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Dullstroom fires up for annual Winter Festival in July

Posted by Margi Butler on Sep 10, 2016 7:43:25 PM

Dullstroom Winter Festival

Dullstroom, one of the premier weekend destination towns in South Africa, is gearing up for its 3rd annual Dullstroom Winter Festival, this year in partnership with Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky, voted World’s Best Grain Whisky at the 2013 World Whisky Awards and the country’s first single-grain whisky. Over the weekend of 5 to 7th July, this historic Mpumalanga town - celebrating its 120th birthday this year - will be transformed into a hive of musical activity and a whole lot more...

Dullstroom winter festival accommodation


dullstroom winter festival accommodation

The 2013 edition of The Dullstroom Winter Festival is hosted by Hilltop Live and the Dullstroom Chamber of Business, and quite aptly made possible by Bain’s Cape Mountain Whisky which is inspired by the Cape Mountains and its natural beauty. The whisky is the perfect partner in celebrating Dullstroom’s breathtaking scenery, unpolluted air and clear streams and the escape it offers from city life.

Apart from a rocking musical line-up, the weekend also features a winter festival trail run, a family fly fishing event and a mountain bike race. The town, it’s ample shops and eateries offer specials all weekend and fun things to do from Whisky tastings, displays at the town's raptor centre, cheese tastings, food markets, and a wide range of arts and crafts activities - all designed to be fun for the whole family, creating a unique festival atmosphere. It's going to be a weekend of Blues, Folk and Fishing and participation by whole village in the Christmas in July theme adds a fun, festive element to the event with many premises going all out with Christmas lights and Christmas decor... so tell the kids to watch out for Santa Claus!

Dullstroom winter festival accommodation

This year's musical line-up is set to blow away the mid-Winter blues. Dan Patlansky returns to Dullstroom by popular demand, after shredding the event last year. This home-grown Blues maestro has seen his career storming forward in recent years, and he's just released a new album, 'Wooden Thoughts', his first acoustic record. Folk songbird Laurie Levine will be adding a feminine touch to proceedings. Exciting news is the Dullstroom debut of the legendary Arno Carstens. Also on the bill are the ever popular Radio Kalahari Orkes, fronted by the inimitable Ian Roberts. Matthew Mole, the highly rated young folk music star from Cape Town makes his Dullstroom debut. Naming James, a folk rock outfit from Joburg is also on the bill, as well as The Runaway Train Cult, an act whose classy, bluesy folk has been wowing local audiences over the past couple of years.

Dullstroom winter festival
This year's official music program takes place over several unique venues. The Cherry Grove Centre Piazza will once again be transformed into a hotbed of world class Blues and Folk, while the ever-popular Dullstroom Grill, The Mayfly, The Dullstroom Inn and Wild About Whisky venues join the musical festivities this year. The newly launched Buddy Bus hop-on hop-off system, will ferry fans across town and between venues, and safely transport them home.

Be sure to visit for weekend activities, entry forms and more information.


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Flyfishing in the Mpumalanga Highlands is very rewarding in Winter

Posted by Margi Butler on May 24, 2012 9:22:00 PM

River fishing stonecutters lodge dullstroomAs temperatures drop in the Highlands area of Dullstroom and Lydenburg, so the excitement levels of anglers rise! As mentioned in the Fosaf Guide to Flyfishing there are five rivers in this area that have traditionally been earmarked for trout, - the Klip, Waterval, Spekboom, Sterkspruit and the Dorps. There are numerous trout lodges in the area that offer both dam and river fishing, ranging from rustic to luxurious and now is the time for the fly-fisherman from Gauteng to head for the Mpumalanga Highlands to hone his skills in ideal conditions.

In still water the warmer summer months have seen sluggish feeding as trout head for the comfort of the cooler depths but lower Autumn water temperatures cause a resurgence of feeding activity as trout endeavour to pack on weight for the coming winter months.

 Trout fishing DullstroomWhereas in summer, fishing at first light produces the best chance of a catch, in the cooler Autumn weather trout will feed throughout the day, especially in overcast conditions. Even the enthusiastic angler may take advantage of the opportunity of rising a little later while still enjoying a productive day’s fishing! Aquatic plants will be dying back and insects will be less plentiful, but there are enough bugs around to stimulate activity and the muddy river conditions of summer are now giving way to gin-clear water.

In many dams in this area trout go through an abortive spawning ritual just at the onset of winter. The fish are in magnificent breeding colour but for a period of about three weeks are more interested in the mating game than in feeding, but may take egg-pattern flies or take flies with a flash of red simply out of aggression.

During the colder winter months the water temperature is still mild enough for some insect activity and particularly on sunny winter days fish may be enticed into feeding. Floating and intermediate lines are the order of the day.

Read a recent fishing report by Louis Munnick on fishing the Dorps River.

Suggested reading: Fosaf Guide to Flyfishing Destinations in Southern Africa.

This beautifully illustrated book is a ‘must have’ for the South African flyfisherman and is much more than a venue guide, with comprehensive chapters on types of fish, techniques and tackle.

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Dullstroom- spoiled for choice when it comes to food & drinks

Posted by Madelien Haasbroek on Jan 27, 2011 1:33:00 PM

Most guests staying at Stonecutters Lodge near Dullstroom take the opportunity of further exploring the scenic day trips in the area or head for the quaint tourist attraction that is the village of Dullstroom. There are many eateries, pubs and restaurants and we recommend the following:


As you approach Dullstroom from the Stonecutters /Lydenburg side there is a new micro- brewery in the village, The Anvil, which is situated at the first 4-way stop on the right. The owners bring a welcome new ‘draught’ to Dullstroom, along with German sausage platters and tipsy cake to die for!

Turn 1st right into Teding van Berkhout St and on the right hand side the historic Dullstroom Inn provides pub lunches. Further up the road on the left you will find Fibs Restaurant and Mrs Simpsons Restaurant on the right –hand side. Patrons are always assured of a warm welcome by hosts Brian and Stephen and guests find great food and a quirky ambiance. Open for dinner.

Back on the main road, on the right hand side a good lunch-time destination would be Pickles and Things, with fireplace, covered patio and imaginative menu featuring gourmet burgers or wraps and heartier fare such as lamb shanks or trout. They are also open for dinner on Fri and Sat nights. Enjoy coffee from all over the world from the Coffee Roastery located inside this restaurant.

Next door is Harries Pancakes, a treat for the whole family and not to be missed!

Across the road, screened by a colourful rose garden is Rose Cottage with large umbrellas shading a garden terrace and offering an extensive day-time menu.

Old Transvaal Inn, Dullstroom

Further up the road on the left is The Old Transvaal Inn which has a reliable day-time restaurant but is justifiably renowned for their home-made old fashioned sweet shop.



As you proceed through town, on the left is The Mayfly which is a contemporary and  popular restaurant along the lines of a Sports Bar with all-day TV sports coverage. They have a large menu with breakfast, lunch and dinner options and they offer good value for money. The crisp battered Calamari is excellent!  

On the right hand side in the Auldstone Building where a visit to Wild about Whisky is a treat. Over 500 whiskies are available and a whisky tasting is a must.  Wine & coffee is also served.

Tucked away in the piazza of Cherry Grove, behind Zest Properties, is Legendz Cafe. The European ambiance of the piazza complete with tinkling fountain is continued into the restaurant which has a deli providing gourmet cheeses, cold meats and pickles. A great place for Illi coffee, breakfast or lunch!

On your way out, pop into Zest Properties for the best selection of Real Estate in Dullstroom.

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