Known as the ‘Platinum Province’ due to the wealth of the metal that lies underground. The capital, Mafikeng, is famous for the siege during the Anglo Boer War which ended in a decisive victory for the British and made a hero of Robert Baden-Powell.
Portions of 2 of South Africa’s Unesco World Heritage sites fall within its borders: the Vredefort Dome, the world’s largest visible meteor impact crater; and the Taung hominid fossil site, which has been incorporated into South Africa’s Cradle of Humankind.
Points of interest
The Sun City complex, situated next to the Pilanesburg National Park and just 2 hours’ drive from Johannesburg, is rated amongst the world’s most unusually conceived lavish inland resorts. It consists of an enormous, opulent extravaganza of luxurious hotels, entertainment centres, restaurants, gaming rooms, shops, discos and extensive, beautifully landscaped grounds.
Adjacent to Sun City is Pilanesberg, home to thousands of animals including the Big 5 and currently the 4th largest game reserve in South Africa. The Pilanesberg mountain range exists as a result of a volcano that erupted millions of years ago.
A summer rainfall region, the landscape is largely flat with areas of scattered trees and grassland.