Focus on Rustenburg, North West, South Africa
Rustenburg Districts' relates to the magisterial districts of Madikwe,
Mankwe, Bafokeng, Rustenburg, Koster and Swartruggens, situated in the
North West Province.
Given the natural bushveld vegetation that covers the entire area and with the added attraction of the Magliesberg mountain range, this region has much to offer the ecotourists. It is a national game area with a number of fine game parks where it is still possible to capture the solitude and stillness associated with nature and the animal kingdom.
The Pilansberg National Game Park which boasts the "Big Five" is situated in the crater of a huge extinct volcano formed over 1300 million years ago. Game viewing, overnight camps, walking trails and hunting trips are are all available. The Rustenburg Nature reserve offers hiking trails in the Magaliesberg with its abundant bird life and fauna and flora.
Rustenburg being one of the oldest towns in the province is well established with many fine holiday resorts. The temperature is a good four or five degrees warmer than Gauteng. It is a malaria-free and relatively crime-free area and is only a ninety minute drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria. No wonder this region is a favourite getaway for Gauteng residents!
The Rustenburg Districts" is also home to the famous Sun City with its Lost City Palace Hotel. It is a dazzling experience in every way. There are two championship golf courses, four hotels, numerous restaurants, live cabaret and a glittering casino which together with a myriad of other attractions make this resort one of the finest in the world.
There is also a large variety of historical and cultural interest to be found in the area such as the German community of Kroondal that dates back to 1857, the indigenous Bafokeng, Bakgatla and Botswana tribes with their totemic and other tribal traditions. Many past battles have been fought in the districts of Koster, Swartruggens and Rustenburg during the Anglo Boer War and other ethnic wars. Prominent battlefields, memorial graves and ruined forts are scatted throughout, and the area is also an archaeological treasure trove of iron and stone-age sites. The Voortrekers were prominent in Rustenburg and the Paul Kruger house where the former President once lived, is open to public viewing.
The Rustenburg Ramble which has been well established for quite a few years now has many delightful curios and gift shops to browse through. Some of the well-known potters and artists in the region often open their doors to visitors. Complementing the many fine hotels with their superb conference and banqueting facilities are a number of quaint and secluded guest houses that offer a personal and charming hospitality found throughout the region.
of Presidant Paul Kruger
Historical Lutheran Church - Kroondal
Hervormende Church Square
The Dutch Reformed Church
Rustenburg Nature Reserve
Statue of Voortrekker Girl
Pilanesberg National Park
Sun City Resort
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