It is school holidays at the moment and I promised Daniel a few excursions. One of them was to the newly re-opened Harties Cableway. We took two of his friends along and drove the 75km’s to Magaliesberg.
The original cableway was opened in 1973, but fell into disrepair by the early part of the new millennium. An entrepreneur decided to open the cableway again last year with new state of the art cable cars. The old ones are on display at the premises and I cannot believe that I’ve been on them – they look seriously dodgy! However, the new ones took the five of us to the top of the Magaliesberg safely while the boys seemed fascinated by the cables, the pylons holding it all up and the way in which the ground below receded.
The top of the mountain really was a revelation. You can amble round a 1km Dassie Loop, with 360º views of the Hartbeespoort Dam on the one side and the Platinum mines on the other side. On a clear day you can see as far as Pretoria and Johannesburg. Points of interest are posted on information boards.
The top of the mountain also boasts a coffee shop, pizza-shack and cocktail bar, with a huge jungle gym for the kids. It is an ideal family day trip, and the fact that we appeared to be walking around with three blonde boys and a fourth clearly on the way generated quite a few semi-sympathetic comments!