Sun City: Where South Africa Goes to Play
Sun City is a thriving, man-made resort at the foot of the Pilanesberg Mountains, located north west of Johannesburg in the North West Province. This resort is in the centre of a volcanic valley. Developed by hotel magnate Sol Kerzner and first opened in December 1979, the resort has continued to grow over the years, becoming a popular holiday and weekend destination.
The resort has a renowned reputation within the international community and is highly regarded as a world class entertainment venue and family holiday getaway spot. The Valley of the Waves is a water park with its main attraction – a wave machine, capable of creating 1.8m waves for surfers to ride. There are also various water rides for the adventurous to experience. Take a steam train ride from the Cabanas around the resort, Water world instructors will show you how to waterski, paraglide or jet ski. There is also tennis, squash, horse riding and mountain biking on offer. For a traditional experience visit the Zulu Hut Experience with traditional storytelling and a dining experience. Sun City also has a Kids Club that will keep your children entertained for hours. There are also experienced baby sitters to look after your children at night if parents want to experience the night life.
The Lost City is guarded by towering elephants, manmade lakes with exotic fish, ruins of temples and is home to the Palace of the Lost City, the opulent flagship hotel with its African Theme
Sun City boasts a variety of gourmet restaurants and a vast entertainment area with a casino and a large arena for entertainment shows. There is a shopping area and a beauty salon and health spa. There are also numerous live events and concerts that take place here, the Miss SA Pageant is hosted annually here amount many other shows and conferences.
Right next door to Sun City is the Malaria Free game reserve where you can take a game drive. Spot the Big Five and many other animal and over 300 bird species. There are game drives available with knowledgeable guides, or you can take your own car and explore at your leisure.
The resort complex also has two international-standard 18-hole golf courses; the Gary Player Country Club and the Lost City Golf Course, both designed by Gary Player. The Gary Player Country Club hosts the prestigious Nedbank Golf Challenge tournament annually, with some of the best golfing talents in the world competing for the title.
Sun City has 4 different hotels on offer. The Sun City Cabanas, situated in lush gardens offer a relaxed and casual setting, these are perfect for families. The Sun City Hotel is in the casino complex and overlooks the Gary Player golf course and sparkling blue pool. The Cascades Hotel is sophisticated and elegant, set in beautiful gardens with many water features and tropical birds. The Palace of the Lost City is one of the most opulent hotels in the world. This extraordinary hotel offers guests a fantasy experience, rooms have all the extra’s you would expect, sun loungers next to the jewel like pool exude relaxation.