North West Province

The North West Province is located far away from everyday life and it has a picturesque landscape of rolling corn fields, sunflowers and vast plains of African bush. It's a pretty quiet environment in the western Magaliesberg Range. Here you will find a few malaria free game reserves, like Madikwe game reserve where you can see the second largest elephant population.

The 'Sun Kissed' North West Province has villages and ancient cultures, such as the historic Mafikeng. However, one primarily visits this province because of her beautiful nature, as in the Pilanes National Park, and the chance to spot the big five. There is a big exception in this idyllic landscape: Sun City. This is a sparkling "city that never sleeps” and is filled with hotels, casinos, hotels, shops, restaurants, bars and other entertainment.

The summers of North West Province are hot with temperatures ranging between 22 º C and 34 º C. Every now and then there is a short, brisk rain providing some cool relief. In winter the temperatures varies greatly from 20 º C during the day to cold nights of 2 º C.

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Madikwe Game Reserve is the fourth largest game reserves in South Africa and one of the hidden jewels of the country. The reserve was established in 1991 not only to protect wildlife, but also for the employment of the local people and to create a beautiful environment for them.

The sanctuary is home to the Big Five, other important wildlife and more than 350 bird species. The landscape is characterized by uninterrupted grass fields, forests, rocky hills and mountains. It is a beautiful, mythical place that is less discovered then the busy Kruger National Park. This makes it a good alternative should you wish for a quieter, exclusive safari experience. Madikwe Game Reserve is also malaria-free and many lodges are child friendly.

Pilanes National Park

Pilanesberg National Park is located in the crater of an extinct volcano. In prehistoric times this was a raging volcano but now it is a big reservoir surrounded by three groups of hills formed by solidified lava. This is one of the largest volcanic complexes in the world! The strange rocks and hills make this a unique area. The hills of about 3000m have withstood erosion over many centuries. From a distance, Pilanes National Park looks like a large bubble in the landscape.

Pilanesberg itself is the highest mountain in the area and it rises about 600m above the Mankwa- reservoir. The first traces of humans in this area are reflected in the different human-like symbols from the Stone and Iron Age.

In Pilanesberg National Park one of the most ambitious wild-relocation projects in South Africa occurred. In 1979, during the Operation Genesis project, 6000 mammals were dispersed in the park. Among other zebras, elands, white and black rhinos, elephants and buffaloes were taken there.

Nowadays, about 10,000 animals live in the dense forests, valleys and the rolling grasslands of the park, including the previously marked animals (giraffes, hippos, koedoes, gemsbok, hartebeest, water buffalo, leopards and the rare brown hyena). The park is also home to 300 bird species and one of the few places in Africa where an almost complete, original fauna grows.