Swartruggens is a small farming town that was established in 1875 on the farm Brakfontein. The town is located by the Elands River. It takes its name ‘Swartruggens’ from a series of hills, formerly known as Zwartruggens, a Dutch name for ‘black ridges’.
Attractions in and around Swartruggens include:
– A cemetery for British war dead from the Second Anglo-Boer War is located in the town.
– For those who miss the city a half hour of driving will find you in Sun City.
– If you choose to spend the day in peace and quiet, the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve or Madikwe Game Reserve.
– African Game and Art (an ostrich farm offering tours and rides, and a well-stocked curio shop that also sells refreshments).
– Diamonds were discovered north of the town in 1932 and today a few mines and small diamond diggings are still operational
– For fishing, canoeing, birdwatching go to Lindleyspoort or Swartruggens Dam
– Elands River Battlefield and Graves. A battle took place in this region during the Anglo-Boer War between 1899 – 1902.
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