Rustenburg lies in the heart of the North West province. For adventure-seekers it’s the perfect launch pad to seek out experiences under big African skies. Why not try watersports at Hartbeespoort Dam, hot air ballooning over the Magaliesberg, zip lining at Sun City and abseiling at the Vredefort Dome?

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For those who are kids at heart, Sun City's Valley of the Waves is an absolute blast with fun slides, a man-made wave pool and a beach.

A great introduction to the attractions of the South Africa countryside surrounding Rustenburg is by taking a trip up the Harties cableway. The view from the summit is spectacular, and takes in the surrounding Magaliesberg mountains and the Hartbeespoort Dam way below.

The mountains lend themselves to a variety of hiking trails, mountain bike routes and a thrilling canopy tour. Set high above the trees, the Magaliesburg Canopy Tour takes adventurers on a trip via suspended steel cables above the Ysterhoutkloof, making stops at a series of platforms to view the birdlife and vegetation.

Microlighting and abseiling are also available in this part of the world, and hot air ballooning over the Magaliesberg is a novel means of enjoying the countryside and wildlife from a lofty perspective.

Hartbeespoort Dam is known for its wide array of watersports, and it's also a great place for a picnic. Activities such as quad biking, microlighting, parasailing and 4x4 adventures may be enjoyed here, and there's an animal and snake park for the kiddies.

Experience African elephants up close at the Elephant Sanctuary, or bushbabies and lemurs at the Monkeyland sanctuary – both near Hartbeespoort Dam.

A growing adventure sport industry has taken root at the Vredefort Dome – a massive crater created by a meteorite strike millions of years ago, and today a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The nearby Vaal River is ideal for sporting pursuits such as white-water rafting, canoeing, abseiling and rock climbing.

Then there's the big daddy, the Zip 2000 extreme adventure slide at Sun City, claimed to be the world's longest and fastest at 2 000m long and 280m high. Reach an average speed of 120 km/h on this very zippy ride. While you're there, try out a Segway tour, a futuristic way to get around and see more than you would on foot.

If a more tranquil adventure is in order, a game drive in the nearby Pilanesberg Game Reserve should do the trick.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Tourism North West
Tel: +27 (0)861 111 866
Email: info@tourismnorthwest.co.za

How to get here

Rustenburg can be reached along the N4 highway from Pretoria. You can also fly into the Pilanesberg airport for easy access to Sun City and the game reserve.

Best time to visit

Good weather is an attribute of the North West province.

Length of stay

Organise a few days for exploration in and around Rustenburg.

Where to stay

A range of accommodation is available to suit every pocket.

Best buys

Local produce, including jams and preserves available at farm stalls all over the province.