Go wild at Harties

  • 16 January 2013 | Daphney Mngomeni

Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie who lives for adventure or a lover of Mother Nature’s beauty, then “Gauteng’s playground” – Harties – is the perfect place for you.

The Adventure Centre at the Harties Cableway, situated at the bottom station next to the ticket office, is your gateway to a wide range of awesome activities in the Hartbeespoort area. They include the following:

											Hot air ballooning

The beauty of an African sunset from a hot air balloon. Photo courtesy of Mark Auer

Bill Harrop's Balloon Safaris
Go hot air ballooning with Bill Harrop's Balloon Safaris. Watching the sunrise and taking in the scenic beauty of the area from the air will leave you awe-struck.

Where: Bill Harrop's Balloon Safaris, Skeerpoort, North West Province
Contact: +27 (0)11 705 3201
Opening hours: Flights depart daily at sunrise

Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary

Monkey around at the Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary, one of only eight free-release primate sanctuaries globally.

Watch squirrels, lemurs and capuchin monkeys going about life in their natural environment.

Where: R512 (Old Rustenburg Road), Hartbeespoort Dam
Contact: +27 (0)12 258 9908 or +27 (0)12 258 9909
Opening hours: Open daily from 08h00 to 17h00. Tours are on the hour, every hour from 09h00 to 16h00

Snake and Animal Park

Feel like you could give Austin Stevens a run for his money?

Why not take a snake course approved by the Field Guides Association of Southern Africa (FGASA)? Snake courses are held throughout the year at the Hartbeespoort Dam Snake and Animal Park and include a snake awareness lecture, snake handling, a rescue course and snakebite treatment.

Where: R511, Hartbeespoort Dam Eastern shore, Hartbeespoort Dam.
Contact: +27 (0)12 253 1162
Opening hours: Open daily, bookings for the course are essential.


Feel the wind in your hair when you zip line. Photo courtesy of go.biwako

Ama Zwing Zwing Zip Line Tours 

Gear up and go ziplining through the trees with Ama Zwing Zwing zipline tours. Slide high above the ground and catch a glimpse of animals below you and a beautiful view of mountains.

Where: Amanzingwe Lodge, Pelindaba Road (R512), Hartbeespoort, North West Province

Contact: +27 (0)82 803 7731 or http://www.amazwingzwing.co.za/wmenu.php
Opening hours: Departures every half-hour from 08h00 to 15h00

So, what are you waiting for? Head down to Harties’ Adventure Centre and book one of these thrilling activities today!

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