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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 R1400
1 night, 2 adults

Magalies Manor

Sleeps 123 Magaliesburg Hotel in Magaliesburg

from R1450
1 night, 2 adults

Stone Hill

Sleeps 36 Magaliesburg Self-catering in Magaliesburg

Are you looking for a romantic and pet friendly getaway in the country. Perched high above the dista...

from R1698
1 night, 2 adults

La Provence d' Afrique

Sleeps 14 Magaliesburg Bed and Breakfast in Magaliesburg

La Provence is a small French Provence village comprising seven suites. Beautifully decorated, each ...

from R1800
1 night, 2 adults

Mahikeng Lodge

Sleeps 24 Koster Safari in Koster

A truly unforgettable experience awaits you at the luxurious Mahikeng Lodge. Situated only 55 minute...

from R720
1 night, 2 adults

Michael-Angelo Guest House

Sleeps 24 Potchefstroom Guest House in Potchefstroom

Michael-Angelo Guest House is hidden away within a peaceful neighbourhood. This double-storey 'Gran...

from R550
1 night, 2 adults

Nomalakia Guest House

Sleeps 8 Rustenburg Bed and Breakfast in Rustenburg

Nomalakia Guest House is nestled in a quiet residential suburb in Rustenburg, perfectly placed in cl...

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