Located within easy reach of the major Gauteng cities, the malaria-free North West Province is a major player in the tourism stakes. Here vast tracts of land have been returned to their natural state to provide conservation areas for an abundant diversity of game, and private game lodges and noteworthy hotels have sprung up to provide luxurious experiences for the sophisticated safari-goer. Many of these are clustered in and around the Pilanesberg National Park, which has risen out of the ashes of an extinct volcano, and features a unique mix of wildlife including the Big Five. The glittering non-stop entertainment world of Sun City is a major attraction, with its wide range of indoor and outdoor activities for every family member to enjoy. Another favourite family friendly destination is the vast Hartbeespoort Dam, a watery playground filled with opportunities for fun. Here, you can catch a cable car to the top of the Magaliesberg, ride an elephant, or indulge in every conceivable water sport.