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FFor uninterrupted views of the magnificent Hartbeespoort Dam and Magaliesberg Mountains, take a ride in the Hartbeespoort Dam Cableway. On a clear day you might even be able to see Johannesburg or Pretoria, but if you don’t, the views from the top are pretty incredible – giving one a bird’s-eye view of the entire landscape. 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 blades of grass and flowers that cover the flanks of some of the oldest mountains in the world – the Magaliesberg.

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