24 July 2012

South Africa: The Aerial Cableway at Hartbeespoort Dam has been reopened

The Aerial Cableway at Hartbeespoort Dam in the North West Province of South Africa has officially been reopened. The Cableway got closed about 7 years ago due to a lack of maintenance, but in 2010 a private initiative aiming at establishing Hartbeespoort Dam as a key tourism hub in South Africa, bought the cable way and started to renovate it.
The Aerial Cableway, which is offering visitors panoramic views of the beautiful Magaliesberg, the Hartbeespoort Dam and the surrounding areas, now has 14 new cable cars, each able to carry six passengers.
The new facilities at the upper station of the cableway include a walkway around the mountain, a shop, a lookout bar, a KidZone and a Pizza Shack, with a restaurant and curio shop at the bottom. 

Ticket sales for the Aerial Cableway open at 08:30, the first ride up is at 09:00, and the last ride down is at 16:30. Tickets are R120 for adults and R60 for children (4-13 years). Webtickets cost only R100 per adult, and R50 per child. Entrance is free for children under the age of four. 
The Hartbeespoort Dam is just a 45-minute drive from Johannesburg and lies 35 km west of Pretoria. Nestled in the undulating foothills of the Magaliesberg Mountains, it’s a great escape from city living. There is an amazing choice of places to stay ranging from upmarket waterfront golf estates, boutique hotels, guest houses, B&B’s, self-catering homes to camping sites – almost all have stunning views of the dam.

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