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Hartbeespoort Dam

Hartbeespoort Dam is usually simply called Harties among South Africans. Hartbeespoort Dam is about a half-hour drive west of Pretoria and is a popular weekend destination for residents of the province of Gauteng. Not surprising since the Harties is beautifully set against the Magaliesberg. This dam serves as a reservoir for agriculture north of the Magaliesberg, where since the construction of the dam (completed in 1923), including corn, flowers, tobacco and fruit are grown. The water in the dam comes from two rivers: Crocodile River and Magalies River. Harties has a depth up to 45 meters; the total surface of the dam amounts to nearly 19 square kilometres.

The village bears the same name as the dam itself (Hartbeespoort) and lies on the north side at the dam wall along the banks where you will find a number of smaller villages: Cosmos, melody, and Ifafi Meerhof. Needless to say is that there are plenty of water sports opportunities including trips with a speed boat, windsurfing, and water skiing, para-sailing or take a leisurely cruise. Hartbeespoort has many restaurants with a beautiful view of the dam. The small craft and art shops repeal the weekends with many visitors.

Around the dam there are many possibilities for excursions such as the Hartbeespoort Dam Aquarium where you can find tropical fish, crocodiles, pelicans, seals and penguins. On weekends, you can also attend one of the shows during your visit (11:00, 13:00 and 15:00).

For beautiful views over the dam and the Magaliesberg take the Harties Cableway, a cable car that takes you to the top of the Magaliesberg or you can choose to self-climb the mountain through hiking trails. Once above there is potential for something to eat and drink, picnic areas and a souvenir shop.

Interested in the big grey African giants? Visit than the nearby Elephant Sanctuary for a very educational tour and the ability to touch the elephants, and to walk with them. When you want to see Bush Babies, the Monkey Sanctuary will give you a similar educational tour but between the (exotic) monkeys. All monkeys are rescued from illegal traders or come from people they loved as pets. The aim is to release wild animals again into the wild when they are sufficiently rehabilitated. Cheetahs can be admired at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre.

Your holiday begins at South Africa Specialist.