Top 10 Child-friendly Activities in Hartbeespoort

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

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These are the best child-friendly activities to enjoy in Hartbeespoort:

1) Experience the Harties Aerial Cableway

Arguably one of the most famous attractions in Hartbeespoort is the Harties Aerial Cableway. This thrilling experience allows you to soak up the best sights of Harties and enjoy incredible views of the Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounds.

Aside from enjoying a fun ride, guests can also shop for souvenirs; hike the informative 1.2 km-long Dassie Loop; let the kids loose on the fun Kidzone Play Area; enjoy cocktails and a meal with a view; and much more.

For pricing and other info, attraction details at Harties Aerial Cableway, please visit their website.

Contact: (012) 253 9910,


Address: Plot 3, Melodie, Agricultural Holdings, Hartbeespoort, North West, South Africa.

Harties Cableway via Facebook

2) Visit the Harteespoort Elephant Sanctuary

Started in 1999, this long-standing institution provides a safe haven for African elephants, while also allowing the public to respectfully see and learn about them too.

You can enjoy hands-on, interactive elephant experiences, as guests are guided on foot through the sanctuary or allowed to interact up close with the elephants.

Remember to wear flat shoes and apply sunscreen for this experience.

For prices and other information, please check out their website.

Alternatively, you can also book a stay at the Tuskers guest house and lodge to linger a little longer near the ellies.

Contact: (012) 258 9904


Address: R104, Hartbeespoort, North West, South Africa.

Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort via Facebook

3) Enjoy the Bushbaby and Monkey Sanctuary

Another excellent local sanctuary is the Bushbaby and Monkey Sanctuary. Here, guests can enjoy monkey tours and see free-living monkeys in their natural, wild environment.

Guests, including children, leave with an understanding that monkeys do not make good pets and should be allowed to enjoy a free, wild life.

For prices and other information, please visit their website.

Contact: (012) 258 9904,


Address: R104, Hartbeespoort, North West, South Africa.

4) Have Fun at the Upside Down House

The Upside Down House is one of the quirkiest attractions in South Africa. Built entirely upside down, this house and its furniture makes for an amazing experience that is sure to amuse and captivate young and old.

Jumping castles and coin-operated kiddies’ rides provide an extra layer of youthful fun when visiting this incredible place.

There is also a small takeaway/sit-down restaurant on-site for guests to enjoy.

For prices and other info, please visit their website.

Contact: +27 (063) 100 9858,


Address: Upside Down House, R3, Broederstroom, North West, South Africa.

Upside Down House South Africa

5) Spend the Day at Hartbeespoort Dam

Another excellent, family-friendly attraction is, of course, Hartbeespoort Dam.

One fun experience to enjoy here is a boat cruise around the dam.

The dam is also incredibly scenic and allows a nice outdoorsy escape from the hustle and bustle of city life.

Guests can also enjoy hikes and other watersports in and around the dam.

Contact: n/a


Address: Hartbeespoort Dam, Hartbeespoort, North West

6) Visit the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre offers visitors the chance to see cheetah runs and enjoy fun guided tours that provide great, meaningful insights into the good work this centre does. It also educates the public on how to protect these majestic, powerful cats.

By visiting, you are also giving back to the cause. Guests can also adopt a wild child, make a donation or support key research.

For more info and prices, please visit their website.

Contact: 063 693 7403,


Address: R513, Plot 119, De Wildt, Hartbeespoort, North West, South Africa.

7) Head to Van Gaalen Cheese Farm

If your family loves cheese or dairy, this farm is for you! The Van Gaalen Cheese Farm has been a family-friendly farm experience since 1994.

Here, guests can enjoy fun cheese tours, shopping for goods at the farm shop, hikes or MTB rides at the Van Gaalen Trails, picnics on the river and a meal at their Terrace Restaurant.

Make a day of it and enjoy the soothing beauty of this local cheese farm.

Contact: (012) 207 1289


Address: R560, Skeerpoort, North West, South Africa.

Van Gaalen Cheese Farm via Facebook

8) Savour Ukutula Lion Park And Lodge

Ukutula Lion Park and Lodge is near Brits – however, this local attraction is also only 40 or so km drive from Hartbeespoort Dam so it is certainly worth a mention on this list.

Enjoy a fun day trip or extended stay at this unique lion park and lodge. With everything from a lion deck to game drives, bush walks and lovely accommodation, this lodge offers a wonderful experience for all.

For more info and prices, please visit their website.

Contact: +27 (012) 254 4780,


Address: The Farm Klipkop, 411 JQ District Brits, North West, South Africa.

9) Check out Chameleon Village

Chameleon Village is an excellent family destination that offers visitors an amazing local market and shopping experience; a range of restaurants to enjoy; and fun activities for all ages.

Activities available include everything from 18-hole putt putt to archery and kids’ water spray park and playgrounds.

Contact: +27 (0)12 003 4033, +27 (0)79 273 7842,


Address: Chameleon Village R104 Old Rustenburg Road, Damdoryn, Hartbeespoort, North West, South Africa.

10) Experience the Harties Snake and Animal Park

Last but far from least we have the fun Harties Snake and Animal Park. Tucked against the foot of the Magliesberg, on Hartbeespoort’s eastern shore, this private park allows visitors to see an interesting array of animals and reptiles.

These include everything from lions and other big cats, primates, wild dogs, birds and reptiles.

For more info and prices, please see their website.

Contact: (012) 253 1162


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


These are just ten of the best child-friendly activities to enjoy in Harties!

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