Rustenburg - North-West Province
Rustenburg, which translated literally means "town of rest", is the third oldest town of the former Transvaal Province. The city was chosen as one of the host cities for the FIFA World Cup 2010 and staged games at the 40,000 Royal Bafekong Stadium previously used for the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
This city has a rich history and is popular with tourists providing interests for everyone. For those of you that enjoy the outdoors there game farms, nature reserves and lots of outdoor sporting facilities. For the cultural ones amongst us there are some fabulous churches, including the Anglican Church (1871) and the Dutch Reformed Church (1898 -1903). There is also the historic statue of the Voortrekker girl and the Rustenburg Museum.
Rustenburg with its jacaranda tree-lined streets is easily accessible via major highway routes and is a popular stopover for tourists as it is well equipped with accommodation to suit all tastes. It also claims an average 9 hours of sunshine a day throughout the year. A popular attraction in Rustenburg is the Rustenburg Ramble which is an Arts and Crafts route that takes in a number of restaurants, curio shops, craft galleries and gift shops.
This town is popular with weekend visitors from Pretoria and Johannesburg and is also conveniently located for visitors wishing to see the Magaliesberg Mountains or perhaps as a stop over on the way to Sun City. There are plenty of guest houses, self catering accommodation and B&B options available to choose from in Rustenburg. Also close to Rustenburg is the Pilanesberg National Park which is the fourth largest National Park in South Africa. Even though the park is not a natural park its well worth taking one of the guided tours where the rangers will give you your best opportunity to see the "Big Five". There are also several camps inside the Park.
From Rustenburg you can take the Magaliesberg Meander a circular route that leaves Rustenburg on the R24/30 and goes around the Olifantsnek Dam, via the Mountain Sanctuary Park and onto Magaliesberg. From there you take the R560 to Hartbeespoort Dam which is a popular weekend break destination with lots of water sports on offer. From Hartbeespoort take the N4 back to Rustenburg passing the Buffelspoort Dam along the way.
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