Hartbeespoort Dam, North West Province
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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 Jo'burg 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.
Destinations / Town & Suburbs of the Hartbeespoort Dam
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Broederstroom
The little town of Broederstroom lies on the Daspoortrand in the foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains, roughly 40 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, virtually on the doorstep of the Magaliesberg Nature ... Broederstroom information
Where to Stay: 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 ... Hartbeespoort information
Where to Stay: 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 ... Kosmos information
Where to Stay: 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 ... Magalies Park information
Where to Stay: 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 ... Meerhof information
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Skeerpoort
Skeerpoort remains very well hidden in amongst the gentle swellings of the Magaliesberg range of mountains, and the fields of farmland that line the side of the road. This part of the country is heavenly. Despite being an hour and ... Skeerpoort information
"Must See" Attractions at the Hartbeespoort Dam
An abundance of wildlife and prolific birdlife (more than 350 bird species) can be viewed in the Borakalalo National Park and the park is also a very popular fishing spot. The name Borakalalo means "The place where people relax". The Borakalalo National Park, located approximately 60 km north of Brits ... more information
The De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust facility has gained international recognition for bringing the cheetah back from the brink of extinction through its captive breeding programmes. Over the past two decades the centre's efforts have resulted in the major achievement of breeding ... more information
Lesedi, which is seSotho for 'light', was initiated in 1995 as a tourist attraction and today features five traditional dwellings, each representing a South African culture: Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Ndebele. Each of these families lives here permanently, looking after cows, chickens and tourists ... more information
Magalies Park golf course is an 18-hole course designed by Loutjie van Aswegen. Here, the total length of the course is a men's 5 864m and a ladie's 5 001m. The course rating for men is 72 and for ladies is 70. A number of small trees have been strategically placed and although there are few water holes and no bunkers ... more information
Margaret Roberts is a brand that has long been associated with herbs, tinctures, herbal, food and health products in South Africa. The Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre encompasses everything that Margaret herself is passionate about, from the impressive herb gardens, the cosmetic ... more information
Pecanwood Golf and Country Club is situated on the southern shore of the Hartbeesport Dam in the North West Province, en route to Sun City and north of Johannesburg. Overlooking the Hartebeespoort Dam and the oldest reported mountain range in the world, The Magaliesberg Mountains, Pecanwood is ... more information
The 17 000 hectare privately owned Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve lies in the foothills of the Magaliesberg in the North West province, between Brits and Hartbeespoort, making it an easy break away venue for weekends for those living in both Johannesburg and Pretoria. The big draw card for visitors is the easy ... more information
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