The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Brits

Silos near the entrance to Brits


Photo © Steven Herbert

North West

Brits is a town situated in a fertile farming area in North West province of South Africa. Although the first European settler arrived in the area in the 1840's the town didn't get founded until 1924.

Although the town itself doesn't offer too much for the visitor there are a number of interesting places to visit that are not too far away. A trip to the Hartbeespoort Dam area is a great option as there is so much to do in the area. There are a number of small game reserves nearby including Dikhololo Game Reserve and Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve to the north. On the way to or from Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve why not stop for a light meal at Beestekraal?

Brits weather


Farming is the most important activity in the Brits area and farms produce grain, vegetables and citrus products.

There is also some heavy industry in the area and interestingly Alfa Romeo cars were produced there up until 1985.

The area between Brits and Rustenburg is a major platinum mining area.

Brits CBD

Brits CBD

Photo © Steven Herbert

Dutch Reformed Church (1951)

Dutch Reformed Church (1951)

Photo © Johan van Zyl

Entering the town

Welcome to Brits

Photo © Johan van Zyl

References and further reading

The Pictorial Motoring Atlas of South Africa - Author: Maxwell Leigh - Published: 1987 - Page: 92

Southern Africa from the Highway - Author: AA RSA - Published: 1991 - Page: 169

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 650 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 28

Farm Stall to Farm Stall - Author: Jennifer Stern - Published: 2014 - Page: 154

On Route - A region by region guide to South Africa - Author: B.P.J. Erasmus - Published: 1995 - Page: 208

Readers Digest Illustrated Guide to Southern Africa - 4th edition - Author: - Published: 1986 - Page: 240

Caravan & Outdoor Life - Issue 646 - Author: - Published: 2016 - Page: 12

Book of the Road - 4th edition - Author: MapStudio - Published: 2019 - Page: 111


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