North West Tourist AttractionsThe Southern Region
In a similar vein to the eastern part of the North West Province, the southern region is also predominantly a crop-growing area that produces maize, sunflowers, tobacco, cotton and citrus fruits.
The Southern Region is also the region with the most economic activity Ė more than 83 percent of the money-making activity of the province takes place between Potchefstroom and Klerksdorp. The southern region lies bordering the Free State in the south, and Gauteng to the west, the Vaal River flanking its southern border, and providing a collection of lodges and guest houses for effortless time spent fly fishing and angling, as well as other water activities.
The southern part of the North West is promoted as an outdoor adventurerís delight, and it is not hard to imagine, given the many opportunities to hike, mountain bike, white water raft, climb mountains and generally enjoy the great outdoors.
With attractions like the Bloemhof Dam Reserve and the Boskop Dam Reserve, both of which offer the magnetism of water, and the Vredefort Dome, the crater site of a massive meteorite that is over 10 square kilometres in size, and one of the main tourism sites in the province, it is not hard to see that the central region is frequently visited, particularly as it is so close to Gauteng.
The appealing city of Potchefstroom, situated on the banks of the Mooi River, and the commercial town of Klerksdorp, are not the only towns worth visiting. Typical mining towns like Fochville and farming community towns like Christiana also dot the map and make the central region an exciting mix of outdoor lifestyle and village life.
Popular Towns in the Southern Region
Overnight? Accommodation in Bloemhof
Not only does the little farming town of Bloemhof (flower capital or court) lie on the Vaal River, it also rests right up against a large dam known as the Bloemhof Dam - a major fisherman's paradise, especially for carp and fish cat, and...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Christiana
Christiana is a small farming community that is situated idyllically on the banks of the might Vaal River. This part of South Africa, known as the North West Province, shares a border with Botswana in the north. However, the town of...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Klerksdorp
The discovery of gold in 1886 saw thousands of prospectors flock to Klerksdorp. Today, Klerksdorp is the centre for a large mining and agricultural economy and boasts the second largest grain co-operative in the world. Attractions include...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Orkney
Orkney is a small town in the North West Province just outside Klerksdorp. It was established around, and known primarily for, its gold mining opportunities, and lies on the banks of the Vaal River. Although a relatively quiet (albeit growing)...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Potchefstroom
Lying on the banks of the Mooirivier (which means 'beautiful river' in Afrikaans) Potchefstroom, or Potch as itís known to locals, is described as a large academic town, bringing to mind a pretty, tree-lined village teeming with students...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Stilfontein
Stilfontein, meaning 'still fountain', lies between Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom, roughly 130 kilometres from Johannesburg. Stilfontein is essentially a mining town that forms part of what is known as the KOSH area (Klerksdorp, Orkney...
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Overnight? Accommodation in Venterskroon
When gold was discovered here in 1880, Venterskroon attracted a host of folk seeking their share of the fortunes. It took only seven years for Venterskroon to be declared a formal town. However, the main mining activities ceased in 1937...
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Stay? Accommodation in Wolmaransstad
Wolmaransstad is a small town in the province of the North West; a part of South Africa that has proven to be especially ideal for agriculture. As a result, this maize farming community thrives amidst the unspoilt beauty of the South African...
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