Area Attractions

10 Things to do in Mafikeng!

Mafikeng Museum
Situated on Martin Street in the City Centre, the museum is housed in the old town hall which was built in 1902 and officially opened in 1903. It is a replica of Taung Child Skull, as well as “Mrs. Ples” which was found at Sterkfontein. The centre of Cradle of Human Kind can be viewed in the centre of the main hall and is a faithful replica of a traditional Tswana hut.

Dr Molema Surgery
The first qualified black doctor, Dr Molema (1819-1965) was the son of Silas Molema, the son of the founder of Mahikeng. Dr Molema qualified at Glasgow University, Scotland and thereafter came to Mafikeng to practice. He was one of the three doctors in the town during the 1899 – 1900 siege along with Doctor Tom and William Hayes.

Leopard Park Golf Club- The Leopard Park Golf Club,
Situated next to Mmabatho Palms, is an 18-hole championship course with a superb Victorian-style clubhouse featuring a bar, lounge, dining area and games room. This skilfully-constructed course, originally designed by Peter Matchovitch and Dale Hayes is like an oasis in the desert with water coming into play at eight of the 18 hole. The Course has flat, narrow kikuyu fairways, true bent grass greens; many grass bunkers and water hazards, and an island green at the 18th.

Dinner at Motswedi Terrace Restaurant at Mmabtho Palms
The Motswedi Terrace Restaurant at Mmabatho Palms is a chic a la carte restaurant with a distinctive African theme and features a full breakfast and international flavoured cuisine

The Palms Retreat Welness Spa & Fitness Centre (Hot)
The perfect spot for the local Mafikeng residents and hotel guests with a full beauty centre offering a variety of luxurious treatment options. The wellness spa offers massages, facials, anti-ageing treatments, body treatments for slimming, firming, energising and exfoliating, hand and feet therapy, grooming for both men and women, access to an infrared sauna and a sun bed.

The Kgotla
The semi circular meeting place is the seat of the Chiefdom and Royal House of the Barolong Boo Ratshidi. At its centre is a granite totem of the tribe – a Kudu or “Tholo”. At one side is a bronze bust of the Chief Besele Montshioa the reigning during the 1899-1900 siege. This sacred place many only be visited by prior arrangement with the tribal authorities.

Family Entertainment at Mmabtho Palms
Swimming pools, a children’s play area, mini golf and a tennis court, the whole family is sure to find excitement!

Stadt School
Believed to be the earliest school north of the Orange River, It was established in 1878 by Silas Molema for the local Barolong Boo Ratshidi children. A camel thorn tree with the original school bell stuck in the tree marks the spot of the old school.

Cooks Lake
North West Park and Tourism Board Head office overlooks this tranquil lake which is part of the Molopo River course. It is haven for birds and small wildlife. Chalets, a restaurant and a conference centre is operating

Letlamoreng Dam
Also one of the popular sites with history that is still operating for events and gigs.

There are a lot of activities in the Northern Province, suitable for all age groups whatever your preference, see below for a more comprehensive list.


  • BOTSOLANO GAME RESERVE - Situated on the Botswana border and on the edge of the Kalahari, some 36km from Mafikeng, it has gained a reputation as a fertile breeding ground for the white rhino.
  • COOKE’S LAKE AND PONDS - For the less adventurous, this is a popular bird life sanctuary located on the outskirts of town.
  • THE LOTLAMORENG GAME RESERVE - The complex offers a demarcated waterfowl sanctuary, a designated recreational area and a cultural village site.
  • MAFIKENG GAME RESERVE - A 4600 ha paradise which nestles alongside the upmarket suburb of Riviera Park. Boasting a number of diverse habitats, this reserve has excellent varieties of plains game and bird viewing opportunities
  • MODIMOLA DAM - A popular angling spot which hosts an annual angling competition.


Mafikeng is a cultural jewel. It has much to offer the visitor both in terms of fascinating history and hospitality.

  • Bethel’s Rocks
  • Cecil John Rhodes Monument
  • Commissioner Place
  • Concentration Camp Cemeteries
  • Cultural Village
  • Dr. Modiri Molema’s home and surgery
  • Edgar Rowland’s House
  • Heroes Acre
  • Kanon Kopje
  • Kgotla of the Barolong Boora -Tshidi Maratiwa House
  • Mafikeng Museum
  • Mafikeng Siege Headquarters
  • Mafikeng Town Beacon
  • Maphatswa Cemetery
  • Maratiwa House
  • Masonic Lodge
  • Mmabana Cultural Centre
  • Molema Cemetery
  • Monument to Boer ambush of British (Koedoesrant)
  • Monument of Democracy and Peace
  • Old South African Embassy
  • Rowland’s Graveyard
  • Slurry Cement Factory
  • Sol Plaatje’s Newspaper Office
  • South African War Monument
  • Spencer Minchin’s House
  • Steam railways
  • The Mafikeng Cemetery (the Siege Cemetery)
  • The Mafikeng Prison
  • The Mail
  • The Moshoeshoe graves
  • The Mother and Child monument
  • The Old Fingo Village
  • Tontonyane
  • Warren’s Fort
  • Warren’s Well
  • Women’s Laager
  • World Centre for Science and Environment of the Scout M ovement
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