North West highlights
Did you know?
The Sun City hotel and entertainment complex is situated on the site of an extinct volcano.
Just half an hour away from Johannesburg and Pretoria, you’ll find the Magaliesberg mountains – distinguished by several kilometres of spectacular quartzite cliffs. Water runoff 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 and there are wonderful country hotels and spas
in the vicinity.
With the Magaliesberg offering a scenic backdrop, Hartbeespoort Dam is a great place for leisure seekers in need of some rest, recreation and water-based fun. Known for its offering of water sports, Harbeespoort Dam is a great weekend getaway. Also worth
a visit is the Hartebeespoort Snake and Animal Park which features the finest selection of reptiles in southern Africa, as well as numerous endangered species. 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
The outlandish Sun City Hotel & Entertainment complex is a major attraction in the North West province. Situated on the site of an extinct volcano, this complex has numerous gaming options, restaurants, golf courses, clubs and nightlife venues and of course the well-known Valley of The Waves. The Lost City is the highlight of the Sun City complex and the Palace of the Lost City is one of the most famous hotels in the world.
Bordering on Sun City is the Pilanesberg National Park – perfect for a day-trip to see the Big 5, wild dogs, brown hyena, sable antelope, a wide range of buck and many other species. North of Pilanesberg is the Madikwe Game Reserve, known as 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.
Lesedi Cultural Village
If you want to get an idea of traditional South African cultures, then the Lesedi multi-cultural village is a perfect outing. Lesedi features 5 traditional dwellings, each representing a culture of South Africa’s many ethnic tribes: Pedi, Zulu, Xhosa, Basotho and Ndebele. Have a traditional meal at the village restaurant and enjoy dance and music performances by the local performers.
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
• Hartbeespoort Dam for fantastic 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
Sun City Resort
Tel: +27 (0)14 557-1738