The first magistrate of the small community that settled on the banks of the Schoonspruit in 1837, Jacob de C'lerq, gave his name to a town founded by Voortrekkers and built by gold mining.
The discovery of gold in 1886 saw thousands of prospectors descending on the quiet rural aggregation of Klerksdorp.
Today, Klerksdorp is the centre for a large mining and agricultural economy and has the second largest grain co-operative in the world.
- Goudkoppie – view the old mining shaft that date back to the 18th century.
- Jack Scott House – this tin house was imported from Britain and was the home of Jack Scott, the father of modern-day mining in the area.
- Klerksdorp Mines – interesting tours can be arranged on request to view the operation of this buzzing industry. Travellers can visit mining shafts excavated in the 1880’s.
- Ou Dorp Hiking Trail – this meanders through the old part of town. Remains of prehistoric kraals can also be seen.
- The Railway Station & Old Flag Room – this was opened by President Paul Kruger when the line from Krugersdorp reached the town in 1897 – Klerksdorp
first national monument.
- The Klerksdorp Museum – this museum, a former prison, is a beautiful sandstone building that exhibits early town life, archaeology, social history and local geological history. It also offers Peach Mampoer and Soet Blits liqueurs.
- Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve – this reserve is 15km from town and has 30 species of game and 150 species of birds.
- Paintball Wars
- Horseback Riding
- Zoo Restaurant
- Scuba Diving
- Bird Watching
- Quad Biking
- Game Drives and Picnic
- Annual Air Show (May) – Klerksdorp annually hosts one of South Africa’s premium Air Show events, attracting up to 30 000 people.