Rustenburg is situated in the North West Province about 112km northwest of Johannesburg. Founded in 1851, Rustenburg is the third oldest town of the former Transvaal Province. With its Jacaranda tree-lined trees and a population of about 1 million people, Rustenburg is both a hub of a thriving agricultural and mining industry. Known for its Royal Bafokeng Stadium that played host to the first ever FIFA World Cup hosted in Africa, it’s Anglican and Dutch Reformed Churches both built in the 1871 and 1898 respectively, as well as its Nature Reserve. Increasingly Rustenburg has become the gateway for the North West Province many tourism attractions and places of interest.
Like most of the Bojanala region of the north west province, Rustenburg is the gateway to the Pilanesberg National Park which is a must see. Notable for its self-drive safari, the park is a host of the big five animals as well as some of the most luxurious lodges in the province, it is also malaria free. Also a visit to Rustenburg is not complete without a visit to the palace of the lost city or the valley of waves to experience an adventure of a life time in the world famous Sun City. As you enter the town through the cradle of human kind which stretches from the end of Gauteng into the northwest is the host of the Sterkfontein Caves. Site of the 20 million year old cave with traces of real human habitation after the big bang, the cave is a must see. Ensure you visit the Hartbeespoort Dam and see what the famous dam is all about as well as pay a visit to the Royal Bafokeng Stadium one of the 2010 FIFA Soccer World Cup hosts.
Pap (maize meal) is a staple local delicacy in most parts of Southern Africa and is often consumed with a combination of meat or chicken and a variety of veggies. Many soups and fish based stews are also largely available. Other starch based dishes such as samp and mogodu (tripe) as well as rice and sauces are also equally served in many restaurants. For drinks, go for local beers, wines and non-alcoholic beverages such as juices and even lightly alcoholic drinks like ciders which are all readily available.