Millstream Farm offers a limitless supply of activities. Spend your time fly fishing, take your kids to the family-friendly recreation centre or enjoy a romantic sundowner on your deck. Relax and unwind with these top activities.
THE RECREATION CENTRE
HEATED INDOOR POOL
Show off your skills
Fly Fishing at Millstream Farm
Millstream Farm fly fishing is an activity for those who love combining nature with sports. We have 13 weirs, suitable for beginners, and three ponds and five dams for the more experienced fly fisherman. Stocking takes place fortnightly with trout ranging from 250g to 1,5kg. Larger trout (2kg to 4kg) are stocked during the year if a supply is available.
Millstream Farm allows the use of waders and kick boats on the dams.
RULES OF ANGLING ON MILLSTREAM FARM WATERS
A full copy of the rules are available in the Guest Information Booklet in your cottage.
Anglers may keep a limited number of fish, free of charge (15 fish per five-bedroom house per week or pro-rata for smaller cottages or shorter stays).
There is no limit to the number of fish caught provided that they are correctly released.
The use of private boats, other than kick boats, is strictly prohibited. Boats are available for hire at your own risk. Propelling a boat by any means other than oars or flippers is not permitted. No boat may operate within 50m of a bank angler or wading angler.
Only fly casting rods may be used in conjunction with the appropriate fly line and leader.
FISHING LICENCES AND RESTRICTIONS
Anglers do not require Mpumalanga provincial licences on Millstream Farm waters. Only residents of the farm can use the waters. Day visitors or members of the public are prohibited from using the waters.
The maximum number of active anglers per cottage is restricted by the size of the house the fishers occupy.
There are no restricted seasons on the waters of Millstream Farm.
There are no size limits applicable to fish taken from Millstream Farm waters. Any fish, except those in Trophy Dams, and those species that are protected, may be taken.
NUMBER OF DAMS AND WEIRS
Millstream farm has one large and five medium dams, three ponds and thirteen weirs which are all stocked regularly.
Immerse yourself in the countryside
Trails at Millstream Farm
There are four marked walking and hiking trails on the farm. These vary between 2km – 8km and cater for all ages and fitness levels. Several unmarked, but well worn, paths lead from each cottage to the various dams. Detailed maps are available at our reception area at a nominal fee.
Every Saturday morning our resident Environmental Officer, when available, can also take you on a guided walk. Tag along to learn about the history of Millstream Farm, its wildlife, birds, flowers and trees. (Bookings are essential – please book at reception 24hrs in advance as the group is limited to 10 people. Departure times depend on the season and the walk is approximately 2 hours).
For the adventurous at heart
Bicycle Hire & Mountain Biking
There is an 8.3km marked mountain bike trail on the farm that starts near the reception area. Maps are available at reception at a nominal fee. A limited number of bicycles are for hire, and they may not be taken off the farm. Please enquire at the reception area for more information
Enjoy nature on horseback
Millstream Farm offers daily guided horse rides for children and adults. The rides are suitable for inexperienced and intermediate level riders. Most of the game on the farm can be seen at close quarters during the one-hour rides; a guide accompanies all rides. Please enquire at reception for times, costs and availability
Go wild with game and wildflowers
Game and wildlife
Spotting game is a fun activity on the farm for young and old. From antelope to porcupines, the farm offers unforgettable moments to capture on camera. Remember, these animals are wild and must be treated accordingly. No hunting or discharging of firearms is permitted on the farm.
Game is not the only attraction to be found on the grounds of Millstream Farm. The Highlands of Mpumalanga are renowned for their abundance of wildflowers and Millstream Farm is no exception.
There are 34 different wildflower families listed and some 100 species identified on the farm. Some of the more spectacular flowers are the Brunsvigia radulosa (Tumbleweed), Scadoxus puniceus (Royal paint brush) Zantedeschia rehmannii (Pink calla lily), Hesperantha coccinea (Scarlet river lily) and an abundance of grassland orchids. A flower photo album is available on the Millstream Farm’s Facebook page.
Go for a row on Lake Millstream in one of our rowing boats. Oars and rowlocks can be collected from reception for a nominal refundable deposit. The use of boats is limited to three hours at a time unless prior arrangements are made with management. For your safety, it’s essential to wear life jackets at all times, and an adult must accompany children under 16 years of age. Please return the boats to the jetties after use. Life jackets are available at reception.
How many birds can you spot?
Stunning in the summer months and hard work, but rewarding in the winter, there are plenty of birds to see at Millstream Farm. Over 170 bird species, of which 30 species are migratory, have been positively identified. There is a bird hide tucked away on the North-Western side of Wordsworth Waters. An updated bird list is available from reception.
The species spotted include typical highveld, mountain grassland and water birds like Red Collard Widows, Red and Yellow Bishops. L.B.J.s such as Wing-snapping and Cloud Cisticolas can be spotted. Cormorants, Crakes, Dabchicks, Bitterns and Flufftails, with common Raptors like the Rufous-breasted Sparrowhawk, Black-shouldered Kites and Jackal Buzzards have also made their appearance on the farm.
Something for everyone
The recreational centre
The recreation centre is located adjacent to the stables, close to reception, and offers the following activities:
- A lounge with a fireplace and DSTV access
- Indoor heated pool
- A children’s playroom with a jungle gym, play house, dress up and much more
- Squash court
- Table tennis
- Floodlit tennis court
- Pool table
- Board games are available on request.
Heated Indoor Pool
Come rain or shine, at Millstream Farm, the option to swim is always available in our heated indoor pool; it is popular even when it’s crisp and frosty outside!
Blow off some steam
Recharge and destress in the sauna. A nominal fee is charged per hour. Bookings can be made at reception.