Mahikeng (formerly Mafeking and Mafikeng), the province’s capital city, and the adjacent town, Mmabatho, comprise a single urban area. Mahikeng was made famous by the Siege of Mafikeng during the South African War when the British resisted a superior Boer force for more than 200 days before being relieved by British troops, largely thanks to the efforts of Lord Robert Baden-Powell – who later founded the Boy Scout movement.
Potchefstroom is defined by a vibrant agricultural economy, large university and numerous buildings of historical interest. Preserved examples of architecture date back to the 1850s, when the town was an economic hub for farmers and the bustling diamond fields of the Northern Cape.
The town was founded by 12 Voortrekker families in 1837. It owes its stature to the discovery of gold, when the arrival of thousands of prospectors in 1886 changed the face of the small rural town forever. Today it forms the centre of a large mining and agricultural economy.
Rustenburg, just more than 100km from Johannesburg, is a thriving agricultural and mining town that is located at the base of the beautiful Magaliesberg mountains.
Like Rustenburg, Brits is an important mining area. It also offers crocodile cage diving. Nearby tourist attractions include the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre and the Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve (340 recorded bird species).