ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY
Wildside Magazine|January 2020
SA’S BEST COUNTRY HIDEAWAYS

VISITING KLOPPENHEIM

Gooderson’s Kloppenheim Country Estate – situated on the Highveld Meander and nestled on the top of a hill with remarkable scenery – is a country hideaway that’s perfect for adrenaline junkies and laid back visitors alike.

Enjoy activities at the resort which include tennis, walking trails, mountain biking and horse riding as well as a 9-hole adventure golf course, fun for the whole family.

Become a modern-day Robin Hood with our archery range or practice your swing at our golf driving range.

The Highlands Meander is also trout country with pristine rivers sure to lure fly fishermen in from around the world, as well as having six dams on the estate populated by trout of up to 2kg that are just waiting to be caught and of course be released back into the dams.

Because we have all four seasons in one, and you love a swim regardless of the weather, we have a heated swimming pool for your enjoyment.

But generally, you’ll find that fishing at Kloppenheim is the perfect antidote to the hustle and bustle of city life. As one of our guests put it: “Standing next to the water’s edge, not hearing anything else than your thoughts and the sound of your line cutting through the air as you make your cast, is unconquerable. Surely this is what fly fishing is all about!”

Another reason to escape from the concrete jungle to Kloppenheim is that there’s both wildlife and beautiful birds aplenty. Kloppenheim is not far from the Abe Bailey Nature Reserve. Nearby Dullstroom is home to three species of crane as well as beautiful wildflowers. You might even be lucky enough to spot South Africa’s only breeding black leopards.

You can also look forward to various culinary delights; there’s a restaurant at Kloppenheim which offers buffet breakfasts and gastronomically delicious meals as well as our very own Tankard and Teddy Pub on the terrace.

Those ready to raise their glasses to peace and quiet can look forward to our decadent cocktail menu with popular drinks such as strawberry mojitos which are musts for sun downers on a hot summer’s evening.

Situated just over two hours from the OR Tambo International Airport, Johannesburg, Kloppenheim offers you the very best with a range of accommodation options that includes 14 twin lakeside suites, 20 twin estate rooms and 10 elegant two bedroomed self-contained lodges.

And for those looking to explore further, you have the chance to visit peaceful and often quirky country towns where you can do all sorts of healthy outdoor activities which now has become of a fashion or trend. That has tended to completely reboot the economies of some small towns and allow locals to be proud of and benefit from their own small town traditions and specialities.

One smaller settlement that is making its mark in what was commonly called ”the Highveld” is Dullstroom (also known as Emnothweni)

Known as ‘Scotland’s Only Outpost in Africa’ and referred to as the ‘Place of Eternal Mist’ by the first Dutch settlers, this fascinating and eclectic town is not just a mecca for fly fishing but also a gathering point for some fascinating activities.

Here’s our Dullstroom countdown:

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