Hartbeespoort is a collection of small resort towns situated around the Hartbeespoort Dam in the North-West province, close to the Gauteng border. It’s known to locals as Harties. This is such a great spot for tourists as there are so many fun activities available for everyone.

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1. Almost Orange

Almost Orange provides a fantasy-like escape from Johannesburg. Their unique menu offers a variety of delicious platters which you can enjoy while sitting in the garden of the Tuscan-style villa, surrounded by citrus trees. You can take instagramable pictures here.

Photo credit @Almost Orange
Address:

R513, Hartbeespoort, 0216, South Africa

Operating Hours:

Saturday & Sunday 11h00 – 16h00

Cost:

Free entrance

Website: 

https://almost.silverorangebistro.co.za/

2. Little Paris

It has a clothing boutique, a gift shop, a deli, and a french-styled restaurant. You will find a 12.5-meter Eiffel Tower, a lock bridge where you can seal your love, and other touches of Paris here. Little Paris is ideal for pictures as it has photographic aesthetics.

Hint: Go early in the morning to avoid long queues for pictures, it gets really busy.

Photo credit @littleparisIG
Address:

R511, Hartbeespoort, 0216

Operating Hours:

Monday to Sunday 08h00 – 17h00

Cost:

Free entrance

3. Cradle of Humankind 

The Cradle of Humankind is one of South Africa’s 10 UNESCO World Heritage sites. It contains 15 major fossil sites of which the Sterkfontein caves are the most famous. The caves are estimated to be 20 million years old. It’s a few minutes away from Hartbeespoort Dam.

Entrance to Cradle of Humankind
Address: 

Cradle of Humankind 8th Floor 124 Main Street Cnr Main/Kruis/Marshall Streets Johannesburg 2000

Operating Hours:

Monday to Sunday 08h00 – 17h00

Cost:

Adults: R175

Children (below 14): R102

Pensioners & Students (with ID card): R75

Website: 

https://www.maropeng.co.za/

4. Windmill Restaurant & Jasmyn Farm Stall 

Mainly full of stalls you can buy fruits, sweets and many more goods from. You can also find a little dutch shop, food market, massive bookstore, waffle house, and restaurants in this area. There is also a kids’ play area if you go there with your little ones.

Jasmyn Windmill
Address:

Jan Smuts Ave &, R511, Hartbeespoort, 0216, South Africa

Operating Hours:

Monday to Sunday 08h00 – 17h00

Cost:

Free Entrance

Website: 

https://www.facebook.com/Jasmynmarket/

5. Pretville Film Set

This place is an awesome family opportunity, where you all have fun and spend quality time together. It’s a nostalgic and quirky town. You will get to experience and enjoy seeing what life was like in the 1950s. The ticket includes a movie in the old movie hall. There are great props to take pictures with as well.

Pretville Film Set
Address:

R511, Rietfontein, Hartbeespoort, 0216, South Africa

Operating Hours: 

Saturday & Sunday 08h00 – 16h30

Cost:

Adults: R100

Children (2-12years) & Pensioners: R50

Pensioners (over 70): Free entrance

Website:

http://pretville.co.za/

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6. Aerial Cableway 

This is the longest mono cableway in South Africa. Aerial Cableway offers a return car ride to the Magaliesburg mountain. You will enjoy the scenic views of the Hartbeespoort Dam, the town of Magaliesburg, and the surrounding areas. You will find hiking trails, restaurants, kids’ play areas, souvenir shops, mountain biking, and paragliding as well. Each cable car accommodates four to six people.

Hint: No food or drinks allowed.

Aerial Cableway view
Address: 

Plot 3, Melodie Melodie agricultural holdings, Hartbeespoort, 0260, South Africa

Operating Hours: 

Sunday to Friday 09h00 -16h00 (last car down 16h30)
Saturday 09h00 -16h30 (last car down 17h00)

Cost: 

Adults: R240 per person return

Children: R140 per person return

Pensioners: R130 per person return (Proof of ID required)

Website: 

https://hartiescableway.co.za/

7. Hartbeespoort Dam 

The dam is an iconic landmark, it’s arched shaped and situated in the Magaliesburg mountain range. The entryway to the dam is along a curved tunnel and there is no parking allowed at this point. Boat cruises, hikes, jet skiing, sailing, and watersports are some of the activities you can do at the dam. This is the only dam in South Africa with a Roman Triumphal Arch-style wall. Its design is based on the Arch de Triumphe in Paris.

Hartbeespoort Dam
Address:

Scott St, Hartbeespoort, 0216, South Africa

Operating Hours: 

Open 24 Hours

Cost: 

Free entrance, each activity has its own cost.

8. French Toast Koffie Kafee

This cafe was specially built as a set for the movie French Toast in 2015 and is known as Cafe Alexandre in the movie. It offers sweet and savory variations of french toast, each table has a little Eiffel Towe, a lock piece and the interior gives the feel of Paris.

French Toast entrance
Address: 

97, R511 Hartbeespoort Hartbeespoort Dam, 0216, South Africa

Operating Hours:

Monday to Sunday 08h00 – 17h00

Cost: 

Free entrance

Website: 

http://frenchtoastharties.co.za/

9. Chameleon Village Lion Park 

This is a family destination with a variety of family activities. It has African craft markets, shops, snake & reptile parks, lion & tiger parks, restaurants, kids’ play areas, art galleries, and go-karting. It’s situated on the main road.

Lion & Tiger Park at Chameleon Village
Address:

R104, Damdoryn, Hartbeespoort, 0216, South Africa

Operating Hours: 

Monday to Sunday 08h30 – 17h00

Cost: 

Free entrance. Each activity has its own entrance fee.

Website: 

https://chameleonvillage.co.za/

10. Upside Down House

It’s in the name, the upside-down house is a house built upside down. It’s the first of its kind in South Africa. The contents of the house which normally are on the floor are now over your head. It’s a great place for great gravity-defying pictures. The two-story house has a kitchen, dining room, living room, and bedrooms arranged with all the furniture and appliances on the ceiling.

Upside Down House
Address:

R3 Hartbeeshoek Road, Hartbeespoort, 0216, South Africa

Operating Hours: 

Monday to Friday 09h00 – 18h00

Saturday & Sunday 07h00 – 18h00

Cost:

Adults: R100

Children (under 7) & Pensioners: R70

Children (under 3) & Pensioners (over 80): Free entrance

Website: 

https://www.upsidedownhouse.co.za/

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