The North-West Province is the gateway between Botswana and South Africa. Just west of Gauteng and near Johannesburg, this province is a favorite among wildlife-lovers arriving in South Africa to find the big 5. The historically important Mahikeng is the capital of this province, although most visitors are more enchanted by the area’s natural surrounds than its history.
As an important battle ground during the Second Boer War, the North-West Province has always been a part of South African history. However, the area took a second seat to South Africa’s more modern history. While South Africa may have a troubled past, the nation has made huge leaps and bounds with the help of the former president, Nelson Mandela. The country’s struggle with apartheid has brought everyone in the nation closer together, as a rule, though tensions can still run high. These tensions can occasionally be seen in the North-West Province, which was formed after the end of apartheid. It was the location of political violence in 2006 and 2007 when some municipalities were transferred under the North-West Province’s control. Today this violence has died down and the municipalities in question have been transferred elsewhere.
In addition to its historical importance, the North-West Province is also economically powerful. The economy is mainly mining in nature. Here you will find the largest platinum mine in the world. Gold, uranium and diamonds are also extracted from the province. In addition, some of the biggest cattle herds in the world can be found in the North-West Province, earning it the nickname “Texas of South Africa.” Fascinating geographically, economically and historically, the North-West Province of South Africa is worth checking out.
The North-West Province is adventure central. Here you will find a variety of wildlife parks including Ukutula Lion Park, Pilanesberg National Park and Madikwe Nature Reserve. These offer unforgettable safaris and amazing African encounters. In addition, you might wish to go skydiving, zip lining or on a hot air balloon ride with a local outfit. There are plenty of cultural sightseeing opportunities as well, like hut stays and village visits. And if you’d rather stay in, there are casinos and indoor swimming pools to suit everyone’s needs. We’re sure, there won’t be a dull moment during your visit to the North-West Province.
Both Pilanesberg/Sun City Airport and Mmabatho/Mafikeng Airport welcome South African domestic flights. It is also possible to reach the North-West Province by bus from Johannesburg. If you have your own transportation, the N12, the N14 and the N4 highways connect this province with other parts of South Africa.