Swartruggens is 55km from Rustenburg and 69km from Zeerust.


Swartruggens is a quaint village established on the farms Brakfontein and Scheepersrus in 1875.

The name “Swartruggens” refers to the series of black ridges (hills) that surround the town.


Attractions include a visit to African Game and Art (an ostrich farm offering tours and rides, and a well-stocked curio shop that also sells refreshments); Diamond Mine (diamonds were discovered north of the town in 1932 and today a few mines and small diamond diggings are still operational); Madikwe Game Reserve, Tulane Game Lodge, Lindleyspoort Dam, Swartruggens Dam, Elands River Battlefield and Graves (a battle took place in this region during the Anglo-Boer War between 1899 – 1902).