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TThe 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.
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.
AAt 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, 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.
AAlthough 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.
Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway, Magaliesberg Mountains
HHowever, 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.