Dullstroom's location, a mere two and a half hours' drive from Johannesburg, makes it the ideal weekend getaway for stressed-out Joburgers or a stopover for travelers en route to the Kruger National Park. One of the highest towns in South Africa, Dullstroom has a sub-alpine climate and is well known for its cool, often misty atmosphere, drawing parallels with that of the Scottish Highlands. This lends itself to a climate that is well suited to the sport of fly fishing.
Trout were first introduced to the area in the 1916s, when trout fingerlings from Cape Winelands hatcheries were released into the streams, and the current municipality dam, built in 1965, was stocked with 17,000 trout fingerlings the following year.The result is a fly fishing paradise with well stocked rivers and dams scattered around the highland countryside. With a little bit of know-how, you're sure to catch one of the many brown or rainbow trout inhabiting these waters.
Fly fishing is available year-round, but the best time to visit Dullstroom and put your skills to the test is during South Africa's winter months, which fall between May and September. Remember the sub-alpine climate and bring along warm clothes.
You'll find a large selection of varied accommodation in Dullstroom, including luxury lodges, guest houses, and self-catering cottages. Many of them have dams on the property, but do check the fly fishing regulations with the manager of the establishment as, more often than not, it is on a catch-and-release basis.
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