14 August 2014 by Lynnette Johns

The best of North West province with #TravelChatSA

South Africa’s North West province has an abundance of wildlife, beautiful scenery and is also home to the popular Sun City gaming and entertainment resort. Parts of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Vredefort Dome and the Taung Fossil Site – are also found there.

See the Big Five in North West province. Image South African Tourism

Last night, the province formed the focus of #TravelChatSA. Each week, for an hour between 7pm and 8pm on a Wednesday, travel enthusiasts get together on Twitter, using the hashtag #TravelChatSA to talk about their favourite travel topic. 

This week's chat was about North West – what comes to mind when thinking about the province, how people can be tempted to visit, accommodation and eating options, not-to-be-missed events, and favourit activities.

According to contributors to the chat, wildlife, Hartbeespoort Dam, Sun City and hot-air ballooning all come to mind when one thinks about the North West province.

If you are planning a trip to the North West, here are a few places you should consider visiting ...

Madikwe Game Reserve boasts more than 20 luxury lodges and a wide variety of game, including the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). It is also home to the highly endangered African wild dog. You can also see the Big Five at the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, which is just two hours from Johannesburg. Both Madikwe and the Pilanesberg are malaria-free.  

Sunset in the Madikwe Game Reserve. Image South African Tourism

Family-friendly Sun City is often described as a mini-city because of its range of entertainment options: there is the Valley of the Waves water park; a casino; world-class golf courses; an Entertainment Centre; Kwena Gardens crocodile sanctuary; and a range of accommodation options, including the opulent Palace of the Lost City hotel. 

The Valley of the Waves at Sun City. Image South African Tourism

The Harties Cableway gives visitors panoramic views of the beautiful Magaliesberg area and Hartbeespoort Dam, as well as excellent recreational and educational facilities. The Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounding areas, about an hour’s drive from Johannesburg, are popular with tourists and adventure enthusiasts. Here you can visit an animal and snake park, windsurf and waterski, take ferryboat cruises, or enjoy a round of golf. 

The Harties Cableway. Image courtesy of Flow Communications

The little village of Groot Marico is also worth a visit, famous as being the area where renowned South African writer Herman Charles Bosman set many of stories. There is beautiful countryside and locally produced arts and crafts. There are also a number of cultural villages in the province, each giving insight into the North West. Why not sleep over at the Lesedi Cultural Village, where the villagers are known for weaving mystical stories and sharing their culture?

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