The main attraction of Wakkerstroom is the birdlife, with grassland and wetland birds being found in the region. Wakkerstroom is world renowned for a number of endemic birding specials, (the Rudd’s Lark, the Botha’s Lark and the Yellow Breasted Pipit) and hosts the South African Birdlife Centre. Experienced guides are available to take birders on guided drives or walks. DeKotzenhof is reviving a small wetland on their property which is already attracting some interest from the frogs and herons, with birders enjoying the benches provided.
Being the second oldest town in Mpumalanga, the Wakkerstroom area is steeped in history. (The main section of the Guest House was said to be built in 1906.) Many of the buildings have been restored to present a small quaint town revolving around the large church square, and where sheep, goats and horses are found grazing next to the houses, and donkey carts can still be seen on occasion in the streets.
Mountain bikers, dirt trail bikes, hikers, 4×4 enthusiasts, fisherman and hunters are also catered for in the area.
The scenery, sunsets and photo opportunities are fantastic.
The Art and Craft Ramble which DeKotzenhof hosts ever year in June for all who want to escape the city and explore up and coming artists, or take up a course, demo’s etc over the week-end, or just enjoy the country life.
Nearby Volksrust has a golf course and bowling green, and we have provided Wakkerstroom with a Putt-Putt course.
Beautiful wedding venues and a host of quaint churches makes Wakkerstroom a popular Wedding Destination, with DeKotzenhof being perfectly situated on the main tar road; easy access to all venues. DeKotzenhof gallery/deli has gifts, snacks and even braai meat should there be a get-together beforehand!
And of course the popular annual fairs include the March ‘Classical Musical Festival’ where the town is sold out months before, the Winter Art & Craft Ramble in June, September Spring Fair at Dana (the retirement home) , together with the Easter and Christmas Markets.
The village is said to be one of the safest in the country, and hosts many holiday homes, where people come to for weekends to get away from the city life. The necessities can be found in the village with a larger town just 27km away.