The Impala Rally
Hartbeespoort Holiday Resort, 9-11 March
The Impala is the first of the big motorcycle rallies for the year, and a big must for bike enthusiasts dusting off the cobwebs of the post-December dwaal.
It is again happening at the Hartbeespoort Holiday Resort, its home for the past 14 years. The site has seen some improvements since last year with a new restaurant that is closer to the main area and a new double slide at the top swimming pools.
This year’s Impala will also see a new layout of beer tents in front of the stage and the massively popular Skylounge bar that over looks the entire event.
Entrance will be R250 per person with a special reduced fee of R150 per person for people entering at the gate from Saturday morning. Cars will be R200 per vehicle to enter the site. Camping is free with lots of space, green grass and trees.
About the Rally
The first Impala was in 1978 near Polokwane (quondam Pietersburg) and this 2017 one will be the 31st. This will be the 14th year in a row it will be held at this Hartbeespoort resort which has had ongoing upgrading and extensions, with more tar and bridges and chalets and more grass and more camping.
At this stage the booking of bands and amusements and events is still ongoing and the site will be updated regulary with more news.
R200 to park cars in the site.
The bands are again recognised (read “expensive”) and popular ones, playing days and evenings, which is important for the atmosphere and ambience as they always gel well with the audience and set the scene for the happiness that permeates the whole weekend.
Good fun with Miss Impala and we do the handing of prizes efficiently these days, with all winners called up at once instead of each laboriously making his way to the stage. And, while there will be lots of prizes, there will be no one big lucky draw – bikes cost R400000 these days and there seem to be no rallies anywhere giving them away any more.
It is a hectic, happy, busy rally, established in 1978, organised by Bike SA magazine and is on one of the best sites with lots of room for everyone, including families.
It is a social gathering of decent (mostly mature) motorcycling enthusiasts for a weekend of fun and happiness. All nice people are welcome. Arrive anytime and leave by lunchtime on Sunday.
The popular Hartbeespoort Holiday Resort has lots of grass, trees, ablutions, camping and caravanning facilities, swimming pools, two high water slides, with a new double one at the top pool, trampolines, a fully-fledged skatepark, putt-putt course, jumping castles, tar roads, better access and traffic control, and general revamping is ongoing.
Workshop, Tyres, Exhibitors, Flea Markets, Food Stalls, Hospital…
There will also be a Workshop, Spares, Exhibitor’s Stands, Flea Markets, Food Stalls, Advanced Life Support Hospital. And 3km away the Hartebeespoort Dam town and surrounds are Gauteng’s booming playground.
Newly-built is a sky lounge 7 metres above ground with glass windows and doors for a 360 degree view of the site and surrounds, and and a must see is the sun going down over the Magaliesburg Mountains after 6,30.
Below it is a huge bandstand.
Food stalls are carefully selected to be modern, nice, clean and with no duplication of foods and a choice of more than 20 types of different foods and the site’s modern restaurant, in a beautiful setting above the pool, charges rally prices.
Final programme will be displayed in various prominent places, and announced.
Monday -Thursday rally site access anytime:
Access to the resort is anytime, even as early as the Sunday before the rally if you want to take a week’s holiday and enjoy the facilities (swimming pools, skate park, trampolines, putt-putt, bar, sky lounge, restaurant…) or the Hartbeespoort area’s tourist attractions.
Pay the entry fee and you can stay free at the resort for the extra days and there will be no further resort entry or camping fees.
The resort is at 012 253-0394, 012 253-2539 or www.hartbeespoortoord-resort.co.za
Thursday 9th March 2017:
Rally office opens 11am (the gate 24 hours) for handing in entry forms, collecting free metal badge and buying of T-Shirts, caps, clothing…
Music will be in place with a disco in the evening and food stalls throughout the day on Thursday already.
Friday 10th February
Most of the people will arrive and the fun will begin in earnest. Settle into tents and chalets, meet friends, sign on, collect T-shirts and badges and generally enjoy the site and environs.
Rally office 8am to 8pm.
Bands and shows
Big name Band
Saturday 1th February:
Daytime: Bands and shows
Concours bikes start assembling during the day in the tent for 4pm judging.
Amateur Arm Wrestling inside main tent: This is very popular. Anyone can challenge anyone.
Prizegiving and big name band until midnight.
Sunday 12th March: Head for home to tell everyone what a nice rally you have been to or stay and we will assume you are clean up volunteers..
Rally Office Hours
(T-shirts, apparel, badges…)
Thurs 11 am – 6pm
Friday 8am – 8pm
Saturday 8am – 6pm
Sunday 8 – 10am.
Official Entrance Gate will be open 24 hours from 9am Thursday, but entrants can arrive from the Sunday before already at the main resort gate.
Pre-enter in order to ensure that you get clothing, cloth badges and apparel as ordered. But all entries at the gate will be accepted.
Cheaper R150 Saturday Entries from 9am on Saturday morning.
Go through the tunnel, over the damn wall and at the four way stop turn RIGHT and it is 3km away, past Mount Amanzi.
From Jhb, go along Malibongwe (Hans Strydom), past Lanseria, through Broederstroom, at T-Junction (Pelindaba on your right) turn LEFT, go past Pecanwood for a kilometre or two, turn RIGHT over the railway line, cross the long bridge, T-Junction RIGHT, past Cosmos and at 4 way stop go straight and it is 3km away, past Mount Amanzi.
Herewith a list of lodges and guest houses accommodation (Phone numbers updated January 2015) in the Hartbeespoort area for those who will not be staying on site.
La Dolce Vita, in Cosmos, 5km from the resort (012) 253-5949
Kingfisher’s View Waterfront, Cosmos (012) 253-5061
Hartbeespoort Dam Lodge, in Cosmos, 5km from the resort (012) 253-0770
Willinga Lodge, Cosmos, 5km from the resort (012) 253-0032
Palm Valley Inn, Schoemansville (012) 253-0123
Thatch Haven Country Lodge, Brits (012) 252-5028
Wooden Door, Brits (012) 252-6766
Green Leaves River Lodge, Skeurpoort (012) 207-1987
Leopard Lodge, Skeurpoort (012) 207-1130
Die Ou Pastorie restaurant and guest house (012) 207-1027
Benlize Lodge, Broederstroom, 0823383977
Glen Afrique, Broederstroom, (012) 205-1412