North West Province, which extends west from Gauteng to the Botswana border and the Kalahari Desert, is blessed with breathtaking scenic beauty, vast plains of African bushveld, superb game parks and the magnificent sporting and leisure facilities of Sun City Resort.
Just over two hours from Johannesburg in the heart of untamed bushveld lies the mind-boggling opulence of Sun City Resort. This extravagant playground is the southern hemisphere’s answer to Las Vegas and known the world over as a fantastic holiday hotspot for all the family. Along with four world-class hotels there are glamorous casinos, fabulous dining venues, incredible sports facilities and spectacular entertainment.
Right next door, wonderfully scenic Pilanesberg National Park promises thrilling game viewing, including the Big Five, in a malaria-free environment. Set in the crater of a long extinct volcano, Pilanesberg was farmland until 1979, when thanks to Operation Genesis - the largest game translocation ever undertaken at the time - nearly 6,000 animals of 19 different species were introduced. Today, this dramatic landscape and its unique ecological richness supports a wide variety of plants, over 7,000 animals and 360 bird species that are not often found living side by side.
Tucked in the very north of the province, near the border with Botswana, is the massive Madikwe Game Reserve. Still relatively unknown, despite being one of the largest game reserves in the country, Madikwe is an enthralling joint venture between the state, private sector and local community. Malaria-free, this gem is great for all ages hoping to see all the major species, including the Big Five. It’s also known for its wild dogs, wildebeest and spotted hyena while twitchers can look forward to seeking out over 350 bird varieties.
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Sun City Resort is 2½ hours drive from Johannesburg. Pilanesberg National Park is right next to Sun City Resort or just a 2 hour drive from Johannesburg. Madikwe is a 2 hour drive from Sun City and a 4 hour drive from Johannesburg, although it does have its own airstrip with one flight a day from Johannesburg.
This region of South Africa offers almost year-round sunshine. The summer months (August to March) can be very hot and often bring brief, refreshing afternoon thunderstorms. Winter brings dry, sunny days and chilly nights.
South Africa has relaxed its requirements for travelling with children under the age of 18. Visa exempt children (including UK Nationals visiting for tourism purposes) entering South Africa accompanied by an adult are required to present only a valid passport on arrival, regardless of whether the child is travelling with both parents, one parent, or an adult who is not a biological parent.
There are other requirements for children travelling unaccompanied. For more information, contact the South African High Commission www.southafricahouseuk.com or the South African Department of Home Affairs www.dha.gov.za.