The Aerial Cableway in Hartbeespoort soars high above the ancient Magaliesberg Mountains, giving you an uninterrupted view over the magnificent Hartbeespoort Dam and beyond. On a clear day you may not see forever, but you will spot Johannesburg, Pretoria and a passing eagle or three.

Did you know?

The geology of the Magaliesberg – a World Heritage Site – dates back millions of years.

Hartbeespoort Dam, with its abundant adventure and sporting activities, has always been popular with visitors, but now it can add the impressive new Aerial Cableway to its many other attractions.

Closed, forgotten and fallen into disrepair, the original 1973 cableway has been brought back to vibrant life, sporting 14 new six-seater cable cars with wrap-around vision, the latest Swiss technology and hi-tech equipment.

At the base station, you'll climb into your comfortable aerial gondola, then, with a whirr and a hum, the sophisticated machinery lifts you gently off the ground, then higher and higher, until you reach the very top.

Stunning views await you. Amble round the 1km Dassie Loop, keeping an eye out for dassies – beaver-sized mammals that sun themselves on mountain slopes – as you scan the far distance beyond the blue waters of the massive Hartbeespoort Dam.

Although information plaques along the loop direct your gaze to points of interest all around, take time out to spot birds, small animals and the many grasses, flowers, trees and shrubs that cover the flanks of some of the oldest mountains in the world – the Magaliesberg.

However, there’s a lot more to do at the top than simply marvelling at the magnificent views. Have a snack at the express food stalls, tuck into a pizza or burger, or order a pre-packed picnic. You can even hire your own personal boma for a special occasion.

Let the children play at the friendly KidsZone while you shop for curios, souvenirs, arts and crafts in the Little Shop at the Top. Or just chill while sipping a cocktail at the mountaintop bar.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway
Mobile: +27 (0)72 241 2654

How to get here

Take the R511 from Johannesburg and continue onto the R104/R27. Hartbeespoort's Aerial Cableway is on your left. It’s just under an hour’s drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria.

Best time to visit

The Aerial Cableway is open seven days a week from 8am to 4.30pm (weather permitting). Try visit on a clear day or your view will be compromised.

Around the area

The Hartbeespoort Elephant Sanctuary, Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre and Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary are all nearby.

Get around

By cable car and on foot. If you’re adventurous, you can paraglide or abseil from the summit.

What will it cost

R140 per adult; R80 per child under 14. Pensioners R100 (show pension card). If it’s your birthday (an ID book is necessary as proof), you get a free ride.

What to pack

Camera, sunscreen, hat and binoculars.

What to eat

Meals may be enjoyed at the base down below or at the eateries up top.

Related articles