Hartbeespoortdam is only 45 minutes from Johannesburg and Pretoria and is surrounded by the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range. Hartbeespoort has always been a very popular weekend getaway. It still retains its holiday feel and natural beauty. Take the senic road from Johannesburg to Hartbeespoort, along curving roads that meander between aloes in flower during the winter months. The Hartbeespoortdam offers an array of water sports, a local bird sanctuary, challenging hikes and gentle rambles. There is a collection of restaurants in Hartbeespoortdamthat range from Tan Malie se Winkle, a local institution where you can eat to your heart's content on traditional Afrikaans home-cooked meals, to the local Pick-a-Pancake. This restaurant lies literally in the heart of the Welcitschia Market - a range of African arts, crafts, novelties, curios and other at the four way crossing at Hartbeespoort that makes a visit here imperative.