North West Tourist AttractionsThe Central Region
The central region of the North West Province is dominated by bushveld and savannah plains, the fertile grasslands subject to fields of maize, sunflowers and ground nuts, as well as cattle and game farming.
The Central Region, although apparently flat and dry, is able to sustain farming as it does because of the large volumes of quality water stored in groundwater springs. The central region borders on Botswana, and is an amalgamation of what was once the western Transvaal and Bophuthatswana, dominated by the capital of the province, Mafikeng, and the Groot Marico Bushveld area, an area romanticised in the stories by the author Herman Charles Bosman.
To the west lie the fringes of the Kalahari Desert, which explains the tendency of the central region to become drier and flatter the further west one travels.
Whilst Mafikeng, the commercial and administrative centre of the area, is the major hub of the central region, and is without doubt a vibrant city worth a visit, it is the smaller towns like Delareyville where the Barberspan Bird Sanctuary is situated just outside the town, Ottosdal, where the totally unique "wonderstone" is mined, Groot Marico, and Zeerust that collectively steal the show.
More essentially, the central region is about game viewing. Game farms and guest houses are in abundant supply in this bushveld area that includes 'Big 5' game viewing, fishing, bird watching and numerous other activities. Highlights of the central region include the Botsalano Game Reserve, Cookes Lake, Mafikeng, including the game reserve just outside town, the Lichtenburg Game Breeding Centre, the Kortloof Cultural Village and Disaneng Dam.
Popular Towns in the Central Region
Overnight? Accommodation in Delareyville
Founded in 1914 this town produces maize, groundnuts and sunflowers. The Dutch Reformed Church in Maun Street is a national monument. The Earth Satellite Station was erected to improve telecommunications in southern Africa. Barberspan, with...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Groot Marico
Lying just off the N4, known as the Platinum Highway, the little town of Groot Marico lies between Zeerust and Rustenburg - a smattering of houses and streets that include the ever-popular names of Church and Voortrekker (almost every...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Lichtenburg
The pretty little town of Lichtenburg, whose streets are lined with willow trees, emerged as early as 1873 but it was the diamond rush that placed Lichtenburg on the map, bringing thousands of prospectors to this part of the world in the late...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Madikwe
Young it might be - having opened its gates only in August 1991 - but not only is Madikwe one of South Africaís largest and most popular game reserves, itís also one of the only ones in the world proclaimed a reserve purely on the grounds...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Mafikeng
Formerly, and rather confusingly, known as Mafeking and originally named Mahikeng, Mafikeng is today the capital city of the North West Province that lies on the border with Botswana about 260 kilometres west of Johannesburg. Mmabatho, its...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Mmabatho
Mmabatho, once the capital city of the North West Province, lies just south of the Botswana border - relegated to something of a suburb of the now capital city of Mafikeng. But this in no way detracts from the buzzing Mmabatho, which...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Ottosdal
Ottosdal lies on the R507 between Hartebeesfontein and Delareyville, north west of Klerksdorp. Whilst there is not much at first glance to recommend the little town (it risks being described as yet another mining town like many others found...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Zeerust
Mixed farming and mining of minerals (lead and chrome) are the backbone of the economy in the bushveld town of Zeerust. Attractions include the Kleinfontein Memorial, Kaditshwene Village Ruins, the Zeerust Museum, Marula Kop (an Iron Age...
More info and photographs: Zeerust Information