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Two of the world’s largest platinum mines lie just outside Rustenburg, earning it the nickname ‘Platinum City’, which is hardly a fair description of the city that started out as little more than a church and farming community centre, named as a ‘place of rest’ that still manages to retain its small town atmosphere.

Rustenburg is one of the oldest towns in this part of the world. It lies surrounded by the Magaliesberg mountain range, its streets lined with the ubiquitous jacaranda tree. It’s a pretty little town, despite being a city, and there is an element of sluggishness to Rustenburg that makes it so attractive, lying as it does only 112 kilometres from Johannesburg and not far from the Sun City complex.

The temperature here is normally about 4 degrees warmer than Gauteng; it’s malaria free, with access to a number of game parks, including the Rustenburg Nature Reserve and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, and relatively free of crime, making it an attractive option for visitors.

Other than game viewing, one can enjoy the Rustenburg Ramble – a meander that takes in craft galleries, farm stalls and places to eat; the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve just outside Rustenburg; the Royal Bafokeng Sports Place, one of the 2010 Fifa World Cup stadiums; and the Waterfall Mall, if shopping is necessary.

If you are an avid historian there are many places within the city to visit. The Rustenburg Museum, in the Town Hall; the Anglican Church, built in 1871; and the Dutch Reformed Church, to name but a few.

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Kgaswane Mountain Reserve

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

Mountain Sanctuary Park

Mountain Sanctuary Park is aptly named, for it is every bit the restful and refreshing space in which to reconnect with nature it professes to be. One heads to Mountain Sanctuary Park to refresh the soul and re-invigorate one's sense of self. It covers 1000 hectares of land up above the Grootfontein ... more information

Pilanesberg National Park

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

Royal Bafokeng Stadium

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

Rustenburg Nature Reserve

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

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Baviaanskrans hiking route

Where: Rustenburg
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Start: Avon More camp, Kgaswane Mountain Reserve Finish: Kgaswane Mountain Reserve Duration: 19 km, Fitness: more information

Summit Trail, Kgaswane Mountain Reserve

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Start: basecamp, Witkruiskrans Finish: basecamp, Witkruiskrans Duration: 25.3 km, 2 days Fitness: difficult ... more information

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Brauhaus am Damm

Where: Rustenburg

As the name suggests, Brauhaus am Damm is an experience in German culture - which includes the finest beer. The micro-brewery is set in the mountains, overlooking a dam. Brauhaus am Damm is an abso ... more information

Hartley’s Pub and Restaurant

Where: Rustenburg

Have lunch or dinner at the historical Hartley’s Pub and Restaurant at Rainhill Farm; a unique country pub and restaurant in an old milking parlour. There are two areas (both historical buildings bui ... more information

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