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North West

The North West Province is located far away from the everyday South African life and has a picturesque landscape with rolling fields of corn and sunflowers and vast plains with African bush.
It is a fairly quiet area in the west of the Magaliesberg Range. There are several malaria-free game reserves such as Madikwe Game Reserve where you can see the second largest elephant population. The "Sun-kissed 'North West Province has ancient cultures and attractions, including the historic Mafikeng. But this province is primarily known because of its beautiful nature, like in the Pilanesberg National Park, and the chance to spot the Big Five. There is one big exception in the idyllic landscape: Sun City. This sparkling 'city that never sleeps' is filled with hotels, casinos, hotels, shops, restaurants, bars and other entertainment.

Weather in North West Province
The summers in the North West Province is hot with temperatures between 22ºC and 34ºC. There are then short, heavy rainfalls. In winter the temperature varies greatly from 20ºC during the day to cold nights of 2ºC.

Cities in North West Province:
Sun City is internationally recognized as one of the greatest attractions of South Africa. In this glittering city "everyone" can enjoy themselves. Top point of all the kitsch in town is The Palace of the Lost City, a huge entertainment complex. Mafikeng is a lively, pleasant town and the provincial and commercial capital of North-West Province. The Mafikeng Museum is one of the best museums in the country.

Sun City
Sun City is internationally seen one of the biggest attractions of South Africa. In this glittering city "everyone" can enjoy themselves. This entertainment complex of 20 square kilometres is filled with super-luxurious, sparkling hotels, casinos, a computerized bingo hall, restaurants, shops, theatres and discos. In the Super Bowl there are often major events such as boxing matches, rock concerts and beauty pageants.

The landscape is completely adapted to the needs of the fortune seekers who come here: there are swimming pools, a 'beach', and golf courses and have recreated a jungle of 25 ha. The Valley of the Waves grows 22 types of vegetation and you can find a kind of 'fake quake' taking place every hour so that the ground is shaking back and forth. The visitor must be aware of the location of Sun City, the heart of an ancient volcano where nomads had built a beautiful city, but it is destroyed by an earthquake. So there is plenty to do, see and marvel over in Sun City.

Acme here is The Palace of the Lost City, a huge entertainment complex and the place if you're looking for a luxurious, lavish pampering. The design of the Lost City should symbolize the ancient African culture, but actually has as many contracts like Disneyland Paris in France. For long gambling was banned in South Africa, but Sun City, built in the 70s by multi-millionaire Sol Kerzner, so it belonged to the pseudo-republic Bophuthatswana. In this republic the Tswana tribe was 'dumped' by the white government .It was the only place where gambling was legal. For long this place was known for the excesses of white South Africans. Nowadays Sun City is accessible to everyone and there will be whites, blacks and Asians in search of luck. Sun City is located in the north of North-West Province and is located on the R565. From Johannesburg it is about two hours' drive from the N4 Rustenburg and Boshoek.

Mafikeng is a lively, pleasant town and the provincial and commercial capital of North-West Province. The Mafikeng Museum is one of the best museums in the country. The town has a turbulent history. It was founded as the administrative capital of the British Protectorate or Bechuanaland - Botswana today.

During the Anglo-Boer War in 1899-1902 it was equally famous as the British with only 217 men held out against the Boers who were located around the town. The British have long been known as heroes who managed to hold the Boers off, while the officers of the British Army is well entertained with luxurious dinners that they were presented with the Baralong fengu people and tribes.

In the Mafikeng Museum, you can see an interesting exhibition on this period. The Mafikeng and Mmabatho were neighbours for long, separated by 3km, but now it has become the last part of the first. In the area of ​​Mafikeng you can see a lot of wildlife, including in the Mafikeng Game Reserve. The town is often passed through when one is on the way to or from Botswana. Mafikeng is located in the north of North-West Province at the R49.

Pilanesberg National Park
The crater of an extinct volcano creates the unusual setting of the Pilanesberg National Park. In prehistoric times this was a raging hangover but now it is a large reservoir surrounded by three groups of solidified lava hills. This is one of the largest volcanic complexes of the world! The strange rocks and hills make this a unique area. The heights of 3000 meters have passed through erosion over the centuries. This makes the complex from a distance look like a big bubble in the landscape. The Pilanesberg itself is the highest mountain of all, towering 600 meters above the Mankwa reservoir out. The early arrival of the man can be seen in this area in the various human characters from the Stone and Iron Age.

The Pilanesberg National Park has been one of the most ambitious wildlife relocations of South Africa. During project Operation Genesis in 1979, 6000 mammals were released into the park. Among other zebras, elk, white and black rhino, elephant and buffalo were brought there. Today, about 10 000 animals live in the dense forests, valleys and the rolling grasslands of the park including the previously released animals and giraffes, hippos, kudu, gemsbok, hartebeest, water buffalo, (hunting) leopard and the rare brown hyena. There also fly another 300 species of birds around. The Pilanesberg National Park is one of the few places in Africa where almost complete, original fauna live.

For the visitors there are hidden lookout spots where you can approach the animals up close. There is even tinted glass made so you do not suffer from sun shining in your eyes. In the park there are several lodges, resorts, bungalows and campsites where the night can be spent. You can also take a night tour. What it extra special is taking a balloon ride. The landscape is so unique that it is the not inconsiderable price of ballooning that definitely pays off. The Pilanesberg National Park is located in the north of North-West Province near the R510.

Madikwe Game Reserve
The Madikwe Game Reserve is number four on the list of largest game reserves in South Africa and one of the secrets of the country. In 1991 the reserve was established. Not only to protect the wildlife, but also for the employment of the local population and to create a good environment for them.

With the gigantic project Operation Phoenix, more than 10 000 animals were brought to the area. These animals were once the native fauna of this area, but were nearly wiped out by hunting and the establishment of farms. The project took seven years and the animals were removed from different regions of southern Africa.

Nowadays even the Big Five survive in the Madike Game Reserve. In addition, you will find all other important wildlife species and another more than 350 species of birds. The landscape is characterized by extensive lawns, forests, rocky hills and mountains. It's a beautiful little park discovered in a unique, almost mythical setting and a good alternative to the fairly busy Kruger National Park.

The Madikwe Game Reserve is malaria free and very accessible to children. You must have at least an overnight stay should book in one of the lodges accommodation or campgrounds in advance. The Madikwe Game Reserve is located in the far north of North-West Province and is accessible via the R49 and the R510 from Rustenburg, or the R505 from Zeerust.