The Best Things To Do In Harties

If you plan on heading to Harties over the festive season, be sure to check out Kim’s list of the Best Things To Do In Harties! There is something for everyone!


Harties is one of my favourite spot to visit if I feel like doing something adventurous, need to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city or just want to have a fun weekend away with friends. Harties offers a lot of fun and interesting activities to keep both young and old entertained so, before your next visit, be sure to check out my list of the Best Things To Do In Harties (in no particular order). I have tried most of the spots myself, and as for the others, I have only heard good things and am ensuring a visit on my next trip.

Harties Cable Way

This is a definite must when you visit Harties! If you are looking to find the best spot to take in all of the stunning and panoramic views of Harties and its surroundings, the Harties Cableway is just the activity for you! To be quite honest, most of my ride in the cable car was done with my eyes closed as I am absolutely petrified of heights, but once I had opened my eyes and taken in the beautiful views of Hartbeespoort Dam and the mountain range, I completely forgot about how far off the ground I was.

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Ama Zwing Zwing Canopy Tours

If you are looking for some adventure and a fix of adrenaline, then make sure you book an exciting outing canopying! The first time I tried this, I was super-nervous, but after the first few zips from platform to platform, you get the hang of it and just want to do it all over again! Just be sure to take along a cap and apply loads of sunscreen – from experience, sunburn after a day of canopying is not fun!

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Elephant Sanctuary Hartbeespoort Dam

The Elephant Sanctuary offers a once-in-a-lifetime experience you will never forget! A few years back, my family and I had the privilege of walking with elephants and feeding them their favourite treats. This is honestly one of the best experiences I have ever had! I knew elephants are large creatures but I truly had no idea how big they actually were in person! You can also opt to ride on an elephant’s back for an extra special experience.

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Goblins Cove

Goblins Cove is a wonderful and enchanted place to visit if you are looking to catch a bite to eat and entertain the little ones. The restaurant is situated under the trees, and in between all of the flora and plants, you can catch glances of the resident fairies and goblins. Kids will have a blast exploring the enchanted garden and also be sure to check out the tiny little fairy shop. As a kid, this was one of the most magical places I had ever visited, and my mom was nice enough to buy me my own fairy as a souvenir.

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Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary

While you are paying a visit to the elephant sanctuary, why not also head next door to the Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary and pay all of the monkeys a visit too? This monkey sanctuary is one of only eight free-release primate sanctuaries in the world. Visitors can enjoy guided tours through the sanctuary and learn much more about many different types of monkeys. This is a spot I am definitely planning on visiting when I head back to Harties for a fun-filled day out.

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Lesedi Culture Village

To get in touch with our South African heritage, be sure to pay Lesedi Culture Village a visit as you make your way to Harties. En route to Hartbeespoort Dam and Sun City, Lesedi Culture Village offers you the opportunity to learn a bit more about the different tribes in our country. You will see traditional dance and song, traditional attire, housing and even traditional foods. I have seen this place on the way to Harties, but think it’s actually time to visit and see what it’s all about!

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Ukutula Lion Park and Lodge

This one is a definite must-do on my bucket list! Head to the Ukutula Lion Park and get the opportunity to walk with the king of the jungle! Take a guided bush walk with lions or enjoy some one-on-one time with these majestic creatures with the Lion Interaction Programme.

For more information, visit their website.

Hartbeespoort Snake and Animal Park

I have a huge fear when it comes to scaly creatures, so my family thought it would be hilarious to take me to the Hartbeespoort Snake and Animal Park and watch me squirm! This spot is home to a large variety of animals and a huge collection of reptiles! And, after visiting all of the animals, enjoy a speed boat cruise or a ferry ride on the dam.

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By Kim Brown
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