10 things to do North West Province

  1. Possibly the biggest drawcard for the province is the sprawling Sun City complex. Once the only place for the people of surrounding provinces to go and gamble, the casino has grown to include six accommodation options, 28 dining options, seven bars, and two championship golf courses. The Valley of the Waves brings the ocean inland, to the enjoyment of thousands of visitors. Kids can spend time at Crocodile Village to learn about these enormous reptiles, go treasure hunting for precious stones at the general mining store and scratch patch Finders Keepers, or solve puzzles and problems to escape a locked room at Breakout. http://www.suninternational.com/sun-city/
  2. The Hartbeespoort Dam was built in 1925. Its current capacity is 205 million cubic metres and its shoreline, when full, is about 56 kilometres in circumference. The area has a large selection of accommodation and activities, including many water sports, archery, hiking, abseiling and lots of other exciting events. There are many local products, souvenirs, shops, stalls and interesting restaurants to explore. https://www.hartbeespoort-dam.co.za
  3. Jump aboard the Harties Cableway for a trip to the top of the Magliesberg. Look out over the dam, enjoy a meal at the Lookout Bar, and amble along the Dassie Loop, a one-kilometre walkway peppered with informative signs which explain points of interest that you can see from atop the mountain; on a clear day you can see the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg, most of Brits and even some of Pretoria. https://www.hartiescableway.co.za/
  4. The Potchefstroom Museum documents historic themes like the Great Trek and the two wars of independence. The museum combines the cultural past and history of the area. It explains the three diverse characters of three men who were instrumental in the town’s history: Voortrekker leader Andries Potgieter who founded the town, President Pretorius who gave the town his name and Otto Landsberg, the town poet who had most of his artwork permanently on display in the town. http://www.tourismnorthwest.co.za/
  5. Get closer to the wildlife of the LaWiida Lodge during a horseback safari and experience the African bush in a whole new way. https://www.hartieshorsetrailsafaris.co.za/
  6. Take to the water for a two-and-a-half hour white water rafting trip down the Crocodile River. Plus, you get a 20-minute game drive through the Lion & Safari Park – you’ll leave your vehicle in their parking lot – to the launch site. https://www.rapidescentriverrafting.co.za
  7. The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is home to the Big Five and a myriad of other wildlife, including over 300 species of birds. Enjoy a self-driven game drive through the park or book a spot on a safari vehicle with an experienced guide. https://www.pilanesberggamereserve.co.za/
  8. The Ann Van Dyk Cheetah Centre was established in 1971, as a cheetah conservation project. The centre has continued to perform an important role in the preservation and protection of cheetahs. On a guided tour you’ll learn about cheetahs and other wild cats. http://dewildt.co.za/
  9. Sweet Thyme at Mokoya Lodge is a country restaurant that serves oriental-continental fusion food in an intimate setting. http://www.mokoya.co.za/dining/
  10. A tour of the Van Gaalen Kaasmakeri in Skeerpoort combines a demonstration of the cheese making process with a special Dutch cheese tasting on the farm. Before you leave, don’t forget to visit the Farm Shop for your favourite cheeses, as well as a selection of wine, preserves, souvenirs, a range of Dutch favourites, sweets, odds and ends. https://www.vangaalen.co.za/