The city is located on major highway routes and close to 2 major centres, making it a hub for tourist activities. Within the city are some historic churches, including the Anglican Church (1871) and the Dutch Reformed Church (1898–1903), the historic statue of the Voortrekker girl and the Rustenburg Museum.
Communities and battlefields.
There are a multitude of sites with cultural and historical significance in and around Rustenburg. This is no surprise, given the many different communities in the area, such as the indigenous Bafokeng, Bakgatla and Botswana tribes, whose 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 featuring prominent battlefields, memorial graves and ruined forts. The area also has archaeological remains from the Iron Age and Stone Age.
By far the best known attractions in this area are the major nature reserves that are all within striking distance of Rustenburg itself.
Kgaswane Game Reserve is situated above the town of Rustenburg 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 that offers a great range of viewing experiences to wildlife enthusiasts.
Madikwe Game Reserve and Groot Marico Park are huge reserves north of the Pilanesberg, almost half the size of Belgium. They are conservation and transition zone between the Kalahari sandveld and the thornveld. Madikwe hosts all the major plains species, including the Big Five and has the second largest concentration of elephants in South Africa. The reserve is one of South Africa’s great natural treasures.
Pilanesberg Game Reserve is one of the most accessible South African game reserves. It is located a 1.5 hour drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria and right outside Rustenburg. It is the fourth largest National Park in South Africa and is set high in the Pilanesberg range, traversing the floor of an ancient, long-extinct volcano. Pilanesberg conserves all the major mammal species including lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo.
Sun City and Lost City, located beyond the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, are resorts where visitors can lose themselves in the luxury of an imagined world, with all the modern entertainments one can ask for. The complex is set on the slopes of a picturesque valley in the Pilanesberg Mountains and captures the essence of an ancient African kingdom. Casinos, the Valley of the Waves and two world-renowned championship golf courses are just some of the many attractions.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
City of Rustenburg Tourism Information
Missionary Mpheni House
cnr Nelson Mandela & Beyers Naude Drive
Tel: + 27 (0) 14 590 3111
How to get here
Rustenburg can be reached on the N4 from Pretoria or Johannesburg by car or bus. The Visitor Information Centre is located on the corner of Kloof and Nelson Mandela Drive.
Around the area
Visit the adventure attractions in Magaliesberg and Hartbeespoort Dam; the Big 5 reserves: Pilanesberg Game Reserve and Madikwe Game Reserve; Mafikeng for a sense of history; the Taung Heritage Site and Sun City for glitz and glamour.
Tours to do
Make sure you organise a trip to either Pilanesberg and Madikwe Game Reserves.
What will it cost
Information at this Visitor Information Centre is free of charge.
Length of stay
Spend an hour or two speaking to the knowledgeable staffers and collect brochures for inspiration regarding your travels.
Where to stay
The Visitor Information Centre is a good first stop for enquiring about accommodation – and the new advanced reservations system should make sure that your requests are attended to promptly. Consider Sun City, Forum Homini Boutique Hotel or the lodges in the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
What to eat
There is a coffee station and refreshments are on offer .
A good map of the area, or hire a care with a GPS system.