Emnothweni/Dullstroom is one of Mpumalanga’s most popular getaways. It’s a charming, historic village in the heart of the picturesque Highlands Meander, famed for its mountain scenery, silver dams and lively rivers.
Emnothweni/Dullstroom is also a prime trout fishing destination. So much so that it is often referred to as 'Trouteng', because of its popularity with well-heeled fishing folk from neighbouring Gauteng. Fishing tourism and trout breeding are significant industries here.
Emnothweni/Dullstroom is 2 100m above sea level, one of the highest spots in the country. It’s often shrouded in mist - perfect for both fishing and romance. The village has excellent accommodation and great cuisine. The architecture is a mix of 9th- and 20th- century buildings. It is also loved for its European arboreal heritage – beautiful beeches, oaks, cherry trees and other exotics.
Look out for
Heyshope Dam - This massive body of water nearby eMkondho/Piet Retief is excellent for fishing, boating and water sports.
Mandlangampisi Mountain - Check out the highest peak in southern Mpumalanga which is 2 266m high.
Oribi Conservatory - This charming reserve is dedicated to the protection of these graceful little antelope. There are great birding, hiking and botanising opportunities as well.
Swazi Heritage - Head out on a day trip to Swaziland where you can visit cultural villages, and lovely arts & crafts outlets.
Hiking - There are several famous hiking trails in this area, including the interestingly named Assegai Hiking Trail that traverses the mountains. The Pongola Hiking Trail which features beautiful mountain scenery.
Fishing - The dams, rivers and streams in the area are well stocked with indigenous yellowtail and Natal yellowfin – exciting for many an angler and fly-fisherman.
Rainbow Festival - This lively music and cultural festival is a highlight on eMkondho/Piet Retief’s calendar. It features arts & crafts, food, 4x4-ing and adventure activities as well as music.
The Assegaai Marathon - This annual 42km-long marathon is increasingly popular, attracting runners from around the country.
History & heritage - There are many memorials, battle sites and monuments in the eMkondo/Piet Retief area. These include the Zulu War Memorial, the Heinrich Filter and Nils Larsen Monument, and the graves and monument to British soldiers who died at the Battle of Intombe Drift in 1879, during the Anglo-Zulu War.