Visitors can enjoy sailing, windsurfing, jet skiing, parasailing and water skiing. Sundowner cruises on Hartbeespoort Dam are also available. The nearby Crocodile River, which feeds the dam, offers white water rafting, including overnight options complete with riverside camping. Tubing, canoeing and cable slides into the river are also available.
This has become a popular way to explore the rugged hillsides around the town and there are numerous operators offering quad trails of varying lengths and difficulties.
There are also lots of ways to enjoy the scenery from the air. Paragliding and hang-gliding are both popular, as is hot-air ballooning, which affords a bird's eye view of the dam, mountains and adjacent river valleys.
There are several rock climbing and hiking routes in the area - some of which also include abseiling.
The area also boasts one of South Africa's few inland dive sites - a 33m-deep open cast chrome mine at Miracle Waters, north of the dam. The clear spring water provides good visibility and several underwater features, including a sunken bus and aeroplane, are accessible to experienced divers.
Visit the nearby Elephant Sanctuary to walk with African elephants, the exceptional De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Centre to see wild cats (and dogs) up close and of course the Hartbeespoort Dam Snake & Animal Park.
Visit the Welwitschia Market and Chameleon Village for arts, crafts and curios; drive the Crocodile Ramble arts and crafts route and the Magalies Meander.
The Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort offers visitors panoramic views of the Magaliesberg Mountains, Hartbeespoort Dam and the surrounding areas. Further information on what the area has on offer is available through the Hartbeespoort Dam Tourism Association (Telephone - 074 115 8608).