The Harties Cableway is situated in one of South Africa's most scenic areas – the Magaliesberg, home to some of the oldest mountains in the world.
The small resort town of Hartbeespoort, affectionately known as “Harties”, sits on the slopes of the Magaliesberg mountain range, wrapped around the banks of the man-made Hartbeespoort Dam.
Harties is known for drawing holidaymakers, leisure-seekers and adventure sports enthusiasts. The area is particularly popular with paragliding, hang-gliding and water sport enthusiasts, as well as with yachtsmen and golfers.
What's in a name?
The name Hartbeespoort means “gateway of the hartebeest (Afrikaans for a species of antelope)”.
Hartbeespoort is legally named "Hartebeestpoort" in Act of Parliament 32 (1914). It is frequently spelt incorrectly and the modern spelling of Hartbeespoort is now in general use.
Reference: The Magaliesberg by Vincent Carruthers, Protea Book House, 2007
The beautiful Magaliesberg
The Magaliesberg is a World Heritage Site, known for its natural beauty and rich heritage. Its lush vegetation and picturesque valleys make it a popular escape for residents of the nearby cities, Johannesburg and Pretoria. It is also a popular wedding destination and boasts a number of hotels and spas.
The Magaliesberg mountain range is a geological gem. Its formation dates back millions of years. Its highest point is the Nooitgedacht peak, located 1 852m above sea level. The area supports a diverse range of fauna and flora, and is largely agricultural.