Places to Go

Where to go in Hartbeespoort

Since you’re going to stay in Broederstroom, it will be worthwhile to explore your surroundings. Hartbeespoort Dam is surrounded by areas such as Magaliesburg, Hekpoort, Brits and many other little gems. Needless to say, there are several noteworthy attractions in and around Hartbeespoort. Here are a few suggestions.

Sun City

History was made in 1979 when Sun City was opened in the North West to become the best holiday resort in South Africa, and for good reason.

Home to the Valley of Waves and sprawled along the border of the Pilanesberg National Park, Sun City Resort enjoys the fine distinction of being the only surf-and-safari destination within a two-hour drive of landlocked Johannesburg. Whether you’re looking for a romantic stay with your partner, a fun weekend getaway with friends or a North West holiday with the whole family, Sun City Resort has it all.

Lion & Safari Park

The Lion and Safari Park is a 600-hectare wilderness reserve situated in the Hartebeespoort, Magaliesburg and Cradle of Humankind area. The park offers guests an incredible opportunity to get up close to many of South Africa’s most iconic animals.

Hartbeespoort Dam
Snake & Animal Park

Snuggled against the foot of the Magaliesberg on the eastern shore of Hartbeespoort Dam, lies this most remarkable private Park, surrounded by massive walls like those of a medieval castle protecting a rare gem.

Within these walls, a world has been created where visitors can experience the essence of what makes Hartbeespoort Dam unique, the presence of animals, water lapping at stonewalls and jetties, giant trees, exotic foliage and towering cliffs.

The park has the most interesting Snake and Seal show held on Public Holidays, School Holidays and weekends at 12H00 and 15H00. It is a show not to be missed.

The Monkey Sanctuary

The Monkey Sanctuary sanctuary is one of several sanctuaries in a group of sanctuaries, including the elephant sanctuary that provides for orphaned and abused animals. Situated west of Hartbeespoort Dam alongside the Elephant sanctuary it provides an environment where monkeys (primates) can be given their freedom in a natural environment. The sanctuary situated in one of the many Kloofs (Gorges) of the Magaliesberg mountain range provides the perfect environment for Monkeys from around the world.

Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij

Van Gaalen cheese farm is situated in Skeerpoort, a village at the foot of the majestic Magaliesberg mountains. Van Gaalen is open six days a week from 8am to 5pm with the exception of Tuesdays when they are closed. The farm boasts a restaurant and has full function facilities for weddings, family outings, corporate functions, team building and any kind of festive occasion.

Lesedi Cultural Village

Lesedi Cultural Village is one of the best tourist attractions in South Africa, allowing visitors to really explore the glorious diversity of the people of this land.

Set amid rocky hills and bushveld less than one hour’s drive from Johannesburg, and on the way to Sun City, Lesedi Cultural Village offers visitors a chance to encounter people of Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Ndebele and Basotho origin.

You’ll meet real people (not actors in fancy dress), enter their homes and listen to stories about their individual cultures and rituals of daily life.

The Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind is a paleoanthropological site which was Declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 1999. The site currently occupies 47 000 hectares and contains a complex of limestone caves. The 2,3-million-year-old fossil, Mrs. Ples was found in The Sterkfontein Caves in 1947 by Robert Broom and John T. Robinson.

Elephant Sanctuary

The Elephant Sanctuary offers hands-on educational elephant interactions. This provides guests with a far more intimate experiences with their African elephants. Their dedicated staff are committed to the use of positive reinforcement elephant training methods and as a result, they have relaxed elephants who enjoy interacting with guests.

Jasmyn Farm Stall

The Jasmyn Shop is open every day and stocks an impressive selection of fresh fruit and vegetables, cheese and dairy produce, rusks, biltong, nuts, dried fruit, juice, honey and imported treats such as salty black liquorice.

There is a Dutch-style windmill next-door that houses a restaurant named The Windmill. The Jasmyn Crafters market is every Friday, Saturday and Sunday.