North West Tourist AttractionsThe Hartbeespoort Dam
Roughly 45 minutes' drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, surrounded by the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range, Hartbeespoort Dam, or Harties to locals, has become a hive of activity and is a very popular weekend getaway for the two cities.
The beauty of Hartbeespoort Dam is what draws people here - the dam literally cradled in the lap of the mountains - and many regard this as a retreat from the concrete jungle of city living. The 1620 hectare Hartbeespoort Dam functions both as a source of irrigation for farms in the area and as a resort, and the peace of the hills and valleys, the warmth even on winter days and the charm of the surrounding countryside, make this a place to restore the soul.
Take the scenic road from Johannesburg to Hartbeespoort Dam, along curving roads that meander between aloes in flower during the winter months, and you're sure to pass the breakfast run of Harley-Davidsons - their drivers part of the Johannesburg exec set hell bent on nothing more than enjoying their machines in the sunshine.
The Hartbeespoort Dam offers an array of water sports, a local bird sanctuary, challenging hikes and gentle rambles. There is a collection of restaurants in Hartbeespoort that range from Tan' Malie se Winkle, a local institution where you can eat to your heart's content on traditional Afrikaans home-cooked meals, to the local Pick-a-Pancake, which takes pancakes into a new league. This restaurant lies literally in the heart of the Welwitschia Market - a range of African arts, crafts, novelties, curios and other at the fourway crossing at Hartbeespoort that makes a visit here imperative.
Popular Towns in the Hartbeespoort Dam Region
Stay? Accommodation in Broederstroom
The little town of Broederstroom lies on the Daspoortrand in the foothills of the Magaliesberg, roughly 40 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg, virtually on the doorstep of the Magaliesberg Nature Reserve and a few kilometres from Hartbeespoort...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Hartbeespoort
The little village of Hartbeespoort lies right on the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam, basking in the sunlight on the slopes of the Magaliesberg. Its name literally means “pass of the hartbees” and refers to a species of antelope that probably...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Ifafi
Set on the banks of the Hartebeespoort Dam, the little suburb of Ifafi, which lies equidistant between Hartbeespoort and Meerhof, is a peaceful area known for its tranquillity and essence of escape, despite its being close enough to Johannesburg...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Kosmos
Set on the banks of the popular Hartbeespoort Dam, the gorgeous little village of Kosmos that is indeed reminiscent of the Greek island of the same name when you consider its proximity to the water and the incredible weather in this part of...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Magalies Park
Lying on the banks of Hartbeespoort Dam, Magalies Park is a timeshare and golfing estate that has the added bonus of being right in the centre of a declared bird sanctuary. The combination of nature and golfing makes the estate a much sought...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Meerhof
The pretty little suburb of Meerhof lies nestled on the east banks of Hartbeespoort Dam in the foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains just 40 minutes from Johannesburg. Not only does this ideal setting place Meerhof in an enviable...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Pelindaba
Pelindaba is a tiny town in the Hartbeespoort Dam region of the North West Province, South Africa. In terms of its being a residential settlement, Pelindaba is not significant. However, this village has gained international acclaim for being...
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Stay? Accommodation in Schoemansville
The lovely village of Schoemansville, one of the oldest suburbs lying around Hartbeespoort Dam, is positioned directly as one exits the elaborate bridge and tunnel that serves as passage over the dam. This part of the world is extremely picturesque...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Skeerpoort
Skeerpoort train station lies along the R560, west of Hartbeespoort dam and just outside the parameters of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. If there is a town of Skeerpoort then it remains very well hidden in amongst the gentle swellings...
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