Dr Ngaka Modiri Molema Region
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Botsalano Game Reserve houses one of the oldest volcanic craters in the world which extends through the park into the neighbouring country of Botswana.
The malaria-free Dr Ngaka Modiri Molema Region of North West province is characterised by a preponderance of game reserves, game sanctuaries and game breeding facilities, just three hours' drive from the city of Johannesburg.
When the game is on, The Dr Ngaka Modiri Molema Region is where you want to be! There's the 4 600-hectare Mafikeng Game Reserve and white rhino breeding centre just outside the city, or just 30km away you might prefer the Botsalano Game Reserve where Kahalari thornveld supports more than 2 000 animals and 200 bird species and acts as a white rhino and antelope breeding station.
Locals are proud of their quaint North West towns and villages, and welcome travellers with warm tales of days gone by. Named after the only perennial river in the area, Groot Marico is a typical example. Made famous by renowned South African author Herman Charles Bosman, the town is steeped in history, art and culture, and well worth a visit.
Then there's Delareyville, 15km from Barberspan Bird Sanctuary, where a 2 000-hectare pan supports 12 000 bird species; Lichtenburg, with its diamond rush memorabilia and game breeding centre; and Ottosdal, where a number of spherical wonderstones (pyrophyllite) aged 2.8-million years old have been found.
The 'city of goodwill', Mafikeng, is famous for the Siege of Mafikeng, in which British forces led by Lord Baden-Powell resisted a Boer siege for 217 days. Learn more about this riveting war story and many others documented in the Mafikeng Museum.
Taste local heritage with a visit to Credo Mutwa's Cultural Village, a living museum of African culture, and pioneer black author Sol Plaatje's newspaper office.
However the hidden gem of the region has to be Wondergat, South Africa's deepest natural hole and home to strange fish, where scuba-diving is alive and well many miles from the nearest ocean.
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Who to contact
North West Parks and Tourism
Phone: +27 (0) 18 381 0067
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