Situated in the verdant Mpumalanga province, the town renowned as the fly-fishing capital of South Africa offers the perfect country getaway. A scenic landscape, distinctive flora and fauna, adventure pursuits – a rich history, festivals and arts offering, distinguish the abundance of Dullstroom activities greeting visitors on arrival. Combined with culinary splendour and top-notch creature comforts, Dullstroom accommodation will render the idea of permanently settling in the Gem of Mpumalanga nearly irresistible!
When deciding what to do in Dullstroom, there are many sitesa short drive outside the town worth exploring. Pristine landscapes, waterfalls, and fascinating geological features – who knew one could even find archaeological mysteries in this corner of South Africa?
A popular travel option in these surrounds is taking a day trip to neighbouring Swaziland. The distance from Walkersons accommodation to the Swazi border is about 180km – a two-hour drive. The mountainous kingdom is the epitome of spectacular scenery and wildlife parks. The diverse terrain offers an exciting array of adventure activities including white-water rafting, mountain biking, cave systems exploration, and canopy tours. Sites not to be missed include the biggest game reserve in the country – Hlane Royal National Park – and Mlilwane Nature Reserve, the country’s oldest. Guests will definitely be able to boast of close encounters with the Big Five after a trip – by vehicle or foot – through these parks!
For the culturally-minded, Swaziland’s arts and crafts are sure to enthral. The famous handcrafted Swazi candles are a national trademark; while the Umhlanga (Reed Dance) is the country’s largest traditional event. Tens of thousands of young women gather in this festival of song and dance attended by the monarch himself!
No holiday experience is complete without sampling local dishes. Restaurants worth visiting include the Calabash Continental – popular for its fish dishes and Swazi beer, Sibebe – and the eDladleni, one of Swaziland’s few restaurants serving purely traditional food. Mealie and cooked antelope meat are staples. A local invention of open-grilled chicken served with a salad which is humorously known as “chicken dust”!
Entry requirements shouldn’t be a problem at all for most foreign visitors. When looking at the cost of paid trips, booking with tour operators based in Swaziland can be beneficial. On a per person basis, full day trips usually start at around R600; while safaris average just under R2000. Whatever your budget, a day trip to Swaziland is simply not to be missed – the memories will last a lifetime!