History of the Harties Cableway
The old cableway
The original cableway was constructed in 1973, using materials supplied by Swiss manufacturing company GMD Müller.
Over the decades, the cableway entertained countless visitors from around the world, giving them a bird's-eye view of the Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounds. Apart from delighting visitors with thrilling cable car rides, the cableway also became a popular paragliding destination.
Unfortunately, the cableway fell into disrepair and was closed in 2005.
In 2010, Zargodox (Pty) Ltd began a private initiative with the aim of growing tourism in the Hartbeespoort area, and purchased the old cableway. In collaboration with Swiss company Rowema AG, Zargodox invested time and expertise into rejuvenating the old cableway and bringing the area back to life.
The Harties Cableway has since evolved into an unparalleled, uniquely South African aerial cableway experience.
Updating the cableway
Revamping the cableway meant modernising it using the latest materials and technology.
New cable cars were supplied by Swiss company CWA Constructions, the largest cabin manufacturer in the world. New galvanised cabling, produced by Swiss company Fatzer AG, was installed, and the cableway was fitted and re-engineered according to Canadian Standards Association specifications.
Touch-screen technology, auto cabin spacing and conveyor programming technology, as well as state-of-the-art cabin locators and switches, were all incorporated to take the cableway into the 21st century, and ensure a comfortable and safe visitor experience.
And so, the Harties Cableway was born. Fourteen hi-tech cable cars, built to carry six passengers at a time and able to transport up to 500 people per hour (round trip), are ready to give visitors a world-class aerial cableway experience.
The Harties Cableway is closely associated with a number of tourist attractions in the Hartbeespoort area, including The Elephant Sanctuary and the Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, and has a friendly relationship with the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway in Cape Town.