Travel Guide Africa South Africa North West Rustenburg



With a population of just under 400,000, Rustenberg is reputedly one of the fastest growing towns in South Africa. It's situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountains in the North West Province.



Sights and Activities

The big nearby attractions for visitors to Rustenberg are undoubtedly the game reserves. Both the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and the Madikwe Game Reserve are within driving distance. The Pilanesberg Reserve is accessible to anyone in a vehicle, and there are 200 kilometres of roads visitors can drive in search of the Big 5. Madikwe caters for the more upmarket safaris with several lodges offering top of the range accommodation and guided game drives.




Rustenburg has a temperate humid subtropical climate, although it may be defined tropical by some sources. It has very warm summers (from December to February) and mild winters (from June to August). Due to the altitude, summers are not quite as hot as one might expect. Precipitation occurs mainly in summer.



Getting There

By Plane

Pilanesburg International Airport near Sun City or Rustenburg Airfield do not accept international or national flights. The closest international airport is Johannesburg International and national is Lanseria.

By Train

There are no passenger trains going through Rustenburg. The only trains used are cargo and freight used by the mining and steel industries.

By Car

Follow the N4 West from Pretoria. Note that this is a toll road. The R104 is a toll-free alternative which is parallel to the N4 but is narrow and bendy with several stops in between.

By Bus

Last known in 2012 there was still no public transport or public bus route. Although private buses are available if you search the internet.




Many restaurants can be found in the Waterfall Mall, south-east of the city. The choice is large (from fast-food to good quality restaurants) but might have a lack of authenticity.




Kedar Country Hotel, fax: +27 11 957-3212, ✉ [email protected].
Kettle Guest Lodge, Donkerhoek (Drive North on N4 and take last (Single) West exit. You will KettleGuestLodge sign), ✉ [email protected].
Road Lodge, Cnr Howick & Magaliesburg Rd, ☏ +27 14 537-3088, fax: +27 14 537-3099, ✉ [email protected]. From R335 per person sharing.
Rusthaven B&B, ☏ +27 14 592-8627, fax: +27 86 614-6429, ✉ [email protected].
Symphony Guesthouse, Plot 17, Waterfall East, ☏ +27 14 592-2821. Check-in: 2PM, check-out: 11AM. 7 en-suite bedrooms with mini-bar and tea and coffee trays. This rustic, characterful lodge offers a country, homely relaxation, back-to-nature experience.
Woodridge Palms Boutique Hotel, Woodstock Swartruggens (near Koster Dam), ☏ +27 14 544-6911. Check-in: 12 noon, check-out: 10AM. An oasis in the African bushveld, this private boutique hotel offers secluded comfort and in-obtrusive service. from R1.080.

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Keep Connected


Big cities and most of the popular places in the country usually have an internet café though they are not as abundant as in, for example, Asia or South America. It's also relatively expensive, usually 20-30 rand an hour, sometimes even more. Many of the accommodation options have internet access available, either wireless with your own laptop or by their own computer(s). Wireless access is also available throughout the country in more and more cafes and eateries, sometimes free and sometimes for a small fee. Note that you usually have to login anyway and agree with the terms and conditions. It is cheapest to buy a prepaid cell phone starter pack (less than R10) and access the Internet with GPRS or 3G. Generally R2 per MB for out of bundle data from most providers (50c for Virgin Mobile), but it becomes a lot cheaper if you buy a data bundle. In general coverage is good except the more rural parts of the northern and northwestern parts of the country (especially Northern Cape).


See also International Telephone Calls

South Africa's country code is 27. Telephone numbers in South Africa are 10 digits, including the local area code. There are also some prefixes like 0800 (toll free), 0860 (charged as local call) and 0861 (flat-rate calls). The general emergency number is 10111, ambulance is 10177 and police is 1011.

South Africa has very good phone facilities, which are also becoming more and more competitively priced, now that more operators are active on the market. The main ones are Neotel and Telkom South Africa. Local phone calls are cheap (about one Rand an hour), domestic long-distance calls are about twice as expensive. International calls start at around 6 Rand an hour but can be (much) higher to less usual countries. Note that public phones are about twice as cheap as new private phone centres. Phone calls tend to be the cheapest during the weekend and during business hours (8:00am to 5:00pm) on weekdays and more expensive during the evening and nights at weekdays.

There are also good mobile-phone facilities, with GSM and 3G networks. There are five cell phone providers in South Africa: Vodacom, MTN, Cell-C, Virgin Mobile and 8ta. SIM card prepaid starter kits are available from R10. You will need a passport and a proof of residential address and it has to be registered before you can call or receive calls. You can buy credit for prepaid phones just about everywhere, remembering you will usually need cash to do so from service stations.


The SAPO (South African Post Office) is the nation's postal service. They have a track & trace system for parcels as well. Post offices are open from 8:30am to 4:30pm from Monday to Friday, and 8:00am to noon on Saturdays. Domestic and international deliveries are reliable but can sometimes take up to several weeks. If you want to send something oversees of any value, try using one of the private mail services, like Postnet. Also international courier companies like TNT, UPS and DHL tend to be fast, very reliable and competitively priced.


Quick Facts


  • Latitude: -25.6684791
  • Longitude: 27.2423712

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