North West


The North West province features premier wildlife destinations (the Pilanesberg Game Reserve and the Madikwe Game Reserve); parts of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites (Vredefort Dome and the Taung Fossil Site, which is part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site); and the Sun City gaming and entertainment resort.

Top attractions

Pilanesberg Game Reserve

A four-hour hot air balloon ride over the malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve offers game viewing at its best. Here, 55 000ha of trees and grassland support a wildlife population that includes the Big Five.

Madikwe Game Reserve

The Madikwe Game Reserve is home to more than 20 luxury lodges. Here, you will be able to see cheetah, wild dogs, hyena, lion, elephant, black and white rhino, zebra, giraffe and more.

Sun City

Sun City offers game viewing (at the adjacent Pilanesberg Game Reserve), gambling, outdoor adventure, two internationally rated golf courses, luxury accommodation, water sports and more.

Magaliesberg Canopy Tour

A unique eco-adventure via zipline that entails a 2.5-hour ride down the spectacular Ysterhout Kloof near Rustenburg, stopping at 11 platforms along the way. Enjoy spectacular views of the one of the world’s oldest mountain ranges.

Taung Heritage Site

Visit the site where the fossilised skull of a hominid child, the Taung Child, estimated to be 2.5-million years old, was found in 1924. © palaeoanthropology

Crocodile cage diving

A robust cage custom-built to withstand the power of these ancient reptiles offers a rare opportunity to view crocodiles – some more than 4m long – in their natural habitat.

Harties Cableway

A ride up the Harties Cableway offers panoramic views of the surrounding Magaliesberg mountains and the Hartbeespoort Dam, a popular tourist attraction.


  • The North West province is known as the ‘platinum province’ due to its many platinum mines.