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North West

SSituated at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains, with nature reserves such as the Pilanesberg National Park as well as water sports and other activities of the Hartbeespoort Dam within striking distance of the town, Rustenburg is the perfect place from which to explore the North West province. Rustenburg is located on major highway routes, making these attractions easily accessible.

The Pilanesberg National Park, the fourth largest game reserve, features all the major mammal species including the Big Five—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.

Did You Know?
RRustenburg means “town of rest” in Afrikaans. Rustenburg is also known as the “Platinum City” because of the platinum mining around the area.

YYou can also visit the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve, famous for its breeding herd of sable antelope. Small numbers of predators, including caracal, aardwolf, black-backed jackal and leopard also occur. More than 320 species of birdlife have been recorded including a breeding colony of Cape vultures. Closer to home, you can do a circular game-viewing tour of the Rustenburg Nature Reserve.

AAnother nearby attraction is the Hartbeespoort Dam. With plenty of activities such as water sports, the dam has many resorts, boat clubs and picnic sites scattered along its banks.

The town itself is one of the oldest towns in the province. With many different communities in the area, such as the indigenous Bafokeng, Bakgatla and Tswana people, the area also boasts a multitude of cultural and historical sites of significance in and around Rustenburg. There is also the German community of Kroondal that traces its origins back to 1857. In the town itself, you can view some magnificent churches including the Anglican Church (1871) and the Dutch Reformed Church (1898-1903). You can also visit Paul Kruger’s farm – Boekenhoutfontein.

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