Hartbeespoort Travel Guide

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Hartbeespoort Highlights

  • Pro
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     Inexpensive and conveniently located 

  • Con
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     Very busy over weekends. 

  • In a nutshell
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     Its a nice outing for a day. 

Hartbeespoort Things to Do

  • Full day adventure

    Only 45 min's from Jhb and you arrive in tranquillity. The Harties cableway was my first stop and all I can say is WOW... totally refurbished and World Class is all I will say. From the top of the mountain you can plan your day as you can see into 3 provinces. The dam and the mountains offer a special view and fantastic photographic opportunities....

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  • Hartbeespoort Cable Way

    The Harties Cableway offers visitors panoramic views of the beautiful Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounding areas, as well as excellent recreational and educational facilities.There's lots to do at the base station and at the top. Kids can wander along the Dassie Loop walkway, where educational placards describe points of interest seen...

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  • Learn more about vultures than you...

    In an area that has too many animal-focused tourist attractions that give little or nothing back to conservation, the Vulture Rehabilitation centre at Hartbeespoort is a notable (and welcome) exception.The project aims to rehabilitate injured vultures and return them to the wild: if the animals are are not fit to fend for themselves, then they are...

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  • Walking with elephants

    The Elephant Sanctuary at Hartbeespoort is one of three elephant centres across the country (the other two are in Plettenburg Bay and Hazyview) that offer tourists the opportunity for an 'up close' opportunity to interact with elephants.Visitors can interact with elephants by walking with them 'trunk in hand', feeding them, brushing them down and...

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  • Run the 'Om die Dam' ultramarathon

    The 'Om Die Dam' ('Around the Dam') ultramarathon is one of the most popular events on the South African running calender, and unlikely though it might seem, 7,000 willing participants line up to run this 50km race around Hartbeespoort Dam in mid March each year.Om Die Dam is an extremely popular race for many reasons, including the fact that it is...

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  • Indulge in retail therapy at the Crazy...

    I have to say that Hartbeespoort isn't my favourite place, especially in peak season and/or over weekends when it gets very busy. Frankly I don't understand the allure of flocking to a manmade reservoir whose water quality is so hazardous to health that swimming is actively discouraged, but then I'm not their target market, so maybe I should hold...

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  • Beware of traffic jams crossing the...

    It stands to reason that for every dam, there must be a dam wall.In the case of Hartbeespoort, this is a very narrow structure that stretches between two imposing rock buttresses, which was completed in 1923 to provide a reliable source of water for the surrounding farms. It's really rather pretty, especially after heavy rain when water overflows...

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  • The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Breeding Station

    Of all the wildlife-related activities in the Hartbeespoort area (and there are several), I believe that the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Breeding station - also known as De Wildt - is by far the most worthwhile. It is located about an hour's drive from Johannesburg and slightly less from Pretoria - it is also probably just over an hour from Rustenburg and...

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  • dewildt , a race against extinction

    cheetah park lies in hartsbeesport, cheetah, wild dog, brown hyena, antelope, suni, nyalas, blue duikers, various species of vultures and indigenous owls. if you are intetested to see these wild animals and how they live and what they eat and have pics with them, then you will for sure like this place. its price is 200 rands per person 'as far as i...

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Hartbeespoort Restaurants

  • A vegetarian Platter I could only dream...

    You start of with the view. Sitting outside on the deck is the best. Nice view of the dam and the hustle and bustle down on the street.A bit expensive but great food. The kids and Gary are very boring when it comes to food. They had hamburgers. They said it was nice but who wants to eat hamburgers if there is such a big choice. It was on a Sunday...

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  • Mega Menu

    have never met anyone who doesn't like a nice pizza. We planned to go back to Squires butthey were extremely busy so we decided to try Catalino's. Nice verandah to sit on with a view on the busy street and all the interesting people. Small cocktail menu but very reasonably priced. I had a very nice Pina Colada and the rest of my boring family had...

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  • dont miss the vegtable collection dish

    it has a very good air, safe parking, welcomming owner and waiters and most important delecious food.price is good when you consider how big are their dishes. the vegtable plate. its a collection of the south african vegtables with very delecious dippings.

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  • Not your ordinary pancakes

    Nice vibe. Very nice food . Feta and spinach filling for savoury and the caramel and ice cream for a sweet.The pancakes are very big so 2 can easily share.

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  • Who`s got the Muchies

    Well this place is very much like the Wimpy. I just don`t see no difference.Well if you looking for a burger and chips than this is the perfect place to go , if not here then definitely Wimpy. Burger and Chips

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  • Everything in one shop

    Well the Engen 1stop petrol station is a nice place to stop and have a meal , the Wimpy is situated inside the garage along with a shop with all your basic needs and luxuries. Burger and Chips or just some cool drinks and chocolates.

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Hartbeespoort Transportation

  • More on the Ferry Boat

    Well on the boat beverages and snacks are sold. Just a point of interest , there is lots of spiders on that boat. Its not like they gonna bite you or anything but look out where you put your hands.

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  • A Ferry Boat Ride on the Dam

    Well , while you at the Snake and Animal Park , you can book a ferry boat ride on the dam. Its very relaxing with absolutely beautiful scenary all around you. You got the Magaliesberg infront of you , the yacht club at the snake park and the houses on the cliffs of the mountains with speed boats and jet ski`s all over the dam.

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  • By car

    You will need a car to get to the Dam. I doubt if there are any busses going there. The people that work in the area and don't have their own transport use mainly mini bus taxi's which is not advisable for tourists.If you want to spend some time on the Dam wall you can park your car on the side, before the robot and walk onto the bridge. Nice views...

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Hartbeespoort Shopping

  • No excuse for scurvy!

    (work in progress)The area just north of the Magaliesberg range is renowned for its fruit cultivation, so it's little surprise that the roads around Hartbeespoort Dam are lined with fruit sellers.This photo was taken in July, when citrus fruits, avocadoes and macadamia nuts were in season. The boxes of naartjies (a local variation on a satsuma...

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  • Local Arts and Crafts

    Well this is no shop as you can buy these Arts and crafts from the local people selling them at the robots at the Dam Wall and along the road. Local Arts and Crafts Definitely Negotiate Prrice.

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  • Not much of a shopping centre but nice

    There is local arts and crafts shops but I think its mostly comprises of Restaurants. Well if you into the local arts and crafts things then this is one of many place in the Hartbeespoort Area where you can buy this. Well you can Negociate price here

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Hartbeespoort Warnings and Dangers

  • Leave enough time if you're driving to...

    An ideal way to visit Hartbeespoort if you're planning to go to Sun City and/or the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is to stop off en route.Nightfall comes early and quickly in this part of the world, as we're not far south of the Tropic of Capricorn. I drive this road regularly on business and would heavily caution against driving it in the dark or even...

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  • Vendors at the Dam wall

    At the robot before you cross the dam wall you will find quite a large amount of street vendors. When the cars stop they run to the you with their merchandise. It can be anything from the Sunday newspaper, to a bag of avocados or some handmade stuff. Most of them are just trying to make a living. People must buy from them otherwise they would have...

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  • More Warnings at the Cable Cars

    Well I never seen so much warnings in one place here is just another 1 to name a few.Please do not stand up and swing the Gondolas.

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Hartbeespoort Tourist Traps

  • Don`t be forced in buying goods you...

    Well the local people selling the local arts and crafts seem to wanna force you to buy there things. There famous words is "Do you wanna how much its is for you" and they put the goods in your car and refuse to take it back as they expect payment for their goods. Just close your windows and show them with your hands that you not interested. Just...

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  • Hartbeespoort Children's Fund

    OK. So this guy fooled me. And lots of others that were behind me were fooled too. If you ever go to Harbeespoort (norhtwest Pretoria), and go to the craftmarket, you´ll probably meet a guy that's raising money for the Harbeesport school, so the children will have somewhere to learn to become better persons and blah, blah, blah. He'll be so anoying...

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Hartbeespoort Off The Beaten Path

  • Walk among wildlife

    We have been staying in the Moonlight Lodge and the owners were happy to drive us to a trail on private land in the Magaliesberg Mountains. There you can walk (map provided) on a easy mountain path and see wildlife grazing few meters away from you! (see the photo of the giraffe - it was less than 50 mts from us!) Here is a description from the...

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  • See how the other half lives!!!

    Hartbeespoort is a very popular area. A lot of business people working in Pretoria and Johannesburg lives here. Most of the houses have a view of the dam. A lot have their own boat houses and yacht's on the water.It's nice to take a drive through some of these areas like Kosmos; Melodie, Schoemansville etc to admire the houses.If you like...

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  • 1 more look

    Well most of the people that own these houses is from Johannesburg , its just used as a weekend getaway to relax and get away from the Stressful City Life.

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Hartbeespoort Sports & Outdoors

  • Paragliding and Hand Gliding

    Well you can go for paragliding lesson at the Hartbeespoort Cableway if you interest or if you an experienced paraglider than the sky is the limit and make your way to the top of the Magaliesberg. Paragliding Equipment

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  • More on Paragliding and Hand Gliding

    Well I just want to show you guys the ramp from from which the Paragliders and Hand Gliders jump from. There is also a wind sock to help with the direction of the wind.For The Paragliding Adventure you can contact (011) 907-7968 or the Cell at 082 446 8902 and the Hand Gliding School at 082 892 3664

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  • More of a Leisure Sport

    For those who can afford it , well you can bring along your boat and Sail the dam. It looks very relaxing. A boat and Life Jackets

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    by CatherineReichardt Written Dec 15, 2011

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    There are lots of ways that you can explore the many attractions that Hartbeespoort has to offer, but bear in mind that in order to hit all the highlights, you'll either have to stay overnight, or make a couple of day trips.

    One very attractive option is to combine Hartbeespoort with a visit to the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site which is located just west of the road to the Dam, north of Lanseria airport. Just bear in mind that if you're planning to visit the Sterkfontein Caves and the Maropeng Centre, this will take you at least half a day even if you don't stop for lunch, so you'll only have a few hours to play with at Hartbeespoort.

    Another option if you're planning to visit Sun City and/or the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is to stop off at Hartbeespoort, either on the way there or the way back (or both). If you're visiting on your way to Sun City or the Pilanesberg, just make sure that you allow enough time to get there in daylight (see my tip under Warnings and Dangers).

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