Hartbeespoort dam is very popular for weekend getaways for families, festive season holidays day trips and water sport enthusiasts. Surrounded by the majesty of the Magaliesberg mountain range, the dam offers water sports such as parasailing, windsurfing, water and jet skiing and the sky is the limit with adventure sports such as paragliding, hanggliding and hot air ballooning increasing in popularity. Just 45 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the 1620 hectare Hartbeespoort dam functions both as a source of irrigation for farms in the area and as a resort to escape city life. Harbeespoort Dam was constructed in 1925 and has a capacity of 205 million cubic metres and its shoreline, when full, is approximately 56km which means there is enough space for many holiday makers.
Hartbeespoort Aquarium is one of the largest in Africa and other animal attractions include a private zoo with a snake park, a cheetah trust, an elephant sanctuary and a predator park. Crocodile Ramble is an arts and crafts route and there are enough restaurants in Hartbeespoort to visit, from Tan’ Malie se Winkle, that cooks traditional Afrikaans meals, to the local Pick-a-Pancake. This restaurant is in Welwitschia Market that sells a range of African arts, crafts, novelties and curios. The Gaabo Motho Cultural Village is a truly African experience where visitors can shop for numerous cultural goodies and spend money on proudly South African products. Spend money like water or spend the holiday on the water – either way, Hartbeespoort is a place for idyllic getaways.