Leisure Activities

Pretoria’s Weekend Wind-down Options

August 8, 2019, Author: bianca

Meandering About

Just under an hour’s drive from Pretoria, you get to relax, rewind and explore as if you were far, far away. If you need to get out this weekend, there are some really exciting activities to tap into right on your doorstep. No need for hours on the road or saving up for petrol. In fact, save that petrol money and spend it on a cruise with Harties Harbour on the Hartbeespoort Dam or some special pampering at the Cradle Health Spa.

 Harties Harbour

Cruising About

A visit to Hartbeespoort is not justified without a two-hour scenic cruise with Harties Boat Company.

Cruise along the Hartbeespoort Dam’s shoreline and explore all the hidden waterside estates with their luxurious waterfront homes. Join Harties Boat Company for their early Brunch Cruise between 10AM and 12PM, which includes a finger and fork breakfast with bubbly and orange juice and then use the rest of the day to explore Hartbeespoort. Perhaps a trip up the mountain with the Aerial Cableway might tickle your fancy? Harties Boat Company’s Lunch Cruise is also quite popular, including a morning stop at the Lion & Safari Park. This cruise includes a finger and fork buffet lunch with gourmet food and a bar. The Sunset Cruise – between 4PM and 6PM – often turns into a more festive cruise with Cap Classique, canapes and gourmet finger foods. On this cruise it is all sing and dance as the sun sets behind the mountains. There is just something magical about cruising about with the Magalies Mountain range majestically wrapped around you.

Situated in Harties Harbour, Harties Boat Company gives its passengers the opportunity to really make a day of it. Whether you come early or leave late, passengers get to enjoy all that the resort has to offer, including braai facilities, picnic spots, swimming pools, water sports, fishing opportunities and mountain bike trails within a safe nature reserve. The area also boasts numerous 4 and 5-star accommodation options.

It’s true what they say: Home is where the Hart-ies.

Cradle Health Spa

Relax ’round the corner

Whether you’d like to wind down after a long week of work or whether you’d like to let your work team unwind, you’ll be able to do so either way at the Cradle Health Spa, Conference and Wellness Centre.

Situated on the foothills of the Magalies Mountains, it’s an easy drive from Pretoria and a mere 20 minutes’ drive from Lanseria Airport. The tranquil atmosphere will bring your body and spirit (and your business team, if that’s the reason why you’re there) back into harmony. Over and above their spa facilities, they also offer conferencing options and luxury accommodation, which means you can make a proper weekend (or mid-week break) of it!

Their massages have been designed to increase the energy flow within the body and spa packages for corporates, groups of (girl)friends or romantic couples ensure that both body and soul are enriched and pampered.

As part of the health spa’s extensive wellness programmes, they offer a range of corporate and executive spa packages, perfect for corporate guests who’d like to visit for a conference, for employee wellness sessions or just to unwind. It’s also the ideal way to spoil your employees with a year-end function with a difference.

The on-site Cradle Café is a fully licenced restaurant with a beautiful boma area, catering for coffee or cocktails, breakfast or dinner and the accommodation consists of twelve luxury rooms where you can kick off your shoes and just be.

The Cradle Health Spa is a haven just around the corner.

Up in the clouds

Cloud number 9 gets a whole new meaning with Harties’ Aerial Cableway giving you a bird’s eye view across the Hartbeespoort Dam and beyond.

Recent visitors have labelled the Aerial Cableway as an exhilarating experience with magnificent views. In addition to the cableway, it boasts a child-friendly KidZone play area, a couple of restaurant options and top and bottom curio shops – the ideal day out if you want (or need) to impress.

From a self-service express restaurant, Pizza Hut and ice cream outlet at the top, to the Lookout Bar and Hero’s Cableway Grillhouse and Pizzeria at the bottom, you’re sure to find something to fill those empty stomachs. You can even arrange your own picnic basket, which can be collected at the 360 Degree express takeaway at the top of the mountain. These baskets are not pre-packed, allowing you to choose what you want.

Here it is not just about the view, though. It’s also about spending time with family and friends and what better way to do it than to be outdoors – especially with the season turning towards spring! In addition to the lazy picnics and the magnificent views, there is also a 1km Dassie Loop educational trail that wraps around the mountain to try out.


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