The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Hartbeespoort

Hartbeespoort town

Hartbeespoort on the shores on Hartbeespoort Dam

Photo © Johan van Zyl

North West

The town of Hartbeespoort is a 'resort' town that is sandwiched between the Magaliesberg Mountains and Hartbeespoort Dam. Some of the houses in the town are used permanently but many others are holiday homes. Over the weekends the town fills up with visitors from nearby Gauteng.

One of the main attractions in the area, besides the dam, is the cableway. In 2010 the cableway was totally refurbished and is the longest monocableway in Africa.

Other attractions in the area include trips into the nearby mountains, golf, a snake park, aquarium, elephant sanctuary and a monkey sanctuary. Horse rides are also available.

Hartbeespoort weather


It is a popular place to live as one can escape the big city life but still work in either Pretoria or Johannesburg.

Plenty of shops in the area

Above - There are plenty of restaurants and other interesting shops

Photo © Johan van Zyl


Above - You will need plenty of time to visit all the shops in the area

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Cableway at Hartbeespoort

Above - The cableway

Photo © Johan van Zyl


Above - A 4 metre high granite cross and plaque dedicated to clearing the name of General Schoeman

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 209

Mooiloop! The Book - Author: SABC 2 - Published: 2016 - Page: 118

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 103

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 153


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