Hartebeesport in the North-West province was my latest one day get-way from the city. It’s so close I tend to forget that it is not part of Gauteng; most likely due to the Magaliesberg mountains that stretch some 120 km from Gauteng North deep into the North-West. Only 40 minutes drive from Johannesburg, the geological scenery is pretty much the same. At 3 billion years old, it makes it one of the oldest mountains in the world, almost a 100 times older than Everest; not as high though, its highest peak is only 1.85 km high. Most of the day was spent up the mountain peak of Hartbeespoort and by the Hartbeespoort Dam.
Pretoria and Johannesburg are visible from the top if you have a decent pair of binoculars up the mountain. Of course I didn’t hike there; the Harties Cableway at R120 a return trip offers cable car transportation to the top. The ride is comfortable; however I must warn you, the company uses the term ‘fine dining’ too liberally. My mother can cook a better meal. The restaurant I assume is functioning without a professional chef. There’s plenty of shade and seating at the top though, you can rest comfortably and quench your thirst.
I don’t have a boat to go fishing in the dam, but I have a good friend who lives by Kosmos at the dam-front property, and we spent the late afternoon with decent food and more drinks.
And finally no outing is complete without some shopping. Met a king of the Zulus whilst shopping at the Chameleon Village’s African Market; well, the kind you pay ten bucks for a picture with, but it was fun.
A day well spent!