Hartbeespoort in South Africa is a hidden gem to many tourists and even local travelers.
Let me tell you about Kosmos, a charming little town just outside of Hartbeespoort. With its breathtaking views of the dam and the Magaliesberg mountains, Kosmos is the perfect place to unwind and enjoy nature. Whether you’re looking to take a leisurely boat ride on the dam, explore the surrounding hills on foot or just relax at one of the many cozy cafes, Kosmos has something for everyone.
During our visit to Kosmos, we were lucky enough to stay at a B&B with the best ever views. Now changed to a lovely self-catering apartment, I would definitely recommend Komo on Kosmos, and here is the reason why: Kosmos is a little village in the North West Province of South Africa. Situated on the banks of the Hartbeespoortdam, you could be tricked into thinking you are in Italy with a view of Lake Como. (OK not quite, but surely close enough.) Here you will find a bit of Paris and Italy all in one, within the beautiful country of South Africa.
So come on down, soak up the sun, and experience the magic of Kosmos for yourself!
Experience the breathtaking beauty of a sunrise in Kosmos. As the sun rises over the majestic mountains and shimmering waters of the Hartbeespoort Dam, the sky is painted with vibrant hues of orange, pink, and gold, creating a truly unforgettable sight. Immerse yourself in the peaceful serenity of this stunning location and start your day off on the perfect note.
Early morning we woke up to the best ever sunrise, with the birds singing their early morning song in the trees. After having true authentic South African Rusks for breakfast, we were ready for the road and to do some exploring.
The first stop on our itinerary was the Jasmyn Farm Products shop. This is the best place to shop for all your weekend food supplies as they have the most extraordinary products and interesting things to shop for. (See photos and more info below.)
On our way towards the entrance of Jasmyn, on a Saturday morning, we met the most talented and very friendly artist, Janette, in person. An extraordinary exhibit of absolutely stunning paintings with extraordinary use of color, as she tells a story through her paintings. (Janette Bester Terblanche can be reached on firstname.lastname@example.org) – See photos of her paintings above. This is something you just have to buy for yourself or a very special person in your life. (Might we add that these reviews are not sponsored.)
Jasmyn has various sections dedicated to food, snacks, and sweets from Holland… “Hollandse lekkernye”. We bought some “Gemmer brood” and it was delicious. Drop, Zaanse mustard, stollen, scheepsknopen, coffee milk…and much more…
Just outside is another beautiful shop to visit:
A fabulous place to browse and just get lost in everything that is beautiful.
‘Jasmyn Blomme Dekor en Geskenke‘ – is a beautiful shop to get that special gift for someone, a treat for yourself or beautiful décor items for your home.
The, take the stairs to a restaurant with a view or to get to the Bookshop. Again a fabulous place to shop.
Walk on Storybook adventure stairs to the top and get that special book you’ve been searching for.
You can spend a whole morning just at Jasmyn. But the surrounding area still has a lot to offer the world traveler.
As they say in Afrikaans “Ek het my hart verloor.” Meaning “I lost my heart”, but actually I left a little piece of my heart at Jasmyn which brings me back time and again for a visit. So in summary, you just have to visit Jasmyn. Here you will find:
A visit to “French Toast” will have you thinking you are in Paris. With the Eiffel Tower, the “I love you wall” and even the “lock bridge”, you can fool your friends. Take photos at these Paris photo spots and send them to your friends. Undoubtedly they will think you were really in Paris…
This lovely Coffee Café was specially built for the movie “French Toast”, filmed in South Africa and in Paris. In the movie, the Coffee Café was called ‘Café Alexandre’.
This pitstop is also known to locals as “Klein Parys” (in Afrikaans) / Little Paris.
A piece of Italy awaits you at night when you stay in the village of Kosmos.
Hartbeespoort, also known as Harties, is a town on the slopes of the Magaliesberg. Here you will find the village Kosmos. Situated on the slopes of the mountain with beautiful views. Kosmos is not a holiday resort. It is a mix of permanent residential homes and holiday accommodation.
In my opinion, the views from Kosmos, with the sailboats playing around on the Hartbeespoort Dam, are reminiscent of sipping away a cocktail, or two, on a terrace overlooking the real Lake Como in Italy. And in many ways it also had me thinking of Positano in Italy.
It’s a peaceful little place, but also a fabulous place to stay while on holiday. The location is near many of the “Things to do” -activities and there is also that “certain something” about this place, that is so peaceful that you will want to come back again and again.
Did you know they also have an open-air Christian Church. Everyone is welcome. On Sundays, you can attend a very special church service under, and amongst huge trees on the side of the mountain (no walls). A truly unique experience.
If you’re looking for a nice place to have breakfast or lunch, Kosmos Café is an excellent option. Situated right on the waters’ edge, you’ll love the service and food. Enjoy a relaxing meal or a fun gathering with friends and family. Especially if you’re staying in Kosmos, you should at least have dinner here one evening at sunset.
The nearest airport to Kosmos (Cosmos) or Hartbeespoort is Lanseria International Airport (HLA). It is a smaller sized airport but is closely situated (only about 30 min away).
The Car Rental companies are easily accessible at the airport. (You can do your booking online.)
We do however recommend taking extra insurance on a rental for wheel and tire damage. (Especially during winter time the roads often have a few scary potholes.) Take your time when driving around, and be on the lookout for them.
The best time to visit Hartbeespoort would be in Spring and Summer. Anytime from September to March actually would have nice weather. You might have the occasional thunderstorm in the afternoon, but the smell of flowers in the air at Kosmos during October is wonderful. In springtime, you’ll have beautiful Jacaranda trees everywhere in full flower and during summer the bougainvillea everywhere is in full bloom. Get your little piece of Paris and Italy in South Africa.
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