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Rustenburg is a city in North West Province of South Africa.

Rustenburg is a city in North West Province of South Africa.

Overview of Rustenburg

• This city is located at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range.
• It was one of the official host cities of the 2010 FIFA World Cup.
• Phokeng is closely located near Rustenburg which is the capital of Royal Bafokeng Nation.
• Here, the Royal Bafokeng Stadium is located.
• The England national football team also used this as their base camp for the tournament.
• Country : South Africa
• Province : North West
• District : Bojanala
• Municipality : Rustenburg
• Total Area : 183.39 square km (70.81 sq mi)
• Elevation : 1,170 m (3,840 ft)
• Total Population (2001) : 67,196
• Density : 370/square km (950/sq mi)
• Racial makeup (2001)
– Black African : 38.6%
– Colored : 2.0%
– Indian/Asian: 2.6%
– White : 56.8%
• First languages (2001)
– Afrikaans : 51.2%
– Tswana : 7.0%
– English : 10.6%
– Xhosa : 4.6%
– Other : 6.6%
• Time zone : SAST (UTC+2)
• Postal code : 0300
• Area code(s) : 014


• The city is located on major highway routes and close to 2 major centers.
• Within the city are some historic churches. These include:
– The Anglican Church (1871)
– The Dutch Reformed Church (1898–1903)
– The historic statue of the Voortrekker girl
– The Rustenburg Museum

Communities and Battlefields

• There are many sites with cultural and historical significance in and around Rustenburg.
• The indigenous Bafokeng, Bakgatla and Botswana tribe’s totemic tribal traditions are of much interest.
• There is also the German community of Kroondal, North West Kroondal that traces its origins back to 1857.
• Many Anglo-Boer and ethnic war battles took place in the area with the districts of Koster, Swartruggens and Rustenburg.
• here are prominent battlefields, memorial graves and ruined forts.
• The area also has archaeological remains from the Iron Age and Stone Age.

Game Parks and Reserves in Rustenburg

Kgaswane Game Reserve
• It is situated above the town of Rustenburg.
• It is located across a varied habitat of quartzite mountain peaks.
• It is open to hikers as well as vehicle visitors.
• It is a 4 257 ha reserve.
• It offers a great range of viewing experiences to wildlife enthusiasts.

Madikwe Game Reserve
• The Madikwe Game Reserve is a protected area in South Africa.
• It is named after the Madikwe or Marico River.
• On this basin, the reserve is located.
• It was opened in 1991.
• It comprises 750 km² of bushland.
• This is towards north of the small town Groot-Marico up to the Botswana border.
• Madikwe Game Reserve lies 90 km north of Zeerust.
• It was used to be farm land.
• It has recently opened itself up to private farms.
• They are outside the main reserve.
• Private users need to abide by parks board rules.
• Animals can roam over any land.
• Restrictions are applied to private vehicles over which area they can drive until.
• There are 30 lodges on the property.

Groot Marico Park
• This is also a reserve that is to the north of the Pilanesberg.
• It is almost half the size of Belgium.
• They are conservation and transition zone between the Kalahari sand-veld and the thorn-veld.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve
• The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is situated to the west of Pretoria in North West Province in South Africa.
• The park borders with the entertainment complex Sun City.
• The park is currently administered by the North West Parks and Tourism Board.
• This area is fringed by three concentric ridges or rings of hills.
• This formation rises from the surrounding plains.
• This reserve is named after a Tswana chief, Pilane.
• Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex is the park’s primary geological feature.
• This vast circular geological feature is ancient even by geological standards.
• It is the crater of a long extinct volcano.
• This extinct volcano erupted about 1,200 million years ago.
• It is one of the largest volcanic complexes in the world.
• The rare rock types and formations make it unique.
• Pilanesberg Game Reserve is rated high amongst the world’s outstanding geological phenomena.
• There are various sites that originate from the Iron age and Stone age.
• The reserve covers an overall area of about 572 km² (220 sq mi).

Rustenburg Airfield
• Rustenburg Airfield (FARG) is the Rustenburg Local Municipality Airfield.
• It is licensed according to Civil Aviation Authority standards.
• Rustenburg SkyDiving Club operates every weekend year round from the airfield.

Things to Do in Rustenburg
• Sparkling Waters Spa

Events and/or Festivals in Rustenburg

Rustenburg Show
• Location: Rustenburg
• Duration: 29 days
• May
South African Orchid Show
• Location: Rustenburg
• Duration: 4 days

Must See Attractions in the North West Province

• Pilanesberg Game Reserve
• Braderspan Bird Sanctuary
• Cradle of Human Mankind
• Marakele Game reserve
• Sun City Resort
• Madikwe Game Reserve
• De Wild Cheetah & Wildlife Trust
• Lesedi Cultural Village
• Taung Heritage Site
• Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Featured Things to Do in the North West Province
• Magaliesberg Canopy Tour: Rustenburg
• Elephant-Back Game Viewing: Pilanesberg
• Day Tour of the Pilanesberg Reserve: Pilanesberg
• Hot Air Ballooning over Pilanesberg: Sun City

Events in the North West Province
BSG Energade Triathlon Series – Potchefstroom
• Location: Potchefstroom
• Duration: 1 day
• Time: October

NWU Wind Band Festival
• Location: Potchefstroom
• Duration: 2 days
• Time: August

Spring break
• Location: Sun City
• Duration: 3 days
• Time: October

Best time to visit/climate

• Rustenburg has a temperate humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa), although it may be defined tropical by some sources.
• It has very warm summers (from December to February) and mild winters (from June to August).
• Due to the altitude, summers are not quite as hot as one might expect. Precipitation occurs mainly in summer.
• Temperatures range from 17° to 31 °C (62° to 88 °F) in the summer.
• Temperatures range from 3° to 21 °C (37° to 70 °F) in the winter.
• Annual rainfall totals about 360 mm (about 14 in).
• Almost all of it falls during the summer months.
• Summer months are between October and April.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

By Plane
One can take Pilanesburg International Airport which is near Sun City or Rustenburg Airfield.

By Car
• Follow the N4 West from Pretoria. Note that this is a toll road.
• Total toll is ZAR 32.00 in April 2010.
• The R104 is a toll-free alternative which is parallel to the N4.

How to reach North West?

By Car
• The N12 highway runs from Kimberley trough the eastern part of the province (Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom) to Johannesburg.
• The N14 from Upington joins the N12 in Wolmaranstaad.
• The N4 runs through the north of the province.
• It comes from Gaborone in Botswana, goes through Zeerust and Rustenburg and from there to the north of Pretoria.

By Plane
• The airport of Pilanesberg/Sun City offers flights to Johannesburg.
• The capital city of Mmabatho/Mafikeng has regular flights operated by South African Airways to Johannesburg.

By Bus
Greyhound and Translux offer bus connections from other provinces.

Some Travel Books on South Africa

South Africa South Africa – Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals

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