19 September 2012 by Kate Turkington

Hone your bargaining skills at Welwitschia Country Market

Hartbeespoort Dam is a favourite day out or weekend getaway for Jo’burgers. There’s plenty of attractions in the area, including a great outdoor market ... go see for yourself.

Most weekends, many Jo’burgers flock to Hartbeespoort, the pretty little town that climbs up the lower slopes of the ancient Magaliesberg mountains. But they mostly go to Harties, ‘The Playground of Gauteng’, for the Hartbeespoort Dam – a 20km2 stretch of water fed by the Crocodile and Magalies rivers where you can try out all sorts of water sports, from jet-skiing and sailing to tubing and kayaking. Or what about a champagne breakfast as you take a leisurely cruise round the dam?


										Warthogs, anyone?

But one of my favourite things to do is to saunter round the Welwitschia Country Market, which lines the main road about a kilometre from the dam wall and then burrows back into little lanes of stalls that sell everything from handmade jewellery and baskets to clothing, wooden carvings and funky creatures made out of scrap metal.

The market is thronged at weekends, but the vibe is great as buyers haggle with vendors (how are your bargaining skills?) over the price of plants, pots, wooden bowls, beaded animals and lots of other handmade one-off pieces that make lovely gifts for family and friends back home.

You can even buy a life-size metal giraffe or life-size plaster elephant, although packing may be a problem.

You can even buy a life-size metal giraffe or life-size plaster elephant, although packing may be a problem.

Shopping stamina exhausted and now hungry? Take your pick of classy country clubs, steakhouses, takeaways or cool bistros – there are loads of eateries in the area.


										A craftsman displays his wares

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