Remote, malaria free wilderness regions offering spectacular game viewing, ancient cultures steeped in myth and legend and incredible archaeological sites.
Situated about 3 hours’ drive from Johannesburg lies the beautiful Waterberg reserve or Welgevonden reserve. Dominated by the impressive mountain range and Waterberg Plateau, this reserve offers rugged natural beauty, malaria free Big 5 game viewing and wonderful walking trails.
Lying against the Botswana border is the thriving Big 5 wilderness area of Madikwe, spanning an incredible 765m2 of malaria free bushveld. Characterised by flat plains of grassland and woodland this area is known for its rare African wild dog and cheetah sightings.
Within about 2 hours’ drive of Johannesburg lies the Pilanesberg National Park situated in the crater of an extinct volcano and offering malaria free Big 5 game viewing. This is easy to combine with the famous Sun City resort, an African inspired architectural masterpiece, incongruently rising out of this remote wilderness. The Palace of the Lost City is unique, creating the illusion of an ancient civilization through distinctive design. Within the resort lie two world-class golf courses, a massive casino and entertainment complex and the Valley of the Waves water park.
Situated up north against the Zimbabwe border lies the Mapungubwe National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site of ancient land, laced in history and dating back as far as 1200AD, one of South Africa’s most significant archaeological sites.
This region is also famed for the rich culture of the Venda tribe, an area of mystery, arts and legends.
SEASONS IN THE NORTH & NORTH WEST
Summer :October – March – This area can be very hot with temperatures reaching into the 40 degrees C
Winter :April – September – Mild winters except in the higher lying regions where it can become cold at night
CLOSEST AIRPORTS : Johannesburg, Polokwane
LANGUAGE SPOKEN : English
CURRENCY : South African Rand
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE NORTH & NORTH WEST
A family safari in the incredible Madikwe Game Reserve
Marataba Walking trails in the Welgevonden Reserve
A round of golf at the famous Gary Player Golf course or Lost City Golf Course in the Sun City complex
Immerse yourself in the archeological history of the Mapungubwe National Park
Experience the fascinating arts and culture of the legendary Venda tribe
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African Spiral specialises in showing you all the highlights of Southern Africa with its many unique features, both the well-known tourist attractions as well as the lesser-known secrets. We are proud of our heritage, the magnificent natural beauty in which we live and the eclectic mix of cultures.