North West getaways promise travellers bountiful bushveld, fauna-filled game parks, 5-star golf courses and relaxing resorts. The promise of year-round sunshine is another value-add when it comes to holidaying in South Africa’s ‘Platinum Province’. North West is best known for its platinum mining (hence its nickname) and its role in national agriculture, as well as for its two fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Sites – the Vredefort Dome and the Taung Skull Fossil Site. The region also gives you the opportunity to delve deeper into the Setswana culture, and to tuck into some delicious traditional cuisine, such as seswaa (slow-cooked, tender, shredded meat) served with a generous side of bogobe (sorghum porridge).
Savour the unrivalled beauty of the Greater Pilanesberg region – nestled between the dry Kalahari Desert and the lush greenery of the lowveld. You could also venture to Magaliesburg for a tranquil retreat – imagine breath-taking mountain views and plenty of fresh air. Finally, throw in a bit of glitz and glamour with a visit to Sun City where you’ll find some of the province’s most loved entertainment hotspots, restaurants and golf courses.
Catch a glimpse of the North West’s majestic wildlife by spending a few nights at the Pilanesberg National Park or Madikwe Game Reserve. Adventure seekers can sign up for canopy tours, abseiling, river rafting or hot air ballooning in the Magaliesburg, while those hoping to get a closer look at local culture can head towards Lesedi Cultural Village for a tour of four traditional homesteads. Couples and families can enjoy spending some time splashing and lazing around at Sun City’s Valley of Waves – the perfect spot to make the most of the perennial sunshine on a North West getaway.
The North West is famed for that almost year-round sunshine, making it an ideal holiday destination for those who can’t get enough of the great outdoors. In general, it boasts comfortable summertime temperatures and mild winters. Most will agree that it is best to visit the province during spring when the weather is warm and before it gets crowded closer towards the festive season. Note that public transport in the North West is rather limited, so you will be better off hiring a car to get around.
Most accommodation options for North West getaways will focus on bringing guests closer to nature. There is a good chance that you will be blessed with beautiful views of the province’s natural wonders, including lakes, dams, mountains and bushveld galore, regardless of where you choose to stay. Most North West accommodation options offer many fun-filled or relaxing activities on-site, from poolside cocktails and sunset game drives to Segway safaris and leisurely paddles on sparkling lakes.