Dullstroom Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga
Do not let any allusion to the word ‘dull’ cloud your judgement when heading in the direction of Dullstroom. Dull the little village of Dullstroom is not, and the farm environment and natural surrounds attest easily to the numerous adventure opportunities that exist – clay pigeon shooting, horse riding, an organic dairy, a mampoer distillery, numerous art galleries and a tea garden called Tonteldoos Barn (we kid you not).
Add to this the already secured reputation as a fly-fishing destination of note, and Dullstroom, little more than two hours’ drive from Johannesburg, is an attractive weekend option or stopover en route to the Kruger National Park. Because of the high altitude of the town, athletes use it as a good preparation for any serious training, and the Dullstroom Highland Challenge, a serious mountain biking event, starts and finishes in the Dullstroom Nature Reserve. The nature reserve is an effortless combination of rolling hills and valleys with views of unspoiled sub-alpine ecosystems.
The Dullstroom Nature Reserve receives little publicity, which is something of a bonus for those who happen to stumble across the reserve and its accompanying dam, and are only too pleased to have the place more or less to themselves. There is little other than word of mouth to vouch for its existence at all, but if you turn right at the first stop street, after entering the town of Dullstroom, then right directly after the Dullstroom Inn, followed by a left, you will eventually hit the entrance. There is a caravan park in the reserve for those who want to more than a moment’s worth of fly-fishing.
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