Eat In Hartebeespoort
The Windmill Restaurant
Situated at the Jasmyn Farm Stall, The Windmill Restaurant is a favourite amongst both locals and out-of-towners. The eatery is known for its waffles and brunch options, including their renowned cottage cheese and salami stuffed sandwiches. The waffles are to die for, the eggs Benedict beyond beautiful, and the staff fast and friendly.
Details: 012 259 1183
Siesta Tapas Bistro
Can’t afford a holiday in Spain? It’s all good! Head to Siesta Tapas Bar & Bistro in Hartebeespoort for some of the best finger food this side of the Alboran Sea. A winner is the cheese platter for one with a collection of fine cheeses, crackers and preserves. Another highly recommended platter is the “mixed” which consists of a selection of marinated ribs, moroccan spiced chicken satays, pan grilled prawns on saffron rice, chilli salt calamari, fried halloumi and empanadillas.
French Toast Koffee Kafee
The French and the Dutch meet in Hartebeespoort and each bring something brilliant to the table. French Toast Koffee Kafee is a must when you’re at the dam for the day. Breakfast is served until 12:00 and the lunch menu is something to write home about. Brochette de pain doré, bacon et banane for the win… Oh, you don’t speak French? All good. That’d be bacon and banana French toast skewers. Convincing, isn’t it?
de Vette Mossel
The best way to enjoy good seafood is with friends and sand under your feet in front of a boma. Thankfully de Vette Mossel offers all of this at their eatery. It’s like something out of a Hemingway novel – the Cuba years, of course. It’s best to book in advance and arrive hungry, be prepared to leave your shoes at the door and eat with mussel shells, and enjoy 9 courses (16 dishes in total) of superb seafood that is freshly prepared on open fires.
Stay In Hartebeespoort
Villa Paradiso Country Manor
Hartebeespoort is definitely a getaway spot I love as there are so many fun, family-friendly activities on offer. Enjoy extreme jet boat rides on the dam, visit the elephant sanctuary or take part in exciting zip lining – there is something for everyone. And, after a long day of exhilaration and sightseeing, relax in your hotel room at the luxurious 4-star Villa Paradiso Country Manor, which overlooks the soothing waters of the Hartebeespoort Dam.
Contemporary styled beach theme with a tropical island vibe is what you get when visiting Cocomo… in Harties. It’s a Four Star Graded guesthouse worth the drive. Cocomo Guesthouse, Spa and Conference centre is one of the most popular guesthouses in Harties and is known for hosting many celebrities. It boasts a unique courtyard with sea sand and Tiki-Beach bar. Come revive and recharge your batteries at this little hidden paradise. Although far from the coast, you will feel right at it.
Watershed Luxury Accommodation
Nestled at the foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains, Watershed is easily accessible and only a stone’s throw away from Joburg and Pretoria. This tranquil and relaxed setting, together with its central location, makes it an ideal holiday destination from which to explore the many attractions and natural splendours of the area. Whether you are staying the night with family or breaking away from the hustle and bustle of city life, Watershed will suit your needs.
Entertainment In Hartbeespoort
Pecanwood Golf & Country Club
When immersed in the hustle and bustle of city life, it seems hard to imagine that the ideal escape is situated less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Pecanwood Estate and Pecanwood Golf and Country Club, situated on the banks of Hartbeespoort Dam and nestled in the rolling hills of the picturesque Magaliesberg Mountains, adds a new dimension to the concept of rest and relaxation. What’s more, this prestigious development is home to South Africa’s first Jack Nicklaus signature golf course. It offers a unique combination of superb climate, outdoor activities and residential excellence that result in a lifestyle experience which many aspire to.
Have a picnic or braai in the clouds and experience uninterrupted views of the scenic splendour of Hartbeespoort Dam, the most beautiful man-made lake in Africa, or just enjoy the tranquil surroundings while watching paragliders and hangliders soaring with the eagles. Built on the farm Arendsnes (Eagle’s Nest), the cableway is situated on 150 hectares of indigenous bushveld and is the home of the endangered Black Eagle. The Fish Eagle and White Backed Vulture are regular visitors. At the base station, a fully licensed à la carte restaurant offers country cuisine at its best.
The Elephant Sanctuary
The Elephant Sanctuary is situated at the base of the Magaliesberg, 3km from Hartbeespoort Dam, 1 hrs drive from Fourways and Pretoria. The sanctuary offers several different tours throughout the day, and for those wanting a little more, you can book a night in one of the luxury guest suites and enjoy true African hospitality. Professional guides will take you through the sanctuary and share the wonderful world of the African elephant in a most special way. You will get to interact with the elephants, walk trunk-in-hand and feed them.