Elephants in the bush Up close and personal with elephants

From Sun City resort and the Pilanesberg and Madikiwe game reserves, to the Taung Heritage site and Hartbeespoort Dam, the North West province has much to offer meeting delegates in the way of meeting facilties and pre- and-post tours. It also provides good opportunities for adventure.

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 South Africa's 'Platinum Province' (80% of the world's platinum comes from here). There is great variety when it comes to meetings and business tourism activities. It is also the agricultural epicentre of South Africa and tourism is a major drawcard. 

Sun City resort, Africa's world-renowned conference, casino and entertainment complex, offers some of the best North West province meetings venues. It has facilities for 6 000 delegates plus a host of accommodation and entertainment options that include superb golf courses.

Adjacent to Sun City, the Big 5 Pilanesberg Game Reserve offers several meeting options. The reserve's Bakubung Bush Lodge can cater for 120 conference delegates and offers Big 5 game viewing, guided walks and game drives. The nearby Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge can cater for 264 delegates and offers Big 5 game viewing, an underground hide, guided walks, game drives and a rock climbing wall. 

At the 5-star Tau Game Lodge (a 2008 World Luxury Hotel Awards finalist) in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, there is a convention centre catering for 120 delegates and luxurious spa facilities.

For a more intimate and exclusive North West meetings and safari experience, the 5-star Thaba Phuti Safari Lodge near Rustenberg offers 7 rooms and conferencing for 18 guests. Team building experiences include silhouette shooting, clay pigeon shooting, black powder gun shooting and tree canopying. Scenic golf courses are a stone's throw away.

In towns like Brits, Broederstroom and Mmabatho you'll find convention and conference centres catering for small, medium and large conferences.

And when business is taken care of, why not take a hot air balloon ride over the Pilanesberg. The Magaliesberg mountain range is a great place for hiking, mountain bike trails and birdwatching. The nearby Hartebeespoort Dam is known for its water sports and relaxed atmosphere.

For something a little different, walk 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 found in Mafikeng.

North West Highlights at a glance:
Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Madikwe Game Reserve
Sun City and the Lost City
The Magalies Meander
Mafikeng for history and heritage
Groot Marico for culture and mampoer
Hartebeespoort Dam for water sports
Taung Heritage Site
Numerous cultural villages

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

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

Thaba Phuti Safari Lodge 
Tel: +27 (0)82 800-3292
Email: reception@thabaphuti.com

Tau Game Lodge and Convention Centre
Tel: +27 (0)11 314-4350/4349
Email: taugame@mweb.co.za

Sun City Resort
Tel: +27 (0)14 557-1738
Email: sceng@za.suninternational.com

Mmabatho Convention Centre
Tel: +27 (0)18 389-1300
Email: info@celcius-hospitality.co.za

Amanzingwe Conference Centre
Tel: +27 (0)12 205-1108
Email: pieter@amanzingwe.co.za

How to get here

The best access to the North West province is by road. There are shuttle services from OR Tambo International Airport to Sun City.

Best time to visit

The North West province is a year round destination.

What to pack

If you going on a game drive, pack neutral-coloured clothes that blend into the environment.

Where to stay

If you're planning to visit Sun City, there is a choice of 3-5 star accommodation that includes the famous Palace of the Lost City. There are also a host of 5-star luxury lodges at nearby private game reserves.