Marikana, Bojanala Region
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Just into the North West province, Marikana lies between Hartbeespoort and Rustenburg in the Bojanala region, best described as the part of the province that lies closest to Gauteng and regarded as the most scenic part, covered in natural bushveld vegetation with the Magaliesberg adding a further attraction to visitors.
This is the quarter of the Royal Bafokeng, some 3 million, Setswana speaking indigenous people who took the mining community to task during the 1980s when they demanded compensation and royalties from the companies mining platinum in the area. Their farms today are located on the Merensky Reef where some of the richest deposits of chrome and platinum are found, and they’ve used royalties from mining to build a solid infrastructure for themselves, including schools, roads, clinics and a sports complex.
Nearby Rustenburg is said to be the third oldest town of what was once the Transvaal (over the Vaal River) province and en route to the Lost City / Sun City complex, an international attraction that includes two designer golf courses, a huge casino and the Valley of Waves that provides hours of water fun for children.
Marikana lies in the Pilanesberg and right next to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, home to an incredible array of animals, including the Big Five. And, if you’re really short of things to do, the Cradle of Humankind lies across the Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort and Rustenburg regions providing myriad examples of Stone Age relics.
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Featured Attractions in (or near) Marikana
Perfect for weekend hiking because of the easy access from both Johannesburg and Pretoria, Kgaswane Mountain Reserve is littered with beautiful rock formations, streams that wend their way through valleys that give rise to a unique lush vegetation completely different from the surrounding veld or the rugged ... more information
Madikwe Game Reserve is about 70 000 hectares of bushland, about 3 hours’ drive from Johannesburg. It is one of South Africa’s largest and most popular game reserves and serves as home for cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, lion, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and any number of ... more information
The Pilanesberg National Park, which covers some 55 000 hectare, is the fourth largest in southern Africa. This malaria-free park is perched on the eroded vestiges of an alkaline volcanic crater - one of only three such craters in the world. The park boasts healthy populations of lion, leopard, black and white rhino ... more information
The Royal Bafokeng Stadium will host first and second round matches for the FIFA™ World Cup in 2010. Located in Rustenburg in the North West Province, Royal Bafokeng was opened in 1999 and completely funded by the Royal Bafokeng community. The capacity of the Royal Bafokeng was increased to 42,000 with the ... more information
The Rustenburg Nature Reserve covers some 4500 ha and is dominated by the rocky ridges of the Magaliesberg, with well-wooded ravines on the rugged slopes. Wildlife includes Oribi, common duiker, klipspringer, reedbuck, mountain reedbuck, kudu, red hartebeest and sable. Other small mammals are ... more information
Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve, just 90 minutes from Johannesburg and 30 minutes from Sun City, is dominated by broken bushveld and is a renowned area for both lovers of fishing and birds, and a lovely space in which to spend a day picnicking, canoeing or just gently idling away the time on the shore of the dam ... more information
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