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Mahikeng, also known as Mafikeng and Mafeking, is a town in North West Province, South Africa. It is known through a siege, where Robert Baden-Powell rose to fame.

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Mahikeng's main claim to fame is the fact that Robert Baden-Powell, who would become well-known as the founder of the scouting movement, defended the city ingenuously during a siege (in 1899–1900, in the Second Boer War), by making his defending force appear larger than it really was. The 217-day siege was followed in the British press, making B-P a national hero and his book on (military) scouting a best-seller among boys. When he later founded the scouting movement, he wrote Scouting for Boys.

The town has many resorts, popular around the summer season.

Climate[edit]

The weather is highly changeable, fluctuating between continental and equatorial climates.

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See[edit]

  • 1 Mafikeng Game Reserve (just east of Mahikeng). You can see rhinoceroses, giraffes, gemsboks, buffaloes, wildebeests and springboks in this 46 sq km park of Kalahari and acacia bushveld.
  • 2 Botsalano Game Reserve (via N18/R503 (about 48 km north of Mahikeng)). Bushveld and acacia and karee woodland where a lot of rhinos and antelope are found, as well as 200 bird species.

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Eat[edit]

  • 1 Ocean Basket Mafikeng, Shop No. 2, The Crossing Centre Mall, Nelson Mandela Dr. 11:00-21:00 daily. Good seafood.

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Sleep[edit]

  • 1 Protea Hotel by Marriott Mahiken, 80 Nelson Mandela Dr, Libertas, +27 18 381 0400. Restaurant, pool, spa. Quite elegant. R 1077.
  • 2 Sedikwa Guesthouse, Riviera Park, +27 78 981 0755. Really nice pool. Very clean and spacious guesthouse. R663.

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