South Africa’s Premier Fly-fishing Area

Dullstroom has so much to offer and is close enough to Johannesburg to be a quick break away for the avid fly-fishing fundi or the whole family for a fun vacation and fresh air.

Picture fly-fishing, fireplaces, fine food and fresh air – this is Dullsroom. Early misty mornings spent down at the trout steam, is a favourite pastime for the fisherman, and nature lovers will not be able to resist the hiking trails. A true outdoors vacation destination, Dullstroom has an abundance of outdoor activities, including horse trails, birdwatching, mountain bike trails, golf, clay pigeon shooting and of course fly-fishing. Dullstroom is home to one of South Africa’s finest trout fishing rivers which attracts eager anglers from across the world.

If the fish aren’t biting, there are plenty of other varied activities to keep everyone happy – art galleries, craft shopping, cheese shops, mampoer distillery, fine local food and self-drive routes to explore the area. Dullstroom also has its Boer War memories like many towns in the area and a small garden of remembrance and stone memorial can be visited to pay respects to those terrible times, where many died fighting and others died in detention.

Dullstroom village has friendly locals and is a perfect “time-out” spot with a farm environment offering the ideal opportunity for families to bond in beautiful surroundings. Children are welcome everywhere and the local pubs are family and even dog, friendly!

The area offers a wide variety of accommodation establishments including family style to luxurious self-catering. Some lodges cater exclusively for the angler and some of the quaint village style establishments makes’ for the perfect romantic getaway.

Places to Visit

Things to do and see

  • Ama Poot Poot Hiking Trail
  • Dullstroom Nature Reserve
  • Kruisfontein Loop Mountain Bike Trail
  • Dimitrov Art Gallery
  • Dullstroom Bird of Prey & Rehab Centre
  • Wild About Whiskey Tasting
  • Kristalwater Mampoer Distillery
  • Anglo-Boer War Fort & Cemetery
  • Skurweberg Pass
  • Highlands Gate Golf Course

Climate

Rainfall occurs mainly in the mid-summer months, with December to February seeing the highest levels. Light rainfall still occurs in the winter months as well.

Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 23˚C.

Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 16˚C.

Transport

Johannesburg is only two and a half hours from Dullstroom via the N4 and N12.

Festivals

July – Dullstroom Winter Fastival: Art, food, live music, sporting activities, whiskey tastings and much more – fun for the whole family! Held over 3 days.

September – Harley Stroom Rally: For one weekend, Dullstroom becomes known as “Harley Stroom”. Harley Davidson owners and fans descend on the little town for a weekend of exhibitions, live entertainment, beer gardens, outrides and bike shows.

History

The town of Dullsroom, situated in the Steenkampsberg mountain range, dates back to the early 1880’s when Dutch settlers came to the area. It was founded in 1883 as the centre for an irrigation settlement directed by Wolterus Dull of Holland. It was aptly named Dullstoom, “stroom” meaning stream, referring to the abundance of water in the area. The Crocodile River has its origin here.

Architecture in the town is a mixture of 19th and 20th century building designs.

During the Anglo-Boer War the settlement was destroyed and most of the original Dutch settlers returned to Holland.

Elm and Beech trees planted by the Dutch pioneers remain and there is a small memorial erected by the Dutch settlers in 1887.

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