- Northern Cape
Hartswater is a small, old fashioned agricultural town which functions as the main water supplier to the northern section of the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme. Visiting the countryside for a peaceful break has become quite the trend with holidaymakers and so the small town of Hartswater has slowly started to feature as a weekend getaway or stopover spot for those wanting to enjoy the countryside.
A particularly pretty road, lined with many Poplar trees, welcomes travellers into Hartswater. The most popular historic attraction lies right at the entrance to the town, the Women’s Memorial, built in recognition of the role women played during the great depression
Hartswater accommodation includes a self-catering guesthouse as well as farm stays in the surrounding area and camping.
Things to do and see
- Women’s Memorial
- Hartswater Wine Cellar
- Olives South Africa Speciality Shop
- Tswana Chief Galeshewe Burial Site
- Benfontein Nature Reserve
- Diamond Fields
Harftswater receives approximately 437 mm of rain annually with most of its annual rainfall during summer.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 15˚C and 33˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 1˚C and 22˚C.
The area was originally a wilderness of natural shrub and trees and the town was established to serve the northern part of the Harts Valley. The irrigation possibilities of the two valleys, separated by a high ridge, were apparent to the first settlers in the area.
In 1881 Cecil Rhodes sent surveyors to plan an irrigation scheme on his usual vast scale, but nothing developed until 1933. In that year of the depression, the South African government decided to launch the scheme to provide much-needed employment. The town of Hartswater was laid out in 1948 and became a municipality in 1960. It now forms the centre of the Vaalharts Irrigation Scheme.
The Vaal-Harts irrigation scheme became the second largest in the world and the largest in the southern hemisphere. A storage dam was built in the Vaal River and this feeds water into a grand canal. The canal takes the water 120 kilometers into the valley of the Harts, where it irrigates 1250 farms and 1550 small plots.
Hartswater takes its name from the Harts River.
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