North West Tourist AttractionsThe Bophirima Region
Marketed as that part of the North West Province to which one can escape and "get closer to nature", Bophirima, the new name for what once was known as Stellaland, has as its major draw cards game farms, vast open spaces, and the discovery of one of the world's most famous fossil discoveries, the Taung skull.
Central to the Bophirima Region is its large agricultural district. Mining and agriculture are the 2 principle economies here, earning it the pseudonym "Texas of South Africa". It's no surprise to learn that this is the region with the least population. Bophirima contributes to one of the most important food baskets in the country. A third of South Africa's maize is produced in the province, as well as sunflower oil, groundnuts, fruit, tobacco, cotton and wheat.
Vryburg, the most important town in Bophirima as there are no major cities, is home to some of the largest cattle herds in the world, and the dry, arid climate makes this an ideal place to head in the winter months when sunny days are almost guaranteed.
Vast areas of savannah bushland have been converted into privately owned game reserves, and Bophirima is an excellent place to see lion, buffalo, rhino as well as smaller antelope and other game, whilst also experiencing the luxury of safari getaways. The area is popular with those seeking adventure and 4x4 routes.
Other attractions include the Leon Taljaardt Nature Reserve, where you can view white rhino, wildebeest, buffalo, and zebra, and the Molopo Game Reserve – 23 000 hectares of game country in the top western edge of the province on the border with Botswana.
Popular Towns in the Bophirima Region
Overnight? Accommodation in Reivilo
Reivilo was established in 1883 as a Dutch Reformed Church parish. Originally known as Cathcart West and later Klein Boetsap (1890), the name was changed to Reivilo, the spelling backwards of the name of Rev AJ Olivier, Dutch Reformed minister...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Ganyesa
The massive North West Province of South Africa is home to Ganyesa, which is formally part of the Kagisano / Molopo Municipality. This is a rural village that is part of the traditional territory of the local Tswana folk. Years ago, it was...
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Stay? Accommodation in Schweizer-Reineke
Schweizer-Reineke was named after Captain Schweizer and Field-Cornet Reineke who were killed in a battle against the Korrona in 1885. Surrounded by sunflower and maize fields, this is an attractive historical area to explore. The farming...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Stella
The town of Stella was named after the daughter of the owner of the farm Biesjesbult, which was often used for church gatherings in the early twenties. Stella is widely known as host of the annual Cattle Festival held in October. The next...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Taung
In the southern stretches of the North West Province is a little town called Taung. Directly translated from Tswana, it means place of the lion, but really the discovery of a very famous fossil site, where the skull of a child was blasted...
More info and photographs: Taung Information
Overnight? Accommodation in Vryburg
Vryburg lies on the N14, due west of the towns of Klerksdorp and Orkney - as in 'Orkney Snork Nie' (Orkney doesn't snore) the popular Afrikaans toilet humour television sitcom of the early 1990s with an inherent message that the town is not...
More info and photographs: Vryburg Information