Santa Fishing Estate

About the Accommodation

Santa Fishing Estate is a 2000ha expanse of rolling mountain grasslands, wetlands, forests, and some of the best fly-fishing waters in the Dullstroom area. Located in the Steenkampsberg, Santa is a perfect weekend getaway for friends and families, offering visitors the opportunity to relax on or explore the Estate, or to make the most of what Dullstroom has to offer.

The Verloren Valei Nature Reserve forms the headwaters of the Lunsklip River, which then flows for 6km through the Santa property. With these natural stretches of river, numerous weirs, and 13 large, well-stocked dams, Santa remains a superb fishing destination. In addition to its fishing waters and accommodation, Santa operates as a working cattle farm.

Accommodation at Santa consists of 4 cosy, comfortably equipped, stone-walled cottages. Each cottage comfortably sleeps 6 people. Each self-catering and serviced cottage has a lounge with a fireplace, a dining room, and a well-equipped kitchen. Heaters in the bedrooms and electric blankets ensure you stay snug during the winter. Enjoy the verandas and braai facilities on summer days. Additional details on the cottages are available on our website. Bookings are managed through the website.

About the Birding

The vastness of the Estate and its diverse habitats, make Santa a wonderful destination for outdoor enthusiasts, including birders, hikers, mountain bikers, etc. The Santa property borders on the Verloren Valei Nature Reserve. This internationally recognized wetland reserve provides pristine breeding grounds for all three of southern Africa’s endangered cranes – the Blue, Grey Crowned and Wattled. All three crane species, together with over 30 endemic/near-endemic species, have been recorded on Santa. Examples include the Southern Bald Ibis, Cape Vulture, Black Harrier, Forest Buzzard, Southern Boubou, Eastern Long-billed Lark, Drakensberg Prinia, Cape Grassbird, Bush Blackcap, Gurney’s Sugarbird, Buff-streaked Chat, Ant-eating Chat, Ground Woodpecker, Cape Rock Thrush, Sentinel Rock Thrush, Fiscal Flycatcher, Cape Weaver, Swee Waxbill, Cape Longclaw and Cape Canary.

Contact details:

Santa Fishing Estate
Dullstroom, Mpumalanga
Phone number: 082 823 8289 (Riette O’ Grady)
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