Sunday, 4 November 2012

Harties Cableway

Firstly before I go any further, happy birthday Matthew. Yes today it is Matthew’s birthday so when he finally decided to get out of bed after a full day yesterday of gaming, firstly Xbox LAN gaming then an evening of more PC gaming, I had to get him ready for a breakfast run to Hartbeespoort Dam or better known as Harties.

The surprise waiting for him arriving at Harties was the newly reopened Harties Cableway. After purchasing our tickets Matthew and I climbed into this tiny six green seater cable car and were whisked to the top of the Magaliesberg.

The original cableway was constructed in 1973 and run by the Hartbeespoort Kabospoor. After a cable car accident in 2004 the operator was prohibited to operate during the investigation but soon afterwards the cableway closed and the equipment fell into disrepair. After reinvesting money and time by a private initiative, the cableway reopened this year under the name Harties Cableway. This time with all the cables, cars and controls replaced with modern equipment from Switzerland. The 14 new cable cars can carry up to 500 passengers per hour up and down the Magaliesberg Mountains. And Matthew and I really enjoyed ourselves especially the awesome views of the Hartbeespoort Dam and of the surrounding area.

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