Rustenburg
Close to the ground.

GPS: S 25 40.089 E 027 14.305 | pop. 125,000 | elevation 1,165 m/3,822 ft

Rustenburg is a bustling city and the commerce and transport hub of the region, although there isn’t that much going on within the city itself. Unemployment and business turnover are high with places opening and closing with considerable frequency. One business that is thriving though is the funeral business, with tombstone shops on nearly every other block, a large new crematorium and rows of fresh gravesites dug in the cemetery on the outskirts of town. However the surrounding area offers a much more pleasant (and less morbid) experience with scenic farms, and guest houses, Kswane Nature Reserve, Mountain Sanctuary Park and the nearby Sun City and Pilanesburg National Park.

Security is an issue in the city and most of the downtown area empty and locked up by sundown.

Kswane Nature Reserve

Kswane Nature Reserve, previously known as Rustenburg Nature Reserve, is best known for its nearly 1,000 antelope but also has a large number of bird species and a few smaller predators. While not one of the most beautiful of the area's reserves, the park makes for some nice hikes. There are four hiking trails within the reserve - two shorter day trails and two 20-25 km overnight trails. Accommodation is at campsites without electricity (R20/person) or self-catering hiking cottages (R120/person). The reserve is poorly signed from Rustenburg. To get there head south from downtown on Beyers Naude St. At the end of the road you must veer left or right. Take the left side onto Helen Joseph Dr toward Safarituine and continue 4.8 km where you will make a right turn onto a road also signed as Helen Joseph Dr and continue straight 0.7 km to the main gate.


The Anglican Church

In town there are a few historical buildings within two blocks on Burger St just off of Nelson Mandela Dr. The Anglican Church built in 1871.


The Dutch Reformed Church

In town there are a few historical buildings within two blocks on Burger St just off of Nelson Mandela Dr. The Dutch Reformed Church was built in 1850.


The Old Town Hall

In town there are a few historical buildings within two blocks on Burger St just off of Nelson Mandela Dr. The Old Town Hall was built in 1935.


Magaliesberg Canopy Tours

Magaliesberg Canopy Tours takes you for 2.5hr of zipping through the Ysterhout Gorge on cables over 30 m high. The Magaliesberg Canopy Tours office is located 32 km outside of Rustenburg in the Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa. To get there follow the signs to the hotel from either R24 or the N4.


The Show Grounds

The Show Grounds has stock car racing once a month, usually on the first or last weekend of the month. Call for the schedule.


Tours

Magaliesberg Canopy Tours

Magaliesberg Canopy Tours takes you for 2.5hr of zipping through the Ysterhout Gorge on cables over 30 m high. The Magaliesberg Canopy Tours office is located 32 km outside of Rustenburg in the Sparkling Waters Hotel & Spa. To get there follow the signs to the hotel from either R24 or the N4.


Waterfall Mall

Waterfall Mall is a modern large mall complex with a Pick 'n Pay, Woolworths, clothing shops, department stores, a large food court with a handful of restaurants, ATMS, and a post office, currency exchange and movie theater.


Rustenburg Square Shopping Center

Rustenburg Square Shopping Center is less crowded than the other shopping areas downtown with a SuperSpar, fast food, a PostNet with Internet access and ABSA, Standard Bank and Nedbank ATMs.


Biblio Plaza

Biblio Plaza is centrally located and has a number of shops, a game store and FNB and Nedbank ATMs.


Hodge Podge Lodge Backpacker

Hodge Podge Lodge Backpackers is a former B&B converted into a backpackers, so it has a more upmarket feel than the typical backpackers. The lodge is an old farmhouse situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains that still has a number of cattle, sheep and dogs. Besides the large dorm lodge, there are six en-suite wooden chalets dotting the lawn around the swimming pool. The farm has a large outdoor lounge and well stocked bar with a pool table and braai facilities. To get there head south from Rustenberg on the R24 and continue 10.6 km past the Waterfall Mall. Follow the signed turnoff from R24 (at S 25 47.025 E 027 14.973) on to a dirt road. Continue 1.1 km down the road to the lodge.


Rustenburg Kloof Holiday Resort

Rustenburg Kloof Holiday Resort is a large caravan site with a number of chalets on the outskirts of town. Animals roam around a playground, tennis courts, and swimming pool with a water slide. There is also a hiking trail to a nearby waterfall. The campsites have a water tap, electric outlets and a braai pit. To get there from Rustenburg head south on Bethlehem St (near the bus station) until the end of the road. Take a right onto Watsonian Rd and continue 2.5 km, then turn left onto Dr. Moroka Dr and continue 1.5 km to end of the road and then take a left and continue 100 m to entrance gate.


Travellers Inn

Travellers Inn is a high security establishment with video surveillance throughout the property, gated individual car parks and metal gates in front of all of the locked room doors. Inside each room there is a TV, mini fridge, a desk and chair and a large bathroom. While the restaurant and bar are rustically cozy, the intense security may make you feel like big brother is watching over you.


Afri-Chic

Afri-Chic is a modern B&B with nine suites featuring TV, AC and a mini-fridge. Meals can be arranged with advanced notice.


Rainhill Farm B&B

Rainhill Farm B&B has quaint individual cottages that have been on the farm for generations and are outfitted with furniture of a similar era. Today, the quiet family farm has horses, a few dogs and a small garden. Next door and owned by the same family is Hartley's Pub & Restaurant. To get there from Rustenburg head south on Bethlehem St (near the bus station) until the end of the road. Take a right onto Watsonian Rd and continue 2.5 km, then turn left onto Dr. Moroka Dr and continue 1.5 km to the end of the road, and then take a right and continue 1.7 km to a signed left run to Hartley's/Rainhill. Continue 0.5 km on the dirt road to the restaurant and B&B.


Cape Town Fish Market

Cape Town Fish Market is a South African franchise but the most upmarket of the number of restaurants in the Waterfall Mall with two levels, a sushi conveyor belt and a mist-cooled outdoor seating area. The predominantly seafood restaurant has a Japanese bent to it with Teppanyaki, bento boxes and a large wine list that includes sake.


Dros

Dros is a dark wood pub restaurant serving salads, seafood, grills, burgers, pizza and sweet or savory pancakes with an outdoor seating area. The bar is generally a happening place in the evenings.


Hartley's Pub & Restaurant

Hartley's Pub & Restaurant is a relaxing pub and restaurant, just outside of the city on a small family farm, that serves ribs, steak, fish, seafood and creamy garlic snails. Seating is both indoor and outside. Their water comes from a freshwater spring on the farm and they have a tap outside the restaurant where you can fill up water bottles. See Rainhill Farm B&B above for directions.


Hartleys Pub & Restaurant

Hartleys Pub & Restaurant is good for an afternoon drink or an evening out. See Rainhill Farm B&B above
for directions.


Dros

Dros is an option for something closer to downtown.