North West Province Travel Guide


The North West Province is mostly pretty close to the urban conurbation of Johannesburg and Pretoria. While vast areas are dedicated to maize and cattle farming, and the mining industry is very well developed, there are some wonderful destinations.

The fantastic Madikwe Game Reserve, right on the Botswana border is a wonderful place with all of the Big Five and - major bonus - a large population of the gorgeous and endangered African wild dog. It's not often you get to see these particularly attractive animals, with their 'painted' coats and white tipped tails.

Another fantastic reserve is Pilanesburg, which is situated in an enormous volcanic crater - long extinct, don't worry. One of the major attractions of Pilanesberg is the hot air balloon flights from which you're likely to see a variety of animals. Pilanesberg is smack bang next door to the rather over-the-top casino resort of Sun City and the outrageous Lost City. As well as gambling, there are fun rides, water parks, horse trails and two championship golf courses. It's all designed to separate you from your hard earned cash but, if you go there expecting that, you'll have loads of fun.

The small town of Groot Marico is deeply entrenched in the South African psyche as the setting for the stories of one of the country's most well loved authors - Herman Charles Bosman. His rather far fetched, hilariously funny and touchingly poignant short stories tell of the ambitions and misadventures of the thinly fictionalised residents of this rural enclave in the early 20th century. And Bosman lives on. The whole town is a tribute to the man who put it - literally - on the map. The literature map, that is. You can do a mampoer tasting trips, which are only recommended for people with strong and healthy livers, visit the pub in which most of his stories are set, and do some general tours of the area, including a visit to the Eye of Mariko - a pretty spring, which is also a rather low key dive site, strangely enough.

Really close to Johannesburg is the lovely Magaliesburg, where you'll find all manner of rural pleasures including craft outlets and studios, coffee shops, restaurants, guest houses, cheese factories, horse trails and hot air balloon rides.

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Accommodation near North West Province

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from R1400
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Montego Bay 29

Sleeps 4 Kosmos Ridge Self-catering in Kosmos Ridge

Montego Bay 29 is a lovely two-bedroom apartment located on the scenic shores of the Hartbeespoort D...

from R400
1 night, 2 adults

Bird Guest Lodge

Sleeps 18 Vryburg Guest House in Vryburg

Situated on the main route from Gauteng via Vryburg, Kuruman, Kathu and Upington to Namibia, this co...

from R900
1 night, 2 adults

The Elements

Sleeps 3 Magaliesburg Self-catering in Magaliesburg

The Elements is a rustic house set in the Magaliesberg Mountains on an established small-holding tha...

from R924
1 night, 2 adults

Black Swan Guest House

Sleeps 47 Boshoek Guest House in Boshoek

Black Swan Guest House is located approximately 34 km from Rustenburg and 12 km from Sun City, we of...

from R710
1 night, 2 adults

Wow Country House, Exclusive House of Friends

Sleeps 20 Magaliesburg Country House in Magaliesburg

The venue is perfect for that special get together, a birthday celebration when you don’t want to ma...

from R500
1 night, 2 adults

Villa Luca Guest House & Chalets

Sleeps 11 Swartruggens Guest House in Swartruggens

Villa Luca Guest Chalets is situated in Swartruggens on the Lindleyspoort Road, and is a convenient ...

from R870
1 night, 2 adults

The Palms Guest House Klerksdorp

Sleeps 10 Klerksdorp Guest House in Klerksdorp

The Palms Guest House offers four luxurious and comfortable en-suite rooms, each with a private entr...

Arbour Gardens
from R950
1 night, 2 adults

Arbour Gardens

Sleeps 10 Magaliesburg Self-catering in Magaliesburg

Arbour Gardens offers two self-catering country cottages set within 6 hectares of land in Magaliesbu...

from R550
1 night, 2 adults

Dalrene Lodge

Sleeps 70 Wolmaransstad Lodge in Wolmaransstad

Dalrene Lodge offers comfortable accommodation situated in a quiet part of Wolmaransstad, a town in...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Indigo Moon Guesthouse

Sleeps 35 Lichtenburg Guest House in Lichtenburg

Indigo Moon Guesthouse is situated next to the Lichtenburg Eeufees Lake - just follow the popular tr...

Lost City Beach
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