Interactive Map of North West Reserves
North West Reserves
Home to the fantastic Pilanesberg and Madikwe game reserves, North West
has the big five, fantastic bird-life and wide-open African skies. The
area boasts archaeological discoveries that go back to the beginnings
of humankind, as well as the world-famous Sun City hotel complex, creatively
dedicated to ancient lost civilizations and modern-day pleasures.
Madikwe Game Reserve
The 75,000 hectare Madikwe Game
Reserve is South Africa's second largest game reserve. The reserve
is a joint venture embracing the North West Parks and Tourism Board,
the private sector and local communities. Established in 1991, Madikwe was the
site of operation Phoenix - the largest translocation of game ever
undertaken - with over 10,000 animals reintroduced into the reserve.
Madikwe Game Reserve is more than just an incredible malaria-free safari
destination, it is an internationally significant conservation initiative.
Pilanesberg Game Reserve
Next door to the famous Sun City resort is the Pilanesberg Game Reserve,
where visitors can experience the big five, just two hours from Johannesburg.
The reserve is home to a large number of wild animals and is one of
the province’s biggest attractions. The Pilanesberg mountain
range exists as a result of an enormous volcano that erupted millions
of years ago - leaving behind the beautiful hilly undulations that
stretch as far as the eye can see.
The extravagant Sun City hotel/entertainment complex `in the middle of
nowhere’, is known the world over as a tourism hotspot. It was
built over 20 years ago in the homeland of Bophuthatswana when gambling
was not permitted in South Africa under the apartheid government. Sun
City remains an icon of family fun and entertainment. The Lost City
is the obvious highlight of the Sun City complex and the Palace of
the Lost City - with its extravagant lost-world theme and spectacular
African feel - is one of the most famous hotels in the world.
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