Must-see destinations within an 80km radius of Dullstroom
Dullstroom is the gateway to the best Mpumalanga has to offer. On the edge of the Highveld escarpment, the choice of which direction to take when you leave Dullstroom is endless:
Close neighbour to Dullstroom, the region is also an extension of the fly-fishing world. It’s not as commercially developed as Dullstroom but it has its own charm; with tree-lined streets and sweeping views of the Highveld grasslands. You can relax at a self-catering cottage on one of the many farms that open their homes to tourists or you can strap on your boots and go for a lovely, long hike in the hills.
The original farm was called “Geluk” (happiness) and that’s the perfect reason to visit this area. The Elands River runs through the town and they say the natural sulphur spring has healing properties. The town itself is small and functional, providing what’s needed for those on route to their country homes. You’ll find yourself at a self-catering cottage or guest house that caters for those looking for a complete escape from the city.
The town was named after the waterfall in the Elands River; in Dutch it means ‘Above the waterfall’. The town hangs off the edge of the escarpment that is part of the Drakensberg mountain range. The area is rich in history as it was a strategic vantage point during the Anglo-Boer Wars.
This important dam lies in the basin between Machadodorp and Lydenburg. It’s a vast expanse of water, stretching to the mountains in the far distance. The Crocodile River flows into Kwena Dam, which is where it got its name from (Kwena meaning crocodile).
Most visitors go to Kwena Dam for a host of outdoor activities, including different water sports and of course, fishing. Guest houses on different farms have accommodation and the package usually includes outdoor adventures.
Badplaas lies at the foot of the Hlumuhlumu Mountains and is most famous for its mineral springs. Another popular attraction is the Emanzana Private Nature Reserve. Badplaas Resort boasts a magical Hydro and visitors flock there for holidays. This list of things to do in and around Badplaas is endless and mostly involves hiking and walking and game viewing.
This area is famous for its pancake houses and God’s Window. Stand on the edge of the Drakensberg escarpment and enjoy panoramic views of the Lowveld. Visitors to the area enjoy a wide variety of activities, including walks and hikes in the mountain or horse riding and mountain bike rides. There is a lovely selection of walks that take you to waterfalls and crystal-clear ponds.
Graskop grew out of the gold mining era and the area is rich in history. Today timber is the main industry but a lot of the character of the town is based on those old mining days.
Blyde River Canyon
Every tourism website for Mpumalanga features the spectacular Blyde River Canyon. The gorge is the third largest in the world and definitely one of South Africa’s most beautiful natural wonders. Take a boat cruise and gaze in awe at the mountains that tower over the lake or stand on the top of the escarpment and enjoy panoramic views. Three majestic rocks rise up out of the gorge and are known as the “Three Rondavels” (huts).
Blyde River means “river of joy” and the Treur River means “river of sorrow”. The two meet in the gorge at a geological wonderland called Bourke’s Luck Potholes. Over many centuries, the swirling water created cylindrical rock pools. The walk to Bourke’s Luck Potholes is part of the enjoyment.
Sabie won the prestigious title of “Best town in South Africa” in 2012 and is much-loved by locals and visitors. Most visitors head there for three reasons: mountain hikes and bike rides, the magnificent scenery or to eat at one of the many popular restaurants. The town is geared around the timber industry and you’ll drive through beautiful timber forests on a scenic drive to Sabie.
Lone Creek Waterfall
Get an early start to your day and catch the sunrise over the Lone Creek Waterfall in Sabie. Located only 200m from the parking area and 9km from the Sabie old tarred road, the falls sets the scene for a romantic stroll through a beautiful, indigenous forest.
The National Monument is a drop of 68m and is sure to take your breath away. Enjoy a breakfast picnic and pop a bottle of champagne.
This quaint village looks like it has stood still in time. The town was a central trading post during the gold mining era and many of the old miner’s houses have been beautifully restored. You can enjoy a tour to historical sites and soak up the history of the area at the Alanglade House Museum and Dredzen Shop Museum. You can even try your hand at panning for gold.
Kruger National Park
This great icon needs no introduction. Otherwise known as the “People’s Park” because it is easily accessible for locals, Kruger Park is home to the Big 5. You can stay overnight at one of the many camps or go in for the day.
Sterkspruit Nature Reserve
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.
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.
Loskop Dam Nature Reserve
Nestled around the Loskop Dam, where a range of activities such as swimming, water-skiing and boating can be enjoyed, the reserve is also home to a variety of antelope, including the majestic Eland.
Kaapsehoop Escarpment Walk
A short hike from Kaapsehoop will take you to the very edge of the escarpment for breath-taking views over the Barberton Valley. Welcome the day as the sun rises over the horizon, or toast its setting from this incredible vantage point.
These magnificent waterfalls offer cool respite – indulge in a natural massage under the 30m high Battery Creek Falls, just outside of Kaapsehoop, or spend a peaceful afternoon next relaxing at the Lone Creek Falls in Sabie.
Orighstad Dam Nature Reserve
Wild grasslands, vast expanses of water and spellbinding mountain vistas offer the perfect place to unwind for a few hours’ in this private nature reserve.
El Dorian Trail at Carolina
Explore some 20 000 hectares of mountain wilderness that surround Carolina with an enjoyable hike or horse ride through a variety of rugged landscapes, teeming with birds and wildlife.
Sterkspruit Nature Reserve
This small reserve is home to a plethora of rich grasslands, rugged kloofs, tinkling streams and thick woodlands, and is great for fly-fishing, bird watching and hiking.
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