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Steenkampsberg Nature Reserve, Dullstroom, Mpumalanga

A magnificent Wattled Crane in the Steenkampsberg Nature ReserveThe Steenkampsberg Nature Reserve, just outside of Dullstroom in Mpumalanga, is an important nature reserve in the Highlands Meander area for providing a much needed sanctuary for the wetland-dependent Wattled Crane. The Wattled Crane is a rare and endangered bird, and tourists from all over the world visit the reserve to observe this magnificent bird in its natural habitat.

The Dullstroom area is famous for its unrivaled trout fishing locations, and the annual trout fishing festival in October brings plenty of visitors to the reserve. The reserve is also popular with South African history enthusiasts, as it is home to some very interesting remnants of the Anglo-Boer war. Keen hikers can also enjoy many gentle routes through the reserve, which provide great opportunities to see the very special Wattled Crane and to get a real sense of history from the blockhouses and war graves from the Anglo-Boer war.

Getting there: from Gauteng, take the N4 going East into Mpumalanga. At Belfast, take the R540 going towards Dullstroom. Approximately 20km after Belfast along this road, you will see a turn off to your right going to the reserve.

More info on the town of Dullstroom More info on the Highlands Meander area

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