Hartbeespoort Dam is a popular weekend and day trip destination for folk in the Johannesburg and Pretoria area. The dam and surrounding areas offer a host of outdoor activities, from a variety of watersports to flights of every description. Hikes, walks and trails complete the region's compelling outdoor adventure activities.

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Hartbeespoort is surrounded by the Magaliesberg, one of the world's oldest mountain ranges.

Hartbeespoort is a small, picturesque town located in the eastern corner of the North West province, bordering the Gauteng province.

Hartbeespoort Dam is the area's major attraction and the heart of this tourism region. A mecca for adventure pursuits, the majority of Hartbeespoort adventure activities are centered on the dam and its magnificent mountain and bushveld surrounds.

Boating and watersports are popular, and visitors can enjoy sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, parasailing and water skiing. Sundowner cruises on Hartbeespoort Dam are also popular.

Quad biking has become a popular way to explore the rugged hillsides around the town and there are numerous operators offering quad trails of varying lengths and difficulties.

There are also lots of ways to enjoy the scenery from the air. Paragliding and hang-gliding are both popular, as is hot-air ballooning, which affords a bird's eye view of the dam, mountains and adjacent river valleys.

If climbing mountains is more to your liking, you'll be pleased to know there are several rock climbing and hiking routes in the area, some of which also include abseiling.

The nearby Crocodile River, which feeds the dam, offers white water rafting, including overnight options complete with riverside camping. Tubing, canoeing and cable slides into the river are also available.

The area also boasts one of South Africa's few inland dive sites – a 33m-deep open cast chrome mine at Miracle Waters, north of the dam. The clear spring water provides good visibility and several underwater features, including a sunken bus and aeroplane, are accessible to experienced divers.

Visit the nearby Elephant Sanctuary to walk with African elephants, and the exceptional Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre to see wild cats (and dogs) up close.

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