While the North West province is mainly agricultural and mining territory, it still offers many interesting destinations for tourists. Sun City, and the neighbouring Lost City, are excellent destinations for families in the North West Province.
Originally part of the pre-1994 Bophuthatswana Homeland, Sun City started off as a casino when gambling was still illegal in South Africa. After 1994 the resort was changed into a holiday hotel destination with artificial beach and wave park, golf courses, restaurants, spas and other entertainment facilities, while still retaining the casino. The Lost City complex is a later addition and also offers excellent hotel and entertainment facilities in the North West Province.
If you’re looking for quite the opposite to Sun City and the Lost City, visit the town of Groot Marico in the North West Province. This “dorp” (small village) was the home of Herman Charles Bosman, one of South Africa’s most well-known authors. Visit the bar “Oom Schalk Lourens”, the main character in many of Bosman’s stories, used to frequent and taste the “mampoer” (peach brandy) that became such a trademark of this area in the North West Province.
The North West Province also has a number of game reserves. The Pilanesberg Nature Reserve is situated in the crater of an extinct volcano and has many animal and bird species. Why not view the fauna and flora from a different vantage point? In the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve in the North West Province you can do game viewing while floating in a hot air balloon. Another option is the Madikwe Game Reserve, where you can view the Big Five as well as the African wild dog.
The De Wildt Cheetah and Wildlife Trust in the North West Province is one of the success stories of wildlife conservation on the African continent. Here Ann van Dyk managed to bring back the cheetah from the brink of extinction, as well as being the first to breed the king cheetah. The Centre has since expanded to also include other endangered animals, such as the brown hyena, wild dog and vultures.
The Barberspan Bird Sanctuary in the North West Province is internationally recognised as being an important breeding area for waterfowl and migratory birds. The area houses more than 365 bird species – enough to make any serious bird watcher’s heart miss a few beats!