Game viewing in the North West Province...

Pilanesberg National ParkPilanesberg National Park

The North West province has some great game reserves within easy reach of the cities in Gauteng.  The Pilanesberg National park  for example is less than 2 hours drive from Johannesburg. Many tour operators offer day trips to Pilanesberg from hotels in Gauteng an so it is great  opportunity for overseas visitors  on a short business trip to take a quick trip into big 5 country.

Another one of my favourite destinations is the less known Borakalalo National Park a short distance past Brits. As I really enjoy nature photography these parks are great place for me to go to take some  wildlife photos.

A bit further afield is the Madikwe reserve, on the border of Botswana. These are but a few of the places you can visit on a safari through the North West Province.

There are several nature reserves with dams that are popular among anglers, Bloemhof Dam being the biggest.

South African National Parks:

Lioness - Pilanesberg National ParkLioness - Pilanesberg National Park

Pilanesberg National Park:

The unique habitat of the Pilanesberg Game Reserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife, birdlife and plants with the Big 5 probably on top of most visitors must see list. 

I personally enjoy the fact that  you can go game viewing in your own vehicle, the camping at Bakgatla and Manyane and the bird hides at every dam.

Waterbuck in Borakalalo National ParkWaterbuck in Borakalalo National Park

Borakalalo National Park:

When we visited Borakalelo National Park for the first time we really had a pleasant surprise.  This little gem is quite close to the Gauteng Metro’s of Johannesburg and Pretoria which makes it an excellent destination to visit for the day.

The birding, especially water birds is great. The game viewing is good.

The park surrounds the Klipvoordam. There are shady picnic areas for day visitors.  You can do game viewing in your own car along good gravel roads.  There is also a rustic campsite right next to the dam. Perfect for fishing.

For more information on these and other National Parks in South Africa please visit the SANParks official website.

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Game Reserves and other Scenic Limpopo Province Destinations:

Kudu Bull and ImpalaKudu Bull and Impala

Bojanala Region:

  • Kgaswane Nature Reserve
  • Madikwe Game Reserve
  • Vaalkop Dam Nature Reserve
  • ATKV Buffelspoort


Water LiliesWater Lilies

Bophirima Region:

  • Molopo Game Reserve
  • S.A. Lombard Nature Reserve
  • Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve


Central Region:

  • Botsalano Game Reserve
  • Mafikeng Game Reserve
  • Baberspan Bird Sanctuary
  • Molemane Eye Nature Reserve

Mabalingwe Game ReserveMabalingwe Game Reserve

Southern Region:

For more information on these Game Reserves and other destinations please visit the North West Province Tourism website.

North West Province  Accommodation:

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