The dry, temperate bushveld climate, the majestic Vaal River and the numerous pleasure resorts of the Southern region of the North West all combine to create a popular tourist destination. The population is largely of Tswana and Voortrekker descent and both groups maintain a strong pride in their respective cultures, offering the visitor an appealing variety of historic and cultural sites.
This region covers most of the Western Transvaal of old, including the town of Potchefstroom, which once formed the capital of the former Zuid Afrikaansche Republiek, and is therefore rich in Anglo-Boer War history. It is also many an adventurer’s dream destination, with a host of hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, white-water rafting, mountain climbing and abseiling opportunities to choose from.
The main cities of Klerksdorp and Potchefstroom provide an excellent commercial, educational and industrial infrastructure to serve locals and visitors alike. The main economic activities are livestock, sunflower, dairy and maize farming and gold, platinum and diamond mining.