Hidden gems of the North West

15 Jul 2016

Fastest land animal

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

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The fastest felines on Earth can be found at the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre. These spotted cats are a true beauty, and visitors to the centre (which is a non-profit institute) gain more knowledge of the cats through a three-hour guided tour and touch experience. This amazing establishment was founded in 1971 to conserve African wild dogs and Cape Vultures.

An awe-inspiring game drive

Pilanesberg National Park

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There’s no better place to experience the Big Five than at the Pilanesberg National Park (the fourth-largest reserve in South Africa), which is a stone’s throw away from Johannesburg (just a three-hour drive). Africa’s fiercest cats including lions and leopards call this sanctuary home, and other wildlife such as the African Elephant, Cape Buffalo and rhinos thrive here too.

Madikwe Game Reserve

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If you think the Pilanesberg National Park is impressive, the Madikwe Game Reserve is just as unique and offers a truly memorable African bush experience. Home to 66 mammal and 300 bird species, you may just have a surprise visitor on your doorstep at one of the many luxury game lodges. 

A detour to roadside attractions

Kedar Heritage Lodge

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It’s quite a humbling experience to take a step back in time and learn about the history of Paul Kruger in the early days. Take a guided tour of the Paul Kruger Country House Museum at the Kedar Heritage Lodge. There you will see three incredible 19th-century buildings restored to its former glory, including the hartbeeshuise, which was built in 1862 from mud as well as a home built in 1872 that resembles the classic Victorian era.

The town of Groot Marico

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Groot Marico is an enchanting town shrouded in rich culture, and renowned for the famous storyteller – Herman Charles Bosman. A visit to the Herman Charles Bosman Living Museum will give you insight to the town’s history, culture and the famous writer himself. 

Lesedi Cultural Village

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There are many different African cultures in South Africa, and the Lesedi Cultural Village is a great establishment to get greater insight into the traditional rural living of the Zulu, Basotho, Pedi and Xhosa people. Visitors to the village can also enjoy traditional song and dance, followed by a buffet of African cuisine.

Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway

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Sure, Cape Town has the Table Mountain Cableway, but the Hartbeespoort Aerial Cableway offers views of the beautiful Magaliesberg, Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounding areas. This, the longest mono-cableway in Africa, is worth a trip to the North West. 

A place to rest

Thaba Legae Guest Lodge

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Situated in Rustenburg, the Thaba Legae Guest Lodge offers the perfect getaway to kick back and enjoy breathtaking views of the Magaliesberg Mountains.

The Palace of the Lost City

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Once you step into The Palace of the Lost City, you’ll feel like royalty. If it’s not the lavish suites then it has to be the impeccable service from hotel staff that keeps visitors coming back.

Madikwe River Lodge 

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If it’s tranquillity you’re looking for, The Madikwe River Lodge is the perfect venue. Nature is literally on your doorstep when you look out from one the many luxurious suites the lodge offers.

There are so many more places to visit and must-see attractions in the North West. Why not take a Sho’t Left and enjoy these awesome North West deals.