Things to Do in and around Wakkerstroom
Visit The Roost and feed the Alpacas. These animals are a rare find and you won’t see them in a zoo. See how the wool is turned into yarn for making non-allergic winter garments. Purchase your own yarn and knit a scarf or a beanie.
Contact Fenn 017-730-0739.
Arun Govender runs this lovely clinic and offers manicures, pedicures, facials, lovely massages and reflexology. You can find her at 266 Uys Street, Wakkerstroom, and her phone numbers are 0726067061 or 0177300615, email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hop on a hired mountain bike and explore the scenic surroundings.
Available from Carol Preston on 0837014670 for R 75/day.
Enjoy the fantastic birding opportunities in this world renowned birding destination, where grasslands, wetlands and forest habitats offer an abundance of endemic species which will delight both novice and experienced birders.
Visit one of the many bird hides including the Clive Beck Hide, Sasol Flufftail Hide, Crane Hide and Iain Drummond Hide, all located in and around the wetland, where you can view up to 400 different bird species including sought after endemic larks, pipits, Blue Korhaan, Southern Bald Ibis. Book one of our local guides for a memorable experience:
Norman 082 584 1542
Lucky 072 483 6668
Birding brochures with bird lists and birding routes are available at the Info Centre.
Learn how to make artisan bread either privately or in groups. For more information or bookings for a course, including a lovely country style lunch, phone Jeff on 0829002760.
Wakkerstroom’s best kept secret is the bushman paintings which can only be seen by appointment with Chris because they are so precious to Wakkerstroom. There are seven Khoi-san rock art shelters in the area, some with up to eighty individual paintings.
Contact Chris Smit 017 7300284.
Balele Mountain Lodge is a fly fishers dream with 12 trout dams.
Contact Balele Mountain Lodge on 082 772 8881.
Bring your kites and fly them at Stone Hill Farm just outside the town.
Free of charge. Contact Roland 083 322 4243.
For all avid golfers, there is a 9-hole golf course in the next town only 15 minutes drive away!
Contact Volksrust Country Club 017 735 5408.
Hiking and Walking Trails
Take leisurely walks in the safe environment. The Info Centre has a list of walks in and around town to suit various fitness levels. Do you dare to conquer the summit of Ossewakop?
Pick up a pamphlet with local hiking routes from the Info centre.
Wakkerstroom has 3 national monuments, namely St Mark’s Church, the Court House and the Old Kruger Bridge. Worth a visit, or learn more about them on an historical tour with Chris Smit. Contact Info centre for more information.
Take a guided cultural tour through the village with our local historian, Chris Smit, a resident in Wakkerstroom for over 70 years and a wealth of knowledge. Let the history come alive with stories of the Anglo-Boer War, how Ghandi fought for the rights of a local Indian shopkeeper soon after he arrived in South Africa; find out H. Rider Haggard’s connection to Wakkerstroom; visit the graves of fallen war heroes and relive 150 years of this fascinating village.
Contact Chris Smit 017 7300284.
Explore Wakkerstroom on horseback. Take an outride from Ambleside Stud on the outskirts of town, through the village, stopping for a drink along the way if you wish. Groups of up to 10 on outrides (minimum 1 hour). Pam also offers riding lessons for adults and children. A fantastic experience for the whole family.
Contact Pam 083 6017900.
Luneberg Circle Drive and other drives
The route between Wakkerstroom and Luneberg is one of the drives that offers some of the most spectacular views that you will see anywhere. There are many other beautiful drives you can do, ask at the Info Centre.
Offers regular art courses with internationally renowned artists. Browse the gallery for beautiful paintings or sculptures by local artists.
Hop on a hired mountain bike or bring your own and explore the scenic surroundings. At 1760m above sea level, Wakkerstroom offers a unique, high altitude, mountain bike training environment.
Biking routes available at the Info Centre.
Mpumalanga 4X4 Routes
Take your 4×4 up Ossewakop Mountain for magnificent views of Wakkerstroom (directions at Info Centre). Don’t forget to take a picnic or sundowners!
Directions and info about more routes at the Info Centre.
Off Road Biking and Quads
D.A.R.E at the Ou Kliphuis offers organised rides every weekend. Book a group, stay together at the Ou Kliphuis and enjoy the riding, the spit braais, the socialising and the country life.
Fun for a boys’ weekend or make it a families’ weekend! Up to 18 riders per group. All levels of experience welcome.
Contact Pieter 082 493 2897.
The Restory Pottery
Pay a visit to The Restory Pottery in the beautiful Balele Mountains about 35 kms from Wakkerstroom. If you want a light lunch booking is essential by calling or leaving a message on 0832609093.
Walk the Dogs
The airstrip on the Amersfoort road is a wonderful, open road on which to take the dogs for a long run. Walk down from the strip to Martin’s Dam where they can frolick in the water.
Get a map with hiking routes at the Info Centre for more walks which dogs can enjoy too!
A short drive from Wakkerstroom on the Newcastle Road, Zaaihoek is a spectacular place to experience the power of water! Take a walk to the dam wall or a stroll along the dam. Don’t forget to take your camera!
For more information, go to the Wakkerstroom website on www.wakkerstroom.co.za.