Sunday, 11 September 2016

{Hartebeespoort} Sunday Outing in Harties

Sure, Joburg is no Cape Town, but for the folks living far away from beautiful Western Cape province, Harties, as it is otherwise known is a true gem for those of us living in the hustle and bustle of the gold rush province of egoli (the city of Gold). 

The husband and I have had jam packed schedules the past few months and expect to have an even busier schedule now that we have bought our first home. It was because of the busy months past and the busy months ahead that we decided to set some time aside to catch up on our "date nights" in the form of a "date day" in Harties.

It is one of our favorite places to get out of our routines and spend sometime together close to the beautiful Hartebeespoort dam. Now, the things to do in this area range from balloon rides to a boat cruise at sunset. Of course we just couldn't do everything today but we did decide we would pop in at the French Toast Coffee Cafe which was built in honour of the movie produced by the creative South African company "Hartiwood Films" (post here).

French Toast is an Afrikaans movie filmed predominantly in Paris. Once the film was completed, certain elements from the set was brought back to South Africa and is now located at the coffee shop itself even a mini Eiffel tower has been built and the popular bridge of "love locks" situated in Pont des Arts of Paris has been recreated. 

Before I move on and mention where we went next, I must just say that everyone had the same idea to get out to Harties as we did today. I must advise that bookings for a favourite restaurant is a must especially at the French Toast Coffee Cafe. We were surprised that French Toast was fully booked up for breakfast. Our only option was to have a cappuccino and a croissant at the "Baked-away" patisserie next door to the cafe. 

 Our next stop was at the  Aerial Cable Way  in Hartebeesport which had recently been revamped a few years ago and is a lovely outing for the family. Once you have reached the top of the mountain you can take a short walk around the path or stop for a Pizza at the Pizza Shack. Recently the Cable way has added live entertainment on top of the mountain and a small (i mean really small) massage parlour which also over-looks the town of Hartebeespoort.

Prices per adult R195.00 (one way) 

I think we had a pretty successful "date day."  I am looking forward to my next visit to Harties again, hopefully next time we will spend and extra day. 

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