After two years of anticipation, the Aerial Cableway Hartbeesport has officially reopened! New owners took over in 2010 and purchased the once popular cableway that had operated for 32 years which by 2005 had fallen into a state of disrepair. Taking two and a half years to completely rebuild the site and the Cableway system itself. This incredible transformation now offers families and adventure-seekers a world class cableway experience with state-of-the-art safety features.
Minister of Tourism, Honourable Marthinus van Schalkwyk officially launch the Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort on 14 August with fellow environmentalist, Simon Gear managing the proceedings as Master of Ceremonies. This exciting venture promises to boost tourism in the area and Minister van Schalkwyk, alongside local public officials, took the opportunity to confirm commitment to build domestic tourism in the area and South Africa as a whole.
In 2010, Zargodox (Pty) Ltd. shared a vision to help grow the Harties region into a pivotal tourism hub. With the purchase, reconstruction and now reopening of the Harties Aerial Cableway, this vision takes form for the benefit of the community and visitors alike.
With complete new state of the art management system and equipment, the Aerial Cableway Harbeespoort has successfully been refitted and re-engineered to international specifications boasting fourteen modern Swiss cable cars carrying six passengers each.
Just 45 minutes out of Johannesburg and Pretoria, Africa’s longest mono cableway offers uninterrupted 360° panoramic vistas of the Magaliesberg as well as views of Pretoria and Johannesburg and the splendour of Hartbeespoort Dam.
The strategic positioning of the cableway offers a window to the entire area. The Hartbeespoort dam framed by the surrounding Magaliesberg and flanked by local agricultural fields, mines and other industry such as nuclear energy at NECSA as well as the neighbouring human settlements can all be seen from the top of the Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort.
At the top there is something for everyone! Various restaurants and facilities provide all the necessities for a fun day out. A 250-seater Bugatti Restaurant at the base station complements the Bugatti Express on top, as well as the Pizza Shack and Lookout Bar offering some of the best views in South Africa.
The educational Dassie Walkway and Kids Zone play area keep families engaged for hours, while the more adventurous visitors call on the adventure centre offering paragliding and hiking among other activities, for all their exploratory needs. Pop into the Little Shop at the Top for a momento, curio or gift item or visit the stylish shop at the base station for an array of items from decor, toys, jewellery, novelty items, curios or children’s clothing.
The Magaliesberg is a birdwatchers paradise with over 300 bird species to be found in the area, including the endangered black eagle, falcons, cape vultures and colourful sunbrids, starlings, cuckoos and barbets.
Almost 100 times older than Mount Everest, the rocks of the Magaliesberg bear the ripples of tides which lapped the shore more than 2,000 million years ago. View the magnificence of the mountain range covered in over 130 species of tree among an assortment of flowers, fungi, grasses and ferns.
First-class conferencing amenities make the Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort the ideal venue for weddings, special events and corporate functions. The extensive Cableway facility is ideal for:
Open 7-days a week, and opening at 09h00 daily – one can enjoy a full day of entertainment with the last ride down at 16h30 during winter times. Summer hours will be extended over weekends allowing for spectacular sunset views and sumptuous dining experiences at night.
Tickets cost R120 p/p and children (4 – 14 years) will pay R60 for a ride. Make your reservation online through the cableway’s official website and save with a discounted price of R100 and R50 respectively.
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