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North West Province at a Glance

Cradle of Humankind (World Heritage Site) - Archeological discoveries trace the origin of hominids back to Africa and to this location, a World Heritage Site.

National Parks and Game Reserves – Malaria free game reserves in the North West Province include Pilanesberg National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve, famous for its African Wild Dog research.

Tribal Cultures and Traditions – The culture of the local BaTswana people is evident everywhere in their art, beadwork, pottery, homes and music. Visit the cultural villages in the area to learn about the BaTswana, Ndebele and Sotho people of the North West Province.

Gold Mine Tours – Gold mine tours and public tours are available by request at a selection of mines. Vaal Reef Gold Mine offers tours through the largest gold mine in South Africa.

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Highlights of North West Province

Rich in Local History – Mafikeng and other local towns tell stories of sieges between the Afrikaans farmers and British garrisons. The farm Boekenhoutfontein, located at Rustenburg, was owned by Paul Kruger, a 19th Century Boer resistance leader and president of the Transvaal Republic.

Vredefort Dome – Site of an enormous meteorite impact over 2,000 million years ago. The meteorite left behind a crater 80km (49 miles) in diameter and a vast dome. The area has become a favorite with hikers, canoeists, rock climbers and white water rafters.

Air Sports – Magaliesberg is popular for hang gliding and hot air balloon flights. Other popular venues for air sports include Pilanesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and Mafikeng.

Golf – Signature golf courses designed by golfing "greats" Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus are found in Mafikeng, Hartbeespoort Dam and Sun City.

Art Routes and Rambles – Explore arts and crafts rambles (routes) including the Rustenburg and Magliesburg Arts and Crafts Ramble and the Crocodile Ramble (near Hartbeespoort).

The Province is located south of the Botswana border in the northern reaches of South Africa. It was formed in 1994 when the previous homeland of Bophuthatswana and the Western Transvaal (part of the original four South African provinces) were merged. It is mainly flat grassland with the Magaliesberg mountain range stretching out on the northeast for 130km (80 miles) between Pretoria and Rustenburg. The Vaal River flows along the southern border of the province.

Daily temperatures range between 17° and 31° C (62° and 88° F) in the summer and between 3° and 21° C (37° and 70° F) in the winter months. Most of the annual rainfall of approximately 360 mm / 14 inches falls in summer between October and April.

There are four regions in the North West Province:
Bojanala Region, Southern Region, The Central region and the Bophirima Region

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North West Province

Map of North West Province
Map and How to Get There

Bojanala Region
Local activities and attractions include Hartbeespoort Dam, Elephant Sanctuary, Pilanesberg National Park, Palace of the Lost City & Sun City, Magaliesberg canopy tours and hot air balloon flights, cultural villages, Sterkfontein Caves, the Cradle of Humankind and Maropeng Visitors Center.

Southern Region
Attractions of the Southern Region and the local towns include water sports on the Vaal River, Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve, fishing, birding, white water rafting, hiking, climbing, abseiling and San Bushman Rock Art.

Central Region
The Central Region is home to the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve, with superb game viewing and accommodation. The Region includes an array of sports, birding and historical Anglo-Boer War sites.

Photos (above):
Palace of the Lost City, North West Province
Royal Madikwe Luxury Safari Lodge - Breakfast Deck and Waterhole
The Elephant Sanctuary at Hartbeespoort Dam

Bophirima Region
This Region is most famous for the 1924 archaeological discovery of the Taung skull by Dr. Raymond Dart.

Top 10 Historical Sites of North West Province

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Map of North West Province

Map of North West Province

North West Province, South Africa

How to get there

None of the major regional or international airlines fly to the North West Province partly because it is so close to Johannesburg and OR Thambo International airport. The best way to reach the region is by car or bus from Johannesburg. Good ground operators are available to transfer visitors right from the airport or their hotels to the destination of choice in the North West.  

For Sun City and The Palace of the Lost City

By air and road:

Most visitors will first fly into Johannesburg (OR Thambo International Airport) and then fly or drive to Sun City either by hiring a car, taking a bus or hopping on the Sun City transfer. Flights to the nearby Pilanesberg International Airport are available. The road trip from Johannesburg is only 2½ hours long. However this is a busy road and trucks tend to cause slow downs on the narrow stretches.

The Sun City Transfers are run by local tour operators who will meet you at the airport or your Johannesburg hotel to drive you to Sun City. 

Pilanesberg International Airport

The airport is located south east of Sun City and Pilanesberg National Park. It is serviced by chartered and private airlines providing access to Sun City and Pilanesberg National Park from all over South Africa.

For Madikwe Private Game Reserve

By air and road:

There are no major airlines that fly to the reserve. However Federal Air is a private charter company that will fly from Johannesburg to Madikwe. Schedules depend on the season.

As with Sun City, self drives or booked transfers are available. It takes 3 hours by road to reach Madikwe from Johannesburg.

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The Bojanala Region

Bojanala Region


MAP: Bonjanala Region
Acknowledgements - Tourism North West Province

 It is found in the north eastern area of the province and is close to Gauteng. It is home to a number of game reserves and the Magaliesberg mountain range. This is probably the most scenic area of the province with many attractions such as the Palace of the Lost City and Sun City, with golf courses, the largest casino in the country, the old German town of Kroondal, Pilanesberg Game Reserve and Cradle of Humankind near Rustenberg, Magaliesberg and Hartbeespoort.

There are many adventure options to choose from including water sports at Hartbeespoort Dam, mountain sports in the Magaliesberg mountains with hang gliding, paragliding and abseiling. Other activities include hiking trails, angling, yachting, ballooning and a cable way.

local activities and attractions within the bojanala region:

Hartbeespoort Dam

The Dam is a very popular weekend getaway for locals and is surrounded by the beautiful Magaliesberg mountain range. It is the place to go for a myriad of water sports from para sailing to windsurfing, skiing and boating. The town of Hartbeespoort is found on the shores of the dam. Attractions and activities include the water sports on the dam, a private zoo, snake park, aerial cable way and hot air ballooning.

The Elephant Sanctuary

The sanctuary is located near Hartbeespoort Dam, a one hour drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria. Not only do visitors find nature’s own 4x4 here but also smaller antelope, baboons, porcupines, leopard, caracal and over 350 species of bird. There are currently six African elephants at the sanctuary, most rescued from circuses. Visitors are offered the opportunity to learn more about these wonderful elephants and to touch, feed, walk and ride them.

A variety of programs are offered at the sanctuary from two hour experiences to overnights stays.

The Elephant Sanctuary, Hartbeespoort Dam

Acknowledgements - The Elephant Sanctuary, Hartbeespoort Dam

Read more: The Elephant Sanctuary.

Pilanesberg National Park

The Park is located adjacent to the large entertainment center of Sun City and Palace of the Lost City and lies in an ancient extinct volcanic crater. Volcanic eruptions left behind rare rock formations and exceptional geographic features. The park is home to many species of wildlife including the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant).

There are Stone and Iron Age sites all over the park, evidence that early man once lived here. It is the fourth largest National Park in South Africa and has two distinct features, Thabayadiotso (the proud mountain) close to the center of the park and the Mankwe Dam which is a large central lake.

Within the park, visitors can see Africa's Big 5 and a variety of other species including nocturnal brown hyena, cheetah, sable, hippo and crocodile. There is a network of gravel roads within the park for guided or self drive exploring.

Elephant experiences are provided by Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safaris. Visitors can meet Chikwenya, Sharu, Sapi, Mana, Michael & Lesego. These elephants are all orphans from the culling (reduction) programs that were carried out by the Zimbabwe National Parks Department in the 1980’s. Pilanesberg Elephant Back Safaris is not connected with the Elephant Sanctuary near Hartbeespoort Dam, but both provide elephant safe havens.

Read more: Pilanesberg Game Reserve

The Palace of the Lost City and Sun City

Sun City is essentially a casino, hotel and gaming complex. The Palace of the Lost City is a deluxe resort hotel with tropical gardens, a flamingo lake, gushing  waterfalls, a Lost City with old temples, rock carvings, Shrine of the Sacred Monkey and legends. A Sky Train provides transportation between the hotels on this massive property.

It is reportedly one of the largest adult entertainment venues in the world and can cater for 2,000 overnight guests.

Palace of the Lost City

 Acknowledgements: Palace of the Lost City (Sun International)

The Palace of the Lost City was inspired by evidence of ancient African settlements that have been discovered across Southern Africa, providing substantial evidence that empires built on gold and ivory and ruled by powerful monarchies once graced the African continent. The Palace was built in the Pilanesberg mountains, providing luxurious accommodation and catering to a variety of interests including a water park with wave pools, a beach and lagoon (The Valley of Waves), a health spa and tempting salons, world renowned Gary Player golf course and a kids cinema, all providing an exciting family adventure destination.

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Magaliesberg mountain range

The range was named after the Tswana Chief Magali who held power around the same time that Europeans started arriving in the North West. The mountain has been the scene of many battles between the white pioneers and the Sotho and Zulu people and between the Afrikaans (Dutch) farmers and the British military, always a fight for land. The Afrikaans would use secret paths across the mountain to surprise attack the British during the Anglo-Boer War. The British built blockhouses on the mountain to halt the Boers (farmers) and today some of these blockhouses can still be seen on top of the mountain.

Occupation of the mountain was very important to both British and Afrikaans because it acted as a gateway between Pretoria and Rustenberg, either through the Silkaatsnek or Kommandonek routes. Many battles were therefore fought and heavy losses suffered on both sides in battle such as Buffelspoort, Nooitgedacht and Olifantsnek.

Today the violent past of this area is commemorated at some local sites. Tobacco and citrus farms, beautiful farm house architecture from the 1800’s and miles of mountain vistas are more prominently evident.

Magaliesberg Canopy Tour

A very popular adventure activity in the area is a tree-top canopy tour, 30 meters (100 feet) above the forest floor. Nobody will look twice if you decide to do a Tarzan call as you ‘fly’ from platform to platform along the varying lengths of the slide. Platforms are built on cliff faces dividing the 1 km (0.6 mile) tour into a number of zip-lines.

The tour starts with a safety briefing, then adventurers are harnessed and provided with helmets and sliding gloves. At points along the tour, the guides educate visitors on the ecology and provide interesting facts about the surroundings.

Tours run every 30 minutes from 6:30 am to 4:30 pm in summer and from 7:30 am to 3 pm in winter. Anyone from 7 years old can participate and groups are typically limited to 8 per guide.

Other exciting activities in the region

Magaliesburg (the town)

As its name suggests the town lies in the mountain range of the same name surrounded by valleys, rivers and woodland. It is a one hour drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria (Gauteng Province).

It is a wonderful off the beaten track getaway with quaint guest houses, working farms, art and craft studios and adventure activities. The mountain offers mountain bike trails, horse riding adventures, rock climbing, abseiling, fishing, rafting and wildlife viewing with many bird species to be found.

The area hosts a port and wine festival in June and the spring wine festival in September.

The Magalies Meander provides a detailed guide to the Magaliesberg: adventure and outdoor activities, arts, crafts, spa and wellness venues, restaurants and shopping.

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Sterkfontein Caves, the Cradle of Humankind and Maropeng Visitors Center

The Sterkfontein Caves and the Cradle of Humankind is a 20 minute drive from the town of Magaliesberg. Famous discoveries include the fossil remains of ‘Mrs. Ples’ (a 2.1 million year old Australopithecus skull) and ‘Little Foot’, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton dated at around 3 million years old. This site was declared a world heritage site by Unesco in 1999. Many other hominid and animal fossils dating as far back as 4 million years have also been found within the caves by scientists, mostly from the South African University of Witwatersrand in Gauteng.

Cradle of Humankind - Maropeng Visitors Center

 Sterkfontein Caves Exhibition (Acknowledgements: Maropeng Visitors Center)

The Cradle of Humankind is a large area that covers over 47,000 hectares (116,000 acres), most of which is privately owned land. Archaeological digs in the Cradle of Humankind have also uncovered 2 million year old stone tools. Evidence of burnt bones near the Sterkfontein Caves indicates that early man used fire.

The Caves attraction was given an overhaul in 2005, including restaurant, conference facilities and improved access to the caverns. Boardwalks and walkways within the caves showcase the site where the fossil discoveries were made. Even with the improved access, it is advisable to wear comfortable shoes and to keep handbags and backpacks to a minimum because there are a few tight squeezes on the cave tours. Visitors who suffer from claustrophobia will not enjoy these tours. There are many stairs to climb and visitors with chest problems and asthma may not be able to manage these.

Tours through the caves start above ground and then travel deeper into the caverns, they run daily every half an hour. The caves are open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm with the last tour departing at 4 pm. No pets are allowed.

The restaurant is open daily from 9am to 5pm.

The Maropeng Visitors Center chronicles the passage that man has carved through the ages, a ‘journey of humanity’. Visitors can take a tour of the 2500 m² exhibition and go on an underground boat ride. Items exhibited include 1 million year-old stone tools and fossils. This is a great self guided interactive tour that kids and adults alike will enjoy.

The underground boat ride travels backwards through time starting with the most recent ice age, facilitated by snow and ice making machines. It travels back further to a time when the world was completely under water and on to when the earth’s crust started to form. Finally the ride ends with the beginning when the earth was just a fire ball of lava and abruptly ends with a simulated black hole. Visitors exit the boats to walk through the black hole to an audio visual presentation of how our planet was formed.

Maropeng

 Maropeng Visitors Center

Combination tickets for both Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng are available.

The Swartkrans Walking tour takes visitors to one of the most prolific fossil sites in the Cradle. Maropeng will on occasion open the walk to small groups to view paleontological digs. There are usually only a handful of these tours available and pre booking is essential.

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Brits

Attractions near the town of Brits include:

Broederstroom

Broederstroom is one of the towns along the Crocodile Ramble and local attractions include the Phaladingwe Nature Trail. This is a 3 or 4 hour hiking trail of average level of difficulty. It ends at the historic Preller House Restaurant at Pelindaba.

Also near the town is Lesedi Cultural Village, an authentic African village just 25 minutes drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Visitors are treated to traditional dancing, a craft market and restaurant. Overnight accommodation and a conference venue are available.

Kroondal

The town is situated near Rustenberg and was originally established on the farm of Kronendal by German Lutheran Missionaries in 1858. When funds ran out, the workers from the missionary spread out and established farms of their own in the region. A school was later founded and renowned for its excellence. Famous students to be educated at the school include Louis Botha who became South Africa’s first Prime Minister. Very distinct German influences are still seen in the town with 80% of the residents still speaking German. The German architecture can be seen in the Lutheran Church (built in 1896), now a national monument and the Kroondal Watermill. The Watermill has been restored and is now a restaurant.

Maanhaarrand

The village of Maanhaarrand ("maned ridge") is important to archaeologists. Prehistoric rock engravings, ancient human remains, pottery and animal bones have been discovered here. Outlines of Iron Age villages can be seen on aerial photographs taken of the valley.

Phokeng

In the 18th century a great drought hit the area and the people had to eat the seeds from a grass called phoka that grew around the area where the town is today. Human habitation of the area dates back to around 350 AD.

Paul Kruger Country House Museum is located on the Boekenhoutfontein farm, originally owned by former president Paul Kruger. On display are farm buildings, a farmyard and the house museum.

Swartruggens

The main attractions in town are:

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The Southern Region

Southern Region


MAP: Southern Region
Acknowledgements - Tourism North West Province

With the Vaal River as its southern border, this region is popular with anglers and fly fishermen. Adventure enthusiasts can enjoy canoeing, white water rafting, mountain bike and hiking trails, mountain climbing and abseiling. Photographers can explore the countryside of juxtaposed colors of green maize (corn) and yellow sunflower fields, shades of earth browns and olives of the bushveld and umbrella thorn trees.

The region shares its borders with Gauteng on the west and the Free State province in the south.

TOWNS and attractions OF THE SOUTHERN REGION

Bloemhof

The main attraction in this agricultural town on the banks of the Vaal River is the Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve, populated with over 256 bird species and a variety of antelope. It is one of the best angling destinations in South Africa, with fishing in the Bloemhof Dam or the Vaal River for carp and barbell.

The SA Lombard Game Reserve at the north western end of town maintains a wildlife breeding program. It was here that the black wildebeest was saved from extinction.

Christiana

In the 1870’s diamonds were discovered in the Vaal River. The government quickly established settlements to avoid land disputes and the town of Christiana was founded. The town was named after the only daughter of President Pretorius who held office at that time.

Today the economy around Christiana is driven not by diamonds but by agriculture. Crops include maize and ground nuts. Digger’s Diamond Museum tells the story of the ‘diamond rush’ where visitors can see authentic digging equipment and photographs of the period.

About 6 km (under 4 miles) from town are wonderful examples of San Bushman Rock Art on the farm of Stowlands. On Stows Kopje (a rocky hill), prehistoric rock engravings are found. These are now a national monument.

Fochville

The town was proclaimed in 1920 and named after a commander in the French Allied Forces. Attractions include::

Klerksdorp

The town was named after Jacob de C’lerq who was the magistrate of the town when it was founded in 1837. When gold was discovered in 1886, many flocked to the sleepy little town and today it is centered around mining and agriculture. Activities in and around town include horse trails and fly fishing.

Some interesting places to visit include:

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Potchefstroom

Potchefstroom dates back to the mid 1800’s when it was a buzzing center that served the farmers and diamond field workers. Many of the buildings still found in the town have been declared national monuments and they include the Old Gunpowder House, the Old Police Station Building, the Kruger Kraal Opstal, the Heimat building of the University of Potchefstroom and the Old Magistrates Office. Also found in town is one of the oldest Reformed Churches in South Africa. It was built in 1891 and has incredibly beautiful stained glass windows.

Just outside town is the Boskop Dam Nature Reserve, popular with anglers and with a lovely picnic site. Yachting is popular on the dam. Hiking is a very popular leisure activity with a wide choice of routes.

Historical places of interest include the Old Fort, Museum and Cemetery (where British troops are buried), the Potchefstroom Museum and the President Pretorius Museum.

Other towns in the Southern Region

Stilfontein  - Attractions:

Ventersdorp - Attractions:

Wolmaransstad  - Attractions:

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The Central Region

Central Region


MAP: Central Region
Acknowledgements - Tourism North West Province

The Central region of the North West is game viewing country but also includes an array of sports and historical Anglo-Boer War sites. It shares a border with Botswana and is home to the malaria free Madikwe Game Reserve which offers superb game viewing and accommodation. This is one of the few wildlife reserves in South Africa where the endangered African Wild Dog can be found.

local activities and attractions within the central region:

Barberspan Bird Sanctuary

Located between Delareyville and Sannieshof, this is the largest waterfowl sanctuary in Southern Africa with 2000 ha (5,000 acres) of water.  Birding enthusiasts can expect to see some of the 365 different bird species including some rare migrating birds, pelicans, flamingos, grebes, herons and cranes.

Self catering accommodation is available in two houses that house between 6 and 8 people. Weavers House is another accommodation option that can sleep between 16 and 20 people.

Gates open at 6 am and close at 7 pm

Madikwe Game Reserve

The reserve is found just south of the Botswana border, 90km (56 miles) from Zeerust on the far northern portion of the North West Province. It encompasses 75,000 ha (185,000 acres) of reserve. This makes it one of South Africa’s largest private game reserves. It is a three hour drive from Pretoria to Madikwe and is home to the Big Five (lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhino), 66 larger mammals and 300 bird species. The rare African Wild Dog is protected here.

In 1991, Operation Phoenix was initiated and by 1997 more than 8,000 animals (28 species) were relocated and released into Madikwe Game Reserve. This was one of the largest translocation exercises in the world. Some of the species included were elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion, cheetah, Cape hunting dog, spotted hyena, giraffe and various antelope.

Most of the reserve landscape is open woodlands and grasslands, with huge rocky outcrops scattered all over the reserve.  An electric fence surrounds the game reserve to prevent elephants and the larger species from straying. Madikwe is not generally open to day visitors. Only visitors with overnight reservations at one of the lodges will be allowed to enter. However individual requests for a day visit will be considered if a game drive is booked with a lodge and includes lunch. Tariffs will differ between lodges so visitors are advised to shop around. Day and night drives as well as bush walks provide excellent game viewing.

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TOWNS and attractions OF THE central REGION

Bakerville

In true ‘Wild West’ fashion, Bakerville became a buzzing diamond digger’s haven in February 1926 with the Lichtenburg Diamond Rush, when 150,000 hopefuls appeared out of nowhere. The rush lasted only 2 years but there are still a few diggers around who are ever hopeful of that one big find. Many of them still live in the old buildings occupied by the original diggers.

Delareyville

The town is found between Barberspan and Vryburg on the N14 highway about 100 km (62 miles) southwest of Lichtenburg. There are a number of salt pans in the area and in summer they attract thousands of flamingoes - a sight to behold.

Attractions nearby include:

Groot Marico

The town is named after the Groot (Large) Marico River, one of the few perennial rivers in the area. This small town is an off the beaten track getaway steeped in history and surrounded by nature. This is also Mampoer country, a strong spirit distilled from fruit and strong enough to knock the breath right out of the brave souls who ‘enjoy’ it.

The town is located on the N4 between Swartruggens and Zeerust on the banks of the Marico River. 

Attractions nearby include:

Mafikeng

The town of Mafikeng dates back to 1852, but the locale dates back to the Stone Age when the residents used the volcanic rocks as shelter as they hunted the animals that came to drink from the Molopo River.

It was also the site of inter tribal fighting known as Difequane which was provoked when the exiled Zulu chief Mzilikazi rampaged through the area. It is here too at Mafikeng that a chapter of the Anglo Boer War was fought between 1899 and 1902. A small group of British soldiers were able to hold off Boer forces for an incredible 217 days under the leadership of Colonel Baden Powell.

Over the years much emphasis was placed on the wars between the European colonialists and settlers and very little was documented or exhibited about the local BaRolong-Boora-Tshidi people who were earlier residents to the area. This has been corrected and a number of monuments are now found to recognize the tribes.

Some places to visit are:

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The Bophirima Region

Bophirima Region


MAP: Bophirima Region
Acknowledgements - Tourism North West Province

The most famous attraction of the region is the discovery of the Taung skull which is probably one of the most important of all archaeological discoveries. With all the open space there are many places to see wildlife at privately owned game reserves.

local activities and attractions within the bophirima region:

Taung Heritage Site

In 1924 Dr. Raymond Dart was digging around the lime stone of the old Buxton quarry when he unearthed the skull of a child. He recognized it as the skull of an early hominid and gave it the name "Australopithecus africanus" or ‘Southern Ape of Africa’.

TOWNS and attractions OF THE bophirima REGION:

Taung Village

The village is situated between Vryburg and Jan Kempdorp on the N18 highway. Taung means ‘The Place of the Lion’ and is named after Bataung chief Tau, who settled in the area.

The Taung Heritage Site is found nearby, where a monument has been erected to commemorate the discovery of the Taung Child, also known and the Taung Baby. It is the fossilized skull of a small child uncovered by quarrymen in 1924 and aged to about 2.5 million years old. It is thought that the baby was about 3 years old when it died and that it could have been killed by an eagle, since damage to the skull is similar to damage found on the skull of primates that died as a result of an eagle attack.

Other places of interest near Taung Village:

Top 10 Historical sites in North West Province


(courtesy of South African Tourism
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1. Vredefort Dome
The location of a meteoric impact 2 million years ago. It is a World Heritage Site that attracts visitors who enjoy hiking, natural history and outdoor adventure.

2. Taung
A satellite location of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Taung gained international fame when the Taung Skull, said to be a crucial link in tracing the development of man, was found here in 1924.

3. Mafikeng Museum
Exhibits focus on the Siege of Mafikeng and the history and culture of the area, as well as one of the North West's most famous residents - Sol Plaaitjie. The Mafikeng cemetery is also worth a visit.

4. Boekenhoutfontein Farm
From 1862 – 1903 the farm was the property of former president Paul Kruger and is now a historical landmark in the province.

5. Historic dwellings, Potchefstroom
These fine examples of late-Victorian/early Edwardian homes date back to the early 1900s. The Dutch Reformed Church is another major highlight.

6. Groot Marico
The traditions of yesteryear survive, such as the brewing of local moonshine (‘mampoer’) and growing of tobacco crops (tours are available); fossils in nearby dolomite caves are of interest.

7. Tswaing Crater
Formed by a meteorite impact some 220 000 years ago, its visitor centre includes a museum, exhibition space and educational centre.

8. The Lost City of Mogale
Visit the ancestral home of Chief Mogale (1810-1869) and his Ba-Po people. See remains of Iron Age Tswana/Sotho and Ndebele settlements.

9. The Klerksdorp Museum
House in the Old Prison, the Kerksdorp Museum sandstone building dates back to the 1880's and houses exhibitions that deal with social history and the heritage of the province.

10. Schweizer-Reinecke
Boasts the first Dutch Reformed Church to be built in the Transvaal Republic, plus San Rock artwork 2kms out of town, estimated to be 20 000 years old.

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10 More Things to do
when visiting the North West

 1 Visit the Anne van Dyk Cheetah Center. Established in 1971, the center has bred over 800 cheetah cubs and has added African Wild dog breeding programs to their successes. It is only an hour by road from Johannesburg and 15 minutes from Hartebeespoort Dam.
 2 Visit the Hartebeestfontein Gold Mine in Stilfontein where visitors can watch a gold pouring session and go on a mine tour
 3 Enjoy a variety of water sports on Hartbeespoort Dam.
 4 In addition to Sun City and the Palace of the Lost City, visit the casinos in Klerksdorp, Mafikeng and Polokwane.
 5 Taste Mampoer (local liqueurs or Moonshine) and tour Kortkloof Cultural Village, Marico Valley Mampoer, M & M Mampoer Farm near Rustenberg (Mmabatho Road), Schoemansdrift outside Potchefstroom or Syfergat near Klerksdorp on the Wolmaransstad Road.
 6 Discover the Kaditshwene Ruins found less than an hour’s drive south of Madikwe Game Reserve near Zeerust, dating back to the 1700’s. It was the home of the Bahurutse clan of the Tswana tribe believed to have a population of 20,000. They were mainly stone masons, copper smiths, and ironsmiths.
 7 The Aardklop Festival is held annually in Potchefstroom at the beginning of October to celebrate Afrikaans art, culture and dance, it was started in 1998 and draws crowds in excess of 150,000 visitors.
 8 Drive the length of Tom Street known as Oak Avenue in Potchefstroom, a 6.84km long road lined with oak trees that were planted in 1910. The road is the longest of its kind in the southern hemisphere and is a national monument.
 9 Relax at the Blue Pool picnic site at the Taung Heritage Site, Buxton quarry, located west of the Taung village near Pampierstad.
10 Visit Maropeng and the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site. It is an hour’s drive from Johannesburg or Pretoria. A tour of the exhibits and an underground boat ride tell the story of our ancestors who lived in the area for more than 3 million years.


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Attractions

 

 
 
 
 


Golf and Spa

 

 
 
 
 


Markets, Arts and Crafts

 

 
 
 
 


Wilderness, Trails
and Wildlife

 

 
 
 
 


North West Cuisine

 

 
 
 
 

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