Harties Cableway turns two
This weekend, Harties Cableway will be celebrating its second birthday since its grand reopening in July 2012.
In the two years, Harties Cableway has received some great accolades, such as winning the Best Conferencing Award in the North West province in 2012 and 2013. Recently, we received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence.
We are celebrating our second birthday with lively music and plenty of treats.
Harties Cableway general manager Iain Gunn promises fun, adventure and delight for all our guests: “It's our second birthday this weekend, and on Sunday we will have live music on top of the mountain for the adults and free candyfloss for the kids.”
The cableway’s history dates back to 1973, when it first opened. After years of providing fun and adventure to its visitors, and giving them a bird's eye view of the Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounds, it was closed in 2005. The process of bringing back the cableway started in 2010, when it was revamped and modernised using the latest materials and technology.
After the two-year revamp, 14 cable cars were ready to carry visitors to the top of the mountain to experience the wonderful views of the Hartbeespoort Dam and its surrounds. The cable car system boasts touch-screen technology, auto cabin spacing and conveyor programming technology.
At its official opening on 7 July 2012 following the revamp, Harties Cableway founder Craig Saunders said: “The cableway has suddenly transformed from being a construction site to a tourism destination.
“It's also a critical time for us as things start off. We need to see what's working and what isn't. It's something that's going to develop and adapt over time. It's been great to see the happy expressions on people's faces, which is how one can truly measure success.”
Also at the opening, then-Minister of Tourism Marthinus van Schalkwyk said: “Here, in South Africa, we have breathtakingly beautiful scenery, a treasure trove of cultures to explore, and fascinating people to meet. We have wonderful cities, which offer some of the best urban leisure experiences in the world.”
His message to all South Africans who “seek world-class destinations to relax in” was to find what they are looking for “right here in South Africa”, with world-class adventure and conferencing venues such as Harties Cableway.
Have you experienced the cableway’s delights?
Harties Cableway is open seven days a week, with the last ride down at 4.45pm in winter. The area has a lot to offer, with a wealth of restaurants, markets and adventure activities, while wildlife enthusiasts will appreciate the abundance of birdlife, mammals and flora in the area.