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12 Secrets of the Pilanesberg National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow
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12 Secrets of the Pilanesberg National Park that will Have You Visiting, Tomorrow

The Pilanesberg National Park is not Kruger. It doesn’t pretend to be. It’s a lot smaller, for one. But therein lies its attraction. Because instead of driving for hours along vast stretches of sand road without a sighting, the Pilanesberg’s generous grasslands, rocky outcrops, sloped hills, dense pockets of vegetation, and thickly wooded gorges are home to the Big Five and 30 other mammal species besides. And that’s without the added attraction of 350 bird species, 65 reptiles and a really good chance of spotting a cat (if sighting the beautiful violet wood hoepoe doesn’t get you ex...
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in the North West Province
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Top Ten Natural Attractions in the North West Province

Whether it is renamed Bokone Bophirima or not will do little to change the muddied perception amongst travellers that North West has little more to offer than Sun City and the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve. Also known as the platinum province, for its production of 94% of the country's plantinum, this lesser known part of South Africa lies north-west of Johannesburg where it nudges up against Botswana and the Kalahari. Jostling with Gauteng for claim to the Cradle of Humankind, North West is fundamentally a bushveld playground – great swathes of grassland dominated by nature reserve upon ga...
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The Valley Of The Waves Sun City
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The Valley Of The Waves Sun City

Thrills, spills, sunshine, wildlife, entertainment  and adrenalin. The Valley of the Waves Sun City is part of the Lost City, which is one of the major features of Sun City. It is a fabulous water park and has some of the most advanced technology, features and attractions in the world. It is one of the main draw-cards to Sun City, which has welcomed tens of thousands of national and international visitors. The Valley of the Waves is perfect for couples on honeymoon, friends on a road trip, family vacations and corporate getaways, since it combines fun and picturesque views guaranteed to imm...
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I Wanna Go Camping! 5 Great Spots in Gauteng and the North West Province
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I Wanna Go Camping! 5 Great Spots in Gauteng and the North West Province

Gauteng is the smallest of the provinces – barely encompassing Johannesburg, Pretoria and Vereeniging before flowing over its western boundary into North West and to the east into Mpumalanga. It's also the busiest province, arguably the wealthiest, and probably the one for whom weekend escapes are possibly the most vital (all that weekly angst, stress and traffic doth fairly strained individuals make). Finding a campsite not inundated by all and sundry is something akin to hens' teeth. Camping is something Gauteng and the North West are not known for. Whilst they don't have the beaches o...
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I Love Broederstroom Because …
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I Love Broederstroom Because …

Hi, I’m Mara Kruger from La Chaumiere Guest House in Broederstroom in the North West Province. Broederstroom IS BEST KNOWN FOR being your entrance in the Bush Veld vegetation area, fresh air and its friendly people en route to Hartbeespoort Dam. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Magaliesberg Nature Reserve. THE BEST sunrise PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN FROM the Hills behind Glen Afric. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS on the bridge a t Dietmar Wiening's Place - looking on how the Crocodile makes a"U" turn! WHEN THE WEATHER'S GOOD, I LIKE TO fish on the river bank at Pretorius Resort! WHEN THE WEAT...
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I Love Ifafi Because …
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I Love Ifafi Because …

Hi, I’m Tieka from Cocomo Guesthouse and Conference Centre in Ifafi, Hartbeespoort Dam. Ifafi IS BEST KNOWN FOR its ideal location in Hartbeespoort. Although Ifafi is extremely close to the CBD and restaurants, it is located next to the dam in a residential area assuring for peacefulness and tranquility. Ifafi is also closely located to Necsa Pelindaba for corporate guests. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the dam wall. If you are lucky a valve may be open for magnificent photos. THE BEST scenic sunset PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT the cross on Saartjies Nek. The sunset over the dam is a b...
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I Love Schoemansville Because …
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I Love Schoemansville Because …

Hi, I’m Laurette Hanekom from Stirling Manor Boutique Guest House in Schoemansville. Schoemansville IS BEST KNOWN FOR being the main town of Hartbeespoort. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Snake and Animal Park, because there are many different animals you are likely to see in real life. THE BEST animal PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN AT Bush Baby Monkey Sanctuary and Ukutula Game Lodge where walking with the lions is a life changing experience. OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT the Welwitschia Country Market which is open from Tuesday to Sunday and all public holidays from 09h00 to 17h00. WH...
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I Love Kosmos Because…
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I Love Kosmos Because…

Hi, I’m Yolandi from Galagos Lodge in Kosmos, Hartbeespoort Dam in the North West Province. KOSMOS IS BEST KNOWN FOR its tranquil surroundings, lovely walks, the most exquisite sunsets and beautiful views of the Hartbeespoort Dam. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT any of the tourist attractions in the area, perhaps even with a Cheetah at De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Trust, a lion cub at Ukutula Lion Park or an Elephant at Glen Afric Country Lodge. For the more adventurous why not glide through the tree top canopies in a Hot Air Balloon at sunrise. THE BEST SUNSET PICTURES CAN BE TAKEN ...
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I Love Rustenburg because…

Hi, I’m Marnice from Boubou B&B in Rustenburg in the North West Province of South Africa. RUSTENBURG IS BEST KNOWN FOR the beautiful game parks highlighting the lovely nature, birdlife and Big Five territory of the Pilanesberg. GET YOUR PICTURE TAKEN AT the Kgaswane Nature Reserve.  You can get a panoramic view of the Magaliesberg Mountain from the highest view point at the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve.  Don’t forget to get a picture of the crater of an extinct volcano that existed 1500 million years ago. THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHS CAN BE TAKEN AT the Pilanesberg Nature Reserve – just...
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Tandem hang gliding Magaliesberg

Monique shares her tandem hang gliding adventure in the Magaliesberg with us ... Take a drive down the R512 past Hartbeespoort Dam. Smile as you see the hot air balloon in the distance and drink in the wonder of the Magaliesberg mountain range. This is how a tandem hang gliding adventure starts. All you need is the sound of 'Born to be Wild' coming from the radio... The tandem flights take place at Aviator’s Paradise, near Brits. It’s a small airfield but well maintained and well loved.  Arriving at the airfield I found the tandem pilot, Mike, waiting for me with a cheerful smile. Th...
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Game Viewing at The Madikwe Game Reserve
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Game Viewing at The Madikwe Game Reserve

Game reserves, like dark chocolate covered strawberries, are one of those things that you just can’t get enough of. Millions of years of human evolution have designed us to naturally prefer the great outdoors to an office cubicle. Who can argue with that? The Madikwe game reserve covers 75,000 hectares making it one of South Africa’s largest. The Madikwe Game Reserve showcases Africa at its finest. Immense plains of open woodlands and grasslands, the jagged Rant van Tweedepoort, the dramatic Dwarsberg Mountain as well as haphazardly placed inselbergs, all make for awe inspiring scenery. ...
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Rustenburg – not so sleepy

Rustenburg does not live up to its name. Meaning “place of rest” this once sleepy little town started out as a small farming community producing citrus and Virginia tobacco, but now it is known as the Platinum City due to its extensive mining. A hub of activity and only a ninety minute drive from both Johannesburg and Pretoria Accommodation it is perfect for day trips or a weekend getaway. Rustenburg has a fine balance between history, arts, culture and nature making it a place that everyone can enjoy. Its history is closely linked to the Voortrekkers who founded the town in 1851. They ...
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Hartley’s Restaurant and Pub – A unique country pub and restaurant in an old milking parlour

If you are out and about in Rustenburg and want a dinner or lunch venue with a historical slant to it why not give Hartley’s Restaurant and Pub at Rainhill Farm a try. The history of Rainhill Farm (named after Rainhill village in Scotland) is that it was purchased by brothers Frank and Duncan McGregor and their sister Helen McGregor in 1909.  Frank married Ella McGregor and she moved to the farm once an old storeroom had been restored to become her ‘house’!  Perhaps she didn’t like the idea of sharing a home with her new husband, his mother and sister! The farm was a citrus farm whic...
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Pilanesberg Reserve – A holiday in the crater of a once active volcano …

When a friend of mine suggested that our next holiday in South Africa should be in the crater of a once active volcano, I wasn't sure it was a good idea. I've seen way too many disaster movies to not know that people say “it’s been inactive for millennia” about fifteen minutes before the thing erupts and the main characters spend the rest of the movie fighting for their lives. Turns out the main characters in this adventure (a group of friends and myself) spent our time exploring and relaxing for our lives. The long extinct volcano crater in question is now home to the Pilanesberg reserve a...
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2010 Host City, Rustenburg
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2010 Host City, Rustenburg

Two of the world’s largest platinum mines lie just outside Rustenburg, earning it the nickname ‘Platinum City’, which is hardly a fair description of the city that started out as little more than a church and farming community centre, named as a ‘place of rest’ that still manages to retain its small town atmosphere. One of the oldest towns in this part of the world, it lies surrounded by the Magaliesberg mountain range, its streets lined with the ubiquitous jacaranda tree. It’s a pretty little town, despite being a city, and there is an element of sluggishness that makes it so attractive, l...
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