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Affordable budget accommodation Hartbeespoort dam / De Wildt
Moonlight Lodge is a small game farm in the valley below the Magaliesberg mountains. We are only 10 minutes from Hartbeespoort town and the dam wall. We offer clean and comfortable self catering budget and affordable accommodation. Experience fantastic sunsets, and go to sleep hearing jackals calling at night, instead of vehicles driving by. Wake up to amazing sunrises with the sound of birds singing. Moonlight Backpackers Lodge is ideally situated as accommodation base to visit all the below things to see and do around the Hartbeespoort dam area.
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De Wildt cheetah centre
The cheetah centre is only 2 km from Moonlight Backpackers Lodge. The centre became world renowned when they were the first to successfully breed cheetahs in captivity. They are also well known for the great successes that they have with the breeding of cape hunting dogs, or better known as wild dogs, which is the second most endangered predator in Africa. The centre operate two tours daily. It is essential to book a tour in advance.
Camelotte wedding venue in De Wildt
This beautiful wedding venue is situated in De Wildt which is close to Hartbeespoort dam. The buildings look like an old style castle, and the gardens are lovely. They have a beautiful church, where you can tie the knot. Have a look at their website for many photos of this outstanding wedding venue, which is only 2 km from Moonlight Backpackers Lodge.
Upperdeck restaurant Hartbeespoort dam
There are many restaurants offering a great variety of food, within 5 to 15 minutes from Moonlight Backpackers Lodge.
One of the most popular restaurants is Upperdeck open air restaurant in Hartbeespoort dam. They have life bands on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Sundays are very popular with 800 to 1000 people enjoying a meal and the music.
They offer a variety of specials, and are well known for their 1 kg eisbein which is amazing.
Cable car Hartbeespoort dam
Hartbeespoort cable car (Aerial cable way)
The Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort offers visitors panoramic views of the beautiful Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounding areas, as well as excellent recreational and educational facilities.
The cable way is only 8 minutes from moonlight Backpackers Lodge.
Hartbeespoort snake and animal park
Hartbeespoort dam snake and animal park is built on the shores of the dam, and only 10 minutes from Moonlight Backpackers Lodge. The park has daily shows with the snakes, as well as seals and penguins. The park is home to a large variety of other mammals, such as lion, hyena, leopard, tigers, bears, wolves, monkeys, apes, jaguars and many more. They also have an enormous variety of birds including vultures.
Lion and safari park
The Lion and Safari Park is a 600 hectare wilderness reserve situated in the Hartbeespoort, Magaliesburg and Cradle of Humankind area. The park offers guests an incredible opportunity to get up close to many of South Africa’s most iconic animals. Our mission is to provide an opportunity for guests, both local and international to learn more about these wonderful African animals. Our staff and volunteers are there to answer any questions, and we would be delighted to assist.
Guided tours, close up animal views, restaurant and shop
Elephant sanctuary
The Elephant Sanctuary provides a safe haven for our elephants and offers guest education and interaction. All the programs are guest and elephant driven, which means the most important part of the operation is to ensure happy elephants and satisfied guests. The close encounter with elephants guests experience at The Elephant Sanctuary is truly one of a kind. You can book a ride on an African elephant, additional to the normal daily tours, which can be combined with lunch or a dinner. The elephant sanctuary is only 10 minutes from Moonlight Backpackers Lodge.
Monkey sanctuary (Bush babies)
All tours are structured and guided. Walk through natural indigenous forests on elevated wooden walkways and experience a variety of exotic monkeys in an exquisite natural environment. The experience is described as a non-interactive game-viewing opportunity to see once-captive primates in a wild environment. Tours are highly informative and the walk is leisurely, winding its way through a tranquil forest setting. The monjkey sanctuary is only 10 minutes from Moonlight Backpackers Lodge.
Almost orange (Silver orange bistro)
Based among the citrus orchards we offer a new dining experience.
Platters designed to share among one another to enjoy a light meal.
With a wide selection of gins, premium liquor, craft beer and hand selected wines to be show cased.
We want to create an atmosphere different from the others.
Solver Orange Bistro and Almost Orange is only 8 minutes from Moonlight Backpackers Lodge.
African arts and crafts markets
Hartbeespoort dam must have one of the largest arts and crafts (curio) markets in southern Africa, with a large variety of arts and crafts from South Africa, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, Senegal, Malawi, Tanzania and Mali. Close to the markets is Welwitchia country market where you will find interesting and useful home crafts.
Hartbeespoort dam and the surrounding areas are well known for the large number of artists, which means that there are a  number of art galleries in Hartbeespoort dam area.
The majority of craft markts are at "Dam Doryn crossing", which is only 8 to 10 minutes from Moonlight Backpackers Lodge.
De Wildt 4x4 cources
An amazing experience for all 4x4 enthusiasts. The De Wildt 4x4 venue is only 3 km from Moonlight Backpackers Lodge, and offers a challenging course up the Magaliesberg mountains. See the below website for a few brilliant photos. They also have a lovely walking / hiking trail up the Magaliesberg mountains. You are guaranteed to see a variety of wildlife which is on the property. You can relax at the sports bar in their beautiful thatched lapa after your walk or 4x4 expedition, or have a picnic under the trees at their picnic site, or braai (BBQ) at one of the many sites. Don't forget to cool off in the pool. www.dewildt4x4.co.za
Boaters world
Boat cruises on Hartbeespoort dam (Boaters world)
Corporate functions
Party boat trips
Private functions
and much more ……
Bill Harrop
Bill Harrop hot air balloon safari trips
You're sipping fine champagne while hovering gently above the tree tops of the beautiful Magalies River Valley, or drifting majestically high above the Magaliesberg range, close to hartbeespoort dam, a region boasting some of the best ballooning weather in the world. The exceptional peace of this unique and almost supernatural view of the world will forever remain as a truly cherished memory. After landing, savour a delectable and generous champagne breakfast at our traditionally exquisite and beautifully appointed restaurant.
Ama Zwing Zwing Sparkling waters
Zip line adventures (Ama Zwing Zwing)
This adventure should be on your must-do list of experiences! The tour is around two hours long. Enjoy this unique adventure of sliding on steel cables while viewing the wildlife below! With a total length of 1.3 km, made up of 7 slides, this adventure in the sky continues over ten platforms ranging in height from 2m up to 14m. Climbing the staircase takes you up to the highest platform where you can enjoy refreshments while taking in the breathtaking view of the surrounding Magaliesberg mountains and the Crocodile river. The longest slide is 240 meters long. A meal at Amazingwe lodge is included.
Canopy tours Magaliesberg
Canopy tours Magaliesberg
The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour® is a fun outdoor activity for the individual thrill seeker, family getaways, student groups or corporate team building events. Two trained guides accompany each tour ensuring your safety while, at the same time, keeping you entertained with interesting facts about the history of the range and its protected Fauna and Flora. 11 platforms have been constructed high against the rock faces of the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof - joined by 10 cabled slides up to 140 metres long and in places 30 metres above the canopy floor.
Paddle Power
Paddle Power adventure activities around Hartbeespoort dam
Full day rafting, half day rafting, 2 day rafting with overnight, abseiling, mountain biking, tubing, flat water canoeing, bridge swing, quad biking, 80 meters cable slide, climbing wall, archery or crossbow.

Corporate team building:
Bring your staff for a morning or a day of fun to build team spirit, to test their abilities to work together and trust one another.
Lesedi cultural village
The village are run and operated by local people, introducing some of the South African cultures. A very informative tour covers five of South Africa's traditional homesteads including Zulu, Xhosa, Pedi, Basotho and Ndebele. You will be treated to a wonderful display of traditional African dancing, song and music during the tour. Make sure to take some extra money that you will easily spend in the arts and crafts (made by the people from the village) shops at lesedi cultural village. Both the morning and afternoon tours includes a meal, where you can feast on some of South Africa's traditional and modern meals.
Golf cources around Hartbeespoort dam
There are many well known golf courses within 20 minutes from Moonlight Backpackers Lodge. A few popular courses are:
Sandy Lane Golf Club ( Website )
Magaliespark Golf Club ( Website )
Pecanwood Golf Club ( Website )
Brits Golf Club - Only 5 minutes from Moonlight Backpackers Lodge ( Website )
Day and health spa's around Hartbeespoort dam
Book a relaxing day with your girl friends at one of the many health and day spa's close to Moonlight Backpackers Lodge.
A few popular spa's are:
River View Spa  www.riverviewspa.co.za
Vusalela Spa  www.vusalela.co.za
Sparkling Water Spa  www.sparklingwaters.co.za
Pilanesberg National Park
The park is situated next to Sun City and is in a malaria free area. Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, the Park ranks among the largest of the parks in South Africa (it is in fact the fourth largest park) and covers an area of 55 000 hectare. Over time, wind and water have carved a spectacular landscape with rocky outcrops, open grasslands, wooded valleys and thickets. This beautiful national park is in an maleria free area, and home to the Big 5. The park is only 10 kilometers from the world famous Sun City, The Palace, and Lost City.
Sun City - Lost City - The Palace
The world renowned Sun City is only one hour from Moonlight Backpackers Lodge. Enjoy a wonderful day at Sun City where you can visit the crocodile farm, do quad biking, relax in the sun at the man made ocean (Valley of the waves), do a cable slide, try your luck at gambling, eat at one of the many restaurants, experience the waterslides, enjoy a meal at one of the many restuarant, do a hot air balloon trip, ride an elephant, or just wander about taking in the amazing sights and views.
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Cussonia Crest wedding venue in De Wildt
Your wedding day is one of the happiest days of your life. A day full of celebrations, smiles, dancing and unforgettable memories. Our Venue, with beautiful landscapes and breathtaking views, makes the ideal setting for your wedding day. Our dedicated chef and staff will cater to your every need and taste. Leave it to our staff to ensure that you walk away with only the best memories. Our coordinator will assist you with all your needs. With ample experience, they will guide you in every step, ensuring that you have a stress free day. This wedding venue is only 5 km from Moonlight Backpackers Lodge.
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