There is magic in the air of Wakkerstroom – named as “The Jewel of Mpumalanga” for its dedication to the visitor experience. The summer rains have come late, but they have turned the grassland emerald green, and the cattle, sheep and goats are taking full advantage of the bounty and fattening themselves up after a lean and dry winter.
Be sure to look out for our Wakksterstroom ”Art & Craft Ramble” coming up soon, download the Wakkerstroom Ramble Map and find your magical way to all our inspired contributors. You are are welcome to visit all, just call first and experience a touch of individual creativity; well worth the visit.
The village is one of the safest regions in South Africa in respect to crime, enjoys a rural atmosphere and healthy air which will entice you to visit again and again once you have tried our little town.
Wakkerstroom is internationally known as a prime birding destination and the birds are particularly obliging, making themselves obvious all through the day instead of just early morning, as many of them are water-based. This allows lazy, late mornings before picking up the binoculars and bird books, and you may also be lucky enough to spot our local otters at the Amersfoort Bridge.
There are plenty of self-catering and bed and breakfast establishments to choose from, and many places at which to eat. The town has basic shopping facilities, but no fast food joints! Locally produced meat, vegetables, farm milk and other dairy products and our own bakery ensure that self-catering is uncomplicated, and there are many small businesses specialising in hand-made art and craft, and some fine garments too.
Upcoming events in Wakkerstroom.
14 and 15th June: Arts and Crafts ramble
On the weekend of Youth Day (16th June) there will be an arts and crafts ramble in the village of Wakkerstroom. There will be maps available at the information centre or you can download them off the website, and you can visit artists and crafters in their homes or in the several galleries that will be represented. Most venues will be within easy walking distance of the centre of town, and the event will be supported by special menus at the restaurants and coffee shops.
This is an opportunity to visit a unique village in southern Mpumalanga and enjoy the healthy, safe, rural environment with your friends and family. Book accommodation early so you are not disappointed and be aware that we sometimes have snow in Wakkerstroom in the winter, so bring winter woollies!
17th to 19th October: Wakkerstroom Music Festival, Bursary Competition.
Classical music enthusiasts will once again be able to immerse themselves in beautiful music, in the wonderful peaceful and rural surroundings of Wakkerstroom village during the weekend of 17th to 19th October.
Spring in Wakkerstroom will be enhanced by the beautiful sounds of music as young South African musicians compete to win bursaries to enable them to further their studies at a local institute or even overseas.
Every second year most of the profit from the Wakkerstroom Music Festival go towards giving bursaries, and this year the money from the 2013 and 2014 festivals will be used to fund the bursaries. The 2012 winner of the competition was the saxophone player Abraham Mennen, with runners up being Jacques-Pierre Malan on cello, and Willem de Beer and Megan-Geoffrey Prins on piano.
If you would like to attend the individual concerts in the bursary competition, or the gala concert where all the performers will be represented, please ensure that you book accommodation early as in March all B&B and self-catering venues were booked out weeks prior to the event in March.
Wakkerstroom Music Festival is registered as a non-profit organisation under Section 21 of the Companies Act, Registration No. 097-091-NPO.