The North West province lies in the heart of the subcontinent, providing a link between South Africa and Botswana, and skirted by the Kalahari desert, Gauteng and the Free State on the other sides. The North-West is well known for being the largest platinum production area in the world, and its lesser-known Stelland area is the "Texas of South Africa" with some of the biggest cattle herds in the world. With its opportunities for cultural and historical heritage experiences, the North West Province is also known as the "Heritage Province" and the "Platinum Province".
Capital - Mahikeng (formerly known as Mafikeng).
Mother tongues - Setswana 67%, Afrikaans 8%, IsiXhosa 5%
The province is divided into five regions:
- Bophirima (towards the West)
- the Central
- De Wildt Cheetah & Wildlife Centre
- Groot Marico
- Hartbeespoort Dam
- Lesedi Cultural Village
- Madikwe Game Reserve
- Pilanesberg Game Reserve (see Bakubung Lodge for a place to stay in the Pilanesberg)
- Sun City & the Palace of the Lost City
- Vredefort Dome