Out + About things to do

Pizza With A View at Harties

March 22, 2017

People often complain that Jozi is the concrete jungle and besides going out to dinner, there isn’t much to do in Gauteng. Sure we’re not blessed with sandy beaches, but blue skies, wonderful waters and outdoor adventures are all around us! You just have to step out of your suit and tie every once in a while to experience all the glory that Gauteng has to offer!

If you’ve never made the trip up the Hartbeespoort Cableway, do yourself a favour and tick this mesmerizing must-see adventure off your bucket list! I promise you, you will not regret it!

For my birthday this week, my hubby took me for a day trip to Harties and up the Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway to enjoy pizza with a view! It was amazing!

I’ve been to Harties before, but never experienced the Cableway, so it was a real treat!

Fun Fact! Did you know that the Original Cableway, built in 1973 consisted of 26, four seater gondolas. Built by a local manufacturer in Vereeniging, they were fabricated from fiberglass and square tubing. Due to the simplistic design, these gondola’s proved to be unstable in wind and strong gusts, resulting in a hair raising experience for guests.

There is so much to do at the top – plus the cable car experience itself will leave you gobsmacked by the glorious greens and perfect blue waters of this beautiful place.

You can actually spend the whole day enjoying your trip up!

Explore and take in the landscapes; with panoramic views across Gauteng. Stand on top of the world and see Johannesburg, Brits, Hartbeespoort, Pretoria, even The Dome in the distance, along the 1km Dassie Loop Walkway, all while discovering fun facts about each place.

You can enjoy drinks, cocktails or a lovely meal on the lush green lawn, on the terrace, or on one of the viewing decks.

Going up is not something you’ll do once and never again, but something you’ll want to keep doing time and time again!

The thing that struck me the most was how affordable this little adventure was. Sure you pay R195 for your return trip on the gondola (which is well worth it), but when you get to the top, you can enjoy the day without being ripped off!

So many “touristy” activities charge you for the experience, which is understandable, but then when you get there, you have to fork out for average food  and drink that often leaves you with a bitter taste. Not the Hartbeespoort experience.

We decided to have pizza on the viewing deck (which I highly recommend doing) and our whole trip, including two tickets on the cableway, two pizzas, cool drinks for two and a beer cost us under R650. So the meal & drinks alone was R230, which is great value for yummy pizza and an unbeatable view.

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If you’re looking for something fun to do in Jozi, then be sure to add Harties to your list!

We had perfect weather and I’d say March/ April is the ideal time to go. I do think that in winter, it might get a bit chillows up at the top, so just be prepared to dress warm. If you’re planning on going now, a cap, sunglasses and sunscreen is an absolute necessity.

xo

Thank you to Accommodation Direct for partnering with me on this post. All opinions are my own

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