptional opportunity for a leisurely stroll amidst magnificent raptors. The short walk takes you to various aviaries where you can observe and learn about these majestic birds. It’s not just a hike; it’s a chance to connect with some of nature’s most impressive creatures.
2. The Tranquil Trails: Walkersons Estate
Distance: 3km of paved trails
A network of well-maintained, gently meandering paths weaves its way through the sprawling 800-hectare Walkersons Estate, extending into the mountain reserve. These pathways ensure that walking trails are both easily accessible and highly enjoyable. In the valley, a remarkable 3,000 meters of paved tracks offer a choice between an invigorating jog or a leisurely riverside amble, allowing you to follow the picturesque rivers and waterfalls.
For the more adventurous, an energetic hike to the estate’s summit brings you closer to a range of Dullstroom’s wildlife inhabitants, including Impala, Zebra, Blue Wildebeest, and Blesbok. This adventure rewards you with breathtaking, panoramic vistas of the surrounding landscape.
3. Wonders of Waterfalls: Mac-Mac Falls
Distance: Approximately 2.6 km (return)
A bit further afield, the Mac-Mac Falls trail is a fantastic choice for those in search of a hiking adventure. You’ll be rewarded with a mesmerizing waterfall view. This 2.6-kilometre hike is perfect for capturing the essence of Mpumalanga’s natural beauty.
4. Highland Haven: Highland Gate Estate
Distance: Various trails, between 4-10 km
Located 20 minutes from Dullstroom, the Highland Gate Estate offers a range of hiking trails to suit various fitness levels. These trails traverse the rolling hills of the Steenkampsberg mountain range, the highlight being the hike along the escarpment to view the spectacular 65m waterfall which cascades to join the Crocodile River, providing spectacular vistas and the opportunity to reconnect with nature.
5. In the Footsteps of Explorers: Steenkampsberg Hiking Trail
Distance: Various trails, up to 20 km
For the more adventurous hiker, the Steenkampsberg Hiking Trail presents an array of trail options, including a challenging 20-kilometre trail. The paths take you through diverse ecosystems, where you can encounter a wide variety of flora and fauna. It’s an opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the early explorers of the region.
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Exploring the natural wonders that surround Walkersons Hotel & Spa is an absolute must when visiting Dullstroom. Each of these day hikes promises a unique adventure, whether you seek a gentle walk or a more strenuous trek. As you set out to explore, you’ll quickly understand why Dullstroom is celebrated for its natural beauty. Remember to pack your hiking essentials, stay hydrated, and always respect the environment and enjoy the journey!
Walkersons Hotel & Spa
Highland Gate Golf & Trout Estate
Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre