- North West
The town is situated in bushveld countryside – it started as a village and grew into a beautiful town which still functions as a village, happy to remain in obscurity and to maintain its anonymity. Swartruggens is known however, for being an ideal stopover for travellers en-route to Botswana.
Swartruggens is probably best known for being a malaria-free zone with easy access to numerous game farms, including the popular Madikwa and Tulane Game Lodges, close to the city of Johannesburg. The area boasts over 400 species of birds and is also home to many wonderful hiking trails.
Swartruggens also lies near the towns of Groot Marico and Koster and although it is predominately cattle farming country, it is also the site of the discovery of diamonds in 1932 and some of the mines still remain open and offer tours to visitors who are interested.
Accommodation options include some Guest houses, B&B’s and self-catering units ideal for a weekend getaway.
Things to do and see
- Bokkraal Hiking Trail
- Schoongeziicht Hiking Trail
- Kortkloof Cultural Village
- Swartruggens Dam
- Elands River Battlefield / Siege Site
- Game Farms
Swartruggens receives approximately 669 mm of rain annually with most rainfall occurring during the Summer months.
Summer months, November to March will have average temperatures of between 14˚C and 30˚C.
Winter months, May to August will have average temperatures of between 2˚C and 24˚C.
There are daily flights into Johannesburg’s, Lanseria Airport, approximately 162 km away via the R509 and into O R Tambo International Airport approximately 231 Km away via the N4. Car rental companies are available.
Swartruggens was established on the farms Brakfontein and Scheepersrus in 1875.
The name Swartruggens means “black spines” and refers to the black ridges or hills that surround the town.
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