Exploring the gems of North West

South Africa’s North West province is a treasure trove of natural beauty, culture, and history. Bordered by Botswana to the north and Gauteng to the east, the region beckons travellers with its stunning landscapes and captivating attractions.

Whether you are a wildlife enthusiast, history buff or simply seeking a peaceful escape, North West has something to offer for everyone.

Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park is a wildlife enthusiast's paradise. Nestled within the crater of an extinct volcano, the park offers a unique backdrop for unforgettable wildlife encounters.

Witness the iconic Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinos – in their natural habitat on thrilling game drives. You can also soar above the savannah on a hot air balloon safari for a bird's-eye view of this natural wonder.

Accommodation options range from luxury lodges to camping sites, ensuring an immersive experience in the heart of the African wilderness.

Lodges in Pilanesberg National Park

Ivory Tree Lodge

Ivory Tree Game Lodge is a luxury lodge situated in the malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve. The reserve is set within the crater of an ancient volcano. The presence of early man in the region is evident from the numerous Stone and Iron Age sites in the park. There are several adventure activities available to visitors including quad biking, archery, airguns, and more.

Lodges in Pilanesberg National Park

Shepards Tree Lodge

Escape city living, head to the bush and get acquainted with nature, enjoy the luxury of having all your meals prepared for you as well as experiencing the game activities on offer. aha Shepherd’s Tree Game Lodge is a magnificent lodge concession located within the existing Pilanesberg Game Reserve.

Lodges in Pilanesberg National Park

Tshukudu Bush Lodge

Tshukudu Bush Lodge is an intimate sanctuary tucked away on its own private concession right in the heart of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park. It is a two-hour drive from Johannesburg. This luxury lodge is well known for its picturesque topography and the plains can be seen teeming with wildlife.

Lodges in Pilanesberg National Park

Bakubung Bush Lodge

Rediscover nature and enjoy a relaxing escape at Bakubung Bush Lodge in the Pilanesberg National Park. See the Big Five right on your doorstep. Bakubung Bush Lodge is a two hours’ drive from Johannesburg and is ten minutes away from Sun City.

Lodges in Pilanesberg National Park

Kwa Maritane Bush lodge

Nestled beneath “the Rock”, this is where Kwa Maritane gets its name meaning the place of the rock. This luxury four-star hotel offers excellent service, mouth-watering cuisine and spacious en-suite accommodation that exudes elegance in true African style.

Sun City Resort

For those seeking a mix of relaxation and excitement, Sun City Resort is the ultimate destination.

This world-class resort, just around the corner from Pilanesberg, offers opulent accommodations, fine dining experiences, championship golf courses and thrilling water sports at the Valley of Waves. The Valley of Waves is known for its adrenaline-pumping water slides, lazy river for relaxation and a range of dining options to satisfy every palate.

When the sun sets, Sun City comes alive with a vibrant nightlife, including concerts and shows by internationally renowned artists.

Lesedi Cultural Village

Lesedi Cultural Village is located in the heart of the African bushveld amidst the rocky hills within the Cradle of Humankind, a World Heritage Site.

To delve into the rich traditions and customs of South Africa's local people, a visit to the Lesedi Cultural Village is a must.

This unique attraction offers guided tours, traditional dances, and authentic African cuisine, providing a unique cultural experience for tourists. It is the ideal opportunity to connect with the heritage of the region and gain a deeper understanding of its people.

Outdoor enthusiasts can explore the surrounding nature trails, adding an adventurous twist to their cultural experience.

Hartbeespoort Dam

Located just a short drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria, Hartbeespoort Dam is a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers.

The picturesque dam is surrounded by the majestic Magaliesberg Mountains and nature reserves, providing a tranquil escape from the bustling city life. Nature enthusiasts can explore the surrounding hiking trails and engage in birdwatching, immersing themselves in the natural beauty of the area.

The surrounding area also boasts charming restaurants, craft markets and wildlife sanctuaries, providing ample opportunities for relaxation and exploration.

Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve is a premier safari destination renowned for its vast wilderness and diverse ecosystems.

It's the ideal place to witness the Big Five and many other species in their natural habitat. Expert guides and trackers ensure unforgettable game drives, where you might spot lions, elephants, leopards and even rare African wild dogs and black rhinos.

Consider staying in one of the exclusive lodges for a luxurious and immersive way to explore the reserve and its stunning landscapes while supporting sustainable tourism practices.

Lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve

Impodimo Game Lodge

Impodimo Game Lodge is home to the ‘Big 5’, the beautiful Painted Wolf (African Wild Dogs), Cheetah, Brown and Spotted Hyena a variety of large mammals and magnificent bird life. It is set on a rocky ridge overlooking the vistas of the malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve. 

Lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve

Tau Game Lodge

Tau is a luxury safari lodge where guests can enjoy an authentic safari holiday. There are 30 luxury thatched chalets which are spread out in a U-formation on either side of the lodge. All Tau's Chalets have views of the game approaching the water hole. Each chalet has privacy with its own viewing deck, ensuite bathroom and open-air shower.

Lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Safari Lodge

If you are looking for great game viewing and a spectacular safari experience then Madikwe Safari Lodge is the place to be. This luxury Safari Lodge blends perfectly with the natural surroundings of its location. Immerse yourself in the charming atmosphere of the Madikwe Safari Lodge after exploring the African wilderness. Each of the lodges is diverse and specifically tailored to meet the various needs of our guests. Whether you are planning your stay as a group of friends, as a family, or a couple, every need is catered for.

Lodges in Madikwe Game Reserve

Thakadu River Camp

aha Thakadu River Camp is set within a riverine canopy and it is surrounded by an impressive diversity of fauna and flora. Guests will stay in beautifully appointed, 4-star tented suites. Besides enjoying all the comforts of modern living right in the heart of the untamed bushveld, your ranger will share their extended knowledge with you, so that you can gain an in-depth understanding of the area which will add your holiday experience.

To book any of these lodges, contact your Travel Counsellors

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