Dullstroom is much more than a busy main road with touristy shops and restaurants. It is the fly fishing capitol of South Africa and a place of inspiration for resident artists. This town is popular all year round, but there are a few festivals where the Hotels are fully booked and Dullstroom overflows with activity.
Explore the side streets and discover natural beauty that dominates the surrounds. The man made art that fills the shops makes Dullstroom unique and interesting.
Most organised festivals are over long weekends and holidays to make Dullstroom events accessible to those not living in the area.
The main fishing competitions around the dams are organised throughout the year and the water is well stocked with fish. The Dullstroom Winter Festival in July is a weekend of fly-fishing, trail running, whiskey tastings and music shows. Festivals such as this one combines the sport of fly fishing with social activities for the entire family.
Apart from the fly fishing competitions, there is an arts festival over the long weekend in September. There are various venues and exhibitions of paintings, mosaic and sculptures around the town. These cultural showcases are accompanied by gastronomic delights – taste home brewed beer, homemade cheese, wine and other delightful morsels.
There is a cherry, cheese and chocolate festival in November of each year that draws hungry visitors to Dullstroom. The owners who run their chocolate shops and local restaurants offer the best advice and information about the area.
The South African Game Fair raises proceeds for the Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre which rehabilitates injured raptors. During September this centre hosts clay pigeon shooting, dog displays, archery displays and cooking demonstrations for visitors.
Dullstroom is an eclectic town that celebrates art, food, fishing and conservation in one year and people travel from across South African to visit this town.