Although it is a hub of activity, Rustenburg maintains an attractive small town atmosphere that lives up to its name, “place of restâ€. Situated in the popular Bojanala region of the North West, Rustenburg is close to the Sun City complex and several game parks. At only a 90 minute drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, you can enjoy a perfect weekend getaway at our Rustenburg accommodations.
Rustenburg is one of the oldest towns in the North West province, nicknamed “Platinum Cityâ€ because two of the world’s largest platinum mines lie just outside of the town. The streets are lined with vivid jacaranda trees and the surrounding Magaliesberg Mountains create a beautiful backdrop. With a great combination of history, arts, culture, and nature, it is a place that everyone can enjoy.
The malaria-free region boasts several nature reserves. The Pilanesburg National Park lies right outside Rustenburg, in a vast crater of an extinct volcano in the Pilanesberg Mountain Range. It is the 4th largest national park in South Africa and offers exceptional Big 5 game viewing, hiking trails, and exciting hunting trips. The Kgaswane Mountain Reserve (or Rustenburg Nature Reserve) is home to more than 115 species of plant and 230 species of bird, with a Cape griffon breeding colony situated to the east of the reserve. A variety of antelope and small mammals can be spotted, and although predators are seldom seen, there are leopard, caracal, brown hyena, and black-backed jackal on the reserve. A variety of hiking trails can be taken, such as the 19.5km Baviaanskrans Route, which includes the Waterfall View and the Garden of Remembrance, and the 25.3km Summit Route where you can swim in natural pools. Less fit hikers can do the 2km Vlei Ramble to enjoy bird watching from a viewing hut.
A drive along the Rustenburg Ramble will take you past the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve, craft galleries, farm stalls, eateries, Waterfall Mall, and the Royal Bafokeng Sports Place - one of the 2010 FIFA World Cup stadiums named after the indigenous Bafokeng (“people of the dewâ€) tribe who are still led by their own king.
Several day trips can be taken in the area to visit Stone Age sites, the Cradle of Humankind, famous Battlefields, memorial graves, and fort ruins. Avid historians can discover local history and archaeology at The Rustenburg Museum. Other historical buildings include the Town Hall, Anglican Church, Dutch Reformed Church, and the Historical Lutheran Church in Kroondal.
The illustrious Sun City complex is only a few kilometres away from Rustenburg. The lavish African-themed resort offers entertainment for the whole family with a casino, Valley of the Waves water park, spa, and adventure activities on the nearby dam. Sun City is also home to two world-famous championship golf courses. The Gary Player Golf Course and The Lost City Golf Course are both designed by South African golfing legend, Gary Player, and provide a challenge to golfers at all levels.
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