Madikwe savannah landscape in South Africa

This is one of the more easily accessible wildlife areas of South Africa.

Three or four hours after stepping off an international flight in Johannesburg, you can be holding your breath as a lion paces confidently towards you in one of the province’s fabulous national parks or game reserves.

This part of the country suits all budgets and safari types. In some parks, you can self-drive, camp and search for your own big cat thrills. In others, you can set out on foot with expert rangers for the ultimate up-close and personal moment, and in some of the private game reserves, you can wallow in luxury and a highly exclusive safari experience.

Although some of the parks and reserves here are fairly close to major cities (and the gloriously tacky Sun City — South Africa’s answer to Las Vegas), this is a region of real wilderness where wide-open spaces, big skies, stirring semi-desert scenery and star-spangled night skies are the backdrop to some of southern Africa’s most epic wildlife encounters.

Parks of the North West Province

An essential guide to game parks in the North West Province

  • Madikwe Game Reserve

    Madikwe Game Reserve

    Madikwe is unusual in that it is owned by the state in partnership with local communities and the private sector...
  • Waterberg Biosphere Reserve

    Waterberg Biosphere Reserve

    The vast upland massif of the Waterberg region is one of only two biosphere reserves in all of Africa...
  • Pilanesberg National Park

    Pilanesberg National Park

    Pilanesberg is safari made easy...

Places to go in North West Province

North West Province Travel Companies

Wayfairer

Tailor-made luxury travel
East Africa, Southern Africa
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Luxury, Family, Nature & Wildlife, Culture, Culinary, Responsible Travel

Absolute Zambia Safaris

Custom safari holidays to Zambia
Zambia
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour
Safari, Luxury, Family, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Responsible Travel

Wild Frontiers

Safaris into East, West and Southern Africa
East Africa, Southern Africa
Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour
Safari, Adventure, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Overlanding, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, National Parks, Culture, Indigenous Tourism, Solo Travel

The African Wild

Botswana tours and safaris
Botswana
Custom itinerary, Private guided tour, Self-guided tour
Safari, Luxury, Family, Active, Walking, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks

Take Me To Africa

Experts in small group travel to Africa
East Africa, Southern Africa
Small group tour
Safari, Luxury, Honeymoon, Beach, Family, Active, Walking, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Culinary, Food, Solo Travel

YellowWood Adventures

Sustainable travel for the modern-day explorer
Central America, North Africa, East Africa, Southern Africa, Central Asia
Custom itinerary, Small group tour, Private guided tour
Safari, Adventure, Backpacking, Hiking & Trekking, Mountain Biking, Water Sports, Active, Walking, Overlanding, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Culture, Cities, Museums & Galleries, History, Responsible Travel, Conservation, Solo Travel

African Encounters

East Africa, Southern Africa
Small group tour
Safari, Luxury, Family, Adventure, Active, Walking, Nature & Wildlife, Photography, Birdwatching, National Parks, Responsible Travel, Conservation, Eco-travel

The Adventure People

The Most Inspiring & Exciting Adventure Holidays On Earth.
Central America, South America, North Africa, East Africa, South Asia
Small group tour
Safari, Beach, Adventure, Backpacking, Hiking & Trekking, Active, Walking, Camping, Nature & Wildlife, National Parks, Culture, Solo Travel

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