Things to do in Hartbeespoort

Our most recommended things to do in Hartbeespoort

Hartbeespoort: Daily Boat Cruises

1. Hartbeespoort: Daily Boat Cruises

Enjoy a luxurious, 2-hour boat cruise on the placid waters of the Hartbeepoort Dam. With 3 tours departing daily, at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 4:00 PM, pick the time that fits your schedule and hit the water. Located within the Kommando Nek Nature Preserve, gaze at the protected nature that surrounds you, showcasing the abundance of South Africa’s flora and fauna. Upon boarding the boat, you’ll be treated to a welcome drink as you depart to survey the stunning dam’s waters. With all daily cruises, enjoy a luxurious spread of traditional South African hot and cold finger foods. After your cruise is over and you return to the dock, your entrance pass to the nature preserve will still be valid, so get out there and explore the beauty of the South African countryside.

Hartbeespoort: Aerial Cable Car Ride

2. Hartbeespoort: Aerial Cable Car Ride

Ride the only aerial cable car in all of South Africa and enjoy amazing views along the way. This Swiss-designed and installed gondola seats a maximum of 6 guests. Ascend to the top of the mountain in 6 minutes. As you travel upwards, you’ll pass above a nature reserve. Spot giraffe, zebra, and small antelope from your bird’s eye view. Once you reach the top, you’ll be able to choose from a number of restaurants. Have a drink at the Lookout Bar and sip as a cocktail as you marvel at the spectacular view of the eastern side of the region. Walk “The Dassie Walk,” a 1,200-meter walkway which circles the circumference of the mountain top. Stop at the informative waypoint along the way and learn about the surrounding area. Take the cable car back and return to the starting point.

Hartbeespoort: 1-Hour Predator Tour

3. Hartbeespoort: 1-Hour Predator Tour

Take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of South Africa's most famous predators up close. Watch lions, wild dogs, and cheetahs roam around within this amazing park. Look carefully and you might glimpse other wondrous wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, springboks, and impalas. Learn about these incredible animals from a qualified guide during an unforgettable 1-hour tour. Experience the sight of lion-feeding by visiting the park at weekends or public holidays, and come away with memories to treasure.

Hartbeespoort: Lion and Safari Park Tour

4. Hartbeespoort: Lion and Safari Park Tour

Be introduced to some of South Africa’s most famous predators during this memorable safari park drive. Climb into a modern safari truck and set off to discover the lion, wild dog, and cheetah enclosures. Encounter many of Africa's most iconic predators and wildlife including hyenas, leopards, and free-roaming antelopes. Learn more about these incredible animals during a scenic guided drive through a 600-hectare area.  This tour will provide you with the perfect opportunity to take stunning photographs of animals and the surrounding landscape. Finally, relax at a private beach setting on the Crocodile River.

From Johannesburg: Lion & Safari Park Half-Day Tour

5. From Johannesburg: Lion & Safari Park Half-Day Tour

On this half-day tour, your tour guide will collect you from your accommodations in Johannesburg or Pretoria and take the Lion Park, a natural habitat located not far outside of Johannesburg.  Upon arrival at the Lion Park, you will enjoy 1-hour open vehicle safari drive where you will have the opportunity to view these wonderful animals up close and personal. You will then be driven back to your accommodations in Johannesburg or Pretoria. 

Hartbeespoort: Self-Drive Lion and Safari Park Tour

6. Hartbeespoort: Self-Drive Lion and Safari Park Tour

Make a trip to the must-see tourist destination, Lion & Safari Park, situated only 13km from Lanseria Airport and only 40min from Johannesburg. Enjoy amazing views as it is nestled in the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range and also within the Cradle of Humankind, a world UNESCO heritage site. This self-drive option allows you you get up close to the predators and other wildlife. No guide is provided so you can drive with your family and friends in your own time through the lion, wild dog, and cheetah enclosures as well as an extended game drive to view antelope and other species. You can watch the lion feeding at 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM on weekends and public holidays.

Pretoria: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

7. Pretoria: Pretoria City and Lion Park Tour

After morning pickup from your accommodation in Johannesburg or Pretoria, you’ll head out to the Lion Park. Your registered tour guide will take you on a tour through the Lion Park, a natural habitat only 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg. The park is home to more than 85 lions, including the rare white lion, among other carnivores like the cheetah, hyena, and wild dog. Afterwards, you’ll head in to Pretoria for a city tour. The capital of South Africa, Pretoria is home to a bevy of historic sites. Visit the Union Buildings, headquarters of the South African government, and wander through the beautifully terraced gardens. Then it’s off to the Voortrekker Monument, which commemorates the Great Trek, a mass movement of Afrikaner Boers who resented British rule. Next on the itinerary is the Paul Kruger House Museum, which showcases artifacts related to Paul Kruger, the 3rd president of South Africa from 1883-1900. Before the tour ends, you’ll view some of the architectural standouts of the city, like the Ou Raadsaal, Palace of Justice, and Capital Theater. Afterwards, you’ll be driven back to your accommodation, having seen the urban and rural highlights of a vibrant capital city.

From Johannesburg: Horse-Riding Safari and Cable Car Tour

8. From Johannesburg: Horse-Riding Safari and Cable Car Tour

Instead of viewing animals from the back of an open vehicle, why not experience a safari on the back of a horse. On this unforgettable experience you will do a 2 hour horse safari which will give you the opportunity to get up close to various antelope and experience nature as close as you can get. After the horse safari take a cable car ride to the top of the magaliesberg mountains and take in the breathtaking view these mountains have to offer. You will be picked up from your hotel in Johannesburg and transported safely to the reserve where you will depart on a 2 hour horse riding safari. Next stop will be a visit to the cable way where you will take a cable car ride up the mountain. Here you will be given some time to enjoy lunch. After you return down the mountain you will be transported safely back to your hotel and dropped off.

From Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind and Lion Safari

9. From Johannesburg: Cradle of Humankind and Lion Safari

Discover the Cradle of Humankind on this full-day tour from Johannesburg. Explore the Lion and Safari park, go on an underground cave tour, and enjoy Maropeng's interactive exhibits. Begin your day with a pickup from your Johannesburg hotel. Head to the Lion and Safari Park and see lions, cheetahs, wild dogs, giraffes, and antelopes up close. Snap photos of these beautiful animals before going on an open-vehicle safari through the lion enclosures with your guide. Next, enjoy some time to experience the 5 dome shopping center before going to the Cradle of Humankind. Go on a 1-hour tour of the Sterkfontein caves, marvel at the beauty of these magnificent caves, and see where archaeologists discovered hominid fossils. After your cave tour, enjoy lunch before visiting Maropeng, a world-class interactive exhibition center and museum. Learn about evolution and the discoveries at the Sterkfontein caves before returning to your Johannesburg hotel.

Private Tour

10. Private Tour

Embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure as you enjoy a private tour of Hartbeespoort Lion and Safari Park. Enjoy snacks and beverages at a relaxing beach setting on the crocodile river. In the company of expert guides, take a safari in a game drive vehicle through the antelope area and predator enclosures. On the tour, see lions, wild dogs, hyenas, cheetahs, leopards, giraffes, zebras, springboks, and more in their natural habitat. A private photographer will accompany you on the adventure, taking breathtaking photos of this unforgettable experience. As you explore the park, learn everything there is to know about these fascinating animals and have your photo taken alongside them.

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What people are saying about Hartbeespoort

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 487 reviews

Had an amazing experience, must say I enjoyed this one more than the Table Mountain one. Learning about different cities in the Northwest Province. Exploring different restaurants with amazing views, great concept indeed .. I'll definitely recommend it , and I will do it again and again.

Lion and safari park a tour of less amount with good experience. I learned a lot and get to know more with wild life.

If u want a vacation that is not expensive but a million dollar look choose boat cruise at hartbeespoort.

The ride was amazing. The views we're awesome. The company and hosting was also great.

The ride was amazing and there i a beautiful view from the top