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Although primarily a farming region, producing sunflower and much of South Africa's maize, the North-West province is rich in mineral wealth such as gold and platinum.

As a holiday choice, the North-West is not without attractions. A number of excellent game reserves have been established including the Pilanesberg National Park, known as "The Jewel of the North-West". This game reserve is set in a crater on an extinct volcano and is home to the "Big Five".

Adjacent to the Pilanesberg National Park lies the famous Sun City leisure resort and The Palace of the Lost City, offering a host of activities including world-class golfing, gambling, interactive video and fun-fair games, traditional-themed extravaganzas, a man-made valley of waves - complete with beach, cinemas and restaurants to name a few.

Southeast of the Pilanesberg lies the Magaliesberg range stretching for more than 120km. Close to Gauteng and nestled at the foot of this range is the Hartbeespoort Dam a popular destination for Gauteng city dwellers. Recreational facilities include a wide variety of watersports and angling, cable car rides to the summit of the Magaliesberg and hot-air ballooning.

Whether it's the casinos and extravaganzas of Sun City, or an African safari, the North-West province offers a chance to 'get-away from it all...'

The North West province of South Africa offers a rich variety of activities and attractions, from natural wonders to cultural experiences.

Here are ten things to do or see in the region:

  1. Pilanesberg National Park: One of South Africa's largest parks, Pilanesberg is home to the Big Five and offers spectacular game viewing, with a variety of safari options including self-drive, guided tours, and hot air balloon safaris.

  2. Sun City Resort: A world-renowned resort complex featuring luxury accommodations, a casino, water parks, golf courses, and a wide range of entertainment options. It's an ideal destination for families, couples, and adventure seekers.

  3. Madikwe Game Reserve: This malaria-free reserve offers excellent wildlife viewing opportunities, including the Big Five and endangered species like the African wild dog. It's also known for its luxurious lodges and eco-friendly tourism practices.

  4. Hartbeespoort Dam: A popular recreational area offering activities such as boating, fishing, and picnicking. The surrounding area features the Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway, which provides stunning views of the Magaliesberg Mountains and the dam.

  5. Lesedi Cultural Village: An immersive cultural experience where visitors can learn about the traditions and lifestyles of various South African tribes. The village offers traditional dance performances, craft demonstrations, and authentic meals.

  6. Magaliesberg Mountains: Ideal for hiking, rock climbing, and bird watching. The Magaliesberg region is also known for its scenic beauty, historical sites, and adventure activities like zip-lining and canopy tours.

  7. Cradle of Humankind: A UNESCO World Heritage site, this area is one of the richest hominid fossil sites in the world. Key attractions include the Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng Visitor Centre, which provide insights into human evolution.

  8. Barberspan Bird Sanctuary: A haven for bird watchers, this RAMSAR-listed wetland area is home to over 350 bird species. It's an excellent spot for bird photography and leisurely walks.

  9. Potchefstroom: Known for its vibrant cultural and educational scene, Potchefstroom hosts various music and arts festivals. The town also features historical sites like the Potchefstroom Museum and the iconic Oak Avenue.

  10. Taung Heritage Site: This archaeological site is famous for the discovery of the Taung Child, an important fossil in the study of human evolution. The area includes a monument and a museum detailing the significance of the find.

These attractions offer a diverse range of experiences, showcasing the natural beauty, cultural richness, and historical significance of the North West province.

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