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Where in the world can you find World Heritage Sites and fascinating wildlife, alongside extreme adventure sports and wonderfully romantic, Out of Africa-style lodges? The answer is North West Province, a striking expanse of bushveld, dotted with rocky outcrops and sun-scorched trees, wedged between the Kalahari and Pretoria. It is the location of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve, where elusive predators roam, hide and wallow within an extinct volcanic crater. Our featured lodges offer luxury suites, outstanding rangers, custom-built jeeps, as well as fabulous safari downtime facilities, such as spas and pools.
In the middle of this natural paradise is an extraordinary feat of man: the devilishly decadent Sun City. Africa’s very own Las Vegas, round-the-clock entertainment awaits – championship golf courses, casinos, spas, water parks and fancy stage shows.
Spot not just the ‘Big 5’ but the ‘Super 7’ in Madikwe Game Reserve – elephant, Black and White rhino, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and wild dog. Many highly endangered species are now thriving in the area thanks to ‘Operation Phoenix’, a phenomenally successful game reintroduction programme, giving Madikwe the second biggest population of elephant after Kruger. Other regular sightings include hyenas, zebra, giraffe and different kinds of antelope. Game viewing options include exhilirating 4x4 drives, walking safaris, bush breakfasts and, of course, you can spot these gorgeous creatures from the comfort of your private verandah.
100 times older than Everest, the Magaliesberg Mountains and surrounding region, attract visitors from across the globe to a World Heritage Paleoanthropological Site called ‘The Cradle of Humankind’. Here, you’ll find around a dozen, alluring limestone caves featuring astonishing fossilised remains of age-old animals, plants and hominids, as well as a fascinating visitor centre.
Hartbeespoort Dam, affectionately known as ‘Harties’, is a gateway to adventures on land and water for visitors and locals alike - offering hiking and rambling, horse-riding and quad biking, river rafting and tube rides, catamaran cruises and more.
Indulge in a stay at Little Madikwe Hills, an ultra-exclusive camp for intimate gatherings. Sleeping just 2 to 8 privileged guests, standout features include a large swimming pool and gourmet kitchen, as well as a personal chef, butler, ranger and game drive vehicle. So, you can set your own schedule, dining when you want and spotting wildlife when you want. Children are warmly welcomed and will love the Junior Ranger Programme - peering at animal dung, painting each other’s faces, modelling clay and ticking off the ‘Big 5’; a list to brag about back in the classroom.
Passionate about food and drink? Guests at Mateya Safari Lodge can book a private dinner, coupling a carefully selected menu with wine from the cellar stocked with some 8,000 bottles - including rare French labels and Champagnes. A real indulgence for the bon viveur!
North West Province’s location, south of the Kalahari Desert, brings almost year-round sunshine. In summer (August to March) the region sizzles, with mercury rising anywhere from 22 to 34ºC – the short afternoon thunder showers are welcomed for refreshment. Winter days (May to July) are warm and sunny, but temperatures drop rather sharply at night. Average temperatures in winter hover around 16ºC, but can fluctuate between 2 and 20ºC in any one day.
These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for North West Province.
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