Rustenburg is situated some 112km northwest of Johannesburg, at the foot of the Magaliesberg.
Rustenburg was founded in 1851 by burghers who, with the Voortrekker leader Andries Pretorius, had settled in the area a decade earlier.
Rustenburg is the third oldest town of the former Transvaal Province and offers numerous places of interest. Its jacaranda tree-lined streets are the hub of a thriving agricultural and mining industry. Rustenburg has a population of about 1 000 000 people.
The Royal Bafokeng comprise a population of about 310 000 people.
The Royal Bafokeng are members of the Setswana-speaking indigenous
community and rose to some prominence during the 1980s when
they demanded compensation and royalties from mining companies
who were mining platinum in the area.
Attractions include the Anglican Church (1871); the Dutch Reformed Church (1898 -1903); the statue of the Voortrekker girl; Paul Bodenstein Park; a tour of the Tabacco Research Institute at Kroondal; a visit President Kruger's farm Boekenhoutfontein; a circular game-viewing tour of the Rustenburg Nature Reserve; the Rustenburg Ramble which includes craft galleries, farm stalls and eating venues.