The Magaliesberg mountain range breaks this mould in the northeast part of the province, while the Vaal River forms the southern border of the province where The mainstay of the North West province is mining: gold - mined at Orkney and Klerksdorp, platinum – mined at Rustenburg and Brits, uranium – mined at Klerksdorp and diamonds – mined at Christiana and Bloemhof.
The North West tourism board divided the province in what they call Heritage destinations.
- Bojanala region – this region is covered in bushveld vegetation and the Magaliesberg mountain is the star attraction. It is a natural game area and many fine and exclusive parks are found here – Pilansberg being the favourite. For adventure seekers, this is the region to visit. Hang-gliding, parasailing, absailing, hiking, mountain biking, ballooning, yachting and angling can be done abundantly. The world renowned Sun City is also found here and this venue attracts people for its designer golf courses, large casino and game complex and Superbowl where international stars perform. Arts, crafts and curio markets are found around Hartebeespoortdam.
- Dr. Ruth S. Mompati district – getting closer to nature is the motto and aim of this region. Taung is where the Taung Skull was found – one of the most important archaeological discoveries in the world. Agriculture and mining is found scattered around the savanna plains of this region and privately owned game reserves for game viewing and hunting are found here.
- Ngaka Modiri Molema district – this area is flat and dry with bushveld in the eastern part. Game viewing in a few private game reserves, bird watching at Barberspan Bird sanctuary, fishing, shopping in the capitol – Mahikeng – mall, watersport at Disaneng Dam, visiting Kortkloof Cultural Village and Anglo-Boer War sites are the main attractions in this area.
- Dr Kenneth Kaunda district – an adventurer’s paradise – running along the banks of the Vaal River, this is the place where some of the best fly fishing and angling opportunities can be found. Coupled with that is white water rafting, canoeing, hiking and mountain biking, mountain biking and absailing. A stunning and fun filled area of North West.