Hartbeespoort Tourist Attractions and Things To Do
Hartbeespoort, locally known as "Harties", is a small resort town in the North West province of South Africa. Hartbeespoort is situated on the slopes of the Magaliesberg mountain, and the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam.
Hartbeespoort consists mainly of holiday homes around the dam, as Harties is very popular with visitors from the nearby Gauteng province. Hartbeespoort offers visitors a number of attractions.
The Hartbeespoort Dam was built on the farm Hartebeestpoort, once owned by the Boer General Hendrik Schoeman (1840 - 1901), with construction of the dam being completed in 1923. The Hartbeespoort dam is 148.5 meters long, 59.4 meters high, and is built across a gorge cutting through the Magaliesberg. The reservoir is fed by the Crocodile river and the Magalies river. The dam is approximately 45.1 meters deep at its deepest point.
Although the Hartbeespoort Dam supplies irrigation water through a 544 kilometer long network of canals, the water quality is quite poor. But, despite the water quality of the dam, the town of Hartbeespoort has become a very popular holiday and weekend resort, and is the principle water recreation area of the Northern Gauteng, and many types of water sport are practiced on the Dam.
The Transvaal Yacht club has been operating at the dam since 1923, and the NSRI Station 25 is also located at the Hartbeespoort dam, making it one of only three National Sea Rescue Institution inland stations. Visit our attractions for Hartbeespoort Dam things to do.