If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of city life, look no further than Dullstroom for an easy-breezy getaway just a few hours from Johannesburg.
Autumn and winter are some of the most popular times of year in Dullstroom. After the hot summer months, there is heightened anticipation for the start of cooler weather and picture-perfect days with nothing but blue skies.
Often thought of as a pitstop between Gauteng and Kruger, Dullstroom is much more than an overnight destination. This quaint town is known for its fly-fishing, beautiful scenery and plenty of cool weather pursuits – offering something for every kind of interest and personality.
Here are activities we recommend in Dullstroom for every personality type.
For the Outdoor Adventurer
Nature enthusiasts will delight in a visit to Verloren Vallei Nature Reserve, where you can take a guided walk or self-drive game viewing tour just 25 minutes away from Walkersons Hotel & Spa.
Here you’ll see some of the area’s wildlife in its natural habitat – from zebra to warthog and duiker. The Reserve is part of a network of more than 30 interconnected wetlands and one of the few locations in the nation where all three of the endangered crane species breed. Animals such as the oribi, steenbok, brown hyena, caracal, serval cat, jackal, otters and more can also be found in Verloren Vallei.
For the Foodie
Dullstroom offers a range of restaurants to suit all tastes – from fine dining experiences to more informal eateries. The area is also known for its craft gin, whiskey, and beer breweries. It is the perfect place to enjoy a farm-to-table meal made from local produce. Whether it’s fish, game, or vegetarian fare – there are plenty of choices!
Some of the town’s best restaurants include Mrs. Simpsons, The Mayfly, The Coachman and of course The Flying Scotsman at Walkersons Hotel & Spa.
For the History Buff
If you are looking for an interesting and informative activity in Dullstroom, Suikerboskop Fort is the perfect spot. Located just outside of Dullstroom on the R540 towards Lydenburg, it offers a host of exhibits to explore. For those interested in South African history, Suikerboskop Fort is a fascinating destination to include in your itinerary during your next trip to Dullstroom.
For the Hippophilic
Horse-lovers can saddle up and head out on a guided or self-guided horse ride. The Dullstroom Riding Centre offers various trails catering for first-timers, experienced equestrians and everything in between.
For novices, opt for a one hour, horseback adventure through the beautiful landscapes surrounding the centre. Should you have a little more experience, perhaps embark on the 2-hour ride. Should you be travelling with the entire family, there are also on-the-lead pony rides lasting between 10 and 15 minutes – including a safety helmet!
For the Fairway Fanatic
Tackle the 18-hole Highland Gate Golf Course nestled in the Steenkampsberg mountain range near Dullstroom at Highland Gate Golf Estate. Rated by many as one of the best in South Africa, the course’s testing layout provides a challenge to both club players and tour professionals. Against the backdrop of some of the most majestic mountain views in Mpumalanga, its high altitude offers scenic charm and a truly memorable golf experience.
For those seeking Provincial Pastimes
Dullstroom offers a masterclass in old-time country pursuits and clay pigeon shooting is just one more to add to your bucket list. At Field and Stream farm you can visit their Clay Pigeon Shooting Range. It’s open on most Saturdays where you can experience the thrill of the hunt by shooting at clay disks with a shotgun. It is an ideal activity for bachelor parties, family outings or for team building.
For the Beer Maven
For those who love a local brew, Anvil Ale Brewery is a must on a trip to Dullstroom. The Brewery produces all of their beers on-site using water from the Steenkampsberg springs, which might be their secret ingredient given that they have repeatedly been named Africa’s Brewer of the Year.
Additionally, they have a restaurant with an executive chef that offers a range of platters as well as trout (after all, it is Dullstroom). They source and support the best products available locally, and use their beer for pickling, and their malts and oats in delicious homemade muesli.
For the keen Day Trippers
Situated just 3.5 hours from Dullstroom, the 260km2 Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve is one of the most dramatic sights in South Africa. Feast your eyes on towering rock formations, lush forests, and panoramic views over the Klein Drakensberg Escarpment.
The Blyde River Canyon, from whence the reserve gets its name, is one of the largest canyons in the world: 25 km in length and on average 750m deep. The highest point of the canyon, entitled Mariepskop, is 1944m above sea level, while the lowest point is around 560m above sea level. Standout viewpoints and attractions in the Blyde River Canyon include the Three Rondavels, God’s Window, the Pinnacle, Bourke’s Luck Potholes and the Kadishi Tufa Waterfall.
Stay at Walkersons Hotel & Spa for an unforgettable experience! Located in the scenic Dullstroom, enjoy the tranquility of our luxurious hotel. With state-of-the-art amenities and attentive staff, take a break from your day-to-day life and relax with us. Our packages include full spa services, delicious meals at our world-class restaurant and access to outdoor activities
Take a look at our hotel rooms, onsite spa and a variety of activities to try on-site. To find out more about our special offers please visit our specials page. Alternatively, get in touch with us on 013 253 7000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Verloran Vallei Nature Reserve
Highland Gate Golf and Trout Estate