Day trip to Hartbeespoort

So, you have a free weekend coming up and you’re not sure what to get up to? How about a day trip to Hartbeespoort? Hartbeespoort (Harties) is in the North West Province, and is just an hour’s drive from Johannesburg.

So you have this shiny car you pay for every month, but all you’re going to do is drive to work and back? No ways, it’s time to get those weekend trips lined up and get the most out of your car with mates. How about a day trip to Hartbeespoort? Hartbeespoort (Harties) is in the North West Province, and is just an hour’s drive from Johannesburg.

The Hartbeespoort Dam Arch

hartbeespoort dam arch
Hartbeespoort Dam Arch

If you do nothing else, you need to visit the Hartbeespoort Dam Arch. It’s small, but beautiful, and there’s a small but beautiful waterfall that forms at the end of the dam spillway. Of course, you can head to the dam for a boat cruise. The price ranges vary, so depending on the extras you want, be prepared to pay accordingly.

The Harties Cableway

Everybody seems to love the Harties cableway. I’m personally not a fan of cable cars unless the views are exceptional. However, you can give it a go for R210 for adults, and R130 for kids 14 yrs and under. There is a beautiful view, and of course, if you want to go for activities like abseiling, then that’s the way up!

Pretville Movie Set

pretville movie set
Pretville Movie Set

Like movies? There’s a movie set waiting for you to check out! R90 gets you onto the set of Pretville, a 1950s-themed Afrikaans musical. The cool cars and vibrant colours make for a great instagram shoot haha! But seriously though, there’s a little diner that serves milkshakes and burgers should you need a quick snack. But if a proper sit-down lunch is what you’re after, then the next stop is where it’s at.

French Toast

Mini Eiffel Tower at French Toast
Mini Eiffel Tower at French Toast

French toast is well known for the mini Eiffel Tower. But the restaurant actually serves really good food. There’s an aquarium there too if you’re into that. I’m not, so I didn’t check it out. But it’s affordable and would be great to check out.

The Upside Down House

The Upside Down House
The Upside Down House

Life turned upside down? That’s what the Upside down offers you. I’ll admit, it’s a bit out of the way from the main town of Harties, but it’s closer to Harties than it is to the Craddle of mankind. Is it worth driving out of the way to check this place out? Absolutely! It costs R90 and there is a small restaurant should you want to spend time here. I felt super dizzy in the house, so I’d recommend holding off the alcohol and food. The furniture is stuck onto the ceiling, so be careful not to stand underneath things for too long, just in case.

Have you been to Harties before? What were some of your favourite things to do there?

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