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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Lichtenburg Lichtenburg
Town of Central Region NW

Farming town
Lichtenburg is situated in the North West Province and is not very far from Botswana. Lichtenburg is well known for its cement factories and farms growing mealies, sunflower and peanuts. Cattle, sheep and goats are farmed here. Lichtenburg is conveniently situated close to many other towns like Potch, Zeerust, Mafikeng, Ventersdorp, Coligny, Sannieshof, Ottosdal, Klerksdorp and Rooigrond.
Uschaan Roode
South Africa

Zeerust Zeerust
Town of Central Region NW

Zeerust en route
Zeerust is an ideal stop off for travellers to Botswana. It is a hive of activity and the locals are friendly and eager to please! It is a great jumping off point for local adventures to Madikwe, Pilansberg, Sun City and a number of dams for water sports and fishing. The North West Province has a lot to offer in the way of history and of course there is always Herman Charles Bosman.
marilyn leadsom
South Africa

Kosmos Kosmos
Suburb of Hartbeespoort Dam

Weekend stay
Kosmos is a perfect gateway place and the security was also tight
Sheila Mthimunye
South Africa

Wolmaransstad Wolmaransstad
Town of North West Province

Wolmaransstad
We visited the town very quickly, but we find it quite nice and also find lovely restaurant to eat.
Hanlie Van Staden
South Africa

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Hekpoort Hekpoort
Town of Gauteng

Lonely but interesting
Its a nice and quiet place to tell the truth.
Aubrey Molele
South Africa

Potchefstroom Potchefstroom
Town of North West Province

Potchefstroom
There are a lot of museums, the Oak avenue with all the oak trees, bird sanctuary, Mooi river, rich historical and cultural heritage, and definitely always someting gaopening with all te communities and youth around. E.g. Aardklop.
Benita Foord
South Africa

Hartbeespoort Hartbeespoort
Town of Bojanala Region

Diverse
Its not far to travel yet has lots of things to do. The cableway was by far the best though. One of those things that you would just want to do every day!
Karen MacLaughlin
South Africa

Hekpoort Hekpoort
Town of Gauteng

Hekpoort
Small but beautiful
DENNIS HOUGH
South Africa

Bloemhof Bloemhof
Town of North West Province

Bloemhof - town
Did not really went to town - but where we stay for the peace and quiet.
Jakkie Steenkamp
South Africa

Protea Park Protea Park
Suburb of Rustenburg

Excellence
Close to all amenities including restaurants; clean - no littering in streets; quiet suburb.
Karien Buys
South Africa

Hekpoort Hekpoort
Town of Gauteng

A lil gem
We were in Hekpoort for a wedding and we had stopped somewhere for lunch. Called Goblins Cove! What a little experience that was. We enjoyed a snack and the setting, very mysterious.
Samantha Gillman
South Africa

Broederstroom Broederstroom
Town of Magalies Meander

Open and tranquil
Great views and everything you need is conveniently near by.
Monique Reprezas
South Africa

Schoemansville Schoemansville
Suburb of Hartbeespoort

Ladies weekend out
Nice place to visit. Did not experience any hiccups. The place is beautiful with meandering roads but Saturday the road to the tunnel had a traffic jam and we waited a long time to pass thru.
Dipuo Nkwe
South Africa

Wolmaransstad Wolmaransstad
Town of North West Province

Lovely old fashioned town, felt safe at all times.
Lovely old fashioned town, felt safe at all times.
Tracy & Jeremy Kriek
South Africa

Magaliesburg Magaliesburg
Town of Magalies Meander

Magaliesburg
Magaliesburg is one of the unspoiled places that we still have left, it's not too far from Gauteng and there is so much to see and do. We love it..
Megan Bridge
South Africa

Klerksdorp Klerksdorp
Town of North West Province

Friendly Town
The people are very friendly which was a breath of fresh air. Klerksdorp overall is a quiet little town but has a lot to offer if you ask around and like to explore.
Cornele van der Merwe
South Africa

Boshoek Boshoek
Town of Bojanala Region

Civil Unrest
Unfortunately, we didn't get to even stay the night that we booked @ Gatz Guesthouse, as there was civil unrest in the area & all the roads leading to Boshoek were blocked off by the Police.I would suggest that if you are traveling to Boshoek; check the news first as you don't want to be caught up in the unrest like ourselves.
Samantha Bowen
South Africa

Town of North West Province

Small town
We didn't spend anytime here but seems ok.
kirsty collard
South Africa

Pecanwood Estate Pecanwood Estate
Suburb of Hartbeespoort

Pecanwood 25 peninsula
25 peninsula. The worst holiday home I have ever rented. It was awful. No hot water. infested with spiders and ants to such an extent that the stove was unusable. soap and shampoo not provided. Tv in bedroom not working. kettle so dirty unusable. please stay away.
ziyaad dangor

Potchefstroom Potchefstroom
Town of North West Province

Not really much to do
There is very little to do in Potchefstroom, except if you are a student. Sport days and special events are about all to look out for
Heinrich Oberholzer
South Africa