There are many things to do in Dullstroom, however, if you’re up for a bit of an adventure and keen to hit the open road then fuel up, hop in the car and explore nearby Nelspruit and surrounds.
Lowveld Botanical Garden – 120km – 1h50 minutes
Located just outside of Nelspruit is one of the region’s most popular attractions – the Lowveld National Botanical Garden. A stunning 159 hectare space home to over 600 naturally-occurring plant species, and a further 2000 introduced into the gardens, it is a charming venue for a tranquil Dullstroom day trip.
The scenery of the garden is dominated by the two rivers that traverse them: The Crocodile River and the Nels River. As such, the landscape is largely rocky, yet lush with belts of evergreen vegetation. Upon the eastern bank of the Crocodile River, however, is a typical tropical African rainforest – a world first for botanical gardens everywhere.
Entry: R24 per adult
R12 for students, children and pensioners.
White River Country Club – 141km – 2h15 minutes
The small town of White River is a popular holiday destination for both local international visitors looking to savour the beauty of this verdant region. Located on the outskirts of the town, the White River Country Estate is a picturesque 18-hole golf course. An ideal spot for a sporty Dullstroom Day Trip, the golf course was designed by Gary Player and Reg Taylor, and represents a significant challenge to both the amateur and professional golfers alike.
The golf course is set within the White River Country Estate, a luxury housing estate that also features tennis courts, a swimming pool, and squash courts.
Green Fees: R320 Midweek
Caddie Fee: R110
Clubs for Hire: R100
Golf Cart for Hire R210
Chimpanzee Eden – 140km – 2h10 minutes
The first, and only, chimpanzee sanctuary in South Africa, the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) Chimpanzee Eden is found just 15 km south-east of Nelspruit. Set on the 1000 hectare Umhloti Nature Reserve, it is home to numerous chimpanzees that have been misplaced from their natural habitat.
Established in 2006, the sanctuary has committed itself to rescuing, rehabilitating and housing these primates in a risk free environment.
At current, there are three different enclosures in Chimpanzee Eden – each of which feature viewpoints from where visitors can observe the chimps. The sanctuary also holds three guided tours each day, whereby visitors can learn about their history, habitat and personal stories.
Entry & Tour: R185 per adult
R80 per child
R145 per pensioner
Regarded as the oldest known caves in the world, the Sudwala Caves are located 35km west of Nelspruit and certainly close enough to provide an exciting Dullstroom day trip. Boasting the title of second oldest known sedimentary rocks on Earth, 30km in length, the Sudwala Caves feature a spectacular array of ginormous chambers, and numerous stalagmites, stalactites and flowstone formations.
The magnitude of these mighty caves is largely indescribable, and should rather be admired in person. The management offer a number of exciting tours – delving far into the belly of the earth. The crystal tour, for the adventurous type, is a stand-out. Visitors will be led 2000m into the cave, to a crystal chamber, home to many stunning examples of glittering aragonite crystals.
Entry: R90 per adult
R75 per pensioner
R45 children U16
Free for children U4