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North West attractions


Herman Charles Bosman Living Museum

Afrikaans name: Herman Charles Bosman Literêre Vereniging

Museum sign

Herman Charles Bosman Living Museum

Photo © Johan van Zyl

The Herman Charles Bosman Living Museum near Groot Marico is an exact replica of the school at which the famous writer taught in 1926.

Bosman was one of South Africa's greatest author of short stories. One of his books, "Mafikeng Road", has been continuously in print since first published in 1947.

Herman Charles Bosman was born in 1905 and died of a heart attack in 1951.

Hartbees huisie

Above - Replica of a 'Hartbees huisie' in which voortrekkers used to live in

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Museum sign

Above - Traditional huts

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Museum sign

Above - The school building

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

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Olifantsnek Dam

Afrikaans name: Olifantsnekdam

Olifantsnek Dam

Photo © Steven Herbert

The Olifantsnek Dam is situated on the R24 and is only a few kilometres from Rustenburg in the North West province.

Driving on the R24 one crosses a low pass through the mountains and then you come to a view site overlooking the dam which is well worth stopping at.

From the view site the dam wall looks tiny but it is 129 metres long and is 30 metres high. The dam was constructed in 1932.

Accommodation in nearby Rustenburg

The Olifantsnek Dam is on the Hex River.

The dam is popular with fisherman. Barbel and carp are the main catches. There are no facilities at the dam so it might be best to leave the family at home!

The Olifantsnek Dam is a popular fishing destination

Photo © Steven Herbert

References and further reading

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Year Published: 1991 - Page: 172

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