It’s easy to see why they call it that. Just a couple of hours’ drive from Johannesburg, this highland area is marked by rolling hills, windswept cattle farms, inclement weather and frequent fog. There’s something wildly compelling about it. The heartbeat town of Dullstroom is home to countless quaint shops and eateries, where you can indulge in almost anything from pancakes to steaks, serious fishing kit to gumboots with pink flower patterns.
For those of us seeking more of a sweat than the region’s signature fly fishing offers, the mountain biking terrain is unsurpassed. Here are some guys demonstrating how it’s done at the prestigious Walkersons Estate:
A few months ago, in the height of autumn, we stayed there with friends at one of the few, original farm cottages. What a total treat! Our afternoon cycle was spectacular and one of the last for the season, thanks to the encroaching cold. It was bracing to say the least. We also got lost in the fog one night, following an evening walk. After winding our way eventually to the stunning hotel, waiters in kilts served us melt-in-your-mouth shortbread with Rooibos tea – our favourite, and a reminder that we were indeed still in South Africa 🙂
Our friends’ Jack Russell, Milo, wasn’t entirely welcome in the five star establishment, but he wasn’t worried, relishing every second of scampering around outside.
Flaming log fires and delicious food rounded out a weekend to remember. As we approached the gate on our way home, I couldn’t resist stopping for one more photo:
The vivid leaves have no doubt all fallen from the trees by now, to begin their work of fertilizing for Spring. That will no doubt be another beautiful season. I reckon we should consider a return trip…