The hospitable village of Dullstroom is South Africa’s premier fly fishing destination and boasts a wealth of self-catering and hotel accommodation at luxury resorts and spas, catering for both the weekend and holiday angler.
There are numerous other opportunities for amusement and sophisticated summer fun in and around this country retreat though, and if you are wondering what to do near Dullstroom when the fish go off the bite, there are a number of other waterfront activities to enjoy around the Dullstroom countryside.
The Crocodile River has its origins in Dullstroom, and flows from here to the Kruger National Park, so if you don’t mind a 2-hour drive through the scenic Highlands Meander, you can follow the river to Crocodile Bridge and enjoy a day at South Africa’s best-known game viewing destination.
Along the way, the river branches off into major tributaries, such as the Steelpoort, Klip, Elands and Lunsklip rivers, which in turn feed smaller water features and marshes, providing excellent opportunities for fly-fishing and bird-watching along their banks.
One of these wetlands is incorporated into the Dullstroom Dam Nature Reserve, which is a fantastic setting for relaxing in nature and enjoying outdoor summer pastimes such as picnicking and walking. This peaceful place is just 3km from the centre of town along the R540 towards Walkersons Hotel and Spa.
Likewise, the Sterkspruit Nature Reserve, 60 km away, features gorgeous cliffs, woodland and kloofs for hiking and bird watching along this beautiful stream, filled with rainbow and brown trout. Similar reserves in the area include the Ohrigstad Dam Nature Reserve, just 74km from Dullstroom, and Loskop Dam Nature Reserve, 84km distant.
Loskop Dam is a popular destination for water-skiing, swimming and boating and is home to several species of antelope, including the world’s largest – the eland, while water slides and swimming pools add an element of fun for the young at heart.
Honeymooners can pack a romantic picnic to enjoy alongside picturesque waterfalls at Lone Creek in Sabie, an hour’s drive away or at Battery Creek falls at Kaapsehoop, 76km from Dullstroom.
Uniquely, Komati Springs, located 104km from your Dullstroom accommodation, offers scuba diving in a disused flooded mine and cave system which provides excellent conditions for underwater exploring.
The Highland Meander is filled with exciting opportunities to take a break from the luxurious world of spas and pampering provided at your five-star Dullstroom Hotel by getting out in nature and enjoying some outdoor summer fun. Dare to take the plunge!