North West

North West

Things to do - general

The destination most people associate with the North West Province is the commercialised and completely over-the-top Sun City complex with its casinos, theatres, restaurants, fake beaches and mythical kingdoms. But there is so much more to this very interesting and somewhat underrated destination. The Magaliesberg, so close to Johannesburg, is a welcome oasis of mountain greenery, and the Pilanesberg and Madikwe Game Reserves offer big game viewing in spectacular surroundings.

The economy of the North West is firmly based on agriculture and mining, both of which activities influence the landscape immensely. Seemingly endless fields of maize or sunflowers stretch to the horizon in places while, in other areas, large herds of cattle wonder around chewing the cud, mining headgear towers above the bush, or enormous blocks of granite lie tumbled at the base of disembowelled hills.

The North West bills itself as the Platinum Province, a claim that is not without justification. And the basis for this justification is a fascinating geological accident dating back 2050 million years. For it was then that the Bushveld Igneous Complex formed. This is the largest igneous intrusion exposed at the surface of the earth, and it is the most extensive and thickest structure of its kind known in the world. Now, in case you didn’t know, igneous rocks are volcanic rocks. Extrusive igneous rocks exit the ground in liquid form as volcanoes or huge magma flows, while intrusive igneous rocks stay underground slowly solidifying. That’s what happened to the BIC. And, as it cooled, different minerals solidified at different temperatures creating a neatly layered structure of a range of minerals – including some really rare and economically important ones like chromite, vanadium, platinum. It is due to this fortuitous geological incident that South Africa mines more than half of the world’s chrome and platinum. If you’re wondering what the big deal is about chrome – you need it to make stainless steel. Imagine your kitchen without that.

But it is culturally that this region really differs from the rest of the country. There are fascinating archaeological remains of huge Iron Age Tswana cities, small towns like Groot Marico languish in a time-warp that may or may not be mampoer-induced, and whole regions like Bophirima retain a frontier mentality that harkens back to the days when most of the region was the independent Boer republic of Stellaland. And much of the Cradle of Humankind falls into this province, too. So, wherever you hail from, here lie your roots.

Accommodation at Potch

Accommodation at Potch

potchefstroom , North WestHighly Recommended
Affordable Neat and Clean Bed and Breakfast (Other meals on request) Centrally located We Offer R More info
Adato Guest House

Adato Guest House

potchefstroom , North WestHighly Recommended
Adato Guest House is a 4 star property in Potchefstroom (North West Province) that offers accommodat More info
Alec Wright Guest House

Alec Wright Guest House

potchefstroom , North WestHighly Recommended
Alec Wright’s guest house is situated in a beautiful part of the town of Potchefstroom in the More info
Alma Mater Guest House B&B

Alma Mater Guest House B&B

potchefstroom , North WestHighly Recommended
The guesthouse belongs to the NICO TROMP family trust and is run by Mrs ANITA TROMP. She graduated a More info
AnnVilla Guest House

AnnVilla Guest House

klerksdorp , North WestSuperior
Annvilla Guest House is a 4 star property in Klerksdorp (North West) that offers accommodation in do More info
Buffalo Thorn Lodge

Buffalo Thorn Lodge

pilanesberg-national-park , North WestSuperior
Buffalo Thorn Lodge is an exclusive private, 5 star luxury Self Catering lodge; a peaceful sanctuary More info
De Hoek Guest House

De Hoek Guest House

vryburg , North WestHighly Recommended
De Hoek welcomes all travellers with a peaceful french atmosphere. The guesthouse is Located near th More info
El Sjaddai Guest House

El Sjaddai Guest House

potchefstroom , North WestRecommended
El Sjaddai is a self-catering guest house in Potchefstroom, located approximately 5 minutes’ d More info
Elizabeths Manor

Elizabeths Manor

potchefstroom , North WestHighly Recommended
Elizabeth’s Manor is a beautiful Tudor-style house situated in the heart of Potchefstroom. We are in More info
Gracias Guest House

Gracias Guest House

potchefstroom , North WestHighly Recommended
Gracias Guest House is centrally situated on a small estate in Potchefstroom, ideal for both leisure More info
Hanekraai B&B

Hanekraai B&B

vryburg , North WestRecommended
Hanekraai B&B is located in an established suburb of Vryburg. Is is ideally situated on the main More info
Kamogelo Guest House

Kamogelo Guest House

mogwase , North WestHighly Recommended
We offer warm and friendly, excellent bed and breakfast service. Lunch and dinner can also be provid More info
Klondike Lodge

Klondike Lodge

vryburg , North WestRecommended
At Klondike Lodge we offer high quality accommodation. Our luxurious and modern rooms are designed t More info
Kudusrus Game Lodge & Predator Park

Kudusrus Game Lodge & Predator Park

rustenburg , North WestRecommended
Kudusrus Game Lodge is a South African luxury Game Lodge situated in the North West Province of Sout More info
Kumkani Country Lodge

Kumkani Country Lodge

potchefstroom , North WestHighly Recommended
Kumkani Country Lodge opened its’ doors on 1 April 2003, and means Richmans’ den (place More info
Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge

pilanesberg-national-park , North WestHighly Recommended
Capture the spirit of Africa at Kwa Maritane Bush Lodge, where Mother Nature and civilisation meet i More info
Lions Rest Guest House

Lions Rest Guest House

mafikeng , North WestSuperior
The 4-star Lion’s Rest Guest House situated in Mafikeng (North West) offers accommodation in e More info
Little Swift Chalets

Little Swift Chalets

skeerpoort , North WestHighly Recommended
Chalets are fully self catering with private patio braai, providing an ideal venue for a break-away More info
Madeliefie

Madeliefie

potchefstroom , North West
Madeliefie offers spacious, comfortable and affordable self catering accommodation to the corporate More info
Mahikeng Lodge

Mahikeng Lodge

syferbult , North WestHighly Recommended
The Mahikeng Lodge promises an uncompromising luxury experience providing an up-close & personal More info
Mamagalie Mountain Lodge

Mamagalie Mountain Lodge

mooinooi , North WestHighly Recommended
The Mamagalie Mountain Lodge is nestled on the slopes of the Magaliesberg, Gauteng, near the Buffels More info
Mams Overnight

Mams Overnight

vryburg , North WestHighly Recommended
Simplistic, yet sophisticated, modern accommodation for overnight guests. We offer a warm and friend More info
Morokolo Game Lodge

Morokolo Game Lodge

pilanesberg-national-park , North WestHighly Recommended
Morokolo Game Lodge is situated in Black Rhino Reserve (North West). This lodge offers accommodation More info
On Golden Pond Guest House

On Golden Pond Guest House

potchefstroom , North WestHighly Recommended
On Golden Pond Guest House, situated in Potchefstroom, within a picturesque and lush garden, right o More info
Oudrift Riverside Lodge

Oudrift Riverside Lodge

potchefstroom , North WestSuperior
Located in Potchefstroom in South Africa’s North West province, our Fine Country Estate offers a rel More info
Ouplaas Country Lodge and Dorps Guest House

Ouplaas Country Lodge and Dorps Guest House

ottosdal , North West
Ouplaas offers tastefully decorated bedrooms with complimentary tea, coffee and biscuits. Colourful More info
Ponciana Guest House

Ponciana Guest House

hartbeespoort-dam , North WestSuperior
The house is known in the neighborhood as `the Spanish Villa`. We are located in the residential are More info
Raaswater River Lodge

Raaswater River Lodge

potchefstroom , North WestRecommended
Raaswater River Lodge is situated on the banks of the Vaal River, 25km from Potchefstroom in South A More info
Ratanang Bed and Breakfast

Ratanang Bed and Breakfast

mafikeng , North WestHighly Recommended
Ratanang Bed and Breakfast offers guests affordable luxury accommodation and hospitality services in More info
Rustenburg Guest House

Rustenburg Guest House

rustenburg , North WestHighly Recommended
Rustenburg Guest House is situated in Rustenburg on the Northern foot of the Magalies Mountains, the More info
Safari Hotel & Convention Centre

Safari Hotel & Convention Centre

rustenburg , North WestHighly Recommended
Located in the foothills of picturesque Rustenburg Kloof the Orion Safari Lodge is less than two hou More info
Scott's Manor Guest House and Conference Centre

Scott's Manor Guest House and Conference Centre

lichtenburg , North WestSuperior
Lily and Lilac… Rustic romance and charm… Welcome to Scott’s Manor Guest House in Lichtenburg. This More info
Selamod Village Guest House

Selamod Village Guest House

rustenburg , North WestHighly Recommended
This 3-star graded village guest house is situated in Chaneng Village within the platinum rich North More info
Six Liliez Bed & Breakfast

Six Liliez Bed & Breakfast

mafikeng , North WestRecommended
Six Liliez BnB is centrally located in an up market secure and tranquil environment in Mafikeng CBD More info
Tambuti Lodge

Tambuti Lodge

pilanesberg-national-park , North West
Set in the north western side of the greater Pilanesberg National Park and only 33km from Sun City, More info
Tapama Lodge

Tapama Lodge

bray , North WestRecommended
Tapama Lodge is located in the town of Bray, only 100m from the border post between Bray and Botswan More info
Tarragon Guest House

Tarragon Guest House

orkney , North West
Situated in the quiet terrains of Orkney, a town 190km South West of Johannesburg and 310km North Ea More info
Tau Game Lodge

Tau Game Lodge

madikwe-game-reserve , North WestHighly Recommended / Superior
The privately owned Tau Game Lodge is situated in the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. The 30 chal More info
Thaba Tshwene Lodge

Thaba Tshwene Lodge

hartbeesfontein , North WestHighly Recommended / Superior
Thaba Tshwene Lodge is located in Klerksdorp and offers luxury accommodation for both leisure and bu More info
Villa Brocant Guest House

Villa Brocant Guest House

vryburg , North WestSuperior
Villa Brocant Guest House and Antiques is situated in Vryburg, North West. This guest house offers a More info
Villa Maria Guest Lodge

Villa Maria Guest Lodge

klerksdorp , North WestSuperior
Villa Maria is set in Klerksdorp and offers privacy and comfort in luxurious, fully equipped rooms w More info
Waterglen Guest Lodge

Waterglen Guest Lodge

rustenburg , North WestSuperior
Peaceful, elegant, idyllic, Waterglen Guest Lodge is a 4 star oasis etched against the magnificent M More info