North West Province Travel Guide

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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

*Distances are shown as the crow flies and not necessarily the actual travelling distance.

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 R560
1 night, 2 adults

Ukarimu Guest House

Sleeps 12 Klerksdorp Guest House in Klerksdorp

Ukarimu is situated in a quiet suburb of Klerksdorp, a city in the North West Province of South Afri...

from R450
1 night, 2 adults

Bonaledi Overnight Accommodation

Sleeps 30 Lichtenburg Self-catering in Lichtenburg

Bonaledi Overnight Accommodation is located in a quiet residential area of Lichtenburg. The accommod...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

Mamagalie Mountain Lodge

Sleeps 24 Magaliesburg Self-catering in Magaliesburg

In the heart of the magnificent Magaliesberg mountain range lies Mamagalie Mountain Lodge. Head nort...

from R1,000
1 night, 2 adults

Arotin Game Lodge

Sleeps 17 Brits Lodge in Brits

Surrounded by a back drop of tranquil bush veld splendour, Arotin Game Lodge rises brighter, this ti...

from R700
1 night, 2 adults

The Farm

Sleeps 2 Magaliesburg Self-catering in Magaliesburg

Secure, private, self-catering accommodation in the Hartbeestfontein Conservancy, near Magaliesburg ...

from R600
1 night, 2 adults

Woodridge Palm

Sleeps 17 Swartruggens Guest House in Swartruggens

Just outside of the farming town of Swartruggens, Woodridge Palm is easily accessible from Rustenber...

from R1,100
1 night, 2 adults

Kosmos View

Sleeps 6 Kosmos Self-catering in Kosmos

Kosmos View is a luxury self-catering apartment, ideally located in Kosmos with breathtaking views o...

from R700
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...

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from R3,300
1 night, 2 adults

Pecanwood @38

Sleeps 8 Pecanwood Estate Self-catering in Pecanwood Estate

This is a beautiful self-catering house overlooking the fairway of Pecanwood Estate, set on the bank...

Lost City Beach
Rock Climbing In The Magaliesburg