The Wildebeest's guide to South Africa


Afrikaans name: Beestekraal

Old station building


Photo © Mickey Herd

North West

Beestekraal is more of a farming community than a town. It is located off the R556 road north-west of Brits in the North West province of South Africa.

The town itself doesn't have much to offer the visitor other than a quaint restaurant and pub but there are some attractions in the area. There are a number of private game farms nearby and it is located close to Vaalkop Dam and the Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve. The dam offers good angling, and the reserve offers excellent birding. Over 300 species of birds have been recorded in the reserve. Roodekoppies Dam is also nearby and offers excellent fishing, especially for carp. 4x4 owners can tackle the challenging Beestekraal 4x4 course.

Beestekraal weather


The Beestekraal Stasie Restaurant ("stasie" is Afrikaans for station) is a popular destination for bikers and car enthusiasts who organise breakfast runs to the restaurant. The old station building was converted into a restaurant, opening in 2005, and features many nostalgic signs and other items which have been donated by the local residents and farmers.

There is some accommodation available at game lodges in the area.

Restaurant in the station building

Above - The old station building is now a restaurant

Photo © Mickey Herd


Above - Pub in Beestekraal

Photo © Mickey Herd

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