What Is It?

Are you a big fan of fishing? Well, whether you do it for leisure or for the thrill of hooking the biggest catch of the day, make sure you head to the Fly Fishing Festival. Here, fishermen can compete in a day of fishing. There'll be amazing prizes up for grabs, including a tagged fish worth R100 000! If you want to partake in the competition, email [email protected] to get your entry. And if you're not really too keen on the fishing part, don't worry, spectators spend the day enjoying good food, refreshing drinks at the beer garden as well as exhibition stands and beautiful scenery. Keep an eye on their Facebook event page for updates.

When Is It?

Saturday, 02 February 2019 - Sunday, 03 February 2019 from 09:00 - 16:00 daily.

Where Is It?

Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge, Plot 59, Beyers Naude Drive, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R30 - R150 per person and can be bought at Webtickets.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit the Outdoor Fishing Festival SA Facebook page. You can also contact them on [email protected].

Where To Eat

Mayfly Restaurant and Cocktail Lounge

The Mayfly is a favourite to many returning travellers who drive through the Dullstroom countryside. You can expect everything from cheesy pizzas, steak cooked to perfection and highly recommended oxtail. Other than the impressive portions, the service is great and the atmosphere is warm and relaxing. You’ll feel comfortable and welcome from the moment you walk in. The restaurant also boasts a superb selection of wines to accompany your meal.

Udderlicious Milkshake Bar

Have a love for milkshakes? Then you need to make a stop at Udderlicious Milkshake Bar, a haven for dairy lovers looking for a delicious treat. This spot offers a huge variety of flavours to choose from – 40 flavours to be exact – from the classics (vanilla, chocolate, lime and bubble gum) to milk tart and even Ferrero Rocher. If you’re looking for a bite to eat before heading back on the road, they also serve delicious light meals.

Art of Food

For country fine dining at its best, make sure you pay a visit to Art of Food on Naledi Drive. This gem of a restaurant is just the place if you’re in the mood for amazing cuisine, no matter what time of the day. They offer an adventurous range of food, but their roast chicken pie and their unique breakfasts are the stars of the menu. As the name suggests, each plate of food is a work of art.

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Where To Shop

The Village Angler

There are usually two reasons why we escape the city and head to Dullstroom: to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city or we want to get away and do a little fishing! Winter is the best time to fish in Dullstroom and if you’re looking for the best possible flies, rods and fishing gear, then you need to visit the Dullstroom Village Angler. If you’re lucky, you might get to hear a few exciting and thrilling fishing tales while you’re there.

The Clock Shop

If you consider yourself a horophile (a collector of watches, clocks and other timekeeping devices), then you’ll most definitely want to pay a visit to the Clock Shop, home to the largest selection of clocks in one location in the southern hemisphere. There are over 7 000 different designs to be seen, along with grandfather clocks, cuckoo clocks and beautiful, antique family crest clocks. Even if you’re not looking to take home a few clocks, this store offers a great experience. Where else in the country will you ever see this many clocks in one space?

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Where To Play

Dullstroom Riding Centre

There’s no better way to explore the countryside than on horseback and at the Dullstroom Riding Centre you can do just that. There are a number of trails that cater to guests both young and old, no matter what their experience level, whether they’re first-timers or experienced riders. Take your pick from a one or two-hour ride through the country and enjoy the magic and beauty of Dullstroom by horseback.

The Anvil Ale Brewery

Being out in the country can be hot and tiring, so why not enjoy a refreshing beer and a relaxing afternoon at the Anvil Ale Brewery. Here, you can enjoy a craft beer tasting where you can sample up to nine different beers (including a cherry cider), delight your taste buds with some German cuisine and even do a little beer shopping if you would like to take some favourites home with you. This spot is worth the visit.

The Dullstroom Bird Of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre

You never really understand how majestic and beautiful birds of prey are until you’ve seen them up close. At the Dullstroom Bird of Prey and Rehabilitation Centre, you’ll have the opportunity to marvel at these beautiful birds. The centre aims to educate visitors about these amazing birds and to promote their well-being and preservation. You can also expect to see amazing flying displays that you won’t find anywhere else in the country.

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Where To Sleep

Spring Valley Retreat

Whether you’re looking for a fly-fishing paradise or a hiking haven, Spring Valley Retreat offers just the retreat to reconnect with nature and unwind. There are two separate luxury self-catering divisions on the farm: Spring Valley Retreat and Serengeti Log Cabin. As for activities, there are three large dams where you can do some fishing, ancient ruins in the blue gum forest that you can explore, as well as mountain biking, walking trails and canoeing..

Walkersons Hotel & Spa

From stunning views of hills and dams to beautifully furnished bedroom suites, Walkersons Hotel & Spa offers a charming and luxurious getaway in the middle of the country. Take your pick from the hotel’s 27 suites or six fully furnished cottages and enjoy the tranquility and beauty of this establishment. During your stay, you can enjoy some fly fishing, gymming, picnicking, hiking, horse riding, golf, clay pigeon shooting and much more.

Big Oak Cottages

Looking for accommodation within walking distance from town? Then why not book one of the Big Oak Cottages? The two units, Acorn and Quercus, are self-catering, fully equipped with kitchenettes, sunny patios, luxurious large bathrooms as well as the options of being set up with king size or twin beds fitted with brand-new, top-quality bedding.

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What Is It?

After a very successful first year, the unique Dullstroom Country Festival is back for yet an amazing time. It is just the event if you're looking to get away from the crowds and spend a relaxing day out in the country with your loved ones. It's all about celebrating good food, great music and the lifestyle of country living. If this sounds like just the thing you need to reconnect with nature and spend some quality time with your family, then why not road trip up to Mpumalanga for a weekend getaway filled with delicious treats, cosy fireplaces, a selection of tastes, new sights and sounds, and plenty of interesting folks? To keep the chill at bay, get your winter jackets and gumboots ready! You can expect everything from the best whiskeys, wines and craft beers to local cuisine and rocking tunes from some of South Africa's top acts, including Albert Frost, Jerry and the Bandits, Simone Govender, Bad Peter and GunShot Blue. Please note, no pets are allowed at this event.

When Is It?

Saturday, 04 August 2018 at 10:00 - 23:00.

Where Is It?

Dunkeld Country & Equestrian Estate, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga, South Africa.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost between R 225 and R 425 per person and are available at NuTickets. Ticket prices are as follows:

There are also accommodation options available for the weekend. Click here to find out more.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit their Facebook event page or www.muchomoo.com.

Afriski Mountain Resort – Lesotho

Winter season at Afriski Mountain Resort in Lesotho is fast approaching (from 01 June to 02 September 2017), so why not rally up the kids and head to this exciting holiday destination for some winter fun. And best of all, it offers a unique experience that’s usually not found in Africa: snow! You heard us – you’ll get the opportunity to ski, bum-board and snowboard on African slopes, plus there are other winter activities for all ages.

Tiffindell Ski Resort – Southern Drakensberg

Speaking of snow, at Tiffindell Ski Resort in the Drakensberg, it’s all about the snowflakes. Being the only ski and snowboarding resort in South Africa, you can expect plenty of entertainment and snowy fun at this national treasure from June to August. Imagine escaping to a white winter wonderland, making snowmen and throwing snowballs, sitting in front of cosy fireplaces and sipping on hot chocolate. And if you’re worried about it not being the right conditions for snow, don’t fret as the resort has state-of-the-art snow-making equipment.

Dullstroom – Mpumalanga

Winter is all about the trout and bass fishing, so if this is exactly what you had in mind for the chilly season, then gather your fishing gear and head to Dullstroom. Stonecutters Lodge is a great accommodation destination that’s square in the middle of fish-filled dams and other winter activities. Also during the cold season is the annual Dullstroom Winter Festival (30 June to 02 July 2017), offering a wide array of shops, eateries and activities to keep you warm.

Clarens – Free State

Just three hours away from the hustle and bustle of the city is the quaint and charming little town of Clarens. Situated in the Free State, travellers and holiday seekers can enjoy a relaxing getaway complete with a selection of interesting activities. Stay at the self-catering Sediba Lodge, located in the foothills of the Maluti Mountains and surrounded by breathtaking views. Visit the small town and take a stroll through the streets, browsing through the stores and art galleries. There are plenty of adventure activities and hiking trails available, and to round off an exciting day, visit the Clarens Brewery on Main Street for a bite to eat and a draught of craft beer. And since it is winter trout fishing season, go do some angling at the Little Caledon River.

Midlands Meander – KwaZulu-Natal

The Midlands Meander is just the place to be if you’re looking to catch a glimpse of spectacular sights, do a little catch-and-release bass fishing, and keep busy with an abundance of outdoor activities. There are also plenty of things to do together as a family: zip line over the Karkloof Forest Reserve with an exhilarating canopy tour, visit the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, get adventurous on an MTB family fun trail and wander through a variety of markets. One pit stop you need to make while in the area is at the Granny Mouse Country House – a great spot to find luxurious accommodation as well as a delicious meal and indulgent spa treatments.

Hartbeespoort – North West

There are loads of other things you can do in Hartis that won’t involve ice-cold water. Treat the family to an outing to the Hartbeespoort Dam Snake & Animal Park where you will get to see a menagerie of animals and have the opportunity to take a ferry boat ride on the dam. For a spot of shopping and a bite to eat, head to the Jasmyn Farm Stall. And no visit to the area is complete without seeing the stunning panoramic views of the Magaliesberg and Hartbeespoort Dam from the Harties Cableway.

Stellenbosch – Western Cape

And last, but certainly not least, on our list of places to embrace winter is Stellenbosch. When we think Stellenbosch, we picture vineyards and wines tours, but there’s so much more to do than you imagine. There are brewing, walking and art tours – if you feel like exploring by foot – and, of course, the Stellenbosch Village Museum if you want to brush up on your history. Keen to be out and about enjoying fresh and crispy winter air and reconnecting with nature? Then head to the Stellenbosch University Botanical Garden, take a stroll through the Bonsai collection, which has plants that date back over a century, and enjoy all the greenery.

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There’s An Adventure At Every Turn!

Visit The Wonderful Creatures At Animal World

Get up close with animals from around the world! Take the whole family on an adventure to see a wide variety of local and exotic animals, birds and reptiles at the zoo. A trip to Animal World makes for a great experience for the whole family.

Make A Splash At The Aquadome

Take a dip in the warm waters of the indoor, climate-controlled Aquadome swimming pools. Activities for kids including a waterslide, lazy river and a shipwreck. Safety is a priority and the trained, experienced lifeguards on duty will ensure your kids are well looked after.

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Gone Fishing

Looking for a great fishing spot? As a resident at the Emerald River Resort, you will have access to the Vaal river, where you can fish to your heart’s content. The river is home to carp, yellowfish, muddies, grass carp and barbel. Enjoy your favourite pastime in a safe environment, where you and the family can launch a boat, braai and spend some quality time together.

Reach New Heights With Some Wall Climbing

As one of the fun experiences on the property, the 8m high climbing wall has seven different climbing routes, ideal for young and old. Being securely strapped in a harness, with a guide to assist you, your climbing experience is perfectly safe. It is an activity that requires physical and mental agility, strength, endurance and balance.

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Experience The Great Outdoors on Animal World's Game Drives

Adventure awaits you at Animal World Game Park! Enjoy an informative and exciting 50-minute game drive. Ask about the Sundowner game drives and enjoy an outdoor, sunset drink with friends. Game drives are scheduled on the hour, every hour from 09:00 to 16:00 except for 13:00.

Adventure Golf, anyone?

Enjoy a round of Adventure Golf in the beautiful surroundings on and around the banks of the Vaal River. Challenge yourself and friends on this 18-hole course suitable for all ages. The 18th hole is probably the most difficult. Let us know if you agree! Scorecards, pencils, putters and balls are available for hire at the Adventure Golf kiosk. A round costs only R30 per person which is payable at the Aquadome reception.

It's A Strike At Pins Bowling Alley

With 10 lanes, Pins Bowling Alley ensures an enthralling, action-packed outing. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced bowler, a night out at this bowling alley promises hours of fun. Take a break in between games and order a refreshing drink from Pins Bar, play a round of pool, or just relax and watch your team from the comfort of the lounge.

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Delight Your Tastebuds

Family Dining Made Easy At Breeze Restaurant

Offering an array of delicious meals in a family-friendly environment, Breeze makes for the perfect outing night or day. Sip on a cocktail on Sundowner Sundays or catch up with friends over a cappuccino. For the perfect start to your weekend, Breeze offers breakfast every Saturday and Sunday morning, and a free cup of coffee!

Treat Your Date At High Stakes

High Stakes is just the restaurant if you’re looking to indulge in gourmet cuisine and fine wines. This is the perfect setting for intimate dinners for two when you need to enjoy some alone time with that special someone. Take a squiz at their menu. Mmmm...

Ubuntu Buffet Restaurant Brings You A Unique Dining Experience

Ubuntu Buffet Restaurant is designed to give visitors a unique food experience they’ll love. The menu features a scrumptious variety of dishes including imaginative salads, entrees, fresh homemade breads, aromatic roasts, vegetable dishes, sauces, a traditional section and dessert station. You will be spoiled for choice!

 

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For More Information

For more information about Emerald Resort & Casino, call (016) 982 8000, email [email protected], or visit their website at www.emeraldcasino.co.za.

Also, check them out on Facebook and Twitter @emerald_resort.

The Zoo Lake Vibe

Nine hectares of prime picnic location: that's what Zoo Lake is all about. Over the years the park has grown in popularity. Both locals looking for a place to wind down their weekends, and international tourists, who are looking to soak up the African sun in the busiest city on the continent, enjoy the park's vibe.

What once was a favourite amongst the Joburg Randlords is now a melting pot of different creeds and cultures. Zoo Lake is a public park situated right across the road from the Johannesburg Zoo. Go on a lazy boat ride, visit an African market or the iconic Moyo Restaurant. The park is famed for being dog-friendly and often pooches can be seen chasing sticks and catching balls. The park is always busy. Varsity students from UJ and Wits frequent it to take a break from their studies. Zoo Lake is also the venue for the annual Jazz on the Lake festival, Carols by Candlelight events and the Artists Under The Sun Open Air art exhibition. Plus, two blocks up from the park is the South African Military Museum which is a fascinating visit in itself.

What to do

Whether you're into canoeing, picnicking in the park or just napping under a tree, Zoo Lake is the place for you. There are also jungle gyms for the little ones and basketball and tennis courts for the older kids. It is worth noting that fishing or swimming at the lake is not permitted. But, you are welcome to bring seeds or bread along and feed the ducks, swans and pigeons that hang out around the lake. The area makes for a scenic jog as well. Security is ample and safety comes first at Zoo Lake, but as always it pays to stay alert.

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Have you been to Zoo Lake? What did you think of this cool public park? Let us know in the comments section below. Do us a solid and share this on social media – that way we can increase the popularity of our parks.