Exploring North West through the eyes of a nature lover

Posted on 9 May 2024 By Nomvelo Masango

The North West province is a treasure trove of cultural vibrancy, rich history, hidden gems and natural wonder. It offers plenty of worthwhile experiences for different travellers, and nature lovers are not excluded.

Bakubung Game Drive, North West

Here’s a brief look at the North West province through the eyes of a nature lover:

Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park & Wildlife Trust

The Pilanesberg National Park is one of the North West’s major attractions. It is home to the Big 5, while also boasting an impressive abundance of flora and fauna. Pilanesberg is the perfect place to connect to nature and appreciate its beauty. Leisurely safaris, hot-air balloon rides and tranquil weekend escapes are popular at the natural paradise.

Pilanesberg Tented Camp (Image: Getaway Gallery)

Madikwe Game Reserve

Situated on the border of Botswana, the Madikwe Game Reserve is home to diverse landscapes and an abundance of animals. As one of the lesser-known reserves, it offers a less-crowded and more exclusive wildlife experience.

A small ellie walks into the bushveld at Madikwe Game Reserve. (Image: Melanie van Zyl)

The reserve is regarded as one of Africa’s best conservation areas and offers the chance to thoroughly appreciate the astounding beauty of nature and all it has to offer. Plus, there’s a high chance of spotting interesting animals, including the African wild dog.

Only lanterns light up this amazing off-the-grid camp in a quiet section of Madikwe. Photo by Melanie van Zyl


The Magaliesberg mountain range stretches across Gauteng and the North West province. It boasts an unbelievable kind of beauty which is captured in its cliffs, valleys and waterfalls. The mountain range also offers an unequalled combination of biodiversity and human history.

It is home to over 300 species of birds, as well as other animals including monkeys and leopards. Magaliesberg is the perfect place to enjoy a hike, some horse-riding or simply a tranquil retreat in nature’s refreshing embrace.

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