Things to do around Stonecutters, Dullstroom, Lydenburg and Mpumalanga
Stonecutters Lodge is a secure and scenic country estate with river walks, a wetland with bird-hide, or a mountain hike with stunning views from the summit. . If you are into birding, Guerney’s sugar bird is often seen in the Protea bushes. There are numerous destinations on the property where guests can picnic or braai in an idyllic setting, and swimming in a river pool is an invigorating experience.
FLY-FISHING: As Stonecutters is a trout lodge offering 2 dams and three kilometres of river fishing, many of our guests choose to fly-fish. If you would like to learn to fly-fish a local guide can be hired to teach casting techniques and some of the basics. Fly-fishing equipment is available for hire.
WALKING & JOGGING: The track behind Stone Manor leads to the weir deck on the river, which is a charming swimming, picnic and braai area. It is a 400m walk from Stone Manor (15 minutes) or a quick car ride.
BIRDWATCHING: A path left of the large dam leads to the bird hide overlooking the wetland. Purple Heron, Bald Ibis and others feathered friends are spotted from the hide. Kingfishers along the river and grassland birds abound
DRIVES FROM STONECUTTERS LODGE
This quaint town is only 35kms or a 25km ride from here and is a tourist destination with many curio shops, coffee spots, restaurants and pubs
GAME RESERVES & NATURE RESERVES CLOSE BY:
Verlorenvallei- just outside of Dullstroom. Tel: 013 254 0799. Phone before you go! Great landscapes famous for amazing flowers and all cranes of the feathered variety!. Head back to Dullstroom for lunch.
Gustav Klingbiel Nature Reserve and Lydenburg Museum. Tel: 082 779 3748. Close to Lydenburg. This reserve has a small interesting museum dating back to the iron age and Voortrekker times- BUT is also fantastic for mountain biking- various tracks from easy to technically difficult. Birdwatching is good and game are abundant too.
DRIVES FURTHER AWAY (PANORAMA ROUTE)
The towns of Sabie, Graskop (over the stunning Long Tom Pass) and Graskop are only a short drive from the lodge. God’s Window, Blyde River Canyon, Mac Mac Falls and the Potholes are also an easy drive away. Make a day of it and have lunch in Sabie or Graskop. The Graskop gorge with a glass lift to the forest floor is a must do. An Inexpensive map is available at the office.
ADVENTURE and SPORT
CLAY PIGEON SHOOTING: This popular event is held at Field and Stream and under the supervision of an expert.
MOUNTAIN BIKING: a popular pastime and this area has fabulous rides and routes. Find the information by clicking our link MTB Trails
DULLSTROOM HORSE RIDING CENTRE: Well behaved & well schooled horses and lovely landscapes make all outings a pleasure. Rides on ponies for children can be arranged too. Tel Dave: 082 442 9766
LYDENBURG: (9 hole course with 2 sets of tees) 013 235 3341 or 087 802 8341.
GOLF HIGHLAND GATE: 14 kms from Dullstroom. Highly rated (Ranked in top 20 in South Africa) is an 18 hole championship course designed by Ernie Els. Golf carts are available to hire. Bookings : 087 808 6570
EDUCATIONAL AND FUN OUTINGS FOR THE KIDS
Bird of Prey Centre: 082 899 4108. Watch the Big 5 fly daily at 10h30 & 14h30 (depending on the weather)! Restaurant for light meals on the premises and a kids playing area is popular. All raptors are rehabilitated birds and are released back to the wild if possible.
I-Create: Offer various art and craft classes contact 082 451 0509 to arrange class
DULLSTROOM SHOPS WITH A DIFFERENCE:
The Clock Shop: For a fascinating collection of time-pieces large and small. Largest selection of timepieces in South Africa
The Rock Shop: For baskets heaped with semi-precious stones and Jewellery.
The Old Transvaal Inn: For hand-made sweets, teddy bears and bric-a-brac.
The Chocolate Shop: Belgium chocolate- Chocolate fountain –choose the chocolateand fill your chocolate cup-jummy!
The Whisky Bar: At Auldstone House has the largest selection of whisky in South Africa. Whisky tastings are popular but they also serve other spirits such as gin tastings and other spirits. Wine and coffee is also served.
The Anvil Brewery: Award winning beer produced by a passionate brewer Theo de Beer. Beer tastings are popular and light meals are served.