How about a visit to “Harties”- South Africa

“I write of South Africa, where my heart sometimes resides, and my mind often drifts back to, across the distance of lands and oceans. An Africa that always beats with a strong heartSouth Africa of different people, languages and cultures, who irrefutably call this land their home.”

From – G – Grahamstown, last week, we have travelled 994 km to Hartbeespoort by road.

On the slopes of the Magaliesberg mountain and the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam, lies the little town of Hartbeespoort. It is a resort town consisting mainly of holiday homes, informally known as “Harties.”

Hartbeespoort balloon view

(Thanks for Balloon View!)

We are back in the North West of South Africa, in the Transvaal, now known as Gauteng Province. 

In my younger life when living in Pretoria, Hartbeespoort Dam meant Sunday out with the family for a picnic. There  was always another family invited along, or our cousins from Rhodesia on an annual holiday.  Playing down by the water, where we weren’t allowed to swim and climbing the rocky outcrops, then back to the picnic table our mother had prepared.  

These pictures of the dam wall really take me back.


The name of the town means “gateway of the hartbees” (a species of antelope) in Afrikaans. The land in this area was originally owned by Boer General Henrick Schoeman; and the dam wall was completed in 1923.dam wall

 Yachting is big there, as are all watersports.   It is also home to the Om Die Dam (English:  Around the dam) ultra marathon of 50 km, which takes place annually in the first half of the year. There is an animal and snake park at the dam, an elephant sanctuary and loads of things to do and see near Hartbeespoort.

Yachts at Harties

The daytime fun is great to watch, but you wouldn’t want to miss one of these amazing Hartbeespoort sunsets.

hartbeespoort- sunset

Then if you did plan to stay for a while there is a also a game reserve a couple of hours away called, Madikwe, but you do need to book if you are only a day visitor.  Perhaps you could move on and stay in one of the fabulous lodges available.

CubIsn’t he just darling!

Sunset Madikwe
And of course you couldn’t leave this part of the world without visiting the famous Lost City/Sun City Resort, with it’s  impressive architechture, casinos, night clubs, restaurants and the popular wave pool. 

Lost City

A beach in the middle of the bush!

wave pool

With fun like this comes sunburn, OUCH, so remember to protect your skin.  Take to the shade and sip on a long cool drink.  Then have an afternoon nap so that you are fit and ready for the evening entertainment when the sun sets.

The Lost City

Let the night life begin…..

The Palace of The Lost City

This is part of Jenny’s Alphabe Thursday challenge– Letter H.


About liz2you

Life just happens when you plan something else. 50 years spent in Africa and relevant stories.
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5 Responses to How about a visit to “Harties”- South Africa

  1. Eveline Mc Nally says:

    Betty Harties has changed since you left mostly exclusive expensive holiday homes and and time share resorts .

  2. liz2you says:

    Well, expensive, exclusive may be what people want! Thanks for reading and following!

  3. That top picture looking down on the balloon is really neat! I’d sure like to win an all inclusive trip to Sun City Resort. Wouldn’t that be a glorious place to stay (if you didn’t have to pay?! ha!)

    I loved looking at all your images here. Such an intensely diverse place!

    Thank you!


  4. First, thanks for using our photo 🙂 You can continued doing so, but please credit this as being the source of the photo.

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