Zeerust is characterised by the tall grasses and acacia trees of the Klein Marico River Valley. A tale is attached to the naming of the town. A certain Casper Coetzee was in the process of building a church on his farm when he died. Coetzee’s brother completed the church and named the ground on which it was built, Coetzee-Rust (Coetzee’s Rest) in memory of his late brother. In time a town established itself around the church community and the townsfolk adopted an abbreviation of the original name. Mixed farming and mining (lead and chrome) are the primary economic activities of the area.
Adventure And Sport
Water sport: Visit the Marico Bosveld and Kromellenboog Dams for water sport and relaxation in the sun.
Hiking Trails: The Gemsbok and Kudu trails are both day walks. Both offer overnight accommodation in huts within a private game reserve.
Archaeology And Palaeontology
Iron Age site at Marula Kop: Marula Kop is an Iron Age settlement 50 km north of Zeerust. The stone wall construction of the settlement still exist. There is evidence of iron smelting at the hill base.
Zeerust Cultural Historic Museum: The cultural historic museum will give the visitor insight into the past of the Marico district.
Entertainment And Shopping
Abjaterskop Hotel: The Abjaterskop Hotel is a popular venue where traditional fare can be bought and where local events take place.
Fauna And Flora
Madikwe Game Reserve: The name Madikwe means “Africa in its majesty”. This is truly an apt description for this glorious piece of Kalahari sandveld, where more than 10 000 animals were reintroduced during Operation Phoenix to create one of the largest game reserves in South Africa. The 76 500 hectares of Madikwe encompasses a variety of eco-systems and lies 90 km north of Zeerust. Madikwe was established in 1991 with the purpose not only of protecting our invaluable natural wildlife, but also of putting into practice the principle of having local communities benefit from conservation and tourism projects. The three main stakeholders in this endeavour are the North West Parks and Tourism Board, some private sector companies and the local communities. Madikwe is divided into the area north of the Molatedi dam, which is fenced and stocked with the Big Five and the dam area that is fenced separately and stocked with non-threatening smaller animals, allowing tourists free movement and utilisation of the dam. During 1991 Operation Phoenix, one of the biggest wildlife relocation programmes ever, was launched in Madikwe. Some 28 species of animals, including elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah, Cape hunting dog, spotted hyena, giraffe, zebra and many species of antelope and herbivores were released into the reserve. Leopard was already in the area. The operation was completed in 1997. Madikwe has also succeeded in establishing viable populations of scarce species such as wild dog and black rhino. Accommodation options include luxury chalets, fully catered accommodation, as well as tent camps. Stay at places such as Tau Game Lodge, Madikwe Bush House, Madikwe River Lodge, Jacki’s Safari Lodge, Mosetlha Bush Camp and Etali Safari Lodge to enjoy Madikwe’s wonders and explore other local tourist attractions at your leisure. Dusk and Dawn safaris take visitors through the reserve to enjoy the African bush during some of the most opportune times for viewing animals. Please note that day visitors are not allowed in the reserve.
History And Architecture
Church of St. John the Baptist: The Church of St John the Baptist was the third Anglican Church to be built north of the Vaal River. It was constructed in 1873.
Dinokana Mission Station: The Dinokana Mission at Lehurutshe dates back to 1859. The station was established to serve the Bahurutshe people under Chief Moiloa. At the chief’s request, the mission later served the community as both a church and a school.
Kaditshwene Village Ruins: The remains of the Hurutshe headquarters, the Kaditshwene Village Ruins, remain as evidence that the Tswana people occupied this land from the early 1800s. These are also the relics of the largest Iron Age stone city built in South Africa.
Kleinfontein Memorial: The Kleinfontein Memorial commemorates the site where Boer soldiers were able to temporarily halt the western advance by British troops. During this Anglo-Boer War battle, British casualties were almost ten times as great as those of the Boers.
Livingstone Mission Station: The Livingstone Mission in Lehurutshe was the first African Mission Station to be established by Dr Livingstone. The ruins of the house, church and dam can be seen half a mile from the main road.
Mosega Monument: The Mosega Monument can be seen within a cultural historic museum that exhibits artefacts and memorabilia that teaches more about life in the Marico district in years gone by.