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Top 10: Fun experiences in the North West

Hartbeespoort's Aerial Cableway. Hartbeespoort's Aerial Cableway.

1 Take the kids to the Valley of the Waves, Sun City

It's like Durban, only inland! Enjoy all things aquatic at the Valley of the Waves, from surfing to swimming, riding slides and rides to soaking up the sun on on the beach, cooling off with a fruity iced cocktail and simply enjoying the view. more

2 Taste mampoer in the Groot Marico

Famous for mampoer (locally produced peach brandy) and author Herman Charles Bosman’s beloved character - Oom Schalk Lourens - the town of Groot Marico is a sample of South Africa's early days and a destination to be savoured slowly. more

3 Book a hot-air balloon safari

Get a rare bird's-eye view of the magnificent Magaliesberg mountain range at sunrise from a hot-air balloon. Game viewing opportunities over the Pilanesberg are amazing from aloft in a soundless balloon, especially when the experience is topped off with a champagne breakfast! more

4 Enjoy watersports at Hartbeespoort Dam

Hartebeespoort is like an inland ocean, where fishing, boating, water skiing, jet-skiing, parasailing and swimming are enjoyed by visitors from the surrounding towns. Picnicking around the edge of the dam is just as popular, especially in summer when the outdoors beckons. more

5 Zipline through the tree tops

It's the closest thing to Tarzan's world, swooshing through a tree canopy suspended from a couple of wires. This is a wonderful and unforgettable treat for young and old and you'll discover its delights in the Magaliesberg mountain range. more

6 Do the Magalies Meander

Browse the arts and crafts outlets, while away a long lunch at one of many appealing eateries and get to know the creative souls who live in this laid-back corner of South Africa. more

7 Ride on the Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway

Restored to modern-day standards, this popular tourist attraction has had a magical overhaul and now offers awesome trips to the top of the Magaliesberg for a panoramic view of the surrounding countryside. Eateries for the family, a playground and restaurant add to this fun outing. more

8 Stay at the Mountain Sanctuary Nature Reserve

This scenic reserve is also famous for its family fun appeal. From hiking and biking to splashing in natural rock pools, floating down mountain streams and exploring on horseback, there are fun activities to keep the whole family amused. more

9 Pop into the Hartbeespoort Snake and Animal Park

Something that will appeal across the age gap - take time out for a fun adventure at this animal sanctuary where snakes, big cats and reptiles are accessible for easy viewing while they benefit from the protection of the park environs. more

10 See wild dogs

If you've never been fortunate enough to see wild dogs in action, now's the time to head out to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve or Madikwe Game Reserve to observe see these colourful and animated animals in their natural habitat. more