After I enjoyed a heart-racing zip lining experience with the Magaliesberg Canopy Tours, I headed to the Harties Cableway in Hartebeespoort. Hartebeespoort, or Harties, is a small resort town in the North West Province of South Africa, situated on slopes of the Magaliesberg mountain and the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam. It is just an hours drive from Johannesburg and makes for a great day outing.
I have visited Harties before, where I explored the famous Jasmyn farm stall and the quirky Pretville. I have always wanted to go back, and now I had the perfect opportunity. It was a 46-minute drive from the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour, a bit long, but the drive is completely worth it.
I arrived just before 2 pm as the clouds began to gather in the distance. It was blistering hot and I was hoping that those clouds would bring some relief to the heat. The cableway was quite busy that day, but they have fourteen hi-tech cable cars, built to carry six passengers at a time and able to transport up to 500 people per hour – so there was no queue for me and before I knew it, I was being whisked up the mountain.
The ride up is scenic and so quick and once you get up to the top you are greeted with the most beautiful views. The Harties Cableway is the perfect day outing, take a drive to Hartebeesport, hop on the Cableway and have lunch while you enjoy fantastic views.
There is a self-service express restaurant at the top of the cableway where you can buy light meals to enjoy on the terrace or at one of the viewing decks. You may also want to sip on a cocktail at the bar while admiring the view from the terrace.
If you have children, why not sit under the shade at one of the picnic tables and watch them play on the jungle gym in the Kidzone play area?
I skipped the restaurant as I had eaten lunch at the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour and instead, opted to do the 1km Dassie Loop walkway. I found a bench and watched the big storm clouds roll over the Hartebeespoort Dam.
The Harties Cableway
The Harties Cableway is situated in one of South Africa’s most scenic areas – the Magaliesberg, home to some of the oldest mountains in the world. The Magaliesberg is a World Heritage Site, known for its natural beauty and rich heritage. Its lush vegetation and picturesque valleys make it a popular escape for residents of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
What you need to know:
Children (4-14) R115
Under-fours go for free
Address: Plot 3, Melodie, Agricultural Holdings, Hartbeespoort
Telephone: +27 (0)12 253 9910/1/2/3
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