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North West Province

If you are looking for a destination that offers rural tranquility, while still being close to the excitement of a large city, should the desire to sample some of the nightlife arise, the North West Province may be just the destination for you … MORE \ Discover the North West Province \ To find a place to stay visit North West Province Accommodation or North West Province Hotels. Popular searches for accommodation include Rustenburg, Sun City and Hartbeespoort Dam).

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

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 game reserve with little to interrupt the expanse than the Magaliesberg mountains, one hundred times older than the Himalayas. These straddle the province’s eastern flank and function as a bolt-hole for Jo’burgers.

Small wonder then that the top 10 natural attractions in the North West Province are dominated by nature reserves… Continued

Monday, 26 November 2012

The Valley Of The Waves Sun City

The Lost City

The Lost 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 immerse the visitors in a world of African adventure. Continued

Thursday, 29 March 2012
I Wanna Go Camping!

I Wanna Go Camping! 5 Great Spots in Gauteng and the North West Province

I Wanna Go Camping!

I Wanna Go Camping!

Gauteng is the smallest of the provinces – barely encompassing Johannesburg, Pretoria Accommodation 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 of the coast, they do have mountain ranges, bushveld and incredible weather all year round. Every family needs a campsite they can call ‘home’. Continued

Friday, 23 March 2012

I Love Broederstroom Because …

I ♥ Broederstroom

I ♥ Broederstroom

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! Continued

Monday, 7 November 2011

I Love Ifafi Because …

I ♥ Ifafi

I ♥ Ifafi

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 breath taking picture.

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS AT any of the attractions in the area. Continued

Monday, 12 September 2011

I Love Schoemansville Because …

I ♥ Schoemansville

I ♥ Schoemansville

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.


Friday, 8 April 2011

I Love Kosmos Because…

I ♥ Kosmos Because...

I ♥ 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 while taking a cruise on the Hartbeespoort Dam. This 1620 hectare dam serves a dual purpose as both a source of irrigations for farms in the surrounding area as well as a resort. Continued

Monday, 4 April 2011

I Love Rustenburg because…

I ♥ Rustenburg

I ♥ Rustenburg

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 remember the park is home to the Big Five so getting out of your car is not recommended!

OTHER HAPPY SNAPS can be taken at sport events, musical events and festivals … Continued

Friday, 3 December 2010

Tandem hang gliding Magaliesberg

Tandem hang-gliding

Tandem hang-gliding

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. The team from Free Flying Adventures had already rigged the glider was and I was immediately popped into the harness for a quick test fitting.   Continued

Monday, 8 November 2010

The Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve

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. Throw in the Big Five and this destination is every tourists dream. Located against the Botswana border, north of the small town Groot Marico. Continued

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

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 started to settle in the area and named it Rustenburg after they defeated  Mzilikazi and his tribe … Continued

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

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! Continued

Thursday, 23 September 2010

Activities at Maropeng on Heritage Day



As I am sure you are well aware there is a public holiday this week – Friday 24 September 2010 is National Heritage Day in South Africa. If you’ve forgotten or (shock horror) you don’t know why we celebrate Heritage Day let me tell you. It is a fairly recent public holiday which recognises all aspects of South African culture. Which I think is something quite special besides meaning that we get the day off.

Now if you’re not already celebrating the day with a braai – National Braai Day, and you can’t think of anything to do, rather than spend the day lazing about why not head out to Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind for their celebration where more than 8000 people are expected … Continued

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

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 and was well worth the visions of disaster … Continued

Tuesday, 29 December 2009
2010 Host Cities Explored

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.

Rustenburg is 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 to Rustenburg that makes it so attractive, lying as it does only 112 kilometres from Johannesburg and not far from the Sun City complex … Continued

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