North West Tourist AttractionsThe Bojanala Region
Regarded as the prettiest region of the North West Province, Bojanala borders on Gauteng.
The Region includes within its boundaries Hartbeespoort Dam, the beautiful Magaliesberg Mountain range, and the Pilanesberg National Park, amongst other attractions, that explains its increasingly popularity with Jo'burgers, who escape here periodically for weekends. A large portion of Bojanala is given over to bushveld and appears at once empty and flat, which accounts for the attraction of the Magaliesberg.
Time spent here, if one can circumvent the resorts and time-shares that have mushroomed within easy access of Pretoria and Johannesburg, at nature reserves like the Kgaswane Mountain Reserve, and other private reserves and game farms, is an immediate restoration of the senses for stressed city dwellers, and visitors are seldom disappointed.
The Pilanesberg National Park is a huge draw card for Gauteng visitors who hunger after a 'Big 5' experience, without having to travel far. But the actual motive for visiting the beautiful reserve is that it lies in an ancient volcanic crater.
The Bojanala region also boasts the Sun City Lost City complex – well worth a visit if you have not gone before, and the Cradle of Humankind, a world heritage site that stretches from Hartbeespoort Dam right up to Rustenburg. Here ancient artefacts dating from the Stone Age have placed this part of the continent under the spotlight. The Tswaing meteor crater and salt pan, also one of the highlights of the Bojanala region, is one of the most remarkable geological places in the world to visit, just 40km north of Pretoria.
Other sights and places to visit include the Vaalkop Dam Reserve, the De Wildt Cheetah Centre, the Elephant Sanctuary - at the foot of the Magaliesberg offering a safe haven to six African Elephants - and the Crocodile Ramble.
Popular Towns in the Bojanala Region
Overnight? Accommodation in Boshoek
One might be just over a 100 kilometres from Johannesburg, but further from the atmosphere of a major city one cannot get. Tranquillity and serenity, peace and quiet, fresh mountain air and crystal-clear mountain streams bring an immediate calm...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Brits
A modern, developing town surrounded by citrus groves, Brits plays an important role in the South African mining industry: 94% of South Africa's platinum comes from the Rustenburg and Brits districts, which together produce more platinum...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Derby
Derby is located about 15 km east of Koster. The town was named after Lord Derby, British secretary of State, and had its origins as a settlement for destitute people. Towards the end of the Anglo-Boer War the area was the scene for a battle...
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Stay? Accommodation in Hartbeespoort Dam
Roughly 45 minutes' drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, surrounded by the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range, Hartbeespoort Dam, or Harties to locals, has become a hive of activity and is a very popular weekend getaway for the two cities...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Koster
On the face of it there is little to attract tourists, other than a lovely little church and a golf course. Major roads might be tarred, but sand roads tend to wash away in the electric storms so common on the Highveld. The town itself has...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Kroondal
The small town of Kroondal is known for its deep sense of history and heritage, as well as for its excellent mining opportunities. It is nestled within the North West Province of South Africa, and has a large German population. It was...
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Stay? Accommodation in Maanhaarrand
The unusual name of Maanhaarrand originates from the ridge formed behind the village by the Magaliesberg Mountains, which resemble a lion’s mane. This mountain range forms an idyllic backdrop to the tiny rural village, which is nestled deep...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Magaliesberg
The Magaliesberg mountains are of the oldest in the world. They extend across Gauteng and the North West provinces west and north from Pretoria to just south of the Pilanesberg, and east of Pretoria to the Bronkhorstspruit Dam. Formerly...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Marikana
Just into the North West province, Marikana lies between Hartbeespoort and Rustenburg in the Bojanala region, best described as the part of the province that lies closest to Gauteng and regarded as the most scenic part, covered in natural...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Mogwase
People often speak about Mogwase as near Sun City. It is the easiest popular landmark from which to get your bearings. However, it is actually closer to the truth to say that Mogwase lies near the Pilanesberg National Park. To make it even...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Moedwil
Virtually in the middle of nowhere, just outside Rustenburg on the Platinum Highway, is the post office of Moedwil and a handful of buildings. There is not much substance to the town of Moedwil to say the least. Aside from the role it played...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Mooinooi
Hugging the Magaliesberg on its densest perimeters, the town of Mooinooi lies just west of Modderspruit, roughly halfway between Hartbeespoort Dam and Rustenburg. Essentially a mining town it rests in a valley used to grow citrus and mine...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Olifantsnek
Olifantsnek (which is an Afrikaans term that means "elephant’s neck") is a small area nestled between Maanhaarrand and Rustenburg in the North West Province of South Africa. This places it near the exquisite Magaliesberg Mountain Range...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Pelindaba
Pelindaba is a tiny town in the Hartbeespoort Dam region of the North West Province, South Africa. In terms of its being a residential settlement, Pelindaba is not significant. However, this village has gained international acclaim for being...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Phokeng
Lying just south of Sun City and the Pilanesberg, Phokeng lies close enough to Johannesburg to provide an easy day trip, or an easy overnight stay en route to Sun City. An added attraction to this part of the world is that much of the area...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Pilanesberg
The Pilanesberg National Park, which covers some 55 000 hectare, is the fourth largest in southern Africa. This malaria-free park is perched on the eroded vestiges of an alkaline volcanic crater - one of only three such craters in the world...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Rustenburg
Two of the world’s largest platinum mines lie just outside Rustenburg, earning it the nickname ‘Platinum City’, which is hardly a fair description of the city that started out as little more than a church and farming community centre, named...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Sun City
Deep in the rugged bushveld, in the heart of an ancient volcano, lies the world's most unique resort, the internationally acclaimed Sun City. The Resort has a unique heartbeat and an African rhythm of its own and is unlike any other Resort...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Swartruggens
The little village of Swartruggens lies surrounded by a series of black hills, hence the name which means “black ridges” when translated from Afrikaans. This scenic backdrop is further enhanced by the Elands River on which the original town...
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