Approximately a 2½ hours’ drive from Johannesburg, hidden in the softly rolling hills of Mpumalanga is Walkersons Hotel and Spa.

Dullstroom has always been a lovely spot for Joburgers to get away from the city and unwind a little with friends or family.

I have been to Dullstroom a few times over the years but never visited Walkersons Hotel and Spa before so you can imagine how excited I was for this trip.

Honestly, I have nothing to complain about my stay except that I wish I tried fly fishing. Everything from the food to the service was 5 stars like it should be. It lives up to the rating and popularity it has acquired on TripAdvisor.

I knew the place would be breath-taking beautiful, but I did not expect the food to also live up to that expectation, but it did.

Let us talk about the food…

The food was a highlight for me. Well presented and delicious.

The Flying Scotsman offers a 4-course meal for dinner and has a different menu every night.

Must try dishes:

For main: Grilled Beef Fillet

For dessert: As you know, I am a dessert person, and my meal is not complete without a sweet dish. Be sure to try out the hot chocolate pudding.

What you need to know about Walkersons Hotel and Spa:

The Hotel has 27 Suites consisting of:

  • 14 Lakeside Suites – Thatched suites with full en-suite bathroom and open fireplace.
  • 11 Luxury Lakeside Suites – Large contemporary suites with two bathrooms including a twin shower inside and an outdoor shower, Morso wood-burning fireplace
  • 1 Manor Suite – Two bedrooms accommodating up to 4 guests (double bed in the first bedroom and two single beds in the second), two bathrooms, a large flat-screen television, and CD/DVD player.
  • 1 Honeymoon Suite – Sumptuous modern suite with an extra length king-size fourposter bed, two bathrooms with twin indoor shower and jacuzzi bath, Morso wood-burning fireplace in the room.

Please note they also have five self-catering family cottages; rates vary depending on the cottage and number of people.

What can you do here?

  • Fly fishing

14 lakes and dams, stocked with Rainbow Trout, make Walkersons a fly-fisherman’s paradise.

There is fly fishing equipment for hire and patient hosts to assist novices who are keen to try their hand at fly fishing for the first time.

  • Horse Riding
  • Hiking, Biking & Walking Trails

There’s around 800-hectare of estate. The walking trails are pleasantly simple.

A more energetic hike to the top of the estate will take you closer to the wild game which includes Impala, Zebra, Blesbok, and offers truly spectacular panoramic views. If you want to move a little faster, hire a mountain bike and explore the various paths or go wherever the whim takes you.

  • Picnics – was a highlight of my stay.
  • Get a pamper treatment at the spa (highly recommend).
  • Swim (Weather permits).

Best time to visit?

If you are looking to take out some nice autumn photos – I suggest you visit anytime between mid-April to June.

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Weather in Dullstroom:

It does get chilly in the afternoons especially around May so carry a warm jacket. Every night, you can request for your fireplace to be lit.

Restaurants:

  • The Flying Scotsman – Formal restaurant for an indulgent and intimate dining affair.
  • The Terrace – Serving breakfast, lunch, high tea, and dinner paired with glorious views.
  • Peggy’s Bar – Perfect for relaxed afternoons and pre-or post-dinner drinks.
  • Misty Trout – family dining room for families with young kids.

Travel local and save:

Over the next few months, Walkersons Hotel and Spa in Dullstroom is offering some really amazing discounts. If you’re able to escape midweek (Sunday to Thursday) you may want to take advantage of the 50% off discount.

For bookings and more info:

Tel: +27 (0)13 253 7000  

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.walkersons.co.za