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The world’s largest platinum production area, North West province is known as the ‘Texas of South Africa’ thanks to its cattle herds, flatlands and grasslands. Its historical capital, Mafikeng, is located at the Botswana border, although Klerksdorp is the most populous city in the province. The resort town of Sun City is the liveliest city, having a resort casino, two fabulous golf courses and a theme park.
Argus and 121 offer car hire in North West and have depots in popular cities throughout the state, including Klerksdorp and Rustenburg, and at Mafikeng/Mmabatho Airport. To get hold of the best rates, compare car hire before arrival.
There are three small airports found in North West that serve private and chartered aircraft alike. Lanseria Airport has flights to Cape Town and Durban, while Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport handles all international flights into the region. Greyhound and Translux operate buses to other provinces, and the N-14 and N-18 highways provide road access through the province.
Driving is the recommended way to get around the province, although drivers need to be careful of speeding local drivers. In South Africa, traffic drives on the left, and turning on a red light is illegal. National routes through the province have a maximum speed limit of 120kph, although this changes to 80 or 100kph near cities.
Bojanala is the most visited region of North West province, making Rustenburg a great place to start. With car rental in North West, visitors can head to Sun City for gambling and relaxation before exploring Pilanesberg National Park. Hartebeespoort is a quaint town nestled between the Hartebeespoort Dam and Magaliesberg Mountains, while Taung is a great place to relax off the beaten track.
Summers in North West province are very hot, while winters tend to be mild. In January and February, temperatures of 40°C are not uncommon, although the average high sits at 30°C. June is the coolest month with an average high of 20°C and lows of 4°C, making May and September the most pleasant months to visit.