Olifantsnek Residential Neighbourhood

The area

Situated about 15km South of Rustenburg on the R24, one will find the entrance to the "town" Olifantsnek, a place where long ago it is believed elephants roamed. Since being established in 1929, Olifantsnek was part of the Boer war, used as a trading post and was a popular tourist attraction. We enjoy hot summers, cold winters and fall in a summer rainfall region.

At the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountain is Olifantsnek Dam, which was built and completed around 1932 for irrigation purposes. When one travels from the direction of Derby or Krugersdorp, overlooking the dam one can see what looks like the head and trunk of an elephant and part of the reason for the name Olifantsnek Dam.

Being on the banks of the dam which in turn is on the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountain we are blessed with a variety of wildlife. In the evenings one might hear a jackal in the distance or the "hoot" of an owl, during daytime a fish eagle may be heard in the distance, between dusk and dawn all our other birds "sing" before resting for the night.

The People

The township consists of 185 properties, of which there is a yacht club, a private school, a few B&B's, an undeveloped park and a few properties owned by local government. There are still many undeveloped stands and all but the main entrance road are dirt, with the only maintenance being done by a few residents. Currently the area is not fully serviced by the local municipality and all residents are fully reliant on borehole water and septic tanks to service basic needs. There is also a pump house and distribution tanks where local residents can apply for assistance with water if required.

Olifantsnek with over 50% of the properties developed is fortunate to have a variety of residents from all ages and a variety of back grounds that are prepared to stand together and make a difference by helping make the residential area a better safe place for all who visit or stay here. Residents have mostly moved here to enjoy the nature, peace & tranquillity, some even with long term plans to retire. With more properties being developed and an expected influx of new residents and visitors, with no local government plans to upgrade the roads or services in the area soon, a slight increase in theft and to many "mayors" it was decided to look into a formal committee to look after the interests of the communities property owners. A meeting was held in July 2014 where an interim committee was established to lay the foundations for a more permanent committee to be elected at the AGM at the end of 2014. Part of the tasks identified for the committee was to find ways to:

  • improve security,
  • installation of CCTV at strategic points,
  • improve communication between residents in times of emergency,
  • improve relations between residents,
  • improve cleanness of neighbourhood
  • road maintenance & upgrades, sinage,
  • manage vacant stands and empty houses,
  • establish guidelines for residents & visitors,
  • manage access to the dam for non-residents,
  • a forum that can speak on behalf of the community,
  • as well as identify other potential issues,

Although only at the start of a very long road, Olifantsnek will one day become a welcome place for travellers to rest, families to enjoy an outing, all without disturbing the residents of Olifantnek, whether it be man, his best friend or any other fauna and flora. Facilities in and around Olifantsnek.

  • Olifantnek Yacht Club - Sailing, windsurfing, canoeing
  • Olifantsnek Dam Nature Reserve - Fishing
  • Bed & Breakfast's - See classifieds
  • Restaurant & Pub - coming soon
  • Brewery
  • Petrol station & shop
  • Golf courses
  • Farm stalls
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Address: 72 Arend Road
Safari Gardens

Tel: (014) 533 1399

Fax to E-mail: 086 559 1145

Fax: (014) 533 4107

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Address: P.O. Box 20028
Protea Park

Tel: (014) 533 1399

Fax to E-mail: 086 559 1145

Fax: (014) 533 4107

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Address: Stands 110 & 111
Olifantsnek dam

Tel: (014) 592 1213

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