What Is It?

Hartbeespoort All-White Party is soon approaching and you are invited.

This anticipated event has everyone holding their breath for legendary lineup they will be releasing.

So grab some friends, fill the tank and go have some fun in Harties.

When Is It?

Saturday, 28 March 2020 at 10:00

Where Is It?

Hartbeespoort Holiday Resort, Old Rustenburg Road, R513, Brits, North West.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R180 - R250 per person. Tickets will be available on Computicket as from 23 November 2019, click Here.

For More Information

For more information, visit Here.

Entries Are Officially Open!

Entries are officially open for the 17th annual FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and the 7th annual FNB Platinum Trail Run, two premier off-road events that will have entrants begging for more at the ATKV Buffelspoort.

This event isn't just about fitness, running and mountain biking. It's also makes for the perfect weekend breakaway for families. The FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and the FNB Platinum Trail Run depict the best off-road routes on offer in the North West Province. Both events possess a perfect balance between challenge and reward. Featuring three entry options, mountain bikers can choose between: +-16km; +-33km; and +-65km route. Trail runners can choose between: +-8km; +-12km; and +-24km. For an added challenge, why not sign up for both?

They've also introduce a Kids 2,5km race to both the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic and the FNB Platinum Trail Run in 2019. Families can look forward to experiencing spectacular trails that are complemented by magnificent scenery and a vibrant festival atmosphere.

FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic

FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic Info

Date: Saturday, 01 June 2019

Venue: ATKV Buffelspoort

Distances and Entry Fee:

The first 1000 mountain bikers to enter (and pay) will receive an official event t-shirt.

FNB Platinum Trail Run Info

Date: Sunday, 02 June 2019

Venue (start & finish): ATKV Buffelspoort

Distances and Entry Fee:

The first 1000 trail runners to enter (and pay) will receive an official event t-shirt.

For More Information

For more information on the FNB Magalies Monster MTB Classic or FNB Platinum Trail Run, you can contact Stillwater Sports on 082 991 0045, email [email protected] or visit www.stillwatersports.com.

Don't forget to give them a follow on Twitter and Facebook to keep up to date with their latest news, events and announcements.

What Is It?

Join in on the fun and excitement this festive season at Harties Harbour, as they'll be hosting an amazing 10-day festival which promises visitors the ultimate summer entertainment in Harties. This is just what you and your family deserve after a long, busy and challenging year. You can expect all the summer fun under the sun, from awesome live music, swimming pools and water slides to boat cruises, braais and so much more.

Also, along with your ticket, you can enjoy Kommando Nek Wildlife Resort as a day visitor! So, feel free to arrive early or stay later and enjoy all the resort has to offer. There's also picnic/braai spots along the dam, a pit for fishing and relaxing and lots so sunshine! Just the way it is meant to be at Harties!

Please note: Drink responsibly. No alcohol to be sold to under 18s.


What To Take With You

So, what you waiting for? Gather the loved ones, pack the the car with a few summertime necessities and enjoy a day out at Harties at the Savanna Summer Splash Festival. Here's what you should take along with you:


When Is It?

Sunday, 23 December 2018 - Tuesday, 01 January 2019. Gates open at 09:00 and close at 18:30 except for New Year's Eve where they'll be closing at 02:00.

Where Is It?

Harties Harbour, Kommandonek Resort, Simon Bekker Avenue, Hartbeespoort.


How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R295 per adult; R195 per child under 12 and R150 per child under 6.

Click here to book your tickets now.

Your ticket to the Savanna Summer Splash Festival includes:

For More Information

For more information about this fun-filled festival, visit www.hartiesharbour.co.za or www.hartiesboatco.co.za.

You can also call them on 012 253 5045 / 012 253 5313 / 066 042 5697 / 082 704 7202 or email on [email protected].

Also, don't forget to give Harties Boat Company a follow on Facebook.

Eat In Hartebeespoort

The Windmill Restaurant

Situated at the Jasmyn Farm Stall, The Windmill Restaurant has been a favourite to both locals and out-of-towners. The eatery is known for its waffles and brunch options such as the cottage cheese and salami stuffed sandwiches. The waffles are to die for, the eggs Benedict beyond beautiful and the staff fast and friendly.

Details: 012 259 1183  | Click here, for more information

Siesta Tapas Bistro

Can't afford a holiday in Spain? It's all good! Head to Siesta Tapas Bar & Bistro in Hartebeespoort for some of the best finger foods this side of the Alboran Sea. A winner is the cheese platter for one with a collection of fine cheeses, crackers and preserves. Another platter would be the Mixed which consists of a selection of marinated ribs, Moroccan spiced chicken satays, pan grilled prawns on saffron rice, chilli salt calamari, fried halloumi and empanadillas.

Details: Tel: 012 253 1038 / 082 824 0983 | Click here, for more information

French Toast Koffee Kafee

The French and the Dutch meet in Hartebeespoort and bring something brilliant to the table. French Toast Koffee Kafee is a must when you're at the dam for the day. Breakfast is served until 12:00 and the lunch menu is something to write home about. Brochette de pain doré, bacon et banane for the win ... Oh, you don't speak French? Not a problem. That'd be bacon and banana French toast skewers. Convincing, isn't it?

Details: 078 592 6953 | [email protected] | Click here, for more information

de Vette Mossel

The best way to enjoy good seafood is with friends and sand under your feet in front of a boma. Thankfully de Vette Mossel offers all of this at their eatery. It's like something out of a Hemingway novel - the Cuba years, of course. A house favourite would be the snoek and sweet potato.

Details: 082 346 3731 | [email protected] | Click here, for more information

Stay In Hartebeespoort

Villa Paradiso Country Manor

Hartebeespoort is definitely a getaway spot I love as there are so many fun, family-friendly activities on offer. Enjoy some extreme jet boat rides on the dam, visit the elephant sanctuary or do some exciting zip lining  there is something for everyone. And, after a long day of exhilaration and sightseeing, relax in your hotel room at the luxurious 4-star Villa Paradiso Country Manor, which overlooks the soothing waters of the Hartebeespoortdam.

Details: 012 253 1847/8 | [email protected] | Click here, for more information


A contemporarily styled beach theme with a tropical island vibe is what you get when visiting Cocomo ... in Harties. It's a 4-Star Graded guesthouse worth the drive. Cocomo Guesthouse, Spa and Conference centre is one of the most popular guesthouses in Harties and is known for hosting many celebrities. It boasts a unique courtyard with sea sand and Tiki-Beach bar. Come revive and charge batteries at this hidden paradise. Although far from the coast, you will feel right at it.

Details: 012 259 0303 | [email protected] Click here, for more information

Watershed Luxury Accommodation

Nestled at the foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains, Watershed is easily accessible and only a stone's throw away from Joburg and Pretoria. This tranquil and relaxed setting, together with its central location, makes it an ideal holiday destination from which to explore the many attractions and natural splendours of the area. Whether you are staying the night with family or breaking away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Watershed will suit your needs.

Details: 081 478 0407 | [email protected] | Click here, for more information

Entertainment In Hartbeespoort

Pecanwood Golf & Country Club

When immersed in the hustle and bustle of city life it seems hard to imagine that the ideal escape is situated less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Pecanwood Estate and Pecanwood Golf and Country Club, situated on the banks of Hartbeespoort Dam and nestled in the rolling hills of the picturesque Magaliesberg Mountains, adds a new dimension to the concept of rest and relaxation. What’s more, this prestigious development is home to South Africa’s first Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. It offers a unique combination of superb climate, outdoor activities and residential excellence that result in a lifestyle experience which many aspire to.

Details: 012 244 8000 | [email protected] | Click here, for more information

Hartebeespoort Cableway

Have a picnic or braai in the clouds and experience uninterrupted views of the scenic splendour of Hartbeespoortdam, the most beautiful man-made lake in Africa, or just enjoy the tranquil surroundings while watching paragliders and handgliders soaring with the Eagles. Built on the farm Arendsnes (Eagle's Nest), the cableway is situated on 150 hectares of indigenous bushveld and is the home of the endangered Black Eagle. The Fish Eagle and White Backed Vulture are regular visitors. At the base station, a fully licensed à la carte restaurant offers country cuisine at its best.

Details: Click here for more information

The Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort is situated at the base of the Magaliesberg, 3km from Hartbeespoort Dam, 1 hrs drive from Fourways and Pretoria. The sanctuary offers several different tours throughout the day, and for those wanting a little more, you can book a night in one of the luxury guest suites and enjoy true African hospitality. Professional guides will take you through the sanctuary and share the wonderful world of the African elephant in a most special way. You will get to interact with the elephants, walk trunk-in-hand and feed them.

Details: Click here for more information


One of the highlights for all of us was a visit to the Lion & Safari Park – if you have not yet visited their new venue on a 600-hectare wilderness reserve in the Cradle of Humankind, then you need to make a plan to visit as soon as possible.

We honestly thought we’d be there for a while and move on somewhere else for the remainder of the day, but there was so much to do that we ran out of time! The children had an absolute blast, and despite our visit taking place in the middle of a heat wave, none of us wanted to leave!

Lion & Safari Park

Here’s whats on offer:

Our plan of action was to begin with a Lion Cub interaction, cappuccinos and ice-cream, guided game drive, long lazy lunch, walk around the facilities while feeding the various ostrich, giraffe and antelope, G&Ts and ice cream and a very long play on the playground. Plus at least an hour spent in the “5 dome shopping experience” on the way out!

Lion & Safari Park

Volunteer Program

Volunteers from all over the world are welcome to apply for the Lion & Safari Park’s volunteer programme. We thought the tour guides were amazingly well trained and passionate about their jobs – turns out that many of them were volunteers!

This phenomenal programme gives you the chance to:

Lion & Safari Park


Entrance to the restaurants, curio shops and children's playground is FREE – you only pay for activities such as animal interactions and guided game drives. Click here for the rate card.


All year round from 08:30 – 20:00

Lion & Safari Park


Tel: 087 150 0100

Email: Lion Park

Visit: Lion And Safari Park

Written by Shelli NT

What Was It?

If you love craft beer and gin, then this is an event for you. This Dam Town and the Dragon Pub & Grill for their first Harties Craft Beer & Gin Festival. There will be loads of craft beer and gin, as well as daily entertainment and live music, great food and the best local brews around. And for the little ones, there will be jumping castles to keep them busy. This a fun event if you're looking to get out of the house and have a blast with your loved ones. 

When Was It?

Friday, 08 September to Sunday, 10 September 2017. Festival times are as follows:

Where Was It?

Dragon Pub & GrillR511, Hartbeespoort. 

How Much Was It?

Tickets were R 50 per adult online (R80 at the gate) and R20 per child online (R30 at the gate). Click here to get your tickets now.


Sundays are made for little road trips to Hartbeespoort. Driving through Magaliesberg is part of the experience. It is one of the best ways to take in the wonderful flora of the deep west of Johannesburg's surrounds. What's even better is knowing that your destination will be worth the drive.

The Windmill

That brings us to the amazing, the fantastic, the wonderful Windmill Restaurant in Harties. As you head down the mountain into Hartebeespoort, just before you get to the dam, the windmill greets you on the left. The little centre built around it is laced with quirky little Dutch shops, a food market (the Jasmyn farmers market sells local produce), a massive bookstore... and of course, the restaurant.

The Windmill restaurant, as it's known, serves a mean brunch. Sure they have dinner and breakfast going but they are most well known for their mid-morning delights. Boys, if you ever want to impress your better half's parents, take them to this place – they are guaranteed to like you so much more for it.


From tantalising toasted sandwiches to big burgers that come with mega chips, there's something for everyone. We usually stick to the toasties but either way, the food is just what you're looking for on a Sunday road trip. Below the restaurant, there is a waffle house worth its weight in maple syrup. The place gets super packed on a Sunday, but usually clears out after lunchtime. If you've driven all the way from Joburg then you're not just going to have brunch and then leave... are you? So, go on have a waffle for us too!

By Shawn Greyling

Have you been to The Windmill Restaurant before? Let us know in the comments section below. Pass this along and plan a road trip to Harties.