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The luxury of Dullstroom
 
Beautiful natural river waterfall typical to the areaThe charming little hamlet Dullstroom is situated on the Panorama Route, halfway between Johannesburg and the Kruger National Park. Best known for its clear streams, trout fly-fishing, lakes, breathtaking scenery, numerous waterfalls and secretive fauna, the town is also steeped in vibrant history.

In the period before Dutch Settlers began making their way to the place of ‘eternal mist’ in the early 1880s, Dutch emigration to South Africa was strongly supported by then president Paul Kruger. Support Committees to facilitate the emigration process were set up throughout Holland. In 1883 a company led by Wolterus Dull was established to strengthen ties between the two countries.

The company bought two farms to accommodate the settlers who were to arrive during 1884–1887. When Wolterus Dull visited one of these farms in 1890, he was extremely pleased to discover that settlers had by now established a small village. It seems safe to assume that Dull communicated his approval to President Kruger, especially in the light of the proclamation of Dullstroom as a town in 1892 – so named after Wolterus Dull and the Crocodile River (‘stroom’ is the Afrikaans word meaning ‘stream’).

When the British soldiers occupied Dullstroom in May 1900, during the Anglo-Boer War, they literally destroyed the town. Women and children were moved to a British concentration camp – many died fighting and others died in detention. Today, a stone memorial and garden of remembrance remind visitors to Dullstroom of those terrible times.

In 1902 the war was over. Some of the immigrants, including one T.N.H. Janson, returned and started to rebuild the war-torn village from the ashes. By 1920, 8 shops had been established and in 1921 the village was granted the status of a Town Council.

Source: www.mpumalangahappenings.co.za, 15 March 2007.

Subsequently the town has grown in popularity, yet still retains its unique character.
Many homes in Dullstroom are national monuments and the building style of new homes are following that of the old. There are many unique owner-operated little restaurants and eateries, shops, hand-craft markets and of course a few flyfishing shops. Over the weekend, the little town bustles with community activity, supplemented by a buoyant tourism trade.

New developments in the area include a Championship golf course by golfing legend Ernie Els, as well as an organic spa, both less than 5 minutes from the Polo Estate Dullstroom.

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