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South Africa's 'City of Goodwill' is the capital city of North-West Province. It is found on the border with Botswana, within easy reach of Johannesburg (160 miles) for those who have car hire in Mafikeng.
Adventure activities are the main attraction here, including hot-air ballooning, rock climbing, white-water rafting, abseiling and even hunting. Wildlife viewers flock to the backcountry where lions, big game and rare species of African birds can be sighted. Activities like these are easiest for visitors with cheap car hire in Mafikeng.
The Mafikeng city centre is at the intersection of three major motorways: Highway 19, Route 47 and Route 503. Of all the sites in the area, the Madikwe Game Reserve is the most popular and can be reached by driving east and then north on Route 47.
The top hotels in Mafikeng follow Nelson Mandela Highway (Route 18) through the city centre. This is also where you'll find most of the city's services as well as its international school. Hotels in Mafikeng are usually rustic and laid-back, with simple facilities that capitalise on the region's remote character.
The easiest way to get around is with car rental in Mafikeng, an asset that also allows quick travel to and from Johannesburg (4 hours via the N14). The Mafikeng Railway Station is another popular port of entry and is found in the city centre near the hotel district.