ACCOMMODATION IN HARTBEESPOORT DAM
Known affectionately as “Harties” by the thousands of city dwellers who flock to its banks on weekends, this dam was originally built to supply irrigation water to the agricultural areas surrounding Brits. The dam wall, built where the Crocodile River breaches the Magaliesberg through what was once the Hartbeespoort (or Hartebees Gorge) is part of a scenic drive that involves going through a small tunnel. It can be a bit crowded on holidays and weekends, but at other times it’s a pleasant drive. The dam is surrounded by numerous housing developments, and the small town of Hartbeespoort is a refuge for urban escapees and arty new age second careerists.