You may think North West’s only attraction is Sun City, our first casino resort. But the province, tucked under Botswana in the north of South Africa, also offers wildlife, majestic scenery, a literary little town, and rich African culture.
Bill Harrop’s Balloon Safaris at Hartebeestpoort allows visitors to enjoy North West from the sky.
Compiled by Mary Alexander
It’s September. It’s spring in South Africa – and Tourism Month, celebrated this year with the theme “Tourism for All”. To inspire your next road trip we bring you nine galleries, one for each province, showcasing our country’s remarkable beauty and diversity.
A thriving tourism industry means South Africa is closer to achieving its National Development Plan goals of skills development and creating decent employment through inclusive economic growth.
In North West you can take a balloon ride over ripple mountains smashed out by the blast from one of the earth’s oldest volcanic eruptions. You can marvel at a myth of ancient Africa at the fabulous Lost City. At Groot Marico you can immerse yourself in the bushveld atmosphere that inspired the stories of Herman Charles Bosman. Or you can laze the day away on a boat on Hartebeespoort Dam.
Hartebeestpoort Dam on the Vaal River is just an hour’s drive from Johannesburg. The mountains that loom over the dam were formed by the ancient eruption of a volcano hundreds of kilometres away. The circular remnant of that volcano is today the Pilanesberg National Park, a wildlife preserve near the Sun City casino resort. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)
The small town of Groot Marico in North West was the setting of a series of famous short stories by Herman Charles Bosman, one of South Africa’s greatest and most tragic writers. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)
An old still at Marico Mampoer in Groot Marico. Mampoer, or fruit brandy, is a powerful drink and a recurring theme in the Groot Marico stories of Herman Charles Bosman. (Image: South African Tourism, CC BY 2.0, via Flickr)