Hartbeespoort Travel Guide
Panorama of the Magaliesberg
Vultures engage in robust discussion...
Inexpensive and conveniently located
In a nutshell
Its a nice outing for a day.
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...
Learn more about vultures than you though possible
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...
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...
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...
Indulge in retail therapy at the Crazy Chameleon!
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...
Beware of traffic jams crossing the dam(n) wall!
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....
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...
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...
Squires: A vegetarian Platter I could only dream off.
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...
Catalino's: 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...
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...
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...
Fruit sellers along the road: 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...
Leave enough time if you're driving to Sun City
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...
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...
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...
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...
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.
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...
Tips on planning your time in Hartbeespoort
CatherineReichardt 2217 reviews
Favorite thing: (work in progress)
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).
Written Dec 15, 2011
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