Visit Northwest province
The vast, semi-arid Kalahari and bushveld habitats of the Northwest Province, near the border with Botswana, were the scene of the world's largest game translocation exercise: Operation Phoenix. The area is the least visited safari destination in South Africa and provides an authentic, off-the-beaten-track experience. Free from malaria it offers visitors exceptional Big Five viewing.
Madikwe Private Game Reserve
To the north of Johannesburg, the malaria-free Madikwe Private Game Reserve is a 75,000-hectare wilderness home to some 300 species of birds along with cheetah, wild dog, a host of reptiles and amphibians, and that all-important Big Five. Accommodation here is exclusive and indulgent, and includes perennial favourites such as the Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge and the stunning Molori Safari Lodge, whose five unique open-air suites are among Southern Africa’s most luxurious.
Top itineraries in Northwest province
Explore in luxurious comfort with private transfers throughout, expert-led guided tours and stays in some of the country’s finest hotels as you combine South Africa’s city greats – Cape Town and Johannesburg – with an all-inclusive Big Five safari.
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Top places to stay in Northwest province
Situated within the Madikwe Game Reserve – a haunt of the fabled Big 5 – the Sanctuary Makanyane Safari Lodge mixes unapologetic luxury with some of South Africa's finest wildlife encounters.
Situated within the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa on the border of Botswana, the secluded lodge ensures privacy and luxury
Lelapa offers a family-orientated safari with specialised rangers and facilities for young naturalists.
Where to go in Northwest province
The fascinating Pilanesberg National Park is located in the transition zone between the Kalahari and Lowveld, offering a thrilling big game viewing in a malaria-free environment.
Meet our Northwest province experts
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