Things to do in North West

Our most recommended things to do in North West

Hartbeespoort: Daily Boat Cruises

1. Hartbeespoort: Daily Boat Cruises

Enjoy a luxurious, 2-hour boat cruise on the placid waters of the Hartbeepoort Dam. With 3 tours departing daily, at 10:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 4:00 PM, pick the time that fits your schedule and hit the water. Located within the Kommando Nek Nature Preserve, gaze at the protected nature that surrounds you, showcasing the abundance of South Africa’s flora and fauna. Upon boarding the boat, you’ll be treated to a welcome drink as you depart to survey the stunning dam’s waters. With all daily cruises, enjoy a luxurious spread of traditional South African hot and cold finger foods. After your cruise is over and you return to the dock, your entrance pass to the nature preserve will still be valid, so get out there and explore the beauty of the South African countryside.

Hartbeespoort: Aerial Cable Car Ride

2. Hartbeespoort: Aerial Cable Car Ride

Ride the only aerial cable car in all of South Africa and enjoy amazing views along the way. This Swiss-designed and installed gondola seats a maximum of 6 guests. Ascend to the top of the mountain in 6 minutes. As you travel upwards, you’ll pass above a nature reserve. Spot giraffe, zebra, and small antelope from your bird’s eye view. Once you reach the top, you’ll be able to choose from a number of restaurants. Have a drink at the Lookout Bar and sip as a cocktail as you marvel at the spectacular view of the eastern side of the region. Walk “The Dassie Walk,” a 1,200-meter walkway which circles the circumference of the mountain top. Stop at the informative waypoint along the way and learn about the surrounding area. Take the cable car back and return to the starting point.

From Johannesburg: Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Game Safari

3. From Johannesburg: Pilanesberg Nature Reserve Game Safari

Visit Pilanesberg Game Reserve on a full-day safari from Johannesburg, where over 7000 animals roam freely. Have the chance to see big 5 game animals (elephants, rhinos, leopards, buffalos, and lions). Enjoy 2 extensive game drives in a jeep with a guide and a delicious lunch. Be picked up from your hotel in Johannesburg in the early morning and relax on the drive to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Follow your guide on a drive to encounter animals like zebras, giraffes, cheetahs, hyenas, hippos, crocodiles, jackals, antelopes, and over 300 species of bird. During the heat of the day, sit down to a delectable lunch at one of the many rest camps in the Game Reserve. After lunch, depart on an afternoon safari drive in an open vehicle. Ask your guide any questions you might have about the animals and the natural environment. Leave Pilanesberg in the late afternoon to get back to at your hotel in Johannesburg before sunset.

Sun City: Quad Biking Nature Trail

4. Sun City: Quad Biking Nature Trail

Ride a quad bike through the African bush and encounter fun natural obstacles on an off-road tour from Sun City. This tour gives travelers access to the private Letsatsing Game Park with supervision from attentive guides. Meet your guides at the Sun City Welcome Centre and take a short 10-minute ride to the Letsatsing Game Reserve. On arrival, you will be given guided through safety procedures and instructions on how to ride the quad bikes. Afterward, go on the practice course for approximately 5 minutes so that you can get comfortable with your quad bike. Next, head out into the bush in search of wildlife. Encounter exciting obstacles such as sand mounds, hills, and water puddles. As you ride encounter possible sightings of zebras, giraffes, or warthogs.

Johannesburg and Soweto: Half Day Tour

5. Johannesburg and Soweto: Half Day Tour

Depart from your hotel, heading to the southwest township of Johannesburg. Take a route through Johannesburg's southern suburbs and see the sleek cars and spacious freeways. Next, discover Johannesburg city with its tall buildings, most of them built during the apartheid era, while you make your way to Soweto. Watch the beautiful scenery disappear as you enter Soweto. Pass by 2 iconic landmarks that used to generate power in the township of Soweto and are now normally used for bungee jumping. Drive through Soweto heading to the famous Hector Pieterson Museum with its dark history about the youth uprising in 1976. From here, drive through the township for sightseeing, and finally, head to Mandela House Museum on Vilakazi Street. In the museum, you will learn about the father of the nation, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who became a world icon. Finally, hop back into the tour vehicle returning to your hotel. On route, you will pass by FNB stadium also known as Soccer City or The Calabash, which hosted the opening and closing matches of the 2010 World Cup finals.

Jo'berg in 1 Day: Soweto, Apartheid Museum & City Tour

6. Jo'berg in 1 Day: Soweto, Apartheid Museum & City Tour

After collecting you from your hotel or residence in Johannesburg, your guide will give you a quick pre departure tour briefing before departing to Soweto (South Western Township). On your way to Soweto you pass by the National Football Stadium City, which hosted the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup 2010. You enter the Diepkloof area, where you will take a walk past vendors selling just about anything. In Orlando West you visit Vilakazi Street - drive past the former home of Nelson Mandela and past the home of Archbishop Desmond Tutu. You will have an opportunity to read about the Soweto uprising on 16 June 1976. On that tragic day an innocent little boy called Hector Pieterson gave up his life and kick-started the liberation of South Africa. During this tour you will pass by the Mandela House. A visit into the museum is optional. You continue your tour driving into one of the shanty towns where you get to interact with some of the locals. By now you will have seen the good, the bad and the ugly facets of Soweto. You drive past the Soweto Campus of the Johannesburg University and end your tour with a stop at the largest hospital in the world: Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital. After Lunch on your own account, you will arrive at the world famous Apartheid Museum. Here you will learn about the history and struggle of South Africa during apartheid. Once you are done with the Apartheid Museum, you head into Johannesburg City and start with the view of the impressive 269 metre Telkom Tower, as seen on many postcards of Johannesburg. You then enter the inspiring Constitution Hill – and Court (when not in session) Political activists like Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi were once held here. During a tour inside you will learn about some of the legal history of Johannesburg. On your way to Newtown you pass by the longest southern African bridge, named Nelson Mandela bridge. At Mary Fitzgerald Square you can walk on the Jazz Walk of Fame. In short, this tour offers you a unique Johannesburg experience at an affordable rate.

From Sun City: Pilanesberg National Park 3-Hour Game Drive

7. From Sun City: Pilanesberg National Park 3-Hour Game Drive

Discover the exquisite Pilanesberg National Park, located in an extinct volcanic crater. Departing from Sun City, enjoy a 3-hour game drive to experience the pristine flora and wildlife, offering some of the best game viewing in South Africa.   Come face to face with the unspoilt beauty of the bush. From a 25-seater open vehicle you could encounter Africa’s big five animals and many other natural inhabitants at close range. Bring your binoculars and a camera, to capture the incredible sightings.

Hartbeespoort: 1-Hour Predator Tour

8. Hartbeespoort: 1-Hour Predator Tour

Take a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of South Africa's most famous predators up close. Watch lions, wild dogs, and cheetahs roam around within this amazing park. Look carefully and you might glimpse other wondrous wildlife such as giraffes, zebras, springboks, and impalas. Learn about these incredible animals from a qualified guide during an unforgettable 1-hour tour. Experience the sight of lion-feeding by visiting the park at weekends or public holidays, and come away with memories to treasure.

Soweto: Walking Tour with a Local Guide and Lunch

9. Soweto: Walking Tour with a Local Guide and Lunch

Discover the history of Soweto, where political icons lived during Apartheid, fighting against the regime. Explore the everyday life, meet the locals, taste local cuisine and get an authentic experience with a Sowetan native guide. Start at the Hector Pietersen Museum and hear about the Soweto uprising that transpired in 1976, which was one the turning point of Apartheid. Be introduced to the famous house of Nelson Mandela in Vilakazi Street, built in 1945, where he lived until he was imprisoned for 27 years. Have a conversation about Arch bishop Desmond Tutu in the famous street in Vilakazi Street. Continue through Orlando East, the first formal settlement of Soweto and Orlando Stadium, Soweto football giants, the Orlando Pirate and ride a minibus taxi to the last stop at the Orlando Towers. Listen to the many personal stories about the family's generations, how apartheid had an impact in each and everyone of them and how Soweto has changed today. Enjoy a traditional, local lunch of Kota (Local burger) or Braii (Barbecue).

Hartbeespoort: Lion and Safari Park Tour

10. Hartbeespoort: Lion and Safari Park Tour

Be introduced to some of South Africa’s most famous predators during this memorable safari park drive. Climb into a modern safari truck and set off to discover the lion, wild dog, and cheetah enclosures. Encounter many of Africa's most iconic predators and wildlife including hyenas, leopards, and free-roaming antelopes. Learn more about these incredible animals during a scenic guided drive through a 600-hectare area.  This tour will provide you with the perfect opportunity to take stunning photographs of animals and the surrounding landscape. Finally, relax at a private beach setting on the Crocodile River.

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This was an amazing way to see Soweto and sight of Johannesburg. The tour guides were knowledgeable locals of Soweto with great stories to tell. This was a safe and very interesting tour. We’ll worth the $, especially since part is donated to Soweto day care.

Lion and safari park a tour of less amount with good experience. I learned a lot and get to know more with wild life.

If u want a vacation that is not expensive but a million dollar look choose boat cruise at hartbeespoort.

The ride was amazing. The views we're awesome. The company and hosting was also great.

The ride was amazing and there i a beautiful view from the top