Kosmos, Hartbeespoort Dam
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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 the world, is a peaceful and quaint neighbourhood just 40 minutes drive from Johannesburg and 30 minutes from Pretoria.
Kosmos manages to dissociate itself from the rest of the neighbourhoods and suburbs around the dam, not only because of the security gates through which you must pass in order to enter the suburb, but because the village is set on a hillside, the mountains in the background, the water in the foreground. It is a quiet, leafy neighbourhood and the streets worth exploring, if only to gawp at some of the beautiful homes here.
There are myriad activities to pursue from Kosmos, should you be so inclined. Around Hartbeespoort Dam is a zoo and snake park, numerous restaurants and a cable car to the top of the Magaliesberg set on 150 hectares of indigenous bushveld, where not only an uninterrupted view of the dam and its surrounds awaits you but, should it be a day for it, numerous para-gliders and hang-gliders use the top from which to descend.
A little further afield are the De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre, Lesedi Cultural Village and the Cradle of Humankind.
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Featured Attractions in (or near) Kosmos
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
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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