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The North West offers a variety of thrilling adventures, perfect for incentives. These include hiking, abseiling and water sports in the Magaliesberg area, a round of golf at Sun City Resort's Gary Player Country Club, and Big 5 game viewing at the Pilanesberg and Madikwe game reserves.

Did you know?

The Sun City hotel and entertainment complex is situated on the site of an extinct volcano.

The North West province has much to offer incentive travellers. Here are a few North West incentive ideas...

Just half an hour away from Johannesburg and Pretoria you’ll find the Magaliesberg mountains – a perfect North West incentives destination. Water run-off from the mountains has created deep gullies and wonderful kloofs (ravines), with waterfalls of crystal clear water spilling from the heart of the mountain. It is a paradise for climbers and hikers. There are also a number of fun attractions in the area, including hot air ballooning, canopy tours, abseiling and water sports. A number of arts and crafts routes are also part of the experience. There are a wonderful selection of country hotels and spas in the vicinity.

The Magaliesberg cliffs overlook the picturesque Hartbeespoort Dam. This area is a popular weekend retreat for residents of Johannesburg and Pretoria. It offers a host of leisure attractions such as golf, water sports, hot air ballooning, abseiling, and tree canopying along the Magaliesberg cliffs and ravines. Quaint restaurants and roadside pubs dot the area and the  arts and crafts route links the studios of the many artists who live in the vicinity.

Also worth a visit is the Hartbeespoort Dam Snake & Animal Park which features one of the finest selections of reptiles in southern Africa. The park is also renowned for its breeding of endangered species, such as the black-footed wild cat, the Cape vulture and the Cape hunting dog. There’s also an Elephant Sanctuary in the area and an ox-wagon camp, if you’re looking for a little offbeat overnight stay.

Sun City Resort with its four hotels, entertainment complex, conference facilities, golf courses and timeshare facility is a major North West province attraction and a fun-packed incentive destination. In addition, the complex has a casino, restaurants, various club and nightlife venues and the popular Valley of The Waves and Waterworld. 

The Lost City is a major attraction at Sun City. The Palace of the Lost City, one of the Leading Hotels of the World, continues to play host to kings, queens, presidents and the world's celebrities. Other hotels at the resort are the 5-star The Cascades, the lively Sun City Hotel and Casino, and the value-for-money Cabanas. The Sun City Vacation Club is South Africa's most popular timeshare resort, offering a self-catering accommodation option at Sun City with access to all resort facilities. The 6000-seater Superbowl venue has hosted some of the world's greatest musicians and entertainers. Sun City Resort also boasts 2 championship golf courses. The Gary Player Country Club is the venue for the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge where the world's top golfers battle it out for the Nedbank Golf Challenge trophy every year. 

You will love Sun City’s magnificent gardens and the almost tame antelope that wander through its grounds. Another great attraction is the adjoining Kwena Crocodile Garden, a reptile park which is home to giant Nile crocodiles, including ‘Footloose’, a 120-year-old crocodile weighing 800kg.

Bordering on Sun City is the Pilanesberg National Park – perfect for a day trip of wildlife encounters with the Big 5, wild dogs, brown hyena, sable antelope, a wide range of buck and many other species. Here you can enjoy a balloon safari over Pilanesberg, which comes with a game drive, champagne and a full English breakfast.

North of Pilanesberg is the Madikwe Game Reserve, one of the world’s most successful animal relocation programmes. Guests can enjoy day and night game drives or bush walks from any one of the luxury lodges in this 60 000-hectare sanctuary.

To get an idea of traditional South African cultures, Lesedi African Lodge & Cultural Village, less than an hour’s drive north of Johannesburg, is the perfect incentive outing. Lesedi (meaning 'light') features 5 traditional dwellings, each representing the culture of one of South Africa's ethnic tribes. African tribes featured at Lesedi are the Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Ndebele tribes.

Each of the families lives here permanently, tending its livestock, and doing daily chores. Tours through their homes offer interesting insights into the customs and social organisation of the different cultures. You can enjoy a traditional meal at the village restaurant, traditional dance and music performances by local performers, and stay overnight in an African hut.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

North West Parks and Tourism Board
Tel: +27 (0)18 397-1500
Email: info@tourismnorthwest.co.za

Sun City Resort
Tel: +27 (0)14 557-1000
Email: scenq@za.suninternational.com

How to get here

To get to North West province one would fly into OR Tambo International Airport or Lanseria International Airport and then drive to the North West province.

Tours to do

A visit to one of the North West province's cultural villages is a fascinating experience where you can interact with many of South Africa's different tribal cultures. Probably the most famous cultural village is Lesedi African Lodge and Cultural Village where you can spend the night in a traditional African hut. Other great options to learn about traditional African cultural heritage is to visit the Lost City of Mogale, the Buya Zulu Cultural Kraal, the Mapoch Ndebele Village and the Gaabo Motho Cultural Village.

Get around

Touring the North West province with a local tour operator or hiring a car are both good options. There are also rail and bus services available throughout the province.

Length of stay

One can easily spend 10 days exploring the North West province.

What to pack

Pack light summer clothing from September to March, summer and autumn clothing from April to June, and warm winter woollies from July to August. Some autumn and winter days can be warm so you may want to pack a few T-shirts for winter. Similarly, during the spring and summer months, evenings can get cooler, so pack a few long-sleeved shirts and a windbreaker. 

Where to stay

The North West province is home to some of the finest 5-star luxury hotels and game lodges in South Africa.

What to eat

Try some traditional  African cuisine - pap (maize porridge), morogo (African spinach), and Chisa Nyama (barbequed meat).

Best buys

African arts and crafts