Top 20 Hartbeespoort Activities 2017.

The resort town of Hartbeespoort – otherwise fondly known as Harties – is a place where fun adventure and epic outdoor exploration awaits, making Hartbeespoort a vibrant and engaging holiday destination for locals and tourists.

Hartbeespoort, situated in the North West province, is the ultimate holiday destination, filled with incredible outdoor experiences, attractions and beauty.

Here are the top 20 activities to enjoy in Harties during 2017:

#1 Soar with Harties Aerial Cableway

The aerial Hartbeespoort cableway is arguably one of Harties’ main, most popular attractions. With beautiful facilities – such as restaurants, express food stalls and stunning seating areas and bomas – this is the ultimate family excursion. Kids will delight in the Dassie Loop walkway or KidZone, allowing parents a momentary respite.

There are top and base stations, and the former offers amazing views of Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounds.
Contact: (012) 253 9910
Address: Plot 3, Melodie, Agricultural Holdings, Hartbeespoort, North West

#2 Monkey around at Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary

This sanctuary covers some seven hectares and is situated alongside the elephant sanctuary, which it has recently merged with. It’s one of only eight free-release primate sanctuaries found globally. Here, primates – such as squirrel-, spider- and capuchin-monkeys – find a new lease on life.

Sanctuary tours are highly informative and guests will leave with a better understanding of why monkeys are best suited to natural, free environments rather than lives as household pets.
Contact: (012) 258 9904
Address: R104, Hartbeespoort, North West

#3 Visit Jasmyn Farm Stall

Set alongside the famous Windfall Restaurant, Jasmyn Farm Stall is yet another iconic Hartbeespoort venue. Opened in 2004, this humble, thatched farm stall draws its inspiration and design from the honeybee; its shape is reflective of a honeycomb and the open-plan interiors allow for easy navigation and browsing.

Offering a selection of organic goods, farm produce, cheeses (from Jasmyn’s own factory), fresh breads, dairy products, baked goods, meats, imported treats, as well as flowers, curios and gifts too – Jasmyn is a right treasure trove of goods. When you visit, why not enjoy a cup of coffee or a sweet treat to really enhance your experience?

Contact: 012 259 1183


Address: Die Windmeul Kompleks, corner of R511 and Jan Smuts Avenue, Meerhof, Hartbeespoort, North West

#4 Interact with elephants at The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort Dam offers an interactive African elephant experience, which includes hands-on, educational interactions; elephant back riding; and even overnight accommodation.

Dedicated staff ensure a relaxed, safe interaction between the elephants and visiting guests – even as they carefully reinforce positive training methods for the gentle giants.

Contact: (012) 258 9904


Address: R104, Hartbeespoort, North West

#5 Enjoy Hartbeespoort Dam fully

Built in 1925, Hartbeespoort Dam has become a favourite destination among water sports enthusiasts and those after a city escape, in what is a very beautiful natural attraction.

Enclosed by the majestic Magaliesberg mountains, the dam is primed for parasailing, windsurfing and jet skiing. The more adventurous can also enjoy paragliding, hot air ballooning and hang-gliding.

Contact: n/a


Address: Hartbeespoort Dam, Hartbeespoort, North West

#6 Explore Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park

Nestled against the Magaliesberg, the park lies enclosed by massive walls and contained within, guests will find an exotic land, filled with all manner of creatures.

Visitors can see a range of species including: lions, tigers and other big cats, chimpanzees, hyenas, wild dogs, otters, birds and one of SA’s finest reptile collections. Look out for the Snake and Seal Show, which is held on public holidays, weekends and during school breaks.

Contact: (012) 253 1162


Address: 1 Scott Street, Schoemansville, Hartbeespoort, North West

#7 Head to the Harties Market

Open every Saturday, this beautiful, rustic market – situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountain – is the perfect place to spend a relaxed day with friends and family.

Hand-picked vendors offer creative art and crafts, as well as delicious food and drink. While visiting (the market is open from 9:00 am to 3:00pm), be sure to utilise the outdoor space and enjoy the green lawns and shady trees too.

Contact: (082) 886 5583


Address: Old Ennis Nursery, 260 R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#8 Hop on a horse with Horse and Trails Unlimited

Even if you have no horse riding experience, Horse and Trails Unlimited has your back. Experience stunning horse riding with their scenic mountain trails, romantic trails and picnics (perfect for dates) and even the more unique engagement/picnic package… after all, what better way to pop the question?

Whatever package deal you opt for, the well-trained horses and guides will provide you with an unforgettable experience.

Contact: (082) 926 4911


Address: Farm Deo Duce, Hartbeespoort, North West

#9 Test your mettle with Hennops MTB Trails

Starting at the Hadeda Camp – found alongside the Hennops River – the Hennops MTB Trails offer some stunning routes, suited to all levels of fitness and expertise.

The trails are colour-coded and run as follows: main circular 13km route (green), 5km River loop (ideal for beginners) – or else, take your pick of the blue loop in Skeleton Hill, Kayalami, Pelindaba and Watergat, with the option of covering up to 26km of distance available to you.

Routes are of an average difficulty and take 1-2 hours to complete.

Contact: (082) 825 9205


Address: R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#10 Take to the skies with Life Ballooning

With the fully-licenced and capable Life Ballooning, you can literally take to the skies and enjoy breath-taking hot air ballooning in this 3-4 hour experience.

Departing at sunrise (though trips are firmly weather dependent) guests will enjoy: pre-flight treats (like hot chocolate and marshmallows, tea or coffee); passenger participation (assisting with balloon inflation); a safety briefing from the pilot prior to departure; an hour-long flight; sparkling wine upon landing and finally, transfer back to the site for a full country-style breakfast. (Included in the package deal is a first-flight certificate and in-flight photo.)

Contact: (076) 778 7676


Address: Oberon Street, Hartebeespoort Dam, North West

#11 Indulge in underwater wonder at Hartbeespoort Dam Aquarium

Discover an exciting variety of tropical and freshwater fish, crocodiles (nile, slender-snout and dwarf; all indigenous to Africa), pelicans, penguins, seals and other aquatic creatures at the Hartbeespoort Dam Aquarium.

On weekends and public holidays, visitors can see live pelican, seal, crocodile and penguin shows. The aquarium also has a nearby pet shop and charming tea garden available to guests.

Contact: (012) 259 0080


Address: Plot 97, Melodi, R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#12 Put your best foot forward on Hennops Hiking Trail

With Hennops Hiking Trail, nature lovers and hikers can experience unspoiled nature at its finest. Consisting of three trails (all of which set out from Hadeda Camp), the trail offers glorious views, unique river crossings, an underground cave, traces of old settlements and dolomite mines and even amazing bird- and animal-wildlife too.

It will appeal to every kind of hiker, even ones who rarely get out into the woods – just be sure to pack in water and comfy, sturdy hiking shoes!

Contact: (082) 825 9205


Address: R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#13 Head out on the water with H2O Cruise

Book a 90-minute, fun-filled boat cruise at Harties on a luxury, liquid lounge pontoon boat. The trip includes interesting given facts about the area (courtesy of the skipper), amazing views and of course, great water fun!

Price is R215 (per person for the trip) but this excludes separate per person and car rates for entrance to the dam itself.

Contact: (012) 259 0303


Address: 110 Schubert Road, Hartbeespoort, North West

#14 Tear up turf with Segwati Quad Bike Safari Trails

Experience an unforgettable quad biking experience with Segwati Quad Bike Safari Trails on a 650-hectare farm, found on the northern boundary of the Cradle of Humankind, near Hartbeespoort Dam.

This quad biking adventure offers awesome outdoor fun, unforgettable scenery and unique game viewing too.

Contact: (082) 412 9823


Address: Hartbeeshoek Road (D400), Hartbeespoort, North West

#15 Take a leap of faith with Mountain Adventures

Choose your very own mountain adventure from a variety of fun activities in Hartbeespoort and beyond. You can enjoy abseiling, rock climbing or even kloofing!

Check availability and book your desired adrenaline-pumping adventure online with Mountain Adventures.

Contact: (082) 652 1490


Address: Hartbeespoort, North West

#16 Get cheesy with Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij

Situated at Skeerpoort, Van Gaalen is open six days a week and, aside from their in-house restaurant, they also host functions like weddings, family outings, corporate events and other festive occasions. At their farm shop, Van Gaalen offers a wide range of quality cheeses, as well as wine, preserves, souvenirs, Dutch favourites, sweets and other goodies.

You can also enjoy a relaxing picnic on the river banks. (Though these must be booked a day in advance.) They also have overnight accommodation thanks to their Milk Cottages.

Contact: (012) 207 1289


Address: R560, Skeerpoort, North West

#17 Art appreciation at Dietmar Wiening Gallery

Take in works from SA’s leading bronze marine life and bird sculptor. Figurative art, paintings and stunning waters are all permanent features at Dietmar Wiening’s gallery.

Also, some art pieces are purchasable so art lovers and collectors really will have a field day.

Contact: (012) 205 1193


Address: R512 Lanseria Road, Hartebeespoort Dam, Broederstroom, North West

#18 Visit Pretville Film Set, retro-style

Visit the set of the Afrikaans flick, Pretville, and experience 1950s cars, a retro-style diner (serving milkshakes and burgers) and good, clean fun. Snap some pictures in the photo booth or as you stroll about in the quaint surroundings, exploring the set.

You can also watch the movie while you’re there. R60 gains you entrance to Pretville.

Contact: (083) 266 8567


Address: R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#19 Experience river rafting with Mobile Adventures

Offering activity packed, half-day white water rafting adventures on the Highveld Crocodile River, Mobile Adventures is the answer for adrenaline junkies and water babies.

The 5km river trip, which enables water enthusiasts to ride the rapids, takes +/- two hours to finish.

Contact: (083) 969 9083


Address: Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort Dam, North West

#20 Hit a hole-in-one at Magalies Park golf course

Situated on the tranquil edge of the Hartbeespoort Dam, Magalies Park golf course offers endless emerald fairways, which seemingly melt into the surrounding hills and waters. There are three tee options to suit a host of golfing abilities, and players will find the surroundings and course equally delightful.

Contact: (012) 207 9000


Address: Magalies Park, Hartbeespoort, North West

These are just some of the main attractions and most popular activities to be enjoyed in Harties during 2017.

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Top 20 Hartbeespoort Restaurants 2017.

Resort town, Hartbeespoort – situated north of Joburg – may be best known for the likes of Hartbeespoort Dam and Crocodile River’s white water rapids, but it is also (perhaps surprisingly to some) a place of good food and interesting restaurants, cafés and bistros.

Hartbeespoort, situated in the North West province, is the ultimate holiday destination, filled with incredible outdoor experiences, attractions and beauty.

Here are the top 20 eateries you should visit in 2017:

#1 La Terrazza Restaurant

Specialising in Mediterranean cuisine, this Italian restaurant offers either breakfast or lunch options, complete with sizeable portions. Available meals include: calamari, seafood, vegetarian and meat, as well as lighter meals such as: salads, Prego rolls, cheese boards and wraps.

Guests will also enjoy the relaxed and pleasant dining atmosphere.

Contact: (012) 244 0667

Website: none

Address: Mountain Lake Centre, Pecanwood, Hartbeespoort, North West

#2 Skye Bistro

Located above an equestrian estate, amid towers, the romantic and elegant Skye Bistro offers breakfast, lunch or five-course, sit-down dinner options.

For breakfast, enjoy English-style offerings, yoghurt and fresh pastries, while for lunch you can tuck into lighter meals, like salads and seafood/meat dishes. Finally, to round it all off, dinner is a glitzy, full affair – so be sure to dress up to the nines!

Contact: (072) 905 4919

Website: none

Address: R511, Hartebeespoort, North West

#3 Silver Orange Bistro

Offering contemporary SA cuisine – with an emphasis on clean flavours and local produce – this farm bistro consists of both award-winning wines (from the likes of Ernie Els) and delicious fare. Here, each dish is artfully prepared with flavours, which perfectly complement each other.

Then, nearby, among the citrus orchards, you will find a new, additional dining experience (no children under 16 allowed) called Almost Orange. Here, you can share a light meal while sipping on premium liquors, gins, craft beer and hand-selected wines.

Contact: (082) 378 2948


Address: Altyd Mooi Farm, R513, Hartbeespoort, North West

#4 The Windmill Restaurant

This charming restaurant – located within an authentic Dutch windmill – offers a variety of true Dutch meals, as well as traditional restaurant favourites, to satisfy your hunger and is something of a local eatery icon.

Enjoy either indoor or outdoor dining, with spectacular views wherever you sit.

Contact: (012) 259 0955

Website: none

Address: 1 Jan Smuts Drive, Meerhof, Hartbeespoort, North West

#5 Laurentina Restaurant

This Portuguese-Mozambican-style restaurant in Chameleon Village offers a great vibe, in addition to lovely décor, tasty food and music performances.

Here, you will find authentic Portuguese-type dishes to fill up on.

Contact: (012) 253 5052


Address: Chameleon Village, Hartbeespoort, North West

#6 Leopard Lodge Restaurant

Situated at the beautiful Leopard Lodge, when at this restaurant, diners can enjoy open plan dining, culinary art and traditional cuisine in a lovely setting.

Expect the likes of gnocchi, zuercher geschnetzeltes, Italian pizza, sushi (the African Swiss way) and wiener schnitzel.

Contact: (012) 207 1130


Address: Leopard Lodge, Skeerpoort, R560, Hartbeespoort, North West

#7 The Coffee Shop

Located at The Snake and Reptile Park in Chameleon Village, this family-friendly, outdoor café boasts a menu consisting of breakfasts, light meals, sandwiches, coffee, dessert and burgers.

Contact: (076) 141 3364


Address: Chameleon Village, Hartbeespoort, North West

#8 De Vette Mossel

This seafood restaurant – first opened in 2004 in Mossel Bay on an isolated beach at Groot Brak Rivier – now has a second branch in Hartbeespoort Dam, as well as in Parys, Klerksdorp and Nelspruit too.

Here, diners will find perfectly prepared seafood and an array of tasty dishes in what is an unusual and informal restaurant setting in Harties.

Contact: (082) 346 3731


Address: R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#9 Café La Bonheur

Offering an escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday city life, this French café – with a name that translates into “tranquillity” or “place of happiness” – is run by owner-chef Angelique, who has a strong passion for food.

They also cater for functions, special lunches, buffets, year-end functions, meetings and birthday parties.

Contact: (071) 402 0695


Address: Plot 246, Saartjies Nek, Hartbeespoort, North West

#10 AfricanSwiss Restaurant

Serving divine food – like soft veal in white wine sauce or Gorgonzola gnocchi – AfricanSwiss additionally offers an amazing and relaxed dining atmosphere.

The specialties here are definitely Swiss and Bavarian dishes, ensuring a break from local cuisines.

Contact: (083) 476 0507


Address: Plot 119, Broederstroom, Hartbeespoort, North West

#11 BisiBean Coffee Roasting Co.

Here, coffee is their passion and as such, BisiBean do real coffee. If you want to enjoy the best espresso and cappuccino at one of Hartebeespoort’s best coffee shops, then this is the place for you.

You can also sample a mouth-watering selection of cakes, like chocolate cake, caramel velvet cake or lemon cheesecake, as well as enjoying filled croissants and other yummy foods.

Contact: (079) 143 8511


Address: R27, Tielmann Street, Hartbeespoort, North West

#12 Pica Pau Continental Cuisine

For delicious, hearty meals visit the onsite Pica Pau Restaurant.

Located in Magalies Park Rort, Pica Pau is owned and run by George and Franci, who take immense pride in their restaurant. It is well-known for its excellent pizzas, made with delicious toppings; visitors will find something to suit every palate with Pica Pau’s great, wood-fired offerings.

They also offer western European dishes, event/function catering and stunning views of the Magaliesberg Mountains.

Contact: (012) 207 9127


Address: Magalies Park Country Club, Skeerpoort, Hartbeespoort, North West

#13 Upperdeck Restaurant

This rustic, laid-back grill restaurant offers a lovely garden terrace, live music and, of course, tasty food and great drinks. It’s the perfect place to relax, catch up with friends or family or simply enjoy a chilled meal out.

Contact: (012) 253 2586


Address: Old Rustenburg Road, Damdoryn, Hartbeespoort, North West

#14 Black Fox Eatery

This gin bar and eatery is an intimate and quirky space, which offers unbelievable views of the surrounding Magalies Mountains and famed Hartbeespoort Dam.

Their kitchen offers scrumptious nibbles, enchanting mains and sweet delights. Speciality dishes are offered on a daily basis and depend on the new, seasonal harvests available.

Contact: (012) 253 1847/8


Address: Hartbeespoort, North West

#15 Harties Café

This Belgian and European contemporary delicatessen offers a great variety of treats, like waffles, pancakes and much more, while the friendly service only adds to this Harties experience.

Contact: (079) 331 2771

Website: none

Address: Tielman Road, Village Road, Schoemansville, Hartbeespoort, North West

#16 Caravela Restaurante

This Portuguese restaurant offers superb seafood and European fare, as well as cold beers and yummy milkshakes to wash it down. As aforementioned, they are perhaps especially well-known for their seafood.

Enjoy a friendly and relaxing atmosphere, with professional staff at your service.

Contact: (012) 253 2642

Website: none

Address: Straduvarius Road, Hartbeespoort, North West

#17 French Toast Koffie Kafee

Paying homage to Paris, this quaint café serves, in particular, killer croissants, other good food and lovely coffee.

Visitors will love the mini Eiffel Tower and lovers lock, which add a sense of Parisian romance to this little, country café.

Contact: (078) 592 6953


Address: R27, R511, Hartbeespoort, North West

#18 Café Deli-Licious

This upmarket spot – equipped with beautiful décor – serves modern, fresh food and great coffees. Absorb the smells of fresh coffee and baking bread, as you wait for your order(s) to arrive. What’s more, expect quality service with it.

Contact: (082) 484 7440

Website: none

Address: Chameleon Village, Hartbeespoort, North West

#19 Pick-a-Pancake

This is a nice concept and it adds a fun and different element to Hartbeespoort. Expect creatively named pancakes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Whether you prefer savoury or sweet, you’ll be well catered for here.

Contact: (012) 253 0485

Website: none

Address: Old Rustenberg Road, Hartbeespoort, North West

#20 Hero’s Grill House & Pizzeria

Specialising in pizzas and grills, this is the perfect place to enjoy a bite to eat before or after experiencing the Aerial Cableway. The menu is large enough without being too vast.

It’s quite spacious inside, the views are good and service comes with a smile.

Contact: (012) 253 9910

Website: none

Address: Plot 3 Melodie, Aerial Cableway, Hartbeespoort, North West

These are just some of the top cafés, bistros and restaurants visitors can enjoy when exploring the small resort town, Harties.

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