The North West is home to the spectacular Sun City and the Lost City, as well as the Hartbeespoort Dam, the Pilansberg National Park, the Magaliesberg mountains and the Taung Heritage Site. There's something here for everyone!
The North West is not only an outdoor adventure enthusiasts paradise offering hiking trails, mountain biking trails, canoeing, white water rafting, mountain climbing, abseiling, but offers much more in a remarkable setting.
With superb game and bird viewing, the opportunity to discover and explore secluded waterfalls, streams and fresh water pools amongst lush vegetation, with camping facilities under shady trees complete with modern ablutions, the North West will offer the holiday maker and tourist a variety of interesting diversions and activities to cater for individual requirements.
The spectacular Sun City Casino comprises the Palace of the Lost City, which is tucked away in the heart of the African bush, and where a full range of sporting, gambling, entertainment and conference facilities are available for your enjoyment. Facilities include swimming pools, golf courses and restaurants.
With an all year-round, sunny climate, the North West is without a doubt the most fulfilling holiday destination that transforms recreation into an exciting and entertaining wildlife adventure coupled with the warm hospitality that the resort owners extent to visitors to the area.
The Central Region of the North West Province is home to the provincial capital, Mafikeng. Known as the City of Goodwill, Mafikeng is a booming town and offers travelers the perfect stopover before venturing into Botswana. With its wide open plains and scrubby bushveld, the Central Region offers visitors a place for total relaxation and peacefulness, while still giving adventure addicts the perfect playground to discover by foot, 4x4 or horseback.
Baberspan Bird Sanctuary, Botsalano Game Reserve, Cookes Lake, Disaneng Dam, Henk Joubert Game Reserve, Kortkloof Cultural Village, Leopard Park Golf Course, Lichtenberg Game Breeding Centre, Kaditshwene Village Ruins, Marula Kop, Zeerust Museum, Mafikeng Game Reserve, Molemane Eye, Mafikeng Museum, Bethel's Rocks, Kanon Koppie, historical sites and buildings, musuems, Mampoer farms, scuba diving at the Eye of Marico, fishing, game viewing, bird watching, horse riding, sailing, waterskiing, hiking trails, 4x4 routes, mountain biking and San rock paintings.
Certainly the most scenic and beautiful region int he North West, the Bojanala region is home to the very popular Hartbeespoort Dam, where visitors flock to on the weekends and during holidays. Go for a drive through the Magalies Meander and rediscover this magical area or visit the Pilansberg National Park for Big 5 game viewing. Sun City and the Lost City are around the corner and offer everything from wave pools to evening cabaret shows.
Hartbeespoort Dam, Lesedi Cultural Village, Kgaswane Mountain Reserve, Pilansberg National Park, Borakalalo Game Reserve, Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve, Tswaing Salt Pan Crater, The Crocodile Ramble, De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre, Granite Works, Le Croc Tours, Rainbow Cultural Village, Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre, Phaladingwe Nature Trail, Magalies Meander, Sun City, Lost City, Rustenburg Nature Reserve, Rustenburg Ramble, African Game and Art, Ostrich Farms, Diamond Mines, Madikwe Game Reserve, Lindleyspoort Dam, Swartruggens Dam, Elands River Battlefield and Graves, Hartbeespoort Snake and Animal Farm, The Elephant Sanctuary, Hartbeespoort Aquarium, Hartbeespoort Dam Cableway, Gaabo Motho Cultural Village, fishing, sailing, power boating, water skiing, hiking trails, horse riding, golf, game viewing, bird watching, mountain biking, quad biking, 4x4 routes, museums, historical sites and buildings, abseiling and rock climbing.
The Southern Region borders both Gauteng and the Free State, with the Vaal River providing loads of adventure activities, fishing and fly fishing spots. horse riding, river rafting, abseiling and mountain climbing. The region is a patchwork of sunflower and maize fields and there are nature reserves, bird sanctuaries and fascinating museums in nearly every town. The Southern Region is a hikers paradise, with hiking trails that cris-cross the countryside, providing hikers with perfect viewpoints of the region.
Bloemhof Dam Reserve, Boskop Dam Reserve, Vredefort Dome, Klerksdorp Mine Tours, Sunwa Water Experiences, The Vaal River, Wolwespruit Nature Reserve, S.A. Lombard Nature Reserve, Christiana Diggers Museum, San Bushman Rock Art, The Borehole at Fochville, Klerksdorp Mine Tours, Klerksdorp Museum, Klerksdorp Ou Dorp Hiking Trail, Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve, Orkney Bird Sanctuary, Likkewaan Hiking Trials, Vaal Reef Gold Mine, Ground Nut Factory, Buffelsvlei Game Park, Goetz Fleishack Museum, fishing, bird watching, horse riding, golf, hiking trails, game viewing, boating, 4x4 routes, mountain biking and historical landmarks, monuments and sites.
This region is home to the Taung Skull Heritage Site, one of the world's most important archaeological discoveries. The vast open grasslands and welcoming people of the area makes one feel relaxed and at ease and you are able to forget about mad city life and enjoy the countryside. There are interesting museums and galleries scattered around the towns, as well as nature reserves and Big 5 game viewing, cosy restaurants and inviting cultural villages.
Taung Skull Heritage Site, Molopo Nature Reserve, San Bushmen Rock paintings, Massoukop, Stella Cattle Festival in October, Taung Blue Pools, Biopelo Game Reserve, Dinkwaneng, Taung Dam, Mmababa Cultural Centre, Leon Taljaard Nature Reserve, Tierkloof Missionary Station, Theiler Agricultural Museum and Cattle Research Centre, Vryburg Museum, game viewing, bird watching, hiking trails, 4x4 routes, picnic spots and fishing
Information on North West distance charts, temperatures, tourism offices and attractions.
North West Parks & Tourism Board
Tel: 018 397 1500
Tel: 018 381 3155
Tel: 014 597 0904
Tel: 018 293 1611
Tel: 053 927 2222
A Passport valid for six months after date of entry; contact your nearest travel agent or embassy for up-to-date information. Entry permits are issued on arrival to visitors from many British Commonwealth countries and are valid for 90 days.
The Rand is South Africa’s currency and is denoted by the R. 100 cents make up R1 (One Rand). Foreign currency can be exchanged at most banks and Bureaux de Changes. Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Diners Club are accepted.
Taxes and Refunds
All goods and services are priced to include value added tax of 14%. Visitors may reclaim VAT at their point of departure provided recepts are produced. Total value of purchases must be over R250.00 to reclaim VAT.
Summers need light cotton clothing and a light jersey for cool evenings. Winter needs warmer clothing with a sweater or jacket for cool mornings and evenings. Hats, sunglasses, insect repellant and rainwear for the rainy season are essential.
There are 11 official languages in South Africa. English is spoken throughout South Africa and most businesses and banks communicate in English.
There is a wide network of hospitals, both public and private, throughout the country offering excellent services.
International visitors should have health insurance to assist in paying for private hospital fees. If you are entering a Malaria area, medical precautions should be taken. Consult a pharmacist for more advice and insect repellant is essential. Tap water is safe and clean to drink.
Banks are open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 15:30 and Saturdays from 09:00 to 11:00. Banks are closed on Sundays and Public Holidays.
Tourism and Safety Information Line - 083 123 2345, Police - 10111, Fire Brigade - 1022, Ambulance - 10222