Hotspots In Harties

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Harties is THE place to visit if you are looking for some outdoor fun with family and friends. With everything from horseback riding and taking in the stunning view of Hartbeespoort Dam to having a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity with one of Africa’s most majestic animals, there is something for everyone. So, if you are heading down to Harties any time soon, then be sure to check out my list of Hotspots in Harties.

Harties Cableway 

For breathtaking panoramic views of the Hartbeespoort Dam and Magaliesburg, be sure to take a ride in one of the cable cars at the Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort. Once you reach the top, you’ll find that their base station has lots of activities on offer, from an educational walkway to a KidZone play area to keep the little ones busy. There’s also a restaurant, express food stalls and a bar to get you fed and watered while you take in the picturesque view.

For more info, visit their website.

Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort Dam

The Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort Dam offers you a once-in-a-lifetime experience that shouldn’t be missed! I had the opportunity to participate in an interactive elephant experience a while back and I definitely recommend it! You can feed, touch, walk and interact with these majestic animals any day of the week. For something extra special, they also offer elephant back riding.

For more info, visit their website.


Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary

Situated alongside the elephant sanctuary is the Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary. They are one of only eight free-release primate sanctuaries in the world. They host insightful tours where you can visit primates such as the squirrel, spider and capuchin monkeys which have been rescued and given the chance to live as they would in the wild.

For more info, visit their website.

Harties Horse Trail Safaris

If you are in the mood for a horseback adventure out in the wilderness, then make sure you check out Harties Horse Trail Safaris. They offer fun horse trail adventures, no matter what your level of horse riding experience is. Enjoy the fresh air and beautiful scenery with a riding trail or a wildlife horseback safari where you will get the opportunity to spot blue wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, and warthog!

For more info, visit their website.

Lesedi Cultural Village

While en route to Harties, be sure to make a stop at the Lesedi Cultural Village for a lesson on our diverse and interesting cultural heritage. They offer rather informative tours which cover five of our traditions including Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele. You will also get to experience traditional African dancing and music, feast on traditional meals and have the opportunity to shop for African arts and crafts at the village stalls.

For more info, visit their website.

Ama Zwing Zwing Zip Line Tours

I paid a visit to this spot a few years back to celebrate my uncle’s 60th birthday with my family and had a blast doing this zip line tour! The adventure is made up of seven slides and ten platforms ranging between 2—14m in length and is the perfect way to take in the stunning views of the Magaliesburg Mountain range.

For more info, visit their website.

Welwitchia Country Market

Welwitchia Country Market is one of the biggest arts and crafts markets in the country with a huge range of African creations from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Swaziland, to Mali, Malawi and Tanzania. It's perfect if you are looking for a keepsake, an out-of-the-box idea for a gift, or even for useful home crafts. If you want a tasty bite to eat, then make sure you pop into Pick A Pancake for pancakes with all the works.

For more info, visit their website.

Arrow Rest

If you are looking for some fun and adventurous activities to do together as a family, then make sure you head to Arrow Rest for some daytime outdoor entertainment. Try your hand at shooting some arrows at the range, let the kids have a blast racing around the go-kart course, or take a few swings of the golf club at their driving range.

For more info, visit their website.

Water Freaks

Perfect for some fun on Hartbeespoort Dam, Water Freaks offers you a variety of high adrenalin water activities from jet-boat extreme rides and speed boating to tube rides. All drivers are experienced, qualified and ready to take you on an exciting aquatic adventure.

For more info, visit their website.

Paddle Power Adventures

Paddle Power Adventures offers a wide range of outdoor activities to get your adrenaline pumping. Make a booking for a full or half day of a river rafting or canoeing experience on the Crocodile River, or conquer your fear of heights with some abseiling and cable sliding. They also offer quad biking, archery, crossbow shooting and water tubing.

For more info, visit their website.

By Kim Brown

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