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North West
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The North West is outdoors country, with a glorious climate and challenging adventure venues. The Province is bounded on the north by Botswana; with Mafikeng as capital, much of the province consists of flat areas of scattered trees and grassland.

Significant towns in the province include Brits, Klerksdorp, Lichtenburg, Potchefstroom, Rustenburg and probably the most famous landmark is the Sun City Resort and surrounding areas.

The province has several parks including Pilanesberg Game Reserve, located in the crater of an extinct volcano, and Madikwe Game Reserve on the border with Botswana.

 

North West Highlights
bullet Sun City Resort - Sun City has dazzled the international community with its glamorous casinos, gourmet restaurants, extensive sports facilities & star-studded spectaculars.
bullet Hartbeespoort Dam  - Hartbeespoort has become a very popular holiday and weekend resort for the inhabitants of Johannesburg and Pretoria.
bullet Pilanesberg National Park - Pilanesberg National Park is situated in the Bojanala Region, adjacent to Sun City.
bullet Taung Heritage Site - The Taung Heritage Site is dedicated to the discovery of the skull belonging to an early hominid
bullet Magaliesberg Canopy Tours - The Magaliesberg Canopy Tours is a unique eco-adventure that takes clients on a 2,5 hour tour down the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof, set in the ancient Magaliesberg Mountains.





Bloemhof

Bloemhof, a maize and cattle farming town, lies on the banks of the Vaal River and is an ideal stopover on the N12.


Brits

Brits is a fertile, citrus-producing area in the North West Province, irrigated by the waters of the Hartbeespoort Dam.


Christiana

Christiana was established on the farm Zoutpansdrift (salt pan drift) and named Christiana, after the only daughter of President Pretorius. The mainstay of the economy is the production of beef, maize, sorghum, groundnuts and cotton.


Delareyville

Delareyville is named after the famous General Koos De la Rey and was founded in 1913 (after the Anglo-Boer War). The town is situated in the north western corner of the maize triangle and is the centre of a rich and progressive farming community.


Derby

Towards the end of the Anglo-Boer War (1899 - 1902), Derby (east of Koster) was the scene for a battle between the Boer forces and a Scottish Calvary Regiment. The graves of the British soldiers who died here may be seen in the Derby's military cemetery.


Groot Marico

Named after the Groot Marico River, one of the few perennial rivers in this area, Groot Marico is well-known for its beautiful African bushveld surroundings, hospitality of its people and through the books of well-known author Herman Charles Bosman.


Hartbeespoort

The Hartbeespoort dam, with its spectacular scenery and the village surrounding it, is in close proximity to Johannesburg and Pretoria and is the principal water recreation area of Northern Gauteng.


Klerksdorp

Klerksdorp is the centre for a large mining and agricultural economy and boast the second larges grain co-operative in the world.


Leeudoringstad

The main attractions of Leeudoringstad include Leeudoringstad Museum and the Wolwespruit Nature Reserve.


Lichtenburg

Lichtenburg with its unique historical background and special places of interest, coupled with its tranquility and moderate climate is worth a stop-over.


Maanhaarrand

The village of Maanhaarrand (near Hartbeespoort) is located in an important archaeological area which takes its name from a distinctive ridge in the area, resembling the mane of a lion.


Mafikeng

Mafikeng, situated next to Mmabatho, the vibrant provincial capital of the North West Province and has an interesting history, rich culture and wildlife variety.


Mmabatho

Mmabatho is the vibrant provincial capital of the North West Province.


Orkney

The town of Orkney lies on the banks of the Vaal River, approximately 180km from Johannesburg. Orkney is a mining town with a laid-back ambience.


Ottoshoop

Ottoshoop is centrally situated between Zeerust, Mafikeng and Lichtenburg. The the hope that the discovery of gold will turn the place into a big town gave its name. (Hoop is the Afrikaans meaning of hope.)


Pilanesberg

Pilanesberg is situated around the Pilanesberg National Park which is home to thousands of animals.The Pilanesberg is also home to the internationally-renowned Lost City Sun City complex with two designer golf courses.


Potchefstroom

On the banks of the Mooi River, Potchefstroom combines a strong agricultural economy with a friendly, buzzing community life. Various attractions and activities.


Rustenburg

Tranquil, Jacaranda-lined streets makes it difficult to realize that this is one of the most heavily mined areas in the world. Rustenburg is also a major agricultural centre and not far from the world-renowned Sun City Complex.


Sannieshof

Sannieshof lies 40 km from Delareyville and 120km from Mafikeng. The town lies in the heart of a large maize producing region.


Swartruggens

Swartruggens is a quaint village established on the farms Brakfontein and Scheepersrus in 1875. The name "Swartruggens" refers to the series of black ridges (hills) that surround the town.


Taung

Taung - the "place of the lion" made world headlines when Australian anthropologist made a startling find of a little Taung skull, belonging to one of the earliest hominids that lived in southern Africa. The town is known for the Taung Skull Heritage Site that falls within the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site.


Vryburg

Vryburg is the agricultural and industrial centre of the Western Region of the North West Province of South Africa.


Zeerust

The town that grew around the parish became known by the abbreviated form of its original name - Coetzee's Rust. Mixed farming and mining of minerals are the backbone of the economy in Zeerust.