Rustenburg is a pleasant spot at the foot of the scenic Magaliesberg Mountains. In mid-2010, it witnessed excitement as never before when visitors flocked in to attend six 2010 FIFA World Cup™ matches.

Did you know?

The Royal Bafokeng Stadium is the only community-owned football stadium in South Africa.

After a massive R360-million upgrade, the 42 000-seat Royal Bafokeng Stadium proved its mettle when it hosted some of the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup games.

This Rustenburg sports stadium is located 15km outside the football-crazy town in the Phokeng village. The multi-purpose sports facility also contains an athletics track, Olympic-size swimming pool, a fitness centre and facilities for tennis, netball, volleyball and basketball.

The 2010 FIFA World Cup™ stadium also boasts hospitality suites to accommodate 320 VIPs, an excellent pitch, state-of-the-art public address system, and a giant 40m² screen to ensure fans don't miss any big-match action. It also features fan-friendly seating, floodlights and electronic scoreboards. Five first-round matches and one second-round match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ were held at the stadium.

Rustenburg benefited from various infrastructure improvements prior to the 2010 FIFA World Cup™ which included the upgrade of national and local roads to the venue, providing football supporters with ease of access.

The Royal Bafokeng Stadium was developed by the Bafokeng community, which holds a share in the North West province's platinum mines, some of the richest in the world. Opened in 1999, it is the home ground to the local Premier Soccer League (PSL) team, the Platinum Stars.

The stadium also regularly hosts rugby matches, serving as the home ground of the Leopards.

Rustenburg, meaning 'town of rest', is a short drive away from the glitzy Sun City resort and its neighbouring Big Five Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

City of Rustenburg Tourism Information
Tel: + 27 (0)14 590 3111

Wigwam Hotel
Tel: +27 (0)51 924 0585

How to get here

The best way to get to Rustenburg is by road, following the N4 highway west out of Pretoria. Pretoria can be reached on the N1 from Johannesburg. It's an approximate three-hour drive from Johannesburg, depending on traffic volume.

Around the area

Nearby is the glitzy pleasure resort of Sun City with a host of attractions and activities. The Pilanesberg Game Reserve, a Big Five reserve, is adjacent to the resort.

Tours to do

A not-to-be-missed attraction in the Magaliesberg is sliding through the tree tops on a Magaliesberg Canopy Tour.

Get around

Taxis provide transport only along scheduled routes in Rustenburg, so for independence of travel, consider car hire.

What to pack

Evenings and early mornings are cold in winter (May to October), so pack warm clothing if you visit during these months.

Where to stay

The Wigwam Hotel offers quirky, wigwam chalets, at affordable rates.

What to eat

Do try traditional pap (maize porridge) and wors (sausage), and wash it down with home-brewed, alcohol-free gemmerbier (ginger beer).

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