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Mafikeng, South Africa
Fast Facts
Historic Interest
Points of Interest Nearby

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A stop in Mafikeng or place among the rocks is a must for history buffs traveling in the North West. The area's volcanic rocks provided shelter to the SAN bushman more than 8000 years ago, the Khoikhoi migrated through the region roughly 3000 years ago, and the Sotho-Tswana introduced crops and settled the area more than 2000 years ago. Yet the town is noted for the siege lasting 217 days that occurred here at the outset of the second Anglo-Boer War in 1899 and Sol Plaatje, author of the 'The Boer War Diary of Sol T Plaatje: an African at Mafikeng'. The museum and area monuments provide an insight to the area's history both white and black.
Getting There
Mafikeng is located about 300km (186 miles) west of Johannesburg. From Johannesburg, take the N14 to the R503 via Ventersdorp and Lichtenburg or the N4 to the R49 via Zeerust.
When to Travel
While the weather is pleasant year-round, rain showers are likely from November to February. The average daytime temperature is 31° centigrade between September and April and 22° centigrade from May to August. The average nighttime temperature is significantly cooler both in summer and winter.
Health & Safety
Things to Keep in Mind
South Africa is more child-friendly than many European countries.
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