Snuggled against the foot of the Magaliesberg on the eastern shore of Hartbeespoort Dam, lies this most remarkable private Park, surrounded by massive walls like those of a medieval castle protecting a rare gem.
Within these walls, a world has been created where visitors can experience the essence of what makes Hartbeespoort Dam unique, the presence of animals, water lapping at stonewalls and jetties, giant tress, exotic foliage and towering cliffs.
The park has the most interesting Snake and Seal show held on Public Holidays, School Holidays and weekends at 12H00 and 15H00. It is a show not to be missed.
“Visitors can see a great variety of species including lions, tigers, and other big cats”
Visitors can see a great variety of species including lions, tigers and other big cats. Visitors will also see chimpanzees and other primates, hyenas, wild dogs, otters, birds and reptiles. We have one of the finest reptile collections in Southern Africa.
Beginning about 56 years ago, the Park has grown to become an institute determined to contribute to the understanding and preservation of our wildlife.
Free Parking in front of the Park and another parking area on three levels opposite the Park. The Park is accessible to wheelchairs and prams and has toilet facilities for wheelchair visitors.
Weekend visitors can enjoy a scenic ferryboat cruise on the dam near the Park and the dam wall.
The Ferryboat ride is approximately a 25 min. cruise and is able to seat 100 people. We cater for a variety of functions i.e. conferences, corporate functions, kitchen teas, sunset cruises, weddings and birthday parties etc., from finger snacks to sit down meals and a cash bar is available. Our vessels and skippers are SAMSA registered.
Harties Watersport Centre also features speedboat rides, water toys as well as Jet Ski rides.
R 130 per Adult
R 60 per child between the ages of 3-12
Open daily, Public Holidays & School Holidays
Open from 8H00
Closing time will be announced on the Park’s Public Address system.
1 Scott Street, Hartbeespoort Dam, 0216
GPS Coordinates: 20°40’69″S -27°51’6″E
The Park is home to a wide variety of reptiles from small to the oldest reptiles in the world. The Park features the finest reptiles in South Africa, with a wide variety of snakes, crocodiles, turtles and many more exciting reptiles.
The Park is home to endangered species like the Cape Vulture and African Hunting dog. Protecting our animals for many generations to be seen.
Providing a large open air lookout for our chimpanzees, you are more than welcome to come and have a view of these amazing animals.
The South African National Bird, the Blue Crane, can be seen in The Snake and Animal Park.
The Snake and Animal Park has been a favourite to our younger generations for many years. We provide an educational experience for the young and old visiting our park. The Park provides special programmes for the groups in an educational yet natural experience.
Please view our short video explaining the experience one can get when visiting the Snake and Animal Park.
For many years the Park has provided special lectures and courses for organizations where their day to day activities bring their employees into contact with snakes. These courses have proved extremely beneficial to mining companies, paramedics and hospital staff, nature conservation officers, game park field officers, SA Police Service, SA Defence Force, Fire and Ambulance services.The Beginner and Advance and our specials courses is registered with the Wits Health CPD Office and medical doctors and other health professionals that pass the tests can claim 9 CPD ( Continued Professional Development point ( For both courses completed).
We offer the following types of lectures and courses either at the Park or other venues within South Africa or other African countries.
SNAKE AWARENESS LECTURE
General Lecture and demonstration on snakes, how they live, their behaviour, snakes found in the area, snakebites and how to avoid being bitten, first aid and anti-venom treatment etc. No handling of snakes is involved. 1½ to 2 lecture using approximately 6 different live snakes. This lecture is aimed at general personnel and is suitable for large groups. More than one lecture can be done in one day.
BEGINNER SNAKE COURSE
This course is aimed at those people who find snakes fascinating but don’t know too much about them and would like to learn more about these interesting creatures. The course covers general information on the types of snakes in South Africa, their distribution, the venomous and benign species, their dentition, locomotion, identification, feeding, prey and predators, breeding and other interesting information. Each student will receive a manual containing all the above mentioned information.
The course takes place from 9h00 to approximately 12h00 and various live snakes are introduced during the course. Each participant will sign an indemnity form before taking part in the Beginners Course
A chart – “GUIDE TO VENOMOUS SNAKES OF SOUTHERN AFRICA” is included.
ADVANCED SNAKE COURSE
This course is aimed at those people who have already completed the Beginners Course and need more theoretical and practical experience. It is also an ideal course for senior personnel in an industrial environment where first aid on a snakebite may be required.
The course recaps on the general information and goes on to include more in depth detail on snake venoms and treatment for snakebites. It includes snake behaviour, the parasites and diseases of snakes. It also covers snake catching and handling of snakes.
There are 2 parts to this course, which also takes place on a Weekday (Special request for a Saturday). Beginning at 09h00 the 1st part will last until approximately 12h00. There will be a break with lunch until the 2nd part which will continue from 13h00 until completed where each participant will learn to catch various snakes. Each student will receive a manual containing all the above mentioned information.
Participants will complete a questionnaire which will be graded according to ability. Each participant will sign an indemnity before taking part in the Advanced Course.
If the Beginners Snake Course and Advance Snake Course is completed successfully the participants will receive a certificate showing their results. ( A lunch is included with the Beginner and Advanced Snake Course )
BEGINNER SNAKE COURSE
R 920-00 per Participant ( When presented and attended at the Snake and Animal Park )
ADVANCE SNAKE COURSE
R 1120-00 per Participant ( When presented and attended at the Snake and Animal Park )
Booking is essential and should be in writing. Payment can be made on or before the day of the course.
The Snake and Animal Park conference venue is close enough from Pretoria but far enough to instil that “out of the office nature experience”. The feeling we like to offer is relaxing with a touch of wild along your business conference.
We have a lovely park that is situated next to Hartbeespoort Dam. The conference venue is located inside the park, a lovely air-conditioned venue with all the audio and visual equipment necessary (Projector, sound system).
We can accommodate a min of 10 people and a max 50 people in our wild conference venue. Our packages vary from only 1 hour conferences to the whole day conference. We offer refreshments as well as any food requirements. As an extra option we also do themed conferences.
After the conference you can have a relaxing walk through the park and even book a boat ride with Harties Water Sport Centre. They have a lovely cruiser boat that can finish your conference with an hour or more cruise on the water to end an outdoor working day. (All vessels and skippers are SAMSA registered)
Something extra during your conference that can give you knowledge you never had about the wild. We offer a variety of small animal talks, reptile talks and snake awareness lectures that can be presented during or after the conference. Giving your conference a touch one has never experienced.
The first in Hartbeespoort Dam. A lecture given about the history and people of Hartbeespoort Dam. How the dam was built and the people who made Hartbeespoort Dam such a special place to consider as a piece of history never to be forgotten. Willie Meyer the Author of Magaliesberg Kaleidoscope will present the history of this great piece of land during your conference.