While most people come to South Africa to dive in oceans and with terrific sharks, some of the best technical diving occurs further inland, in the North-West Province. Here divers have their pick of three dive sites, all uniquely challenging.
First, Miracle Waters is a former open-cast chrome mine located just outside of Brits. At 4920 feet (1500 meters) above sea level, the clear spring water that has filled the mine is popular with divers of all levels because of the training opportunities.
Barbell, southern mouthbrooder, sharp tooth catfish, shrimps, crabs, black bass and kruper are all common. In addition, Wondergat hosts its own endemic species, the banded tilapia and at Marico Oog, you might find fresh water eels.
Scuba diving in the North-West province of South Africa is possible year-round. However, expect cooler temperatures during the winter season (June-August). Water temperatures can range from 77 to 84°F (25 to 29°C).
If you want to advance to a new level in your scuba diving adventure or are looking for something a little different during a dive trip to South Africa, the unique dive sites of the North-West territory are your answer.
Find local PADI dive shops and explore the top dive sites with our map.
Both Pilanesberg/Sun City Airport and Mmabatho/Mafikeng Airport welcome South African domestic flights. It is also possible to reach the North-West Province by bus from Johannesburg.
If you have your own transportation, the N12, the N14 and the N4 highways connect this province with other parts of South Africa.