- North West
Koster is a very small farming town approximately 63 km’s south west from Rustenburg in The North West Province. The towns closest neighbours are Derby and Swartruggens.
At first glance, Koster seems to have little to attract tourists, but a stay here is not necessarily about just the town with a pretty little church and a golf course, it’s about the abundance of outdoor activities the area has to offer. Koster is situated on a watershed, here the Elands River, Koster River and Mooi River have their sources and the nearby Elands River Gorge offers hiking trails with rock pools, fishing and quad-bike trails.
Koster lies close enough for visitors to enjoy day trips to Magaliesburg, or Hartbeespoort and to enjoy the countryside just two hours outside of Johannesburg. The town is slowly becoming a popular destination to which the city folk escape to for weekends or longer breaks.
Koster offers many cosy accommodation options from bed and breakfasts and self-catering facilities to guest houses and camping sites, there is an option for every type of tourist!
Things to do and see
- The Highway Café
- Bokkraal Hiking Trail
- Elands River Gorge
- Koster River Dam
- Rietpan Caves
- Koster Golf Course
- Millvale Golf Course
- Sun City, 80 km
- Cradle of Humankind, 70 km
Koster receives approximately 700 mm of rain annually with the majority of its’ rainfall occurring during the summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 12˚C and 28˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 1˚C and 21˚C.
There are daily flights into Lanseria International Airport, 127 km away via the R509 or into O R Tambo International Airport, 195 km away via the R509 and N14. Car hire facilities are available at the Airport.
Koster was named after the Dutch owner, Bastiaan Hendricus Koster, a native of Rotterdam who in 1860 settled on the farm Kleinfontein on which the town was later established. The town was proclaimed in 1913.
On 11 November 1970 the last diamond rush in South Africa took place at Koster. 167 diggers lined up and raced one another to stake their claims.
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