Hartbeespoort or Harties is a small town situated on the slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountain and known for the Hartbeespoort Dam and the rapids of the Crocodile River. It’s also only an hour’s drive from Koesterfontein Glamping Farm! There are also many great things to do and although the town is small, it has a rich history:
• The name of the town means “gateway of the hartbees” (a species of antelope) in Afrikaans. It was previously known as Schoemansville, named after General Hendrik Schoeman, who owned the farm Hartbeespoort Dam was built on.
• Hartbeespoort Dam is used for irrigation and domestic use. Construction began in 1916 and was completed in 1923 and has a total capacity of 195 million m3.
• The Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway goes to the top of the Magaliesberg and is the longest mono cableway in Africa. It is one of the main attractions in Hartbeespoort and was originally constructed in 1973. At the top of the cableway, there are gorgeous views and a restaurant waiting.
• The Elephant Sanctuary started in 1999 and grew from 5 elephants to a total of 12. The elephants have been domesticated through positive reinforcement animal management principles to give you the opportunity to interact with these gentle giants.
• At the Hartbeespoort Dam Snake & Animal Park, visitors can see a variety of animals including lions, tigers, snakes, and a variety of birds in between the gorgeous stone walls.
Come join us at Koesterfontein Glamping Farm and drive through one day to experience some of the Harties magic during your stay! We can’t wait to see you!
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