The Bojanala Rustenburg Region is an eco-tourism haven. Its natural vegetation, bushveld, covers the entire region and is the natural habitat of many species of animals , now protected by game farms and nature reserves. However, man has also added some attractions of his own and for long it was the only place in South Africa where people could gamble legally. Attractions in this area vary from the naturally pristine to the breathtakingly surreal. The Pilanesberg National Park and Sun City (with the Atlantis-like Palace of the Lost City) are both situated in this area. Ramoriana Cultural Village and Kgaswane Nature Reserve also offer the tourist an opportunity of a lifetime.
Located 16 km east of Koster, this town received its name from Lord Derby, the then British Secretary of State. Originally this town was a settlement for destitute people. Towards the end of the Anglo-Boer War of 1899-1902, this was the scene of a battle fought between the Scottish Cavalry Regiment and the Boers. History And Architecture Derby Military Cemetery: Many soldiers died during the battle waged between the Boers and the Scottish Cavalry Regiment and the graves of the fallen British soldiers can be visited in the Military Cemetery.
The town developed around a railway siding and was proclaimed in 1913 on farmland. It was named after Bastiaan Koster, the Dutch owner, a native of Rotterdam, who settled on the farm in 1860. Adventure And Sport Koperfontein Hikes: The Koperfontein day hiking area in the vicinity of Derby has a central hut and a campsite. Koster Dam: The Koster Dam resort lies about 20 km from town. It offers caravan facilities with power points, a swimming pool, ablution blocks and barbecue facilities. Anglers often catch carp, yellowfish and barbel here. Natural Wonders Caves: Several large caves can be explored in the area, among them the Swartland, Rietpan and Oom Paul caves.
Kroondal started as a Lutheran mission station on the farm Kronendal (“Crown Dale”) in 1858. The town has a strong German heritage that is still reflected by the architecture and cultural atmosphere. Fauna And Flora Mountain Sanctuary Park: The Mountain Sanctuary Park features a series of interesting walks and trails. History And Architecture German homes and businesses: Several distinctly German businesses and private homes are found in town. Lutheran Church: This Lutheran Church was built in 1896. It was restored between 1979 and 1982 and has been proclaimed a national monument. Other Attractions Tobacco and Cotton Research Institute: This branch of the Department of Agriculture regularly conducts educational tours of the premises.
After the defeat of Mzilikazi’s Ndebele tribe in the mid-1800s, a group of Voortrekkers (Cape Dutch Pioneers) settled in the area. Soon crops were planted and livestock was grazing in the fertile fields. At last, the people who had trekked around for so long had found a peaceful area that they could call their own, a place of rest – hence the name ‘ Rustenburg’ (“Place of Rest”). Situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg, 112 km northwest of Johannesburg, Rustenburg is the third oldest town of the old Transvaal Province. Its position on the edge of the Bushveld Igneous Complex has caused the region to be one of the most heavily mined areas in the world. Adventure And Sport Elandsoord Dam: Relax and enjoy the sun and water at the Elandsoord Dam. The Baviaanskrans and Summit Hiking Routes: These two routes are in the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve and are open to the public. The Summit Route is 25,3 km in length and allows swimming in natural pools. The Baviaanskrans route is 19,5 km long and passes the Garden of Remembrance and has a fine waterfall view. Koperfontein, Kranskloof and Rustenburg Hiking and Horse Trails: The area is traversed by […]
Although not really a town or a city, this pleasure resort deserves to be mentioned separately. The resort hotels of Sun City and the Palace of the Lost City support an economy and labour force equivalent to those of any large town. The resort is self-contained and provides lively entertainment for the whole family. The resort is near Rustenburg and frequent bus and air trips are conducted to and from Gauteng. It is also 10 km from Pilanesberg International Airport. The Sun City resort includes the Palace of the Lost City, the Cabanas Hotel, the Cascades Hotel and the Sun City Hotel. Slot machines, blackjack, American roulette, poker, punto banco and baccarat tables are but some of the roads to fortune, that is to say if things go as planned! The impeccable detail, posh decor, professional croupiers and world-class standard machinery serve to make your visit even more pleasurable. The Palace of the Lost City is the most recent addition to Sun City and is a fantasy come to life. The hotel and “Valley of Waves” have been designed to look like the recently discovered metropolis of some ancient civilisation. The 25 ha jungle offers many exploration paths which wind […]
Swartruggens was founded in 1875 on the farms Brakfontein and Scheepersrus and is little more than a village. The first trading store was built in 1896. The Voortrekkers (Cape Dutch Pioneers) named this place ‘black backs’ because of the black ridges that surround the town and which reminded them of the backs of oxen. The town lies 55 km west of Rustenburg and 69 km from Zeerust. Adventure And Sport Grey Loerie Hiking Trail: The Grey Loerie Hiking Trail is ideal as a day or a day-night route. The trail offers a wide variety of trees and is ideal for bird watching. The trail takes you through mountainous and bushveld terrain. Schoongezicht Hiking Trail: The Schoongezicht trail crosses the Schoongezicht Holiday Farm. Those who want to stay overnight will have to stay for 2 nights minimum. Fauna And Flora Moedwil Daisies: The irrigated fields of daisies on the farm of Moedwil are an unexpected sight since one would expect to only see them in the Namaqualand region of the Northern Cape. These wildflowers are indigenous to Namaqualand. This area has several spots worth a visit by nature lovers, including Lindleyspoort Dam, Swartruggens Dam and Tulane Game Lodge. History And Architecture […]