Rustenburg Kloof in Rustenburg, North West Province
To the local Rustenburg community, reference to Rustenburg Kloof might implicate the landmark or refer to the Rustenburg Kloof holiday resort at the foot of the Kloof or to the Donkerhoek area of Rustenburg.
The Rustenburg Kloof as landmark
The Rustenburg Kloof is the most prominent and well-known landmark of Rustenburg in the North West Province. The intimidating rock-face with the split stares right at you and is such a magnificent natural beauty that it is no wonder that the well-known artist, J.H. Pierneef, decided to capture the almost haunting beauty in some of his paintings.
I choose the word haunting beauty, as it is the feeling provoked when considering that this rock-face stood ever present through all the major historic events in Rustenburg.
It witnessed the slaying of the Magatse by Mzilikazi’s warriors, watched and waited through the devastation of the Anglo Boer War and subsequent Great Depression and looked on as the mining industry grew and brought prosperity to Rustenburg.
Through good and bad times, devastation and prosperity, the Kloof will always be Rustenburg’s most famous landmark.
The Rustenburg Kloof Holiday Resort and Conference Centre
Because of the natural beauty of the area at the foot of the Kloof, it became a popular picnic area for local residents until it was established as a resort in 1954 and was fenced off and no longer freely accessible.
Today the Rustenburg Kloof Holiday Resort and Conference Centre is a popular holiday destination for all who is appreciating nature and the outdoors.
It boasts sparkling swimming pools, mountain trails and accommodation facilities. Camping and caravan sites, self-catering chalets and Conference facilities are available on the resort.