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
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
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

Die Bult
Suburb of Potchefstroom

Die Bult
The Bult area has plenty of funky restaurants aimed at the students but can easily be enjoyed by any person visiting. My personal favourite is the Texan Saloon and Beatnix cafe. Fine Things opposite the Virgin active is a great place to have a good cup of coffee and soak in the sun. The staff, who are all students at NWU, are extremely friendly and willing to go the extra mile. The nightlife on Die Bult is very busy with many clubs and bars to attend. For a great night out dancing to great club songs I recommend MVG, followed by Bourbons Street to end of the night. All in all Die Bult is a...
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Llewelyn van der Pas
South Africa

Mogwase
Town of Bojanala Region

A need for development
Tourism - directions not very clear and detailed ie.distance not mentioned on the boards Municipality - very difficult to travel around at night as most street lights are non functional
Brenda Lebeloane
South Africa

Brits
Town of Bojanala Region

Nice
nice
Dev Shukla

Broederstroom
Town of Magalies Meander

BROEDERSTROOM AREA
Spectacular views - especially at sunrise & sunset.Relaxing and five star accommodation available.Close to all amenities and plenty of activities available in the surrounding areas.
Melody Theron
South Africa

Broederstroom
Town of Magalies Meander

Weekend from the City
Amazingly breathtaking view.
Lebo Makwela
South Africa

Vryburg
Town of Bophirima Region

Vryburg: a waypoint from A to B
In my personal experience, Vryburg is a convenient stopover and no more than that.
Jan Mostert
South Africa

Brits
Town of Bojanala Region

BEAUTIFUL and QUIET
BEAUTIFUL and QUIET
Dumisani Dhladhla
South Africa

Groot Marico
Town of Central Region NW

Groot Marico
We were a bit disappointed that there was no place in Groot Marico to eat, but it makes sense that there are none.
Leigh-Ann Harris
South Africa

Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Game Reserve of Bojanala Region

Lots of animals
Lots of animals. some of the dirt roads are not suitable for cars
Irma Louw
South Africa

Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Game Reserve of Bojanala Region

Not Kruger but a great destination for big 5
Great breakaway for 2 nights. Saw plenty of game including 4 of the big 5. However very congested with safari vehicles and othe private cars. Surprised at how few birds we saw.
Anthony Battaliou
South Africa

Hartbeespoort Dam
Town of Hartbeespoort

Breath-taking
It's wonderful, I really don't have good words to describe the beauty of it.
Sinqobile Khanyile
South Africa

Hartbeespoort Dam
Town of Hartbeespoort

Family time
a truly beautiful place with a lot to do.Great food at Squires.The cable car is worth doing.Wonderful monkey SanctuaryChameleon Market was wonderful .
Coralie Scott-Mackie
Netherlands

Rustenburg
Town of Bojanala Region

Lovely peaceful place
Great road facilities and great friendly peopleSuper low crime
calvin kodisang
South Africa

Magaliesburg
Town of Gauteng

Magaliesburg - 5 star getaway
There is so much to do and see for the whole family. We enjoyed every moment and there aren't enough hours in a weekend to enjoy all on offer.... you gotta go back, over and over :-)
Mark Easter
South Africa

Rustenburg
Town of Bojanala Region

game drives
especially pilansburg national site is the best if youve been there you will see rustenbyrg difrent from just a small mine town.
Sherrow Baloyi
South Africa

Schoemansville
Suburb of Hartbeespoort

Great Place
Breath taken Place
Sipho Bernard Kha
South Africa

Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Game Reserve of Bojanala Region

Pilansberg game reserve
A wonderful experience.Saw lots of game
Willy Van Sittert
South Africa

Potchefstroom
Town of North West Province

Low crime
An amazing university town. Clean streets, friendly people and no beggars!We visited during the inter-provincial hockey and high school students walked everywhere. All the usual food restaurants are available as are the usual shopping vendors. Potchestroom dam looks fantastic for water sports - a hidden gem.
Jeanette Fuchs
South Africa