Activities in and around Wakkerstroom

Please browse some of the exciting activities that can be found in and around Wakkerstroom below. There are a variety of restaurants, shops and galleries within the town. Please contact us if you would like more information with regards to additional activities.

Mpumalanga 4X4 Routes

Take your 4x4 up Ossewakop Mountain for magnificent views of Wakkerstroom (directions at Info Centre). Don’t forget to take a picnic or sundowners!  
Directions at the Info Centre.

D.A.R.E at Ou Kliphuis (Pieter 082 493 2897) offers guided 4x4 rides, as do Cobus and Estelle at Balele Mountain Lodge (082 772 8881).


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 Romney and Fenn 017-730-0739.

Arum Beauty Clinic

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:

Bike Hire

Hop on a hired mountain bike and explore the scenic surroundings. Available from the Wild Turkey 017 730 0331.

Bird Watching

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.

Bushman Paintings

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.

Fly Fishing

Balele Mountain Lodge is a fly fishers dream with 12 trout dams. Contact Balele Mountain Lodge on 082 772 8881.

Fly Kites

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?  

Balele Mountain Lodge (082 772 8881) and Whistling Duck in Luneberg (Juliana 082 388 2824) offers a variety of routes for all fitness levels or pick up a pamphlet with local hiking routes from the Info centre.

Historical Monuments

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.

Historical Tours

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.

Horse Riding

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

The route between Wakkerstroom and Luneberg offers some of the most spectacular views that you will see anywhere. Take a packed picnic or stop off at the Whistling Duck’s Coffee shop for traditional German hospitality. Pony rides, hiking and a lovely kiddies’ playground awaits you. Why not take the tar road there and the dirt road back for two very different experiences. The drive is about 40 minutes to an hour each way. There is also a great German butcher in Luneberg.

Contact Whistling Duck 082 388 2824.

Methamorphis Gallery

Offers regular art courses with internationally renowned artists. Browse the gallery for beautiful paintings or sculptures by local artists.

Mountain Biking

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.

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.


Martins Dam is a lovely venue for a family picnic … bring the dogs too for a swim in the dam!

Walk the Dogs

The airstrip on the Amersfoort road is a wonderful, open road in which to take your 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!

Zaaihoek Dam

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!