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Hartbeespoort Dam
Hartbeespoort Dam

Hartbeespoort Dam

R511, Chameleon Village, South Africa

The Basics

Travelers looking for some rest and relaxation can find both at Hartbeespoort Dam—hang out at a lakeside picnic area, sign up for a spa treatment, or go on a buffet cruise. When you’re ready for adventure, try kitesurfing, mountain biking, horseback riding, hiking, or off-roading.

Opportunities to learn more about the area’s environment and wildlife abound at the Hartbeespoort Dam Aquarium and the Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park. And for a bird’s-eye view of the region, hop in a hot-air balloon or ride the Harties Aerial Cableway to the mountaintop viewing platform.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Hartbeespoort is a convenient getaway for those who need a break from Pretoria or Johannesburg.

  • If you’re planning to visit during the high season (summer), book your accommodations in advance.

  • Swimming in the lake isn’t advised, due to local water quality concerns.

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How to Get There

About 31 miles (50 kilometers) from Pretoria and 53 miles (85 kilometers) from Johannesburg, Hartbeespoort is easiest to reach by car. From Johannesburg, take the R512; from Pretoria, the R514.

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When to Get There

The best time to visit Hartbeespoort Dam is during the summer (December through April), when the weather is warm. For fewer crowds, avoid holidays and weekends.

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Ride the Harties Aerial Cableway

Take the Harties Aerial Cableway high into the Magaliesberg mountains, and enjoy sweeping views of Hartbeespoort Dam and surroundings. The mountaintop station also boasts several restaurants, a playground, a hiking trail, and a souvenir shop.

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