Our latest family getaway took us to the lovely town of Dullstroom in the Mpumalanga Province of South Africa. Affectionately known as “Trouteng” (a clever play on words combining trout – their choice of fish – and Gauteng), Dullstroom is peaceful, and oh-so-beautiful. It is the home of fly-fishing, and offers many places to stay and curl up by the fireplace.
We stayed at a place called Dunkeld Coutry Estate, just a quick few kilometres out of town. I was really looking forward to this weekend away as I had been working super hard for varsity/practical and hadn’t taken time off in my “recess”.
After a missed turn, due to a lack of a signboard, we ended up in a local township. Obviously we realised this was not the correct direction, and we ventured out again with the trusty hand of Google Maps. And finally we arrived!
The dams are beautiful, and we had a nice house that sat a little bit apart from the others. On one side we had the view of the dams, and on the other the koppie (small mountain) and open grass field. We unpacked, and started the fireplace, in anticipation for a chilly night. Dullstroom gets pretty cold at night! So we sat huddled around the fireplace catching up with each other. Later in the evening, we went outside and Oh My Word, the stars! It’s been a while since I’ve seen that many stars, and that clearly! I love the stars. After a mug of hot chocolate, it was off to bed!
The next morning Mom, Dad and I went for a walk while my sister slept. We had a mission for this weekend – we had been here when we were little, and there’s this photo of us from then. My dad wanted to “recreate” it so we went to find the famous spot! Great success. Not only did we get to feel the crisp morning air on our faces, we also found the spot! After a proper cooked breakfast, we headed into town. There was actually a second mission for this weekend and that was PANCAKES. And only Harrie’s Pancakes would do. I previously wrote about Harrie’s when we went to the Kruger National Park, and there are branches dotted around SA.
Dad went off to the fly-fishing shop to get supplies, and Mom, Ang (my sister) and I went to “The Clock Shop”. This is not just any clock shop – it is the largest clock shop in the southern hemisphere. And boy is it! Clocks are wall-to-wall, divided into sections based on the type of clock, and then divided into themes. We stood watching the cuckoo clocks for a while because they’re so much fun!
Next we ventured to the Cheese shop across the road, and then to Chocolate shop. Finally, it was time for pancakes! I had just a plain cinnamon and sugar one with ice-cream, and it was delicious. They’re thick, but light and fluffy – something that is not so common in pancakes!
Back at the house, we went fly-fishing. If you can call it that. I did give it a try though – will get the photos from my dad! The zebras and other buck were coming closer to the house, so we went for a short walk to get a few pictures of them. We had a braai for dinner, and watched the stars again, and sat by the fire.
Sunday was a chilled day. We had French toast for breakfast (my favourite). Relaxed around the house, and before heading back to Pretoria, we went for another pancake (obviously!). This time it was banana and caramel for the win.
In short, Dullstroom is a wonderful place for a quiet and peaceful getaway. I think it would be nice to stay there for a week so you can truly relax. It’s really good for the soul! For more info on Dullstroom, check out: http://www.dullstroom.co.za/
Til’ next time!