Hartbeespoort Dam lies on the edge of the Cradle of Humankind in a valley between the beautiful Magaliesburg and Witwatersberg mountain ranges.

The area has always been very popular for weekend breakaways and house hunters looking for a quality life experience. The former has a wide variety of outdoors’ activities to sample, while for the latter there is a broad selection of property available from veritable mansions on the water margins, to bijou lock up and go style, low maintenance apartments.

Houses both for sale and to rent in the Hartbeespoort Dam area are particularly sought after as the region is little more than a half hour drive from Africa’s largest conurbation in the form of Johannesburg and Tshwane, which makes commuting to work to most places in these areas a very viable proposition. The relative ease of access also offers the weekenders the chance to break away, get out of town and have more leisure time as they won’t spend the whole weekend on the road driving to and from their destination.

Hartbeespoort Dam has a property for sale or to rent to suit almost every taste, life-style and budget. Fifteen estates and numerous secure communities and gated complexes are on offer from the old-world type, village like charm of the original suburbs such as Kosmos to the newer golf, life-style and eco-estates and a range of smallholdings and farm land for those looking for larger properties. The vacationer is also well catered for by a broad selection of time-share estates, wedding and conference venues, high quality guesthouses and holiday resorts.

A significant percentage of the properties for sale and rent in Hartbeespoort are situated adjacent to, or along the shores of the dam making for some spectacular views and with access to all the fun that is to be had on the water.

It is a location that really does offer something for everyone and with the increasing number of commuters choosing to live in the area, is consistently popular with property investors.

The whole area is an outdoors’ paradise, so whether you want to play golf on any one of the region’s challenging golf courses, or jump onto your mountain bike and experience one of the many off road trails, a Hartbeespoort Dam property will offer you the chance to live in holiday mode throughout the entire year.

If you are a resident of Gauteng, in Hartbeespoort you will find a world apart which is right next door, so please browse through our property listings or find out more about the area in the section below.

Explore Hartbeespoort



The Hartbeespoort Dam is home to Pecanwood Estate which boasts one of the finest golf estates in the country.

In 1992, Maccon purchased a farm on the banks of the Hartbeespoort Dam with a view to creating one of South Africa’s first residential golf estates, which could also double as a venue for those residents in Gauteng wishing to own an accessible weekend getaway.

Golf Data, construction representatives for Jack Nicklaus in South Africa, built the challenging Pecanwood Golf Club’s course, which is the first Jack Nicklaus signature course in Africa, and which has been subsequently rated as one of South Africa’s top golf courses.

Water sports

Water sports

If fishing and messing about in boats are your ‘thing’, then the Hartbeespoort Dam, which has  surface area of about 21 square kilometres, is one of SA’s major water recreation areas and the surrounding region is the perfect location to find a house to purchase or rent. All of the established water sports can be enjoyed here from yachting, para-sailing, windsurfing to jet skiing as well as fresh water angling, while for the more adventurous, paragliding, hang-gliding and hot air ballooning are also on offer



The Cradle of Humankind borders the region, while the ‘Big 5’ of the Pilanesberg National Park is less than an hour’s drive along the Sun City road. Within the immediate area of the dam, the Snake Park is always a big hit with the little ones and the Aerial Cableway at Hartbeespoort offers visitors a new restaurant area and bar, complemented by panoramic views of the beautiful Magaliesberg, Witwatersberg, the Hartbeespoort Dam itself and the surrounding areas.

For those wanting to make the area their permanent home, there are excellent educational facilities and a good mix of shopping, with all the major retailers represented.

Sterkfontein Caves

Sterkfontein Caves

Take a 45 minute drive to discover this set of limestone caves that form this World Heritage Site. Here you can see fossilised remains of animals and plants from millions of years ago.

Living in Hartbeespoort

Areas near to Hartbeespoort

Carltonville, Potchefstroom, Rustenburg,


For permanent residents in the Hartbeespoort area there are a total of eight schools, three of which are private, offering a range of tuition from primary through to Matric which includes a special school for children with physical and learning disabilities. 


On its north, east and southern borders the Hartbeespoort area is adjacent, to a number of major hospitals in Brits, Pretoria and Fourways. A range of medical services from dentist and GP’s, to naturopaths and pharmacies are also available locally. 

Shopping and dining

Local residents’ everyday needs are well catered for by two large shopping centres (the largest of which the Village Mall is being further extended) and several smaller ones, which encompass all the main chain stores and supermarket brands. Added to this are a wide variety of independent fashion outlets, arts and crafts shops, fresh produce and farm stalls, restaurants and pubs.

Air travel

Lanseria International Airport is a short drive from Hartbeespoort and has regular scheduled services to Durban, Cape Town and George, while OR Tambo International is within easy driving distance along the major toll roads and highways which service this region. 

For example Camps Bay or Mauritius