Central Region, North West Province
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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 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 Kortdloof Cultural Village and Disaneng Dam.
Destinations / Town & Suburbs of the Central Region
Where to Stay: Accommodation in Mafikeng
Mafikeng is the capital of the North West Province. In 1885 the Warren expedition was sent to Mafikeng to restore stolen land back to the Barolong people. During their stay two forts were built on either side of the Molopo River ... Mafikeng information
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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 ... Zeerust information
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Madikwe Game Reserve is about 70 000 hectares of bushland, about 3 hours’ drive from Johannesburg. It is one of South Africa’s largest and most popular game reserves and serves as home for cheetahs, wild dogs, hyenas, lion, elephant, black and white rhino, buffalo, zebra, giraffe and any number of ... more information
Regarded as one of the largest waterfowl sanctuaries in Southern Africa, Barberspan Bird Sanctuary lies on the outskirts of the little known Delareyville, close to Vryburg on the N14 highway and roughly three hours’ drive from Johannesburg. Barberspan is the largest of a series of pans that lie in the ... more information
Botsalano Game Reserve lies just north of Mafikeng close to the Botswana border. It is also the site of one of the oldest volcanic craters in the world. Catching a glimpse of the white rhino is without doubt a highlight of the reserve, but the access to mountain biking and hiking trails which allows you to wander ... more information
The Lichtenburg Game Breeding Centre lies virtually outside the town of Lichtenburg, between Coligny and Mafikeng on the R503, two hours from Johannesburg. The breeding centre is operated by the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa, and is there mainly to further the breeding programmes of ... more information
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