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The Dullstroom One-Fly Anti Rhino Poaching Charity Event 2012

Posted by Margi Butler on Sep 10, 2016 7:47:17 PM

Dullstroom dam trout fishing     

Mafungana Flyfishing are hosting a unique charity event in Dullstroom in Mpumalanga on the 7th July 2012. This competition will be limited to 50 anglers who will be overseen, guided and marshalled by well-known Mafungana guides, competing on Walkerson Dams. The winner may not be the best angler on the water and may not have caught the heaviest fish: luck will play a part and the winner will be the angler who catches the longest fish, measured from nose to the fork of the tail! One Fly Competition Details and Invitation

An additional element of fun that will level the playing field is the ‘One Fly’ handicap. Each fly-fisherman will be presented by a pre-tied and tested mystery fly for the day’s fishing. Fishermen who lose a fly will be permitted to ‘buy back’ additional flies. The prize-giving will take place during a gala dinner at Walkersons Hotel on Saturday night. There will be prizes galore as well as an impressive registration gift, an auction, and raffle items. The ultimate prize is an all-inclusive, 3 night, tiger-fishing break on Pongloa Dam guided by Jonathan Boulton.

The beneficiary of this charity event will be the units on the front line of the anti rhino poaching battle in the Kruger National Park. In 2011, 248 rhino were butchered for their horns and in 2012 it is feared there will be a dramatic increase in this tally. A worthy cause indeed, and good reason to come to Dullstroom for a great week-end in the chilly highlands of Mpumalanga. This date also co-insides with the Dullstroom Winter Festival: the whole family can enjoy live music shows, Xmas in July fare at the various restaurants and a host of other activities.

     Stonecutters Lodge, Dullstroom  

Stonecutters Lodge is offering a special accommodation deal for the Winter Festival. 

30% Discount 3-night Stay


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Dullstroom Winter Festival – A roaring success!

Posted by Margi Butler on Sep 10, 2016 7:44:22 PM


The first week-end of July saw the village of Dullstroom hosting their annual Winter Festival or “Christmas in July” and the week-end was a resounding success.  This year the Festival outstripped previous years on all fronts: the number of visitors to the village, the participation level of the local businesses, the calibre of the live music artists and the sheer fun quotas  for both hosts and visitors alike.

The Dullstroom Winter Festival Trail Run is reviewed here- don't miss this in 2013 it's an awesome experience!

The Fly-Fishing Event at Walkerson's Lodge was also a huge success and money was raised for a worthy cause- saving the rhino.

Winter festival cherry grove

By day the streets were thronged with visitors enjoying all that was on offer for both adults and children and by night the place was pumping! The village looked amazing by night with Xmas lights festooning many of the high street shops.

The venue for the music festival at the Cherry Grove Piazza with its tented roof and Chinese lanterns was spectacular as well as practical. The restaurants and pubs recorded record sales and the Christmas fare was a big hit with the visitors. The weather smiled on the occasion too with mild temperatures recorded in Mpumalanga for this time of year.

Many restaurants and shops decorated their shop fronts with Christmas lights and decorations and served Christmas dinner with all the trimmings.

Dullstroom winter festival Albert Frost       Dullstroom winter festival

Nothing succeeds like success and with the 2012 Festival having surpassed all expectations, next year’s Winter Festival promises to be an even bigger occasion. The village is geared to pull out all the stops and the feed-back from happy visitors is that many will be back for the 2013 Winter Festival in the Mpumalanga Highlands in July!

Thanks to the sponsors Hilltop Live and the Dullstroom Chamber for putting such a great festival together!

In August the SAGA Charity Fly fishing competition (25th August 2012)will be held in Dullstroom followed bythe SA Game Fair (29/30 September)  More good reasons to stay and play in Dullstroom. Don't be disappointed- book your accommodation early.






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Events in Dullstroom, Mpumalanga: The Game Fair

Posted by Margi Butler on Jul 27, 2011 6:56:00 PM

The possibility of Nelspruit getting an International Conference Centre (ICC) could materialize with planning and scoping already completed by the provincial government of Mpumalanga. Mpumalanga is already a popular destination for conferences and events. The province offers a retreat from city life, with all the modern conveniences necessary for effective business to be done.

Conference in Dullstroom, Lydenburg, Mpumalanga

The Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport (KMIA) makes for easy access and the N4 National highway is the spine of communications and the base of a good road network. Mpumalanga has many golf and country estates, hotels, lodges and resorts, game lodges and fishing retreats offering accommodation, leisure and conference facilities. Many smaller venues offer intimate tranquil settings for private gatherings. Annual Events run throughout the year in Mpumalanga and in July, Dullstroom is looking forward to the Game Fair.

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Annual Festivals and Events in Dullstroom: Last weekend in July:  The South African Game Fair is the country's premier exhibition of country pursuits. The Fair is held in the picturesque and popular trout fishing town of Dullstroom. (Proceeds will be donated to the Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre which rehabilitates injured raptors.) It takes place annually over the last weekend of July, mid-winter usually guaranteeing crisp clear, dry days. The site will be the well-known Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre, just off the main road, on the left as you enter the village from Belfast.

What you can expect:  The most fantastic weekend for anyone who enjoys the Great Outdoors. Entrance to the Game Fair allows you into the Dullstroom Bird of Prey Centre, where you will find a huge variety of exhibitors in the marquee area in front of the restaurant area. These range from the top Fly-fishing tackle brands in the world to knife makers, fly -tyers, taxidermists, hunting operations as well as firearm and other weaponry representatives. As well as giving live demos they will be allowing you to experience their wares first hand and will be retailing their products at once off "show specials". Running back to back will be a serious of demos including; falconry, fly-casting, sheep and gun dog displays, black powder, archery and clay pigeon shooting. Free tuition will be offered by the respective experts on hand and competitions with magnificent prizes for both the serious outdoorsman and even the most unskilled participant will be on the go. There is a culinary area where top local chefs will demo trout and game preparation offering free sampling. There is children's play area and number of food outlets and the ever popular draught beer station!

Accommodation will be at a premium- so book early to avoid disappointment.


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