Visit North West Province, an Adventure paradise with Game reserves, Hiking Trails, Water-sports, Entertainment and superb Accommodation.
North West Province - An Adventure Paradise
North West Province lies in the north of South Africa on the Botswana border, fringed by the Kalahari desert in the west, Gauteng province to the east, and the Free State to the south. It is known as the Platinum Province for the wealth of the metal it has underground. North West Province is an adventurer's paradise, offering the World’s Longest Zip Slide, Canopy Tours, Rock Climbing, and a number of Water Sports from canoeing to windsurfing. Nature lovers will be unable to resist the Birding, Game Viewing in Pilanesberg National Park, Madikwe and other private game reserves(Safaris), and Hot Air Balloon rides that will show you the dazzling landscape and a vast variety of wildlife.
Hot Air Ballooning
Hot Air Balooning
Hot air ballooning over the Cradle of Humankind is an experience not to be missed. The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site is only a 20 minutes' drive from Johannesburg's northern suburbs.
The site includes the Cradle Game Reserve, Josh Nash Game Reserve, the Rhino and Lion Park, and the Sterkfontein Caves. The balloon takes off from the Cradle Game Reserve shortly before sunrise. You will fly over 48 000 ha of wild countryside consisting of 40 species of game. Your guide will explain the anthropological, historical and geological significance of the area.
The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour is a unique eco-adventure that takes clients on a 2,5 hour tour down the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof, set in the ancient Magaliesberg Mountains. Eleven platforms have been built against the cliffs and rock faces of the kloof and are joined by long steel cables that clients slide along to reach the next platform. The canopy tour takes you zigzagging down the kloof while stopping at each platform to admire the expansive views and surrounding ecology. Two trained canopy guides assure the safety of each participant while describing interesting facts about the indigenous plants, bird life, ecology and geology of the area.
Hartebeespoort is a small town located close to the North West Province's border with Gauteng. There is so much to see and do here.Constructed in 1925, Hartbeespoort Dam has become a mecca for water sport enthusiasts and anyone looking for a fun-filled vacation from the city. Surrounded by the majestic Magaliesberg mountain range, the dam is perfect for para-sailing, windsurfing and jet skiing. More adventurous activities nearby include paragliding, hang-gliding or hot air ballooning. The scenic beauty, fun activities and places of interest makes Hartbeespoort Dam an instant recommendation for every traveler.
North West Game Reserves, Parks and Hiking Trails
Madikwe Game Reserve
Home to the Big 5 as well as cheetah and wild dog, Madikwe Game Reserve is one of South Africa’s largest wildlife reserves. It’s one of the top safari destinations in the country, has no malaria and is just a 4-hour drive from Johannesburg. Open vehicle game drives, walks, tracking, stargazing, bush dining, birding, botany interests. Madikwe is home to a tremendous diversity of fauna and flora, including both the black and white rhino, buffalo, elephant, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog.
Pilansberg Game Reserve is the fourth largest game and nature park in South Africa. It boasts a variety of exotic flora and fauna, a rocky, grassland landscape, and the Big 5. The reserve is home to over 7,000 animals and is nestled on an extinct volcanic crater. The park is malaria free and accessible from many places in South Africa and is open to day visitors. Accommodation is available in a number of different lodges catering for business and holiday travelers. Caravan and camping sites are also available.
Magalies Wild Game Farm offers a well-marked Forest Walk that is short and easy, perfect for anyone keen to experience nature without too much effort. A number of trail options are available and walking anywhere on the farm is safe. Animals you may encounter include blesbok, impala, kudu, hartebeest, zebra, ostrich, grey duiker and warthog. At night porcupines, honey badgers, servile cats and jackals come out to prowl. This is one of many trails in Magaliesberg. Read about them all here...
Sun City - Pilanesberg Safari Package - Hiking Trails
Sun City, North West Province, South Africa
North West's most famous attraction is the Sun City complex, next to the Pilanesberg National Park. It is one of the world's biggest entertainment centres, with a casino, an 18-hole Gary Player designed golf course, theatres and concert halls, beaches and a wave pool at the Valley of the Waves, a meticulously reconstructed tropical rainforest, and a number of world-class hotels that include the remarkable Palace of the Lost City.Guests can enjoy a range of activities at the resort. Guests can book excursions such as hot-air ballooning and zip sliding.
This Safari offers you the opportunity to enjoy an affordable Africa Big 5 Safari with your family in a child friendly environment. Pilanesberg is only 2 hrs drive from Johannesburg, north west close to the Botswana border. The reserve hosts the majority of South Africa\'s natural wildlife including the BIG 5 - Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Leopard and Rhino. This safari can be extended with one or more days. Why not do that and include a full or half day trip to Sun City, Crocodile Farm, Cultural village and much more.
Rustenburg is a small, quiet town situated at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range in the North West Province. Rustenburg is rich in historical culture and is the oldest town in the former Transvaal province. There is an 18-hole golf course and many hiking trails for visitors to explore. The Kgaswane Mountain Reserve is a beautiful escape for a mountain retreat with plenty of wildlife to see and around 300 bird species. Visitors can swim in the natural pools, enjoy the designated picnic spots, or sit next to the breathtaking waterfall.
Maropeng means “returning to the place of origin” in Setswana, the main indigenous language in this region. The Maropeng Visitor Centre is a thrilling, world-class exhibition that allows you to look at fossils, learn about how humankind was born, view stone tools up to 1-million years old, and much more. Enter the massive burial mound called the Tumulus, your entrance to learning the secrets of our ancestry. Ideal for children, the Maropeng Visitor Centre is self-guided, highly up-to-date and interactive. There’s even an Adventure Tour through extensive, fascinating exhibits with an underground boat ride.
Lesedi is traditional Africa, where you will find a kaleidoscope of cultural colour. Lesedi African Lodge and Cultural Village awaits those willing to participate in an adventure that reveals the mystical cultures and traditions of the people of Africa, steeped in tribal folklore and ancestral traditions. The accommodation offers every modern comfort with en-suite bathrooms. Some interesting facts of each tribal homestead are detailed for your enjoyment. Situated within the Cradle of Humankind, a visit to South Africa is incomplete without a visit to Lesedi, the cradle of living African culture.
Borakalalo Game Reserve is a conservation park located about an hour's drive from Brits in the North West province. The park's central dam, Klipvoor, is an excellent spot for fishing and relaxing. The 13 000 ha landscape is covered by Kalahari bushveld and woodland. With over 350 species of birds to be seen, including eleven eagles, bird lovers will find this place a paradise. An extensive variety of wildlife roams the reserve, such as white rhino, jackal, gemsbok, leopard, giraffe, zebra, and smaller mammals. Several self-guided hiking trails are available through the riverine forest along the banks of Moretele River.