North West Province
Capital city: Mafikeng
Population: 3,3 million
Surface area: 106 500 square km
This province is host to the largest casino in South Africa, namely Sun City. The casino also hosts golf tournaments, boxing matches and concerts, besides which there is also the Lost City, a stunning hotel. The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is roughly 135 000 hectares (335 000 acres) in size. When it was established, it incorporated several farms and a volcanic crater (now extinct!). It is possible to see the so-called “Big Five” group of animals here, and the Reserve is the third-largest in South Africa. Further north, one finds the Madikwe National Park.
To the south of Sun City lies Rustenberg and the Rustenburg Nature Reserve, which is situated in the Magalies mountains. In the park there are antelope and various other game, including the rare Cape vulture and black eagle.