September is tourism month in South Africa, and what better way to kick off the campaign than a short and much-needed sho’t left to Rustenburg a.k.a ” Rusty Dusty” in the North West province.
This sho’t left post was brought to you by a very exhausted girly (me) who needed a break from all the Johannesburg city noise.
Two months ago I lost my grandfather – a man who was so full of love, kindness and respect . His death was very unexpected which makes it even more difficult to deal with even today. After his funeral, my aunts and I decided that we needed a bit of a breather away from the noisy Johannesburg and the thoughts of loss that kept consuming our minds and energies. We then decided to take a #shotleft (short visit/stay) somewhere nearby, and Rustenburg became the destination of choice.
We checked in on Friday the 7th September at TshiBerry Bed and Breakfast a 5 star graded B&B situated in Phokeng-the capital of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, where the Royal Bafokeng Stadium is situated , which became one of the 2010 World Cup host stadiums. Travel time to Phokeng was about 1hr and 36 min if you’re travelling from Johannesburg.
Considering the fact that our stay was just for two nights, we decided on minimal, yet fulfilling activities to do. On Saturday we decided to drive to Sun City – a very popular tourist destination in Rusty that is always vibrant and filled with people either coming to sightsee, attend events or just enjoy some family time. We spent half of that day in our itty bitty costumes while soaking up the sun; then completed our visit with a 30 min boat cruise on the lake with a complimentary glass of wine or juice .
Quick fact from Wikipedia : Sun City was developed by the hotel magnate Sol Kerzner as part of his Sun International group of properties. It was officially opened on 7 December 1979; at the time it was located in the Bantustan of Bophuthatswana.
Sun City is a family friendly resort where kids can enjoy swimming and ziplining at Valley of The Waves, boat cruises, parasailing and other water activities that are child friendly at Waterworld. For you, my adrenaline junkies, you have the option of doing outdoor adventures with Adrenaline Extreme and for those who want to do game drives Mankwe Gametrackers have got you covered.
Before heading home on Sunday we made a pit stop at Waterfall Mall to watch a new local movie called Looking For Love (pg 16) starring Celeste Ntuli, Phindile Gwala, Trevor Gumbi and Lilian Dube (just to name a few) . Post the movie, we said our goodbyes to Rustenburg and drove back to a very cold Gauteng. I must say that I enjoyed my visit to Rustenburg; definitely something I wasn’t expecting and that’s probably why I’m impressed with this mining town. It’s clean, it’s huge and it gave me some peace of mind for those 3 days so that’s a tick in my local travel book.
I won’t lie though and say I had time to rest – my heart is truly fulfilled by this trip, however my body is not rested-which now means I need to look for my next rest + recuperation destination before the end of 2018. Hmm, any excuse to explore works for me.
So now, where to next?
Find out on my next #shotleftdiary post 🙂
For those of you who would love to explore Sun City here is a cost breakdown: