- North West
In a green, well-wooded setting, overlooked by the re-tinted heights of the Magaliesberg, a church and a township was established in September 1851. This was the second Dutch Reformed parish in the then Transvaal.
Rustenburg ('a place of rest') grew as the church and administrative centre for a rich farming area producing citrus, tropical and sub-tropical fruits, cattle, Virginia tobacco, groundnuts, sunflower seeds, maize and wheat.
Boekenhoutfontein farm, north-west of Rustenburg, was the home of President Paul Kruger. Of its original 500 hectares, 32 are maintained as a museum. On the grounds are a cottage of 1841, the then Transvaal's oldest pioneer house - a house built by Kruger when he moved there in 1863 - the Kruger homestead, built by the President in 1870s - and a house built for his son Pieter in 1892.
In 1852 Rustenburg was the scene of a meeting at which the two rival Voortrekker leaders, Andries Hendrik Potgieter and Andries Pretorius, settled their differences and ushered in a period of peace after a lengthy period of quarrelling.
There are several hotels, caravan parks and camping grounds in and near the town. In a nearby ravine in the Magaliesberg the municipality has developed a holiday resort. There is also a nature reserve in the municpal area where giraffe and other wild animals find a sanctuary.
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