Lichtenburg, Central Region
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Lying between the towns of Mafikeng and Coligny on the R503, Lichtenburg is predominantly a farming town about 200 kilometres west of the major metropolis of Johannesburg.
The pretty little town of Lichtenburg, whose streets are lined with willow trees, emerged as early as 1873 but it was the diamond rush that placed Lichtenburg on the map, bringing thousands of prospectors to this part of the world in the late 1920s. The world’s largest red diamond discovered in 1927, known as a ‘pigeon blood red’, added further weight to the influx of diamond diggers to Lichtenburg. This is an incredibly rare stone and the claim is that fewer than twenty naturally occurring red diamonds exist today - one can only imagine the price tag attached to each of these.
You can learn more about this history at the Lichtenburg Diggings Museum, which covers the alluvial diamond diggings in and around the town between 1925 and 1935.
Also be sure to visit the Willem Annandale art gallery whilst you’re about it, which exhibits over 300 priceless and incredibly beautiful paintings, sculptures, graphics and ceramics of South African and North West artists.
Lichtenburg remains today predominantly because of the surrounding maize, groundnut and sunflower seed farms that owe their existence to the presence of natural water resources in the area - hence the willows. Lichtenburg is worth a stopover for the quaint tranquillity, sense of history and calm that the little town offers visitors. It’s also a convenient stopover en route to the Mmabatho casino.
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Featured Attractions in (or near) Lichtenburg
Botsalano Game Reserve lies just north of Mafikeng close to the Botswana border. It is also the site of one of the oldest volcanic craters in the world. Catching a glimpse of the white rhino is without doubt a highlight of the reserve, but the access to mountain biking and hiking trails which allows you to wander ... more information
The Lichtenburg Game Breeding Centre lies virtually outside the town of Lichtenburg, between Coligny and Mafikeng on the R503, two hours from Johannesburg. The breeding centre is operated by the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, and is there mainly to further the breeding programmes of ... more information
The Mafikeng Game Reserve is 4 600 hectares of open Kalahari grassland and acacia thorn scrub - a typical African landscape of sour mixed bushveld - through which the Molopo River winds. One of the major breeding parks for white rhino in South Africa, the Mafikeng Game Reserve lies on the boundary of the ... more information
For a fabulous weekend away at a relaxing retreat, get to the Molemane Eye in the North West Province. This petite nature reserve is a great place to bring the family and enjoy the nature around you. The centre of the reserve is a natural well with half of the water filtering into a dam and the rest ... more information
Molopo Game Reserve is a 24 000 hectare game reserve set right up against the Botswana border in the far western corner of the North West province. The Molopo Game Reserve promises flourishing herds of wildebeest, gemsbok, eland, red hartebeest, kudu, zebra, waterbuck, springbok, duiker ... more information