Brits, Bojanala Region

This North West town has plenty of options when it comes to short-term and holiday 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 than any other single area in the world. In addition, there is a large vanadium mine in the area.

Attractions in and close to Brits include the De Wildt Cheetah Research Centre and the Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve (a nature reserve of particular interest to enthusiastic bird watchers as more than 340 bird species have been recorded here).

Excursions include daily tours to a crocodile farm, the Rainbow Cultural Village (tour Ndebele, San Bushman and Afrikaner villages, visit a shebeen, and purchase choice curios), visit the Margaret Roberts Herbal Centre and pay a visit to the Granite Works, the largest diamond saws in the world are used here to cut blocks of granite.

But possibly the biggest drawcards of a stay in Brits are its proximity to Harties (Hartbeespoort Dam) and the two biggest cities in Gauteng – Pretoria (only 55 km) and Johannesburg.

Hartbeespoort Dam is the weekend playground of city dwellers. Perched on the slopes of the Magaliesberg Mountains the dam is a hive of water sports and other activities aimed at the day visitor, including a monkey and elephant sanctuary, a snake park and a cable car ride up the mountains with views over the dam.

Sun City (colloquially known as 'sin city' because of the gambling element), one of the major attractions of the North West close to the Pilanesberg National Park, is only an hour's travel from Brits. Sun city is a luxury casino resort with days' worth of entertainment – The Valley of Waves, the Waterscape, a 25 hectare jungle, a series of restaurants, bars, cinemas and slot machines and a feast of outdoor activities like swimming, tennis, horse-riding and golf.

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