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Hartbeespoort Dam Accommodation and Things to Do


Hartbeespoort, informally known as “Harties”, is a small resort town in the North West Province of South Africa, situated on slopes of the incredible rugged Magaliesberg Mountain and the banks of the HartbeespoortDam.  It is the collective name of a few smaller villages situated around the Hartbeespoort Dam, including Meerhof, Ifafi, Melodie, Schoemansville and Kosmos.

In Love with Harties!

The town is –

35 km from Lanseria Airport,

74 km from Johannesburg,

38 km from Pretoria,

82 km from Rustenburg.

Hartbeespoort is a perfect holiday destination for the whole family with plenty to do for the kids.  The spectacular view of the Magaliesberg Mountains is breath-taking and both hikers and mountain bikers enjoy the trails.  The Dam offers fun in the sun with speed boat cruises, yacht cruises and barge cruises.

Beautiful Kosmos, Hartbeespoort Dam

What to do in Hartbeespoort –

  • The Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway is a 1.2 km long cableway that extends to the top of the Magaliesberg and offers panoramic views of the Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and the surrounding area. It is situated 1 km to the north of the town of Hartbeespoort and is the longest mono-cableway in Africa. The aerial cableway is open seven days a week.
  • Visit the Elephant Sanctuary.  It is an elephant sanctuary providing a safe haven for African elephants. There are fully guided interactive elephant educational programs covering elephant habits and anatomy. Visitors can touch and feed the elephants. The focus of the sanctuary is to educate visitors about all aspects of elephants with the vision to release elephants into an environment where they can be more independent.
  • Spend time in Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, a privately owned multi-species primate rehabilitation centre situated in the Magaliesberg Mountain. The sanctuary cares for donated and rescued primates that may have been orphaned, raised as household pets, previously confined to captivity, abused, injured, or recovered from the illegal pet trade. Primates are rehabilitated for free-release within the natural forested environment of the sanctuary.
  • Stop at the Hartbeespoort Dam wall and tunnel. The building of the dam started in 1898, but was only finished in 1923.  The Arch is something exceptional and one of a kind in South Africa.
  • The Hartbeespoort Dam Animal and Snake Park boasts a great variety of species like lions, tigers and other big cats, also chimpanzees, hyenas, wild dogs, otters and reptiles.
  • The Chamelion Village has hand-crafted products from all over South Africa, African curios, jewellery, paintings, wood craft and lots more. 
  • At Van Gaalens Cheese Farm they produce cheese and give tours. Van Gaalens is also famous for its mountain bike trails.
  • Jasmyn Farm Stall with its large Dutch windmill is famous for their fresh and home-made products like jams, chillies, sauces and cheeses. The book store will encourage anybody to read.
  • Play golf at Pecanwood Golf Club, designed by the famous Jack Nicklaus. It is situated on the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam with splendid views on the Dam and Mountains.
Where to eat in Harties

Where to eat in Hartbeespoort –

  • Silver Orange Restaurant offers separate dining rooms, or outside seating depending on the weather. Dishes are unique and delicious.  
  • Siesta Tapas Restaurant boasts different platters, tapas, paella and other Mediterranean dishes.
  • Van Gaalen Cheesery has outdoor seating overlooking the Skeerpoort Dam, several cheese options and an abundant bird life.
  • De Vette Mossel Restaurant is an experience of well-prepared seafood, beachy feel, relaxed atmosphere and eat-as-much-as-you-can menu.
  • Squires On The Dam Restaurant offers an A la Carte menu, succulent grills and tasty seafood and an open air deck overlooking the Dam.
  • La Dolce Vita Restaurant is for fine dining, authentic Italian dishes and great views of the Dam.
Hartbeespoort Dam Waterfall

Where to stay in Hartbeespoort –

Whether you want luxury, romantic, budget, family or rustic, Hartbeespoort has it all. Accommodation includes luxury pent houses, guest houses, lodges, nature reserves with wild animals, cottages, holiday homes, country lodges, chalets, boutique hotels or cabanas. [Click Here …]

Never a dull moment – spend valuable time at Harties.

Author: Ancabe van Zyl (c)

Want2stay [Pty] Ltd – Proudly South Africa

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