Bordering the Kalahari Desert to the west, rimmed by the mighty Vaal River in the South and extending to the craggy, scenic hills of the Magaliesberg in the northeast, the North West Province is a treasure trove for travellers. Find the Big Five in ‘malaria-free’ Madikwe and Pilansberg Game reserves – two of the few places where springbok and impala are found naturally together.

Beneath the scattered trees and grasslands of the North West Province lie some of the worlds richest platinum reserves for which the province is nicknamed “The Platinum Province.” Besides its immense mineral wealth, sheep, cattle and maize are farmed.   Being a mere 2 hours’ drive from Johannesburg, and boasting a hot, dry climate,  means that the North West is a popular destination.

Summer temperatures are between 22 and 34 degrees Celsius and winter averages about 16 degrees, although nights are often chilly.  Summer is characterised by brief, dramatic, late afternoon thundershowers.