Dullstroom

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Dullstroom
Emnothweni
Fly-fishing at the Dullstroom dam and nature reserve
Fly-fishing at the Dullstroom dam and nature reserve
Dullstroom is located in Mpumalanga
Dullstroom
Dullstroom
 Dullstroom shown within Mpumalanga
Dullstroom is located in South Africa
Dullstroom
Dullstroom
Dullstroom (South Africa)
Dullstroom is located in Africa
Dullstroom
Dullstroom
Dullstroom (Africa)
Coordinates: 25°25′S 30°7′E / 25.417°S 30.117°E / -25.417; 30.117Coordinates: 25°25′S 30°7′E / 25.417°S 30.117°E / -25.417; 30.117
CountrySouth Africa
ProvinceMpumalanga
DistrictNkangala
MunicipalityEmakhazeni
Established1883
Area[1]
 • Total30.40 km2 (11.74 sq mi)
Elevation2,100 m (6,900 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total558
 • Density18/km2 (48/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African8.1%
 • Indian/Asian7.3%
 • White84.2%
 • Other0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English50.7%
 • Afrikaans42.1%
 • S. Ndebele2.0%
 • Sotho2.0%
 • Other3.2%
Time zoneUTC+2 (SAST)
Postal code (street)1110
PO box1110
Area code013
WebsiteDullstroom

Dullstroom, also known as Emnothweni,[2] is a small town in Mpumalanga province, South Africa. The town lies 35 kilometres (22 miles) north of Belfast and some 53 kilometres (33 miles) south-west of Lydenburg.

Along with Underberg, it is one of South Africa's premier flyfishing destinations. The town features the highest railway station in South Africa at 2,077 metres (6,814 feet) above sea level as well as at the foot of De Berg, the highest point in the province at 2,332 metres (7,651 feet).

History[edit]

Dullstroom was established in 1883 by Dutchman Wolterus Dull to settle Dutch immigrants. During the Second Boer War the town was destroyed and most of the settlers returned to the Netherlands.

It was proclaimed on 9 October 1893 and named after a merchant from Amsterdam, Wolterus Dull, chairman of a committee which rendered assistance to families who had suffered losses during the First Anglo-Boer War. The element stroom, ‘stream’, refers to the Crocodile River nearby.

Climate[edit]

Due to its high elevation (Dullstroom being the highest town in South Africa itself), Dullstroom has a cold variation of subtropical highland climate (Köppen: Cwb). From October to April, the town sees a significant amount of rainfall (higher than nearby Johannesburg to the west), in contrast with winter, where precipitation lacks.

Its relatively cool and temperate climate has made Dullstroom the only place in South Africa where beech and elm trees grow, which were originally planted by Dutch colonists.[3].

Climate data for Dullstroom
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °C (°F) 22.0
(71.6)
21.9
(71.4)
21.2
(70.2)
19.7
(67.5)
17.8
(64)
15.3
(59.5)
15.6
(60.1)
17.9
(64.2)
20.7
(69.3)
21.7
(71.1)
21.3
(70.3)
21.9
(71.4)
19.8
(67.6)
Daily mean °C (°F) 16.5
(61.7)
16.5
(61.7)
15.3
(59.5)
13.3
(55.9)
10.6
(51.1)
7.8
(46)
8.1
(46.6)
10.1
(50.2)
12.9
(55.2)
14.8
(58.6)
15.3
(59.5)
16.2
(61.2)
13.1
(55.6)
Average low °C (°F) 11.1
(52)
11.1
(52)
9.5
(49.1)
6.9
(44.4)
3.4
(38.1)
0.4
(32.7)
0.7
(33.3)
2.3
(36.1)
5.2
(41.4)
7.9
(46.2)
9.4
(48.9)
10.5
(50.9)
6.5
(43.8)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 172
(6.77)
129
(5.08)
98
(3.86)
38
(1.5)
22
(0.87)
14
(0.55)
11
(0.43)
15
(0.59)
38
(1.5)
73
(2.87)
137
(5.39)
147
(5.79)
894
(35.2)
Source: [4]

Culture[edit]

The Dullstroom "Hervormde Kerk", Afrikaans for 'Reformed Church'

Inspired by the Bavarian Oktoberfest, the annual Ducktober Beer Fest is a beer, food and music festival held in Dullstroom and is the highest beer festival in Southern Africa,[5] at 2100m above sea level. The festival is organised by Proudly Dullstroom and the inaugural event was hosted at The Duck & Trout in September 2017.[6]

The Dullstroom Winter Festival is held every July and brings the whole community together. It also attracts people from all over South Africa. Music by local South African artists is the main attraction. The festival also hosts a kid's zone for young visitors as well as food stalls, artist exhibits, and whisky pairings stands.[7]

The Dimitrov Art Gallery is run by the well established artist Branko Dimitrov who also does on site commissioned portrait paintings.[8]

The Robert Badenhorst Art Gallery sells South African art from paintings to sculptures.[9]

The Anvil Ale Brewery on the outskirts of town is a microbrewery that produces a Blonde Ale, a Pale Ale and a Baltic Porter.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Main Place Dullstroom". Census 2011.
  2. ^ Proudly Dullstroom
  3. ^ "Dictionary of Southern African Place Names (Public Domain)". Human Science Research Council. p. 145.
  4. ^ "Climate: Dullstroom". En.Climate-Data.Org. Retrieved 6 September 2017.
  5. ^ https://www.dullstroomreservations.co.za/blog/ducktober-2017-the-highest-beer-festival-in-south-africa
  6. ^ http://www.ducktober.co.za
  7. ^ http://www.dullstroomwinterfestival.com/
  8. ^ http://www.sa-venues.com/things-to-do/mpumalanga/dimitrov-art-gallery/
  9. ^ http://www.robertbadenhorstgallery.com/adriaan-boshoff.php
  10. ^ http://www.anvilbrewery.com/

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