Zeerust lies in the Marico valley, approximately 240 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg. It lies on the N4, the main road link between South Africa and Botswana.
The district is known for its cattle farming whereas the level region to the south and west is suitable for corn and sheep farming. Corn, tobacco, fruit and vegetables are cultivated under irrigation from three irrigation dams in the district.
Attractions in and around Zeerust include:
– The Church of St John the Baptist. Built in 1873, this was the third Anglican church in the country to be built north of the Vaal. A national monument.
– Dinokana Mission Lehurutshe is a lutheran Mission built in 1889. Its altar is an original, a painting of Christ dating back to the foundation year of the church.
– The Hermannsburg Mission Lehurutshe was established in 1859 to serve the Bahurutshe of Chief Moiloa. According to the chief’s wishes, the mission became both church and school.
– The Ikalafeng Monument. A ZAR Government representative asked the Bahurutshe to demolish a fortification and pile the stones 5m high to form what became, and still is, monument of peace.
– The Kaditshwene Village Ruins. The remains of the Hurutshe headquarters, confirming the occupation of this land by the Tswana from the early 1800s.
– The Kleinfontein Memorial marks the site where Boers temporarily halted a relentless western advance by the British during the Anglo-Boer War. The British ended up losing almost ten times as many men as the Boers.
– Livingstone established his first African mission at Mabotsa. The house, church and dam built by him are visible as ruins half a mile from the main road. A bronze plaque marks the spot.
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