Sitting at the foot of the South Africa’s Magaliesberg range, Rustenburg’s lively urban centre is a tempting lure for budget conscious travellers. Just 40 kilometres south-east of luxurious Sun City and Pilanesberg National Park, Rustenburg unlocks the thrills and natural beauty of South Africa, without the hefty resort price tag.
Things to do in Rustenburg
Founded in 1851, Rustenburg is one of the oldest towns in the North West province. Why not delve into its history at the Paul Kruger Country House Museum, or visit an indigenous cultural site? Venture into the heart of Rustendurg’s CBD and you’ll quickly find yourself on Nelson Mandela Drive, the city’s main thoroughfare.
Adrenalin junkies will love Rustenburg’s proximity to the region’s outdoor attractions. Choose from treetop canopy tours, ride ultra-fast ziplines and muddy mountain bike tours. In the summer, canoe trips are an ideal way to cool off.
If giraffes, rhinos and hippos are on your wish list, head to Rustenburg Nature Reserve for a self-drive safari. The legendary Pilanesberg National Park, a reserve half the size of Belgium, is also an easy drive where you might even spot the big five.
A short 40- minute drive from Rustenburg, Sun City Resort is South Africa’s own little entertainment oasis. You can try your luck at the casino, work up an appetite at the waterpark and take your pick of trendy restaurants. If you want to eat local cuisine, Rustenburg has a great selection of restaurants and a German-inspired microbrewery.
Getting around Rustenburg
Hiring a car is essential for your trip to Rustenburg, particularly if you want to explore other attractions in the region or take a self-drive safari. The town lies just off the highway, about 140 kilometres from Johannesburg and 130 kilometres from Pretoria.