Ride a brand new aerial cableway
It’s a gorgeous Highveld Saturday morning and the family and I are off to test the about-to-be-opened aerial cableway in Hartbeespoort in the Magaliesberg mountains, just under an hour’s drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria.
It’s the visionary child of entrepreneur Craig Saunders, who saw the potential of the original 1973 cableway which had fallen into disuse. The spanking new Aerial Cableway at Hartbeespoort has 14 gondolas, each carrying six passengers.
Then it’s up, up and away, climbing into the blue sky, over the mountain flanks and indigenous vegetation where small mammals and even leopards are said to lurk, high over the dam and surrounding countryside.
We climb into two cars (hey, we’re a big family) and slowly begin to lift off the ground to many oohs and aahs from excited children. Then it’s up, up and away, climbing into the blue sky, over the mountain flanks and indigenous vegetation where small mammals and even leopards are said to lurk, high over the dam and surrounding countryside. It really is an awesome experience.
At the top, winding paved walkways which circle the summit give you 360º views. Check out the information boards posted at intervals which direct you to far off Pretoria, the dam itself, Pelindaba and other points of interest.
Hungry? Choose to picnic at a special picnic spot, grab a freshly-made pizza or indulge in a soft serve ice cream. Shop for curios, dine in the restaurant, or just sip a glass of wine.
Spend the day at the top or an hour or two and then begin the dizzying flight down.
It’s a ride to remember…