The resort town known as Harties has been stealing hearts for ages with its platteland vibe and waterside excitement. Roughly a 50-minute drive from Pretoria, it is the ideal breakaway for even just one day.
Encircling water, it is inevitable that Harties’ heart beats in and around the Hartbeespoort Dam. Harties Harbour in die Kommandonek Wildlife Resort is an integral part of Hartbeespoort with daily lunch and sunset boat cruises that are run by the Harties Boat Company. There are also tube rides and fishing activities to experience. Harties Boat Company offers daily cruises aboard Danny Buoy, taking you from Kommandonek past Caribbean Estate and Sandy Lane Golf Course to the quaint Kosmos Village and the dam wall. The cruise also passes the zoo, snake park and the Transvaal Yack Club. On your way back you’ll be able to do some waterfront house watching while passing Eagle Waters and Pecanwood Estate and Golf Course. The cruise includes bubbly and some gourmet snacks. The Boat Company offers breakfast or brunch cruises on Saturdays and Sundays, daily lunch cruises and daily Champagne Sunset Cruises with bubbly and canapes. No1 Waterfront’s luxury 44ft Catamaran, De Jagter III, is another option accommodating up to 12 passengers with ease. They offer a signature experience with a 2-hour sunset cruise with sundowners and snacks.
Seeing something from the top is always a great experience and it’s nothing less than spectacular with Harties’ Aerial Cableway that lures people from afar. The original cableway was constructed in 1973, using materials supplied by the Swiss manufacturer, GMD Müller. Today there are fourteen high-tech cable cars carrying six passengers at a time, spoiling visitors with a bird’s eye view of Hartbeespoort Dam and its surrounds. Harties Cableway also offers adrenaline junkies the opportunity to ride up with the cableway and make use of the ramp at the top of the mountain to launch themselves into the air and paraglide their way down again. There is an adventure booking centre where special tickets can be bought for this. You can also book other activities at the centre, including mountain biking and ziplining.
With Harties being such a drawcard for city dwellers, it obviously also has to cater to their visitors’ (and the locals’) culinary needs. They sure cater for a broad spectrum with a whole range of dining options to choose from. Restaurant Mosaic might be a short drive out, but with award-winning chef, Chantel Dartnall at the steer you will absolutely hit the jackpot with this dining experience. Her dishes are colourful and creative and it is the perfect fine-dining experience for anyone with a passion for cuisine. Another more informal option is De Vette Mossel – a unique experience with some of the best homemade breads and seafood. The Silver Orange Bistro is situated on a citrus orchard called Altyd Mooi and Executive Chef, Leon Nel serves flavourful European dishes with an African flair. Also don’t forget about Pretville for the best milkshakes in town and French Toast Coffee Café where you can enjoy a variety of French-themed treats.