It's not often that divers head away from the ocean to a prime dive destination. Miracle Waters, near Hartbeespoort Dam, is one of the rare exceptions, and well worth the drive. Divers of all abilities are promised hours of entertainment in a high visibility locale where there's plenty to explore.

Did you know?

Miracle Waters also offers exciting night dives on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

For an exciting adventure with a difference, zip up your wetsuit, adjust your goggles, tighten your flippers and set your GPS for an inland destination that’s under an hour's drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Out in the sticks, a long haul from the nearest ocean, you’ll come upon a 33m deep, 10m visibility level, crystal-clear spring lake known as Miracle Waters, and suddenly your need for diving gear becomes apparent.

Formerly the location of an open-cast chrome mine, Miracle Waters scuba resort is literally an oasis in the more arid surrounds of the magnificent Magaliesberg Mountains.

Getting into the swim is easy, with paved pathways leading divers to an easy plunge into warm waters that are fed by an underground spring.

This is a relaxing inland dive site with no major hazards or extreme depths to be concerned about. Black bass and various kurper species abound in the shallows, along with a bus, aeroplane, Puma helicopter, several yachts, a swimming pool, and a computer station for added interest!

Sporting five training platforms, this is the perfect away-from-the-sea destination for learner divers and recreational divers of varying ability. On-site training for divers from one-star/open water level right up to instructor level is also offered at Miracle Waters.

A compressor room with two large compressors and four air banks supplies air fills for dive tanks if you bring your own cylinders, or hire these at the venue. A nitrox filling station is also on the cards.

Picnic areas and barbecue facilities beckon weary divers to relax and share the day's diving activities. A family swimming pool and smaller, shallow pool for children are popular alternative amenities at the venue.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Miracle Waters
Phone: +27 (0)12 262 0215
E-mail: miraclewaters@vodamail.co.za

How to get here

Take the R511 from Johannesburg via Fourways to Hartbeespoort. Then take the R514 towards Brits. Miracle Waters lies adjacent to the N4 Bakwena Platinum Highway. GPS 25°40'38.18"S 27°45'27.35"E.

Best time to visit

Monday, Tuesday and Thursday 7.30am to 5pm; Wednesday 7.30am to 9pm; Friday 7.30am to 12pm; Saturday 6am to midnight; Sunday 6am to 6pm.

Around the area

For non-divers there are many local attractions. Bring along your binoculars and birding books, or enjoy game viewing in large game enclosures. Children can enjoy the trampoline and swimming pool under parental supervision.

Tours to do

While in the North West prtovince, a visit to Madikwe Game Reserve to see the Big Five is a must.

What will it cost

R60 per person, per day (divers and non-divers). Children under 10 are admitted free. Wednesday night dives are approx. R70 per person.

What to pack

Booties, fins, cylinders, hoodies, mask, regulator, snorkel, wetsuit and weight belt may be hired at the premises, or pack your own if you prefer.

Where to stay

Either bring your own tent or caravan or hire a chalet. Overnight camping site and electrified chalets offer basic amenities. Facilities upgrading is under way.

What to eat

Miracle Waters restaurant, which is open over weekends, supplies delicious cooked meals, while the shop caters for snacks.

Best buys

Diving equipment is sold at Miracle Waters. Curios and crafts are sold at the Welwitschia Country Market at Hartbeespoort Dam over the weekend.