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Fly-fishing at the Dullstroom dam and nature reserve
Fly-fishing at the Dullstroom dam and nature reserve
Dullstroom is located in Mpumalanga
Dullstroom is located in South Africa
Dullstroom is located in Africa
 Dullstroom shown within Mpumalanga
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
Country South Africa
Province Mpumalanga
District Nkangala
Municipality Emakhazeni
Established 1883
 • Total 30.40 km2 (11.74 sq mi)
Elevation 2,100 m (6,900 ft)
Population (2011)[1]
 • Total 558
 • Density 18/km2 (48/sq mi)
Racial makeup (2011)[1]
 • Black African 8.1%
 • Indian/Asian 7.3%
 • White 84.2%
 • Other 0.4%
First languages (2011)[1]
 • English 50.7%
 • Afrikaans 42.1%
 • S. Ndebele 2.0%
 • Sotho 2.0%
 • Other 3.2%
Postal code (street) 1110
PO box 1110
Area code 013
Website Dullstroom
The Dullstroom "Hervormde Kerk", Afrikaans for 'Reformed Church'

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


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. One of the coldest towns in South Africa, Dullstroom is the only place in the country where beech and elm trees grow; they were planted by Dutch colonists.[3]


The Dullstroom Winter Festival is held every year in 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 at the festival, however the festival also hosts a kid's zone for young visitors as well as food stalls, artist exhibits, whisky pairings stands and much more.[4]

The Dimitrov Art Gallery is run by the well established artist Branko Dimitrov who also does on site commissioned portrait paintings.[5]

The Robert Badenhorst Art Gallery sells South African art from paintings to sculptures.[6]

The Anvil Ale Brewery on the outskirts of town is a microbrewery that produces a "Blonde Ale, a Pale Ale and a Baltic Porter".[7]

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