Looking for the perfect winter holiday breakaway? Look no further than the picturesque Hartbeespoort where you will be spoilt for choice on how to spend the lovely sunny winter days .
Hartbeespoort has loads of activities and entertainment to offer for every member of the family.
For the active visitors, there are a number of hiking- and cycling trails in the scenic Magaliesberg mountain area , as well as activities such as combat paintball and archery.
Families can enjoy real quality time with visits to the Hartbeespoort snake and animal park, the Elephant and Monkey sanctuaries, as well as the Hartbeespoort Aquarium and The Lion Park, to name but a few.
Have a picnic at the scenic Eagle Waters resort, a pizza with a spectacular view from the mountain at the Harties Cableway, or a leisurely boat ride on the Hartbeespoort Dam.
And don’t forget our own quaint movie set town, Pretville.
Whatever your preference… Hartbeespoort has it.
We’ve rounded up a list of must-visit destinations for this holiday season.
1. Harties Cableway
A visit to the Harties Cableway is an ideal outing. Think panoramic views of the beautiful Magaliesberg and Hartbeespoort Dam while sipping ice-cold cocktails and snacking on ready-made picnic baskets. A KidZone, Dassie Loop walkway, eateries and unique little shops will keep you busy for the day. Details: Contact them on 012 253 9910 or visit www.hartiescableway.co.za
2. Lion and Safari Park
Get closer than you could ever imagine to Africa’s most incredible wildlife. The Lion and Safari Park is a wilderness reserve offering guests an incredible opportunity to get up close to brown and white lions, wild dogs, cheetahs and over twenty different other African wildlife species. Details: Contact them on 087 150 0100 or visit www.lionandsafaripark.com.
3. Hartbeespoort Snake and Animal Park
The Hartbeespoort Snake and Animal Park has been a popular tourist attractions for many years. Visitors can see a wide variety of wild animal species and snakes. Don’t miss the snake and seal shows on weekends! They also have a water sport centre, offering a variety of water toys. Details: Contact them on 253 1162 or visit www.hartbeespoortsnakeanimalpark.co.za.
The little 50’s Rock ’n Roll town, Pretville is a true gem in Harties and a really fun place to visit this winter holiday. Bring your roller skates and have fun on the skating rink, enjoy free movies and feed your tummy with a milkshake and burger in the delightful diner. Open daily from 23 June – 15 July from 08:00 to 16:30. Details: Contact them on 083 266 8567 or visit www.pretville.co.za.
5. Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve
Silkaatsnek Nature Reserve offers you the ideal opportunity of experiencing the bushveld in Hartbeespoort. Giraffe, zebra, kudu and lots of other wildlife can be seen on game drives or their unique horse-back safaris. The self-guided Magaliesberg Biosphere Hiking Trail takes you through one of the most beautiful kloofs, right to the top of the mountains – promising breathtaking views! Details: Contact them on 072 321 2418 or [email protected] Visit www.silkaatsnek.co.za.
6. Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary
Want to have fun while being educated? Visit the Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary in Hartbeespoort. Walk through natural indigenous forests on elevated wooden walkways and experience a variety of exotic monkeys in an exquisite natural environment. Tours are highly informative and the walk is leisurely, winding its way through a tranquil forest. It is an opportunity to see once-captive primates in a wild environment. And if you visit the sanctuary during your birthday month, you get to go in free! Just bring your ID document along. Details: Contact them on 012 258 9904/5/6/7/8 or visit www.monkeysanctuary.co.za for more info.
7. Elephant Sanctuary
Visitors to the Elephant Sanctuary are taken on a journey into the world of the African elephant and are guided through an unforgettable experience with these magnificent creatures. Visitors are able to touch, feed and get to know these animals and have the incredible opportunity to walk hand-in-trunk with these majestic creatures. The sanctuary also offers accommodation. If you visit the sanctuary during your birthday month, your entry is free. Just bring your ID document along. Details: www.elephantsanctuary.co.za or 012 258 9904
8. Arrow rest
Outdoor type? Experience the great facilities at Outdoor Adventure at Arrow Rest. Take your pick of a variety of activities like 3D walk and stalk target course, quad biking and quad track, paintball, bass fishing, team building activities, mountain biking, golf driving range and much more. It is also the perfect venue for children parties. And when it is time for a meal, the breakfast and lunch bar is the perfect place to relax over a scrumptious meal. Details: www.arrowrest.co.za or 082 078 9380.
9. Eagle Waters
For the perfect weekend, or just one day, breakaway, Eagle Waters wildlife resort on the shore of the Hartbeespoort Dam should be on the top of the list as a destination of choice. Come and experience all the area has to offer, from water sports to arts and crafts, restaurants and game wandering around. Eagle Waters resort at Hartbeespoort dam is an easy and convenient location, and the dam is an ideal water playground for everyone. Details: www.eaglewaters.co.za or 012941 9929
10. Hennops Hiking trail
Discover one of the Hartbeespoort area’s few unspoilt nature areas along the Hennops River. Set against the backdrop of mountains, aloes and wildlife, this is a hike no hiker should miss. The Hennops hiking trail consists of three trails setting out from Hadeda Camp. At the beginning and end of both trails, the route meanders along the Hennops River before veering away into the surrounding mountains. Unique features are the river crossing over a suspension bridge and a cable car. Details: www.hennopstrails.co.za or 082 825 9205.
11. Leadwood Inn
Looking for a venue that you can just relax? Leadwood Inn is a stylish place to relax and unwind from Monday to Sunday, offering hearty meals in the Grill Restaurant, lively music evenings in the pub and comfortable accommodation in double en-suite bungalows. It caters for the whole family and a playpark with activities such as tree climbing, fish feeding, trampoline etc will keep them busy while parents relax. This venue is suitable for all functions. Details: www.leadwoodinn.com or 081 8002 0396.
12. Hartbeespoort Holiday Resort
Hartbeespoort Oord/Resort is a gem of 20 hectares nestling at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain with variety of accommodation choices from camping to caravanning, safari tents, log cabins and chalets to backpackers hostel. This is indeed entertainment for the whole family with amenities such as lovely swimming pools, water slides, skate park, putt-putt course, children’s playground and much more. The brand new restaurant offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, enabling you to really relax. Details: www.hartbeespoortoord-resort.co.za or 012 253 2539.