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TThe North West Province is known for its wildlife, culture and adventure. With warm weather almost all year round, the North West is home to many interesting sites. If you are planning to visit, here are some options to add to your itinerary:
Sun City resort is home to glamorous casinos, gourmet restaurants, extensive sports facilities and star-studded extravaganzas. The full variety of entertainment on offer ranges from slots to safaris, theatre shows to a games arcade for children, horse riding to golf and the Valley of the Waves to The Lost City. Whatever tickles your fancy, you're likely to find it at Sun City.
BBeautiful locations such as the Gary Player Golf Club, entrance to the Pilanesberg National Park and Valley of the Waves grab the attention of visitors. Accommodation offerings include the Sun City hotel, Cabanas, Cascades and the fabulous Palace suites.
Contact: 0800 237 422 or 014 557 1000.
Fun places to visit in the North West
Fancy a river rafting adventure? Well, you are in luck. The river rafting adventure takes place at Crocodile River, close to Hartbeespoort in the North West Province. The adventure starts from one (very small and easy to negotiate) to three (a bit more technical, you will need to steer yourself through the obstacles).
The guides, experienced and well qualified, prepare you for what to expect and will bail you out of any unforeseen situations. The river travels through the Lion & Safari Park in Broederstroom, so rafters are given the great view of the wildlife, like giraffes, lions and buffalos. There are no crocodiles in the river despite its name.
Contact: 079 666 6571.
Hot air balloon rides
For those who would want to see an aerial view of the North West but would prefer to avoid adrenaline-inducing activities such as skydiving or abseiling, going on a hot-air balloon would work pretty well. Travel across the sky and get the best seat in the house for the sunrise, while sipping on a cup of coffee or tea before making it back to the ground in time for breakfast.
What could be better for a laidback adventure?
Contact: 011 705 3201.
Busbabies Monkey Sanctuary
Walk through an indigenous forest on elevated walkways and spot the monkeys and lemurs in their natural habitat. Primates, such as our squirrel and capuchin monkeys, are given a new lease of life at Bush Babies. Previously raised as household pets or bred for the pet trade, the monkeys now live in a world laden with waterfalls, lush vegetation, natural mountain springs and the chance to reside in as natural an environment.
The sanctuary offers tours throughout the day, starting at 9am. While there is no feeding of the animals recommended, pictures are, so get your selfie game ready.
Thakadu River Camp is a Fair Trade Tourism-certified, 5-star lodge in Madikwe Game Reserve, a malaria-free park that brings social and financial benefits to the local Tlokwa community that owns it.
Pilanesberg National Park in North West, a short drive from Pretoria or Jo’burg, has many species of plants, birds and animals to delight visitors, including the Big 5 and sable antelopes.
Barberspan Bird Sanctuary 3 hours from Johannesburg in North West province is a utopia for birders and ornithological researchers: it is the seasonal home to 20 000 or more birds from 350 species.
Taung Heritage Route is part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and includes the site where a 2.5-million-year-old fossilised skull of a hominid child was found.
The Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe bushveld has a world-class spa offering a variety of treatments and packages where you can relax and rejuvenate in an oasis of tranquillity.
An uber-cool Segway tour is definitely the most fun-filled way to explore the length and breadth of South Africa's premier playground, Sun City. There’s a choice of tours for up to 10 individuals, all of which have been designed to take visual advantage of the surrounding Pilanesberg mountains and the wildlife. Select from a golf tour, a lake tour and an off-road glide. Time-wise, the tours range from 45 minutes to 2 hours.
South Africa’s sacred sites stretch from Lake Fundudzi in Limpopo and eMakhosini in KwaZulu-Natal to the energy centres identified by spiritualists and mosques and temples.