If you are looking for things to do in Dullstroom, look no further. We’ve got you covered with some fun activities to get up to while you are there.
Dullstroom is a small town located in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, known for its beautiful scenery and outdoor activities. Located in the heart of the Highveld grasslands, it is a popular destination for fly fishing, birdwatching, and hiking. The town is situated about 2 hours from Johannesburg and Pretoria, making it a convenient day trip or weekend getaway for those living in the city.
Our list of things to do in Dullstroom
Go horseback riding
Several stables and tour companies in Dullstroom offer guided horseback riding tours through the beautiful countryside. Some options include Dullstroom Riding Stables, which offers guided trail rides, and Eagles Ridge Riding School, which offers both guided rides and riding lessons.
The most prominent one is Dullstroom on Horseback. They are located in Janson street near the dam. They offer services for all ages with both full-grown horses and pony rides available. You don’t need any experience to go for the activity so it’s great for all ages and as a family event.
We have a few horseriding trails that you can book with our preferred operators. These include a 1 hour trail ride, 2 hour trail, and a pony ride for the little ones.
They are open 7 days a week and their hours generally run from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM.
Go fly fishing
Dullstroom’s streams are home to a variety of fish species, including rainbow and brown trout. There are several fly fishing outfitters in Dullstroom that offer guided trips and rent out equipment.
For all your fly fishing equipment needs, you can visit The Village Angler, which stocks everything you will need. They also offer a rental service for equipment, with rods costing R100 per day. They also offer training during the week for newbies at a price of R550 a session (of at least 2 hours) so even if you are interested in it but don’t have the experience, nothing is stopping you.
Visit the Anvil Ale House & Brewery
The Anvil Ale House & Brewery is a microbrewery that produces a variety of craft beers. Along with their beer, they have a delectable menu crafted with the help of Executive Chef Natalie Hutton.
If you don’t know where to start when it comes to beers, we recommend the Blond Ale, which is one of the most popular and tastiest.
Some of the foods on offer include Trout, German sausage, cheese and vegetarian sharing platters. Look out for the ultimate 3 cheese toasted sarmie, or subs, sarmies and rolls that cater for vegans, vegetarians, gluten intolerants.
You can take a tour of the brewery and taste a selection of beers in the tasting room. The brewery is open from 12pm to 6pm Wednesday to Sunday.
They are located at 746 Naledi Dr, Dullstroom, which is the first building in town if you are travelling on the main road from the East, or the last building in town if you are coming from the west.
Visit the Dullstroom Bird of Prey Rehabilitation Centre
The rehabilitation centre is home to a variety of birds, including eagles, owls, and vultures.
The Centre was established in 1997 with the aim of educating the public in order to promote an awareness of the raptor species and their plight as a growing endangered species and we are extensively involved in promoting their well-being.
You can take a guided tour to learn more about the birds and their rehabilitation process
The price of admission is R80 for adults, R60 for pensioners, and R50 for children under the age of 12.
The centre is open from Friday to Monday, with the operating hours being 9am to 4pm.
Hike in the Steenkampsberg Nature Reserve
The nature reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including kudu, zebra, and wildebeest. There are several hiking trails to choose from, ranging from easy to strenuous. The nature reserve is situated along the R540 and is a great place to explore during daylight hours.
Visit the Dullstroom Nature Reserve
The nature reserve is home to a variety of wildlife, including antelope, giraffe, and a wide range of bird species. There are several hiking trails to choose from, as well as a bird hide where you can observe the birds up close. The nature reserve is open from 6am to 6pm daily, and guided hikes are available by appointment.
Play a round of golf at the Highland Gate Golf Club
The Highland Gate Golf Club has a beautiful 18-hole golf course set in the rolling hills of the Mpumalanga highlands.
Visitors to this magnificent golf course, rated by many to be one of the best in South Africa are in for a treat as the course is set among some of the most scenic mountainous terrain in Mpumalanga. Although the testing layout provides an equal challenge to both club player and the tour professional
The club is open from 6am to 6pm daily, and green fees start at R750 during the week and are R950 on weekends as of 2022.
Wild about Whisky
This one is strictly for the grownups. Wild about whisky is technically a bar, but to call it a bar seems like such a disservice. It’s more of a whisky museum where you can partake in the exhibits while you are there.
It is a very popular destination in Dullstroom and with good reason. They have a wide selection of whisky that will satisfy even the staunchest of connoisseurs. Over 1500 whiskies to choose from in all the varieties you could want.
The owner of the establishment is a whisky expert who is, as the name implies, is wild about whisky and is a treasure trove of information regarding the fire water. You will learn a lot and enjoy yourself in the process.
We recommend the whisky and chocolate tasting which is a delicious experience well worth the visit.
Wild about Whisky is located along the main road Naledi Drive (R540).
They are open daily with their hours listed below.
Monday to Friday 09:00 – 17:00 (Closing time on Friday can vary up to 19:00)
Saturday: 09:00 – 19:00
Sunday: 09:00 – 16:00
Dimitrov Art Gallery
If you are one for the arts, you can make a turn at the most prominent art gallery in Dullstroom, Dimitrov Art Gallery. The gallery houses a selection of modern artworks from a few artists including Branko Dimitrov, who emigrated from the former Yugoslavia and made his home in Dullstroom where he received endless inspiration from the landscape and the vivid blue skies.
The gallery is open from 9am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays.
Go mountain biking
The Mpumalanga region is home to a number of mountain biking trails, ranging from easy to challenging. Dullstroom is cyclist’s paradise due to its undulating hills and picturesque landscape. Why not take explore the scenery on a mountain bike ride?
You can rent a mountain bike and explore the trails on your own, or join a guided tour. Dunkeld Country & Equestrian Estate offers mountain biking to Dullstroom residents and day visitors at R50 an hour and R200 for an entire day.
You can find out more on the Dunkeld Country and Equestrian Estate website.
Take a cooking class
If you’re interested in doing something a little different but fun (and mouthwatering), consider taking a cooking class.
Dullstroom Cultour Co. offers an exciting line up of cooking classes set to sharpen your culinary skills and impress your friends while having beautiful food experiences under the guidance of some of the best chefs in Dullstroom. From learning traditional Indian from a member one of Dullstroom’s longest standing families, or making the traditional trout dishes that Dullstroom is famous for.
The cooking class times are subject to bookings so you can contact Dullstroom Cultour Co. to enquire about bookings.
The Dullstroom region is home to a wide range of bird species, including eagles, owls, and vultures. You can join a guided birdwatching tour or explore the area on your own with a pair of binoculars.
Take a scenic drive through the Panorama Route
If Dullstroom is part of a larger grip in the Mpumalanga region, then the Panorama Route is a worthwhile addition to the itinerary.
The Panorama Route is a beautiful drive through the Mpumalanga province, passing through the Blyde River Canyon and the Three Rondawels. Along the way, you can stop at a variety of lookout points to take in the breathtaking views. The route is approximately 200km long and takes about 5 hours to complete.
Take a wine tour of the Mpumalanga region
The Mpumalanga region is home to a number of wineries, including the Landskroon Wines and the Delheim Estate. You can take a tour to learn about the wine-making process and taste a variety of wines. Many of the wineries offer guided tours and tastings, which can be arranged in advance.