North West


North West is one of nine provinces in South Africa. It was formed after the first free elections in 1994 from the western parts of the former Transvaal province and most of the former Bophuthatswana Bantustan.
Covering 118,797km², much of the province consists of flat plains of scattered trees and grassland. The Magaliesberg mountain range in the northeast extends about 130km from Pretoria to Rustenburg. The Vaal River flows along the southern border of the province.
With a population of 3.7 million, 65% of people live in the rural areas. 92% of the population are Black and 7% White. The majority of people are Tswana who speak Setswana (65%). Smaller groups include Afrikaans (7%), Sesotho (7%), and isiXhosa (7%) speaking people. English is spoken primarily as a second language.
The major cities and towns include Brits, Klerksdorp, Lichtenburg, Mafikeng, Potchefstroom (Tlokwe), Rustenburg, Shweizer Reneke, Vryburg, Ventersdorp, Wolmaransstad and Zeeruts. Mafikeng (previously called Mafeking) is the capital city of the North West.
Summer (October to April) brings hot, sunny days with temperatures ranging from 17° to 31°C. Annual rainfall totals about 360 mm (about 14 in), with Almost all of the annual rainfall (360mm) falls during the summer months. The winters (May to September) are relatively warm during daylight hours (15° to 22°C), but the evenings can get somewhat chilly.
Important historical sites in the province include Mafikeng, the traditional capital of the Barolong people, where a British garrison was placed under siege by Afrikaners during the Boer War (1899-1902).
The Lotlamoreng Cultural Village near Mafikeng re-creates a traditional African village; and Boekenhoutfontein, the farm of Paul Kruger, the last president of the former Transvaal South African Republic (1883 to 1902).
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North West provincial government
North West Tourism
Tourism Grading Council Provinces; Cities & Towns.
Brits, Klerksdorp, Lichtenburg, Mafikeng, Potchefstroom (Tlokwe), Rustenburg, Shweizer Reneke, Vryburg, Ventersdorp, Wolmaransstad and Zeeruts.
South Africa’s Climate
Shimmering in the African sun, the fantastic Sun City Resort Complex could be mistaken for a mirage. Sun City is one of the world’s largest adult entertainment centres, a luxury theme park for grown-up kids. Here you can go gaming on the casino tables, golfing on the 18-hole course, watching performances by some of the world’s most popular stars and artists, or simply lazing in the plush ambience of the complex. And when the day’s play is over, there are beds for more than 2000 guests.
Next door to Sun City is the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. This park is home to the best of Africa’s game, including the ‘Big Five’ – elephants, rhino, buffalo, lions and leopards. Here you will also see giraffe, zebra, hippo and a wide variety of antelopes including able, eland, kudu and gemsbok. The park exists within the transition zone between the dry Kalahari and wetter Lowveld vegetation, commonly referred to as ‘Bushveld’. Unlike any other large park, unique overlaps of mammals, birds and vegetation occur because of this transition zone.
Some of the other major game reserves include; the Botsalano Game Reserve near Mafikeng, renowned for its rhino and tented camp;Molopo Game Reserve famous for its raptor breeding; the Madikwe Game Reserve, home to the Big Five; and the Mafikeng Game Reserve with fantastic plains game viewing around the Molopo River.
Other attractions include the Barberspan Bird Sanctuary, one of the largest waterfowl sanctuaries in Southern Africa and a RAMSAR Convention accredited wetland. The Kgaswane Mountain Reserve is located in the scenic Magaliesberg. The Baviaanskrans & Summit Hiking Trails meander through waterfalls and natural pools and are among the best in South Africa. And the endless blue of the Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve offers the best fresh water angling dam in South Africa and annually hosts international as well as national championships.


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