Exploring Hartebeespoort

Hartebeespoort is known for the famous Hartebeespoort dam. There is a  number of things to do and see in this town that is only an hour's drive from Pretoria and Johannesburg. One can still go on a boat ride and experience the spectacular dam even though it has been invaded by an alien plant,  the municipality is working on a plan to remove these plants.

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The most popular thing to do in Hartebeespoort is to visit the Hartebeespoort Ariel CableWay. The cableway was constructed in 1973 and was upgraded in 2010 with 6, 14 seater imported cable cars from Switzerland. It offers you panoramic views of Hartebeespoort and Magaliesberg and surrounds.  

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A visit to the Zoo and Snake Park is also a  favourite spot for people to stop at. One can see different wild life including crocodiles, tigers, monkeys and giant tortoises. There is also a seal and snake show that takes place on the weekends. Check with the zoo staff for show times. Entrance fee is R100 per adult and R50 for children under the age of 12. You can also take a boat ride on the dam at a cost of R50 per adult and R30 per child (3 - 12 years).

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Hartebeespoort has a number of coffee shops and restaurants but one of the most popular places to visit is the French Toast Koffie Kafee which was established in 2014. It was built as part of a movie set for the film titled "French Toast" and has since been operating as a restaurant since the movie wrapped. There is miniature Eiffel Tower and a bridge where you can purchase a lock and have it engraved and attach it on the fence. It is located in the same centre as an Aquarium. You can pass the time there should you wait for your table as my family did.

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The food is also spectacular, French Toast Koffie Kafee serves delicious French Toast with a variety of toppings from sweet to savory. Their fillet steak is fantastic and cooked to perfection. Be prepared to wait as this place gets very busy during lunch time.

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There are also a number of different types of accommodation available in the area including hotels, self catering resorts and lodges should you wish to extend your stay in Hartebeespoort.

This picture was captured at Red Ivory Lodge.

This picture was captured at Red Ivory Lodge.

I hope you are inspired by this blog post to visit Hartebeespoort. A small town with a lot of activities for young and old.

 

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