Discover the North West province and its charms on world-class roads

The North West province has so much to offer. With four major routes running through it and bordering Botswana, the magic of the North West province cannot be experienced in a single trip, it is just too big.

Experience the North West province by travelling on 4 major numbered roads, N4, N12, N14 and the N1. But these are not the only world-class routes to take through the province.

In 2012, SANRAL took over 1 352km of provincial roads and upgraded them at a cost of a billion rand.
Known as the Platinum province, the province thrives on it mining, agriculture and tourism sectors and is the former homeland Bophuthatswana

There is much to do in the North West – gambling at a pleasure resort, boating on lovely big dams, two major game reserves and a historical city.

Here are our top 5 destinations in the charming North West province:

• Mahikeng – the capital
The city became known worldwide after the Boer War broke out and the Boer forces besieged the city for 217 days.

The African National Congress wrote his literary masterpiece: The Boer War Diary of Sol T Plaatje: an African at Mafikeng.
The city still has many historical buildings but now also recognises the history and role of its black citizens. It houses a campus of the Northwest University.


• Madikwe Game Reserve
On the Botswana border, the game reserve is home to the Big Five as part of its 66 large mammals and 300 bird species.
The reserves vast plains of woodlands, grasslands and excellent accommodation, makes it one of South Africa’s perfect getaway spots.


• Pilanesberg Game Reserve
This game reserve is unique as it is set in an ancient volcanic crater and supports a wide variety of animals, birds and plants. And, again, the Big Five, plus wild dogs and the brown hyena.


• Sun City
Sun City is internationally known for its gambling, Gary Player Golf Course, adventure sports and safari options, rides and games for the children, sitting poolside at the Valley of the Waves, revues and live music shows – an experience of a different kind.


• Hartebeespoort Dam
Sometimes known as Harties, the dam has a shoreline of 56km, offering a wide variety of things- to do. To name some: all water sports, air ballooning, hikes and rambles. It nestles against the picturesque Magaliesberg Mountains.