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NORTH WEST

The North West is a peaceful province with a year round, sunny climate, exciting wildlife destinations, various cultural and historical attractions and Sun City. North West has an abundance of minerals and is widely referred to as the "Platinum Province".

 

TOURIST ATTRACTIONS

1 Sun City Resort: Probably the most remarkable destination in all Africa - Sun City - Africa's kingdom of pleasure! This vast complex, nearly 20 km in circumference, is an enormous, opulent extravaganza of luxurious hotels, glittering entertainment centres, restaurants, shops, discos and extensive, beautifully landscaped grounds. The complex is rated among the world's most unusually conceived, and lavish inland resorts.

2 Pilanesberg National Park: Some two hours' drive northwest of Johannesburg, one of the strangest of Southern Africa's geological features raises skywards from the flat Highveld plain. The Pilanesberg, today one of the subcontinent's premier tourist attractions, is the product of Operation Genesis, launched in 1979 and rated among the most imaginative of the world's gamestocking enterprises.

3 Madikwe Game Reserve: The Madikwe Game Reserve belongs to the latest park developments in South Africa. It was opened in 1991 and comprises 75000 hectares of bush land

north of the small town Groot-Marico up to the Botswana border. It is currently the fourth largest game reserve in South Africa and one of the best-kept secrets.

4 Taung: "The Place of the Lion" – is internationally known as the site where the 150 million year old Taung skull was found and recognised as an important link in the development of the human species.

5 Kuruman: Known as the oasis of the Khalahari this town is blessed with a permanent source of water. Some attractions include, Die Oog (The Eye), a natural fountain that delivers 20-30 million liters of crystal clear water every day, a bird sanctuary, and the Kuruman hiking trail for nature lovers.

6 Lesedi Cultural Village: Lesedi is a multicultural village set amongst the pristine bushveld and rocky hills less than an hour’s drive from Johannesburg. Situated at Lesedi are four traditional homesteads – the Zulus with their fighting sticks,, the Xhosa with

 

their distinctive white blankets, the rhythmic drums and whistles of the Pedi tribe and the straw hats and thick, colored blankets of the Basotho.

7 Mafikeng: Situated next to Mmabatho, the vibrant provincial capital of the North West Province, Mafikeng has an interesting history, rich culture and wildlife variety. The name Mafikeng means "place among the rocks".

8 The De Wildt Cheetah Farm: This centre was established in 1971 with the aim of breeding endangered species. Its major achievement is the successful breeding of what was once a threatened species, the cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus). Over the years, nearly 600 cheetah cubs have been born at De Wildt.


 
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