Over the Easter weekend, the hubby and I went for a long weekend to Dullstroom in the Mpumalanga highlands. The town sits on the eastern escarpment, at about 2,100 meters making the climate much cooler than surrounding areas. The vegetation feels more European than African, with maples and oaks that are turning to autumn colours at this time of year, and streams criss-crossing the grasslands surrounding the town.
We rented a small self-catering cottage close to the centre of town (well frankly, everything is close to the centre of town in Dullstroom) that belonged to a restaurant on the high-street called Rose Cottage where we were served delicious breakfasts every morning.
You can easily spend a day browsing the many shops in the village, ranging from nik-naks to art and local produce like cakes, jams, cheese and of course trout in all shapes and forms. Dullstroom is known for its excellent trout fishing in the many streams and dams in the area, and there is everything from strict “catch and release” to “take home as much as you can catch”. We made the most of our time there, going on long hikes, enjoying lazy lunches, browsing the shops and also doing his n’ hers activities (fishing for him, horse riding for her). In the evenings, we cooked hearty meals that we enjoyed in front of the fire in our little cottage. We also tried the famous Mrs Simpsons, the locals’ favourite restaurant where we made a few new friends over many glasses of red wine.