Africa - roam the endless bushlands on an exciting safari.. close to
exciting Sun City (Casino Resort)
Province is Africa undistilled. It is raw and wild and wonderfully enigmatic.
With about half of the Kruger National Park and many other game reserves,
it has miles and miles of untamed wilderness where the Big Five and other
animals roam in a space so large it may almost be considered unfenced.
This low-lying area, which is generally referred to as the Lowveld, is
archetypical Africa - broad-leafed open forest interspersed with grassy
plains dominated by huge bulbous baobab trees.
stark contrast, the high-lying Waterberg, which rises from the plain like
a hippo standing up in a shallow stream, has a totally different vegetation
type, but is nevertheless a fantastic game viewing destination with the
added advantage of being malaria-free - unlike Kruger and the Lowveld
reserves. For wilderness of a different kind, Limpopo Province has some
of the most awesome wilderness hiking in the world.
Blouberg and the Wolkberg (Blue Mountains and Cloud Mountains) are wild
and virtually untouched. Experienced hikers can explore spectacular mountainous
areas that few people have seen, and climbers can clock up loads of first
ascents. Deep and uncharted caves await those brave enough to explore their
depths and patient enough to endure the red tape necessary to get permission
to mount an expedition.
Magoebaskloof area is characterised by lovely mountain scenery. Pretty
streams with tumbling waterfalls and secluded rock pools wind their way
through vast stands of indigenous forest, many with laid out hiking trails.
Limpopo has some of the best horseback safaris in South Africa, including
luxury trails in the malaria-free Waterberg and one fabulous operation
in a Big Five reserve near Kruger. The white water rafting on the Mutale
and Olifants Rivers is wet and wild. But there's more to this fascinating
place than animals, birds, mountains, rivers and trees. With sacred forests
clothed in mist, a hereditary semi-divine queen who can make rain, and
mystical lakes inhabited by mythical giant serpents, it's a place of mystery
and magic. Over Easter literally millions of adherents of the Zionist Christian
Church - a dynamic blend of charismatic Christianity and traditional African
beliefs - gather in the holy city of Moria for a long weekend of frenzied
devotion. Close to the borders of South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana,
Mapungubwe was a thriving city state in the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries,
and its remains have yielded fascinating archaeological data, as well as
some beautiful artefacts, the most notable of which is an exquisitely worked
gold rhino. It is a world heritage site.
from a similar era, Thulamela, in the Kruger National Park, is also worth
a visit. Of great botanical, as well as anthropological, importance is
Modjaji's Forest - the largest stand of cycads in the world. Consisting
of thousands of these austerely beautiful primitive plants, some of which
reach over 13m in height, this magical forest has been under the personal
protection of Modjaji - the hereditary Rain Queen of the Lobedu people
- for centuries. But Limpopo also has its prosaic aspects. Huge iron mines
dominate the landscape in places, and the small towns serve mostly the
large farming community that breeds cattle and grows delicious tropical
crops like avocadoes, citrus fruit, litchis, mangoes, bananas, macadamia
nuts, pecan nuts, coffee and tea. The area around Bela Bela (previously
called Warmbaths) is renowned for its therapeutic hot springs. In fact,
there is a whole string of hot springs all through the province, and the
many private game lodges and boutique hotels have attached wellness centres,
so it's a great venue for some pampering combined with a bit of game viewing.
If you are planning to travel to the Kruger National Park or Lowveld please
be aware that certain parts of this region are malarial. Consult your doctor
or travel clinic for advice and refer to our article on malaria.
North West Province is mostly pretty close to the urban conurbation of
Johannesburg and Pretoria. While vast areas are dedicated to maize and
cattle farming, and the mining industry is very well developed, there are
some wonderful destinations.
The fantastic Madikwe Game
Reserve, right on the Botswana border is a wonderful place with all of
the Big Five and - major bonus - a large population of the gorgeous and
endangered African wild dog. It's not often you get to see these particularly
attractive animals, with their 'painted' coats and white tipped tails.
Another fantastic reserve
is Pilanesburg, which is situated in an enormous volcanic crater - long
extinct, don't worry. One of the major attractions of Pilanesberg is the
hot air balloon flights from which you're likely to see a variety of animals.
Pilanesberg is smack bang next door to the rather over-the-top casino resort
of Sun City and the outrageous Lost City. As well as gambling, there are
fun rides, water parks, horse trails and two championship golf courses.
It's all designed to separate you from your hard earned cash but, if you
go there expecting that, you'll have loads of fun.
The small town of Groot Marico
is deeply entrenched in the South African psyche as the setting for the
stories of one of the country's most well loved authors - Herman Charles
Bosman. His rather far fetched, hilariously funny and touchingly poignant
short stories tell of the ambitions and misadventures of the thinly fictionalised
residents of this rural enclave in the early 20th century. And Bosman lives
on. The whole town is a tribute to the man who put it - literally - on
the map. The literature map, that is. You can do a mampoer tasting trips,
which are only recommended for people with strong and healthy livers, visit
the pub in which most of his stories are set, and do some general tours
of the area, including a visit to the Eye of Mariko - a pretty spring,
which is also a rather low key dive site, strangely enough.
Really close to Johannesburg
is the lovely Magaliesburg, where you'll find all manner of rural pleasures
including craft outlets and studios, coffee shops, restaurants, guest houses,
cheese factories, horse trails and hot air balloon rides.
Of interest to note in the
far north of the province, the Kgalagadi
Transfrontier Park offers a wonderful location for game viewing, hiking
and peaceful relaxation.
Cabanas Hotel at Sun City Resort, Sun City The
refreshing, laid back ambience of the Cabanas at Sun City is the immediate
impression one receives upon welcome. The most relaxed and casual of all
the hotels at Sun City, the Cabanas offer informal yet comfortable accommodation.
When he’s not too busy exploring what the other pool decks have to offer,
guests can spot Figaro, Sun City’s resident Blue Crane, strutting his stuff
by the Grande Pool Bar. Sun City Cabanas offer three dining choices–
the chefs excel at creating imaginative theme style buffets at the Palm
Terrace and everyday a full breakfast buffet and dinner buffet is offered.
Light and scrumptious daytime fare is served at the Grande Pool Bar.
Sun City Hotel & Casino at Sun City Resort, Sun City A superior deluxe hotel,
located in Sun City Resort entertainment and theatre complex, sheer Sun
City elegance. All rooms have colour television, telephone and radio. Hotel
facilities include 4 restaurants, 2 bars, 24 hour room service, coffee
shop and beauty salon. Complex facilities include conference for 2000 people
and gym, bowls and horse riding. Also access to two of the worlds best
18 hole golf courses and lost citys valley of waves. Whatever you want
you will find it at sun city from sizzling entertainment, world class casinos
and restaurants to cater for all tastes, to our more relaxed poolside venues,
quiet places, lush gardens and extensive sporting facilities including
two world class golf courses.
Cascades Hotel at Sun City Resort, Sun City A cool breeze, a sultry
summer’s day, an exotic cocktail at the sand bar and a hint of Turkish
music, set the scene for a perfect holiday retreat. The Mediterranean is
the deep, blue heart that gives life to the countries that surround it.
With this in mind, Sun City has transformed the Cascades Pool and Grotto
Restaurant into an area reminiscent of the azure blue of the tranquil Mediterranean.
The pool deck has been extended by about 7 metres and the lawn areas have
been converted into a sandy beach complete with a secluded bathing area
and sand bar evocative of Tom Cruise’s “Cocktail” movie.
Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort, Sun City The Palace of the Lost City
at Sun City is one of the most enticing travellers' destinations in the
world, a tribute to man's imagination and revered for its art and architecture.
Fabled to be the royal residence of an ancient king, it is truly one of
the 'Worlds Leading Hotels". The Palace lavishes its guests with 5-star
service, and is luxurious in every facet of its fabulous architecture and
décor. Surrounding the hotel is a 25 hectare botanical jungle. The
jungle is threaded with meandering paths, cascades, lakes and pools and
a variety of water-borne adventure rides. The Palace has 338 rooms inclusive
of four deluxe suites.
Bush Lodge, Pilanesberg National Park Set in the Pilanesburg National
Park, the Tshukudu Bush Lodge is a modern wooden building in keeping with
its surroundings, with views across the plains and waterhole below. The
lodge's six luxury cottages have separate lounge areas with open fires,
which open onto balconies with views of the plains and wildlife. They have
African decor with colourful paintings and wall hangings; the bathrooms
have dark wooden decking and sunken baths which also overlook the plains.
Amenities include ceiling fans, minibars, safety deposit boxes and hair
dryers. The Tshukudu Bush Lodge runs morning and afternoon game drives
and walks with their experienced field guides.
and Dutch: Town of Rest) is a small city of 125.000 inhabitants situated
in at the foot of the Magaliesberg mountain range in North West Province
of South Africa. The town was established in 1851 as an administrative
centre for a fertile farming area producing citrus fruit, tobacco, groundnuts,
sunflower seeds, maize, wheat and cattle. On 10 February 1859, the Dutch
Reformed Church was founded in Rustenburg. Just north-west of the town,
the Transvaal President Paul Kruger bought a 5 square kilometre farm in
Among the first residents
of Rustenburg were settlers of Indian origin. One of the first families
of Indian origin was the Bhyat family, whose contribution to the City's
history was marked by the renaming of a major streetname to "Fatima Bhayat
Street". The spelling of the surname on the street name is unfortunately
incorrect. Fatima Bhyat and husband Abubakr Ahmed Bhyat, the first residents
of Indian origin, owned a hardware store that supplied equipment on credit
to Paul Kruger for use during the Anglo-Boer War and for which they were
later rewarded with in gold. Rustenburg was one of the host cities
of the 2010 Football World Cup with the 40000 seat Royal Bafokeng
Upmarket Guesthouse, RUSTENBURG Offering
an outdoor pool and bar, Boschdal provides air-conditioned rooms with well-equipped
kitchenettes. Guests can enjoy a buffet-style breakfast outside on the
tree-lined terrace. The rooms are fitted with wooden furniture and colourful
pillows. A seating area with a chair and selected satellite TV with a decoder
are included. Toiletries are provided for guests’ comfort. Free WiFi is
available throughout. Some rooms have sleeper couches. The guest house
as a 24-hour front desk, 2 remote controlled gates and security cameras.
Conference facilities are available for up to 50 guests. There is a golf
course and cinema in the surrounding area. Rustenburg Nature Reserve are
within 6 km of Boschdal. The property is situated in a secure suburb within
54 km from Sun City.
Game Lodge, Vaalwater (Mabatlane), Limpopo Province Showcasing a year-round
outdoor pool and hot tub, Jamila Game Lodge is located in Vaalwater in
the region of Limpopo. The property features a spa tub. All units have
a sitting area. A refrigerator and kettle are also provided. Bed linen
are available Jamila Game Lodge also includes a terrace. Guests can enjoy
a meal at the on-site restaurant, followed by a drink at the bar.