10 Budget-friendly Things to do in North-West Province That You Shouldn't Miss

July 24, 2021 Ying Subia

Discover the best top things to do in North-West Province, South Africa including Lion and Safari Park, Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre, Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary, Pilanesberg National Park, Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort, Horse and Trails Unlimited, Kwena Crocodile Farm, Kgaswane Nature Reserve, Valley of Waves, Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij.
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1. Lion and Safari Park

R512 Lanseria Rd, Broederstroom, Madibeng 0240 South Africa +27 87 150 0100 [email protected] http://www.lionandsafaripark.com
Excellent
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4.5 based on 2,192 reviews

Lion and Safari Park

Over its almost 50 year history the Lion Park became Gauteng's number one tourist attraction through the friendliness of its staff and the amazing wildlife experience it offered. The new Lion and Safari Park has spared no expense in creating a world class tourist attraction in the heart of the Cradle of Humankind and looks forward to building on this success in the many years ahead. Attractions include: Guided game drives, Self-drive, Restaurants African Shopping Experience and more... Please note that animal interaction is no longer available at the Lion & Safari Park.

Reviewed By Mandi991 - Pretoria, South Africa

We visited the Lion and Safari park with 2 young children and we had such an amazing time. From the time that we went to the sales counter to buy the tickets, to the ordering of the photo’s and the cub interaction we were just treated with so much professionalism and friendliness. The guys at the cub interaction was absolutely brilliant and made it such a fantastic experience for the kids and they took the best photo’s ever! The Giraffe feeding was so much fun and what a fantastic experience to see the Lions being fed. Thank you for such an amazing day and we will definitely come and visit again!!!

2. Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

R513, Brits, Madibeng 0251 South Africa +27 63 693 7403 [email protected] http://www.dewildt.co.za/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 565 reviews

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

The Cheetah Centre in South Africa was established in 1971, initially as a cheetah breeding project and the Centre has during the past 40 years bred over 800 cheetah cubs. Various conservation projects have been initiated since its inception which also inlcudes a successful African wild dog breeding programme. Known in the past as the De Wildt Cheetah Centre the name has recently been changed to the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre as a tribute to the woman who has devoted her life to the survival of the cheetahs as well as other rare and endangered species

Reviewed By 201brucee - Brits, South Africa

Great to see years of dedication being multiplied in a project that is transforming the African cause of conservation

3. Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary

R104, Madibeng 0216 South Africa +27 12 258 9904 [email protected] http://www.monkeysanctuary.co.za/
Excellent
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4.5 based on 344 reviews

Bush Babies Monkey Sanctuary

The Monkey Sanctuary is one of several sanctuaries in a group of sanctuaries, including the elephant sanctuary that provides for orphaned and abused animals. Situated west of Hartbeesport Dam alongside the Elephant sanctuary it provides an environment where monkeys (primates) can be given their freedom in a natural environment. The sanctuary situated in one of the many Kloofs (Gorges) of the Magaliesberg mountain range provides the perfect environment for Monkeys from around the world.

Reviewed By ciarag1990 - Johannesburg, South Africa

We went for an anniversary and had an amazing time!!! Terribly sad that so many of these animals ended up there due to irresponsible and illegal pet ownership. But a wonderful day out!

4. Pilanesberg National Park

Sun City, Moses Kotane Local Municipality 0314 South Africa +27 14 555 1600 [email protected] http://www.northwestparks.org.za/index.html
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4.5 based on 1,582 reviews

Pilanesberg National Park

Reviewed By mini_adventure_caz

I was in Joburg on business and on a weekend I booked a guided tour to Pilanesberg NP with Felleng and was not disappointed...it was an absolutely fantastic day out! You will ideally need a 4x4 vehicle for some of the tracks off the main roads - our tour vehicle was as are many of the guided tour vehicles . We were fortunate to see 4 of the Big Five (lion, elephant, cape buffalo, white rhino) which was incredible along with hippo, warthog, impala, springbok, zebra, giraffe, hyena, many other types of antelope I cannot remember all the names of and numerous birds. Unfortunately the leopard and cheetah eluded us, but to compensate we saw a rhino and her calf cross the road immediately in front of our vehicle, a pride of lions on a kill and the elephants even put on a show at the watering hole near the Pilanesberg Centre. Other reviews I've read complain about not seeing a lot of animals and about the roads...it isn't a zoo and is therefore not predictable. You may not be as lucky as we were! And about poachers...unfortunately the park, like many in Africa, is not immune to poachers who have only recently killed 2 rhino for their horns. In summary, it is only 2 hours drive from Joburg and a fantastic way to spend a day or weekend if you appreciate nature.

5. Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort

Plot 3 45 mins from Jhb and Pta towards Sun City, Madibeng 0260 South Africa +27 12 253 9910 [email protected] http://www.hartiescableway.co.za
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4.5 based on 786 reviews

Aerial Cableway Hartbeespoort

Reviewed By Notwane

Family (wheel chair friendly!) outing catering for old and young. Apart from the various informative hikes (LOVED the titbits of information every where!), ride in the cable car and surprising GREAT restaurants on top of the mountain, there is also a very good play area for the kids with a jumping castle and lastly: the VIEW over Hartbeespoort Dam and surrounds (look out for the giraffe peeking at you as you ride with the cable car - adorable!!).

6. Horse and Trails Unlimited

Harties Horse and Trails Unlimited, Madibeng 0261 South Africa +27 82 926 4911 [email protected] http://www.horseandtrails.co.za
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4.5 based on 33 reviews

Horse and Trails Unlimited

No horse riding experience needed! We offer 1 Hour Scenic Trails, 2 Hour Lookout Mountain Ridge Trails up Lookout Ridge of the Mighty Magaliesberg, Romantic Trails and Picnics up the Gorge of the Schurveberg Mountain, experiencing a Private Picnic amid Untouched Nature. Unique Engagement Package also available. Stunning views and Nature with all Trails! Visit our website for amazing Specials!

Reviewed By lesedismog

It was my first time going horse riding and I was scared at first but I was given the best and well-behaved horse named Juliet. It was an amazing experience and the open-air Swedish massage was the cherry on top. I would definitely recommend it to other travelers.

7. Kwena Crocodile Farm

Sun City, Moses Kotane Local Municipality South Africa +27 14 552 1262 http://www.kwenachalets.co.za/crocodiles/crocodile_sanctuary.php
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4.0 based on 319 reviews

Kwena Crocodile Farm

This crocodile sanctuary is fun for all ages; observe, learn about and even feed these impressive creatures.

Reviewed By golfer35 - Worcester, United Kingdom

Great facilities, only an hours worth to do but nice facilities. Really up close encounters with the animals. Would be nice to see the abandoned enclosures filled with other animals. Staff very enthusiastic about the place.

8. Kgaswane Nature Reserve

Helen Joseph Avenue Cashan Ext 4, Rustenburg 0305 South Africa +27 14 533 2050 http://www.tourismnorthwest.co.za
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4.0 based on 88 reviews

Kgaswane Nature Reserve

This lush valley basin was declared a reserve in 1961 and protects numerous antelope species and over two hundred documented bird species. Hikers of all skill levels enjoy short hikes, day hikes and overnight camping treks.

Reviewed By kateontravel - Johannesburg, South Africa

Take a lovely day out to drive around the tar roads and try and catch a glimse of the many animals in their habitat. The drive itself is quite enjoyable for little ones to try and see who spots the most animals. The picnic/braai area is quite basic and the nearby bathrooms are clean and well maintained. There are hiking trails with beautiful views. The waterfall is the best feature of the nature reserve so if you staying over do not miss this.

9. Valley of Waves

Sun City Resort, Sun City, Moses Kotane Local Municipality 0316 South Africa +27 14 557 1000 [email protected] http://www.suninternational.com/Destinations/Resorts/SunCity/FacilitiesActivities/Pages/ValleyofWaves.aspx
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4.0 based on 1,544 reviews

Valley of Waves

The Valley of Waves is the central feature of the Lost City at Sun City. It is one of the most advanced water parks in the world, dominated by the Roaring Lagoon. When waves are not generated, a bobbing cycle is generated in a diamond pattern. All Resort residents enter the park free of charge by presenting their resident cards. Day visitors pay an entrance fee to the park.

Reviewed By fajadue - Chile, null

Is an amazing place with plenty if entertainment for adults and youngs. Be careful with the waves, are very dangerous for children! Tube slides are awesome!

10. Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij

Skeerpoort, Madibeng 0232 South Africa +27 12 207 1289 http://www.vangaalen.co.za
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4.0 based on 158 reviews

Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij

Reviewed By R61YLevelynm - Pretoria, South Africa

Lovely atmosphere, friendly helpful staff and very clen. The gardens are beautiful with a touch of vintage and nostalgia. Just enquire what days the cheese is made.

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