From Sun City Resort  and the Pilanesberg and Madkiwe game reserves to the Taung Heritage Site and Hartbeespoort Dam, the North West province has much to offer tourists. Try your luck at Sun City casino, get up close and personal with Big 5 game, or go waterskiing.

Did you know?

The North West province is home to the Taung Heritage Site, where a 2 million-year-old fossilised skull was found.

The North West province is so rich in minerals that it is sometimes known as the ‘platinum province’. Eighty percent of the world’s platinum is found here. The combination of good weather and great soil makes it an agricultural epicentre - the perfect place to grow crops. Besides mining and agriculture, tourism is another major drawcard. There are numerous North West province attractions that would be of great interest incentive travellers.

The province is home to Sun City, Africa’s most famous conference, casino and entertainment complex. Here you'll find the world-renowned and majestic The Palace of the Lost City - a 5-star hotel steeped in the legend of an age-old mythical civilization and set in a tropical jungle. Sun City Resort is also the venue for the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge that attracts the world's top golfers.

Just a hop and skip from Sun City, you’ll find the magnificent Big 5 Pilanesberg Game Reserve and not too far away is the Madikwe Game Reserve with its luxury lodges and Big 5 game. Both are top-notch North West incentive destinations. 

The province is also home to the Magaliesberg mountain range, about an hour's drive from Johannesburg. The Magaliesberg is a great place for hiking, mountain bike trails and bird-watching.  The nearby Hartbeespoort Dam is known for its fun water sports and chilled holiday vibes.

For something a little different, follow in the footsteps of one of South Africa’s literary giants, Herman Charles Bosman, as you follow his trail to Groot Marico. Alternatively, history buffs will enjoy the sights, sounds and stories that are to be found in Mafikeng.

The North West province is ideally situated to  cater for any type of meeting or team building event that forms part of an incentive trip. Enjoy a bushveld location for your office pow-wow followed by a hot air balloon ride over the Pilanesberg, or work out your fiscal future in a meeting room at Sun City followed by a night of fun and entertainment at South Africa’s version of Las Vegas.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

North West Parks and Tourism Board
Tel: +27 (0)18 397-1500

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.

Best time to visit

The North-West province offers year-round sunshine. During the spring and summer months (September to March) expect magical afternoon thunderstorms. Summer temperatures range from 22°C and 34°C (71.6°F & 93.2°F respectively). Winters are usually dry with sunny days and chilly nights. A typical winter's day can range from  2°C (35.6°F) at night to 20°C (68°F) in the daytime although average winter daytime temperatures are around 15.5°C (60°F).

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