Geography and history
Hartbeespoort Dam, including Skeerpoort and Maanhaarrand, is an area situated in the Bojanala region of the North West Province, South Africa. It is located perfectly near Johannesburg and Pretoria for tourists who would like to visit the area. Hartbeespoort Dam is the principal water recreation area of the Northen district of Gauteng and situated just South of the Magaliesberg range.The Dam wall was constructed in 1925. Its current capacity is 205 million cubic metres and its shoreline, when full, is about 56km.
This area is a very popular tourist destination because of its many hiking trails, bird sanctuaries and other outdoor activities. The name of the dam is Afrikaans for “pass of the hartebeest” (antelope) and the village of Hartbeespoort is laid out near the dam.. It is situated in the newly named BOJANALA REGION.
Being the focal point for tourism in the area, Hartbeespoort Dam offers a wonderful spectrum of tourist accommodation. There are bed and breakfasts, lodges, resort, caravan and camping sites and self-catering units available. Please see our accommodation directory for a full list of places to stay in the area.
Activities and attractions
There is an array of activities, especially outdoor, available in the Hartbeespoort Dam area. The Hartbeespoort Snake and Animal Park is a must-see for the whole family. Some of the many wonderful animals to see include – snakes, Kalahari lions, tigers, jaguars, panthers, reptiles and seals.
Other things to do in Hartbeespoort Dam include:
- African Water Safari
- Elephant Sanctuary
- Magalies Park
- Makalani Bird Sanctuary
- Places of Historical Interest
- Van Gaalen se Kaasmakerij (Cheese Factory)
The Hartbeespoort Dam area has a very successful business community thanks to it being a popular choice for holiday vacations. There are many local products, souvenirs, shops, stalls and interesting restaurants to choose from. Please visit our business directory if you would like more information on all the businesses in the area.
|Hartbeespoort Dam Tourism Office Information|
|Telephone:||+ 27(0)21 418 4920|
|Fax:||086 667 2496|
|Address:||Cape Town Information Office