The North West Province, South Africa

Apart from its enviable setting in the western Magaliesberg, there's always plenty to see and do in the popular holiday resort of Rustenburg. From there, less than half an hour's drive takes you to the glamorous Sun City Resort and its enormous range of leisure options.

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Nearby, you have an excellent chance of spotting the "Big Five" at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. History buffs will be fascinated by Mafikeng, and in particular its museum, which has exhibits relating to the Siege of Mafeking, the Barolong people and the Bushmen. The towns of Lichtenburg, Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom are of interest from a historical point of view.

Sun City is internationally renowned as one of South Africa's premier holiday resorts, offering a multitude of attractions and activities to keep everyone occupied. With its combination of golf, game and gambling, as well as world class hotels, Sun City is the perfect choice for any holiday in South Africa. Sun City is conveniently located about two hours' drive outside Johannesburg. Sun City in South Africa has much to offer.

The Superbowl, in the entertainment centre hosts rock concerts and beauty pageants, world championship boxing events and banquets. Shows like Baletsatsi, with dancers, gymnasts and circus people, take place in the 620 seater Sun City theatre in the Sun City Hotel. Gourmets will delight in exploring the many fine restaurants that offer everything from haute cuisine to hamburgers, while those who prefer burning kilojoules to consuming them can choose from a range of sporting activities.

Did you know? If you are looking for a destination that offers rural tranquility, while still being close to the excitement of a large city, should the desire to sample some of the nightlife arise, the North West Province may be just the destination for you.

The crater of a long extinct volcano is the setting of Pilanesberg National Park - a fascinating alkaline complex produced by volcanic action some 1 300 million years ago. Pilanesberg is one of the largest volcanic complexes of its kind in the world. Its rare rock types and structure make it a unique geological feature.

The area is fringed by three concentric ridges or rings of hills - the formation rises from the surrounding plains like a bubble. Pilanesberg has survived ages of erosion and stands high above the surrounding bushveld plains. The early presence of man can be seen in the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites throughout the park.

The North West Province as a destination

Must See in the North West Province

Game Reserves / National Parks

Pilanesberg National Park

The Pilanesberg National Park, which covers some 55 000 hectare, is the fourth largest in southern Africa. This malaria-free park is perched on the eroded vestiges of an alkaline volcanic crater - one of only three such craters in the world. The park ...

Landmarks / Entertainment / Miscellaneous / Uniquely South African

Sun City Resort

The extravagant Sun City Resort complex is known the world over as a tourism hotspot. The Lost City is the obvious highlight of the Sun City complex and the Palace of the Lost City with its extravagant lost-world theme and African feel, is one of the ...

Game Reserves

Madikwe Game Reserve

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 ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries

De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust

The De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust facility has gained international recognition for bringing the cheetah back from the brink of extinction through its captive breeding programmes. Over the past two decades the centre's efforts have resulted in the ...

Cultural / Uniquely South African

Lesedi Cultural Village

Lesedi, which is seSotho for ‘light’, was initiated in 1995 as a tourist attraction and today features five traditional dwellings, each representing a South African culture: Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Ndebele. Each of these families lives here ...

World Heritage Sites / Landmarks / Archaeological

Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind Site comprises a strip of a dozen dolomitic limestone caves containing the fossillised remains of ancient forms of animals, plants and most importantly, hominids. The dolomite in which the ...

Archaeological

Taung Heritage Site

"The Place of the Lion" named after Tau, the chief of the Bataung people, who made his headquarters here during the 18th century. Taung became famous in 1924 with the discovery of a fossilised skull of a child. Prof Dart, who discovered the skull ...

Birdlife or Wildlife Sanctuaries / Nature Reserves

Barberspan Bird Sanctuary

Regarded as one of the largest waterfowl sanctuaries in Southern Africa, Barberspan Bird Sanctuary is a huge 2000 hectare body of water that is RAMSAR Convention-accredited, indicating its international importance for migratory birds and ...

Nature Reserves / Mountain Reserves / Landmarks

Magaliesberg Biosphere Reserve

The Magaliesberg is the second oldest mountain range in the world, almost 100 times older than Mount Everest, and half the age of the earth. It is described as being 'at the interface of two great African biomes – the Central Grassland Plateaux and the ...

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