Phokeng is a town close to Rustenburg. It is the capital of the Royal Bafokeng Nation. Historically, it was known as Magatostad among white South Africans.
The Tswana people of the area had been living in the area for hundreds of years. By the mid-19th century, many had been scattered among Boer farms and indentured to work for white farmers.
Several chiefs began gathering their old followers around the 1850s and 1860s, asking for donations of cattle to create a fund to purchase land.
With the help of German missionaries of the Hermannsburg Mission Society, several chiefs succeeded in buying land and re-establishing villages and chiefdoms. Phokeng was the largest and most famous of these villages in what was then the Western Transvaal.
Attractions in and around Phokeng include:
– Situated on Boekenhoutfontein, the historic farm of President Paul Kruger, comprises various farm buildings, farmyard and a house museum.
– Sun City and Pilanesberg Game Reserve are within an easy drive.
– The lovely Kgaswane Nature Reserve. Kgaswane is home to many species of flora and birdlife and large and small mammals. The reserve has a number of hikes and trails.
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