From 23 to 27 July, we launched the #myMpumalanga domestic tourism campaign month with an exciting road trip. Six influencers made their way from Johannesburg through Mpumalanga for an unforgettable five-day journey.
The campaign shines the spotlight on a number of unique experiences along Mpumalanga’s six incredible visitor routes with plenty adventure and opportunities to connect with locals, dance to the rhythm of traditional drums, feast on delicious local cuisine and snap a few Instagram worthy views.
After spending a relaxing evening at Once in Joburg, we set out on our #myMpumalanga road trip bright and early on a Monday morning.
Parked on a busy city street, our two Nissan Jukes kindly sponsored by First Car Rental, were being packed to the point of bursting with the equipment and travel bags of seven eager storytellers heading on a five-day, mid-winter adventure.
With a bit of shoving, unpacking, repacking and a final tight squeeze, we were all ready for the first leg of our journey: a painless three-hour drive to the charming town of Dullstroom.
We headed straight for our first destination, Dunkeld Country & Equestrian Estate, where manager Alvina and her team welcomed us with open arms and a delicious lunch.
To ward off the highveld nip in the air, we spent the rest of the afternoon immersing ourselves in exciting outdoor activities. To start off with, half the crew settled into the saddle and explored some of the estate on horseback, while the rest received a memorable lesson in archery.
Before any laziness could kick in, it was time to head to one of the small lakes on the estate and try our hands at fly fishing. Dunkeld fly fishing expert, David, equipped each of us with a rod and patiently showed us (again and again) how to cast in three elegant lasso-like movements. While none of us managed to do it as beautifully as him, we soon found ourselves settling into an almost meditative rhythm of casting and reeling, casting and reeling.
Meals & accommodation
As evening set in, we headed to The Sporting Horse at Dunkeld Equestrian Centre for sundowners and met a few of the gorgeous local horses stabling up for the night en route.
From here it was back to 1883 Restaurant for dinner. We chose to be seated in the cosy lounge area in front of a roaring indoor fire. The menu offers a wide array of hearty dishes, perfectly suited to the chilly winter evenings. We all had a hard time deciding what to order, but ended up being supremely satisfied by each of our beautifully presented orders.
With bellies full and muscles pleasantly aching from the day’s activities, it was time to turn in for the night at the Equestrian Luxury Lodge. With 4 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms and a top-class entertainment area, these units can sleep up to 8 adults and 2 children under the age of 12.
The next day, we were up early once more for a new batch of activities. Some of us even braved the icy morning air for a cycle or a run, while the rest crawled out of bed just in time to enjoy a delicious warm breakfast spread back at 1883 Restaurant.
Before hitting the road to our next #myMpumalanga destination, we were treated to one more incredible experience: a tour of the Dunkeld Trout Hatchery.
This state-of-the-art breeding facility helps keep the estate’s 19 dams stocked, as well as those of neighbouring properties. Even more impressive, the hatchery is a leading provider of certified disease-free fertilised trout eggs to the northern hemisphere! It’s a truly fascinating, multi-faceted operation and well worth a visit. You can book a tour for R50 per person through Dunkeld Country & Equestrian Estate.
Visit Dunkeld Country & Equestrian Estate’s website for more information about the wide array of accommodation options and family-friendly activities.