Klerksdorp is the largest city in the North West Province. The city was founded in 1837 or 1838 when the Voortrekkers settled on the banks of the Schoonspruit, which flows through the town. Klerksdorp is the oldest European (white) settlement north of the Vaal River
The discovery of gold in 1886 saw thousands of prospectors descending on the quiet rural aggregation of Klerksdorp.
Today, Klerksdorp is the centre for a large mining and agricultural economy and has the second largest grain co-operative in the world.
Attractions in and around Klerksdorp include:
– Goudkoppie (Gold Hill) is the city’s latest tourist attraction. It is situated near both the N12 highway and the Johannesburg-Cape Town railway line.
– The old Mining shafts excavated in the 1880s. Interesting tours can be arranged on request.
– The Klerksdorp Museum was built in 1891 as a prison and served as such until 1973. The house of the warden hosts period exhibitions.
– The Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve, located about 15 km from Klerksdorp. It has 30 species of game and 150 species of birds.
_ The Oudorp hiking trail is 12 km long and winds its way through the oldest parts of the town.
– The Klerksdorp Dam, 10 km outside Klerksdorp on the road to Ventersdorp.
– Rio Casino Resort
– The newly built Matlosana Mall, the largest shopping centre in the North-West Province
– Jack Scott’s House. This tin house was imported from Britain and was the home of Jack Scott, the father of modern-day mining in the area.
– Rock Engravings on the farm Bosworth and now preserved as a national monument.
– The Stock Exchange Building was built and occupied in 1888 during the gold rush.
– Fly fishing for coarse fish is a growing sport in the area.
– Horse Trails. Contact Rhino Rock Horse Trail and Riding School.
– The Johan Neser Dam offers recreational facilities on the Schoonspruit located to the northwest of the city.
– The Railway Station And Old Flag Room was opened by President Paul Kruger when the line from Krugersdorp reached the town in 1897.
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