OK so you’ve made plans to be in Gauteng South Africa for a weekend, but you have extra time to spare. So, what do you do? Most probably you’ll hear people suggest a visit to Sun City. And then you might ask: What else are there to do in and around Sun City? Well, here are a few ideas of what you can do in the North West province of South Africa:
We’re stopping in the North West Province:
Here are a few reasons why you should visit the only surf-and-safari destination in the North West:
Luxury and Beauty
A legendary destination designed for luxury-seekers is definitely unique and something to see and experience. If you’re looking for luxury accommodation in South Africa, this is one of the places you should visit in North West province.
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Things you need to know before you go:
Right next to Sun City, you’ll find the Pilanesberg National Park. A beautiful place where the Big 5 roam free. You can enjoy an untamed African landscape without driving to the other side of the country.
The Pilanesberg National Park is set in an extinct volcanic crater. During our visit, in between the grasslands and valleys, we saw more than 14 different types of animals. Elephants, giraffes, lions, leopards, and many more came out of their hiding places. We sat at beautiful man-made lakes and watched the animals come for water while others cheerfully played around. The lazy hippopotamus families and a playful fox made for a few cute moments.
It is a self-drive adventure. (In some places we were glad to have an ‘almost 4×4’ vehicle, that took the bumps and rocky corners with a smile, but you can take the more ‘decent’ roads in your own car. There really is no need for a 4×4 vehicle.)
At the gate, you can ask for a map of the park and then you’re off on your own. The park is regularly patrolled by friendly park officials, and you can explore as you wish, as long as you stay in your vehicle. However, there are more than enough specially marked spots where you can stop and stretch your legs for a while.
It is simply impossible to do the whole park in one day. We got up at 05H00 and by the afternoon still had a huge part of the park that we haven’t covered yet. A lunch stop at the park restaurant is nice as you get the opportunity to see the wildlife almost right next to your table…and then there is a curio shop as well.
The abundant birdlife includes eagles and even ostriches (although we haven’t seen them), but there are loads more. In fact, more than 350 different bird species. Concealed wildlife-viewing shelters are scattered throughout the park where you can sit in silence and do some birdwatching.
A special thank you to Franco Joubert for the photos.
A personal note…
This was one of …no…Let me rephrase:
This was the best ever wildlife safari that I’ve been on. (Granted I haven’t been to the Kruger National Park yet.) But, most of the wildlife farms promise you loads of animals, and then (if I’m lucky) I saw one animal, or maybe two. Therefore, I have never been impressed with any of the farms that I’ve visited in the past. Thanks to two very special people that took us on this trip, we can now say: This was just the beginning of many visits to the rest of South Africa’s National Parks. We loved seeing the animals in their natural habitat and we strongly recommend that you visit the South African National Parks, as they are really worth a visit.
If you have the time, book an early morning sunrise hot air balloon ride.
Your next stop must definitely be the area in and around Hartbeespoort. (Read more)
While you’re in the area there are more fun things to do in the North West Province.
You can use the links on our page to easily book online. All the links you use on this page is from trusted operators that we ourselves use, and it is at no extra cost to you. So book from the comfort of your home and enjoy.