A honeymoon in the North West province offers contrasting experiences. In game sanctuaries such as the Pilanesberg or Madikwe game reserves, nature’s marvels are the attraction. At the Hartbeespoort Dam and Sun City, the human propensity to entertain is seen in creative recreational amenities. Or combine the two for the best of both worlds.

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Sun City’s Gary Player Country Club golf course is host to the world-famous annual Nedbank Golf Challenge, South Africa's most prestigious golf tournament.

A Sun City honeymoon provides a fantasy world contrasted by a magnificent bushveld setting. Entertainment is non-stop, with gaming, shopping, restaurants, movies and live concerts. There are adventure activities such as hot-air balloon rides, zip slides, elephant-back rides, quad biking and parasailing. In addition, there are two world-class golf courses and water fun to be had at the Valley of the Waves.

For something different, try the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, right next door to Sun City. The Pilanesberg is a Big Five sanctuary with the distinction of being set in an extinct crater. Here you can embark on day and night game drives, either self-drive or professionally guided. Or you can hike and identify some of the 300 species of birds that occur here.

There’s a good network of roads in the park, with hides and picnic sites where you can stretch your legs and enjoy an ‘out-of-vehicle’ experience. A dozen bush lodges in the park offer three to five-star accommodation.

Like the Pilanesberg, Madikwe Game Reserve is home to the Big Five. It is about a four-hour drive from Johannesburg, heading towards Botswana. Situated at the edge of the Kalahari, animal and plant life here is diverse, and is best experienced through guided day and night safaris in open vehicles.

Accommodation in Madikwe is of a high standard and includes bush lodges in the four and five-star categories, ideal for honeymoon couples looking for some 'Out of Africa'-type pampering. Madikwe can only be accessed by booking at one of the lodges and then exploring atop a 4x4 vehicle supplied by the lodge. There is no self-drive option available.

While on honeymoon in the North West, you could also book a B&B in the Magaliesberg or at the Hartbeespoort Dam, try a township stay in Soulspoort, or experience some local colour and culture in Groot Marico.

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