15 October 2013 by Melanie-Ann Feris

Top 10 things to do in Harties

Fondly referred to as Harties by South Africans, the Hartbeespoort Dam and its surrounds in the North West province make for a popular weekend getaway.

Go up the ancient Magaliesberg mountains on the Harties Cableway

Less than an hour’s drive from either Pretoria or Johannesburg, there is plenty to do in the Hartbeespoort Dam area. So bring your swimming costume, hiking boots, sunscreen and sense of adventure. 

Here are our suggestions for some great activities:

  1. The Harties Cableway takes visitors to the top of the Magaliesberg mountains, from where they can get 360-degree panoramic views over Johannesburg, Pretoria and the Hartbeespoort Dam area (www.hartiescableway.co.za)
  2. At the Bush Babies Monkeys Sanctuary you can see free-living monkeys in their natural habitat (www.monkeysanctuary.co.za)
  3. The Elephant Sanctuary offers exclusive elephant tours seven days a week (www.elephantsanctuary.co.za)
  4. Visitors to the Ukutula Lion Park & Lodge get the opportunity to take walks with young lions, and can go game viewing on quad bikes or even on horseback (www.ukutula.com)
  5. At the Oxwagon Lodge guests get to overnight in traditional ox wagons (info@oxwagonlodge.co.za)
  6. On an Ama Zwing Zwing zipline tour you can view game while zipping through the air (www.amazwingzwing.co.za)
  7. Enjoy the sights on the Toro Ya Me boat, which will take you on a three-hour cruise on the Hartbeespoort Dam (www.toroyame.co.za )
  8. Arrow Rest offers great outdoor activities including archery, quad biking, paintball, go-karting and mountain biking (www.arrowrest.co.za)
  9. Start the day with a Cloud 9 balloon ride over the dam, the Cradle of Humankind and the age-old Magaliesberg mountains (www.cloud9balloonrides.co.za)
  10. The Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park is home to a large variety of animals and a big reptile collection. End your visit with a speedboat cruise or ferry ride on the dam (www.hartbeespoortsnakeanimalpark.co.za)
The Hartbeespoort Dam offers plenty of leisure activities The Hartbeespoort Dam offers plenty of leisure activities
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