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FFor 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 5 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 2 large compressors and 4 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.
TTravel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Phone: +27 (0)12 262 0215
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.
Things to do
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.
While in the North West province, a visit to Madikwe Game Reserve to see the Big 5 is a must.
What to pack
Bring your booties, fins, cylinders, hoodies, mask, regulator, snorkel, wetsuit and weight belt but if you don’t have, these can all be hired at the venue.
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.
- Miracle Waters
- Madikwe Game Reserve
- North West Parks and Tourism Board
- Hartbeespoort Tourism Association
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