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The southern region is also predominantly a crop-growing area that produces maize, sunflowers, tobacco, cotton and citrus fruits. It is also the region with the most economic activity. The Vaal River flanking its southern border,provides a collection of lodges and guest houses for effortless time spent fly fishing and angling, as well as other water activities. This part of the North West is promoted as an outdoor adventurer's delight, and it is not hard to imagine, given the many opportunities to hike, mountain bike, white water raft, climb mountains and generally enjoy the great outdoors. The Bloemhof Dam and Boskop Dam Reserves offer the magnetism of water. Potchefstroom is situated on the banks of the Mooi River.

North West University Botanical Garden

The bird list alone reads like a veritable feast, and you can hope to see anything from a steppe buzzard and African harrier-hawk to a spotted flycatcher and malachite kingfisher in the North-West University Botanical Garden that graces the University of the North West in Potchefstroom.

Bloemhof Dam

Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve lies on the North West province side of the Bloemhof Dam, on the dam's northern shores. Regarded as one of the largest dams in South Africa covering an area of 25 000 hectares that lies at the confluence of the Vaal and Vet Rivers. Bloemhof is one of the angling destinations in the country

Boskop Dam

The Boskop Dam Nature Reserve is 3000 hectares of rolling grasslands that offer visitors sightings of black wildebeest, springbok, red hartebeest, zebra and blesbok. Situated about 20 kilometres from Potchefstroom, Boskop Dam lies amongst a series of low hills. It is a fantastic fly-fishing venue, offering crystal clear water

Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve

For bird enthusiasts the Faan Meintjies Nature Reserve often forms part of a bird spotting tour and is regarded as a place for 'serious' birding. It helps that there are two loops of well-maintained roads and three seasonal dams in the reserve, so that accessing both the birds and the 30 odd species of wildlife resident is possible.

Wolwespruit Nature Reserve

The Wolwespruit Nature Reserve lies on the Vaal River and is one of the least known of the parks in the North West province, possibly because of its size - only 2330 hectares. The reserve is popular with birdwatchers and hikers. The grassy plains are home to a number of antelope.

Bloemhof

Bloemhof is a maize and cattle farming town on the banks of the Vaal River. Attractions include the Bloemhof Dam Nature Reserve (a variety of small and large antelope species and 256 bird species) and the SA Lombaard Nature Reserve (this reserve lies west of Bloemhof

Christiana

When diamonds were discovered in the Vaal River in the 1870s, the Transvaal Government hastily established a settlement on the banks, naming it after Christiana, the only daughter of then President Pretorius. Attractions include Diggers Diamond Museum (authentic digging equipment)

Klerksdorp

The discovery of gold in 1886 saw thousands of prospectors flock to Klerksdorp. Today, Klerksdorp is the centre for a large mining and agricultural economy and boasts the second largest grain co-operative in the world

Orkney

Orkney lies on the banks of the Vaal River, approximately 180km from Johannesburg. The town was proclaimed in 1940 on the farm Witkoppen, where the owner had first started gold mining. The owner hailed from the Orkney Islands, off the coast of Scotland, hence the name.

Potchefstroom

Potchefstroom, the original capital city of the Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek, has a multitude of national monuments, respected educational institutions and a strong agricultural economy

Stilfontein

Stilfontein, meaning 'still fountain', lies between Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom, roughly 130 kilometres from Johannesburg. Stilfontein is essentially a mining town that forms part of what is known as the KOSH area (Klerksdorp, Orkney Stilfontein)

Wolmaransstad

Wolmaransstad lies in the valley of the Makwassie Stream, which takes its name from the many wild spearmint bushes that grow along its banks. Founded in 1891, the town became an important stop on the old postal route between Johannesburg and Kimberley


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