Sun City is internationally renowned as South Africa 's premier holiday resort offering a multitude of attractions and activities to keep everyone occupied. With its combination of golf, game and gambling, as well as world class hotels. Sun City is the perfect choice for any holiday in South Africa. Conveniently located about two hours' drive outside Johannesburg, Sun City in South Africa has so much to offer.
Sol Kerzner's Sun City is an enormous, extravagant and opulent complex of hotel, gaming rooms, theatres, restaurants, bars, discos and shops. Set in beautifully landscaped grounds, it is a mecca for local and international tourists.
The dream began with a middle of nowhere luxury hotel in the sun. It soon evolved to include a second sumptuous hotel, the Cascades, with a tropical garden, a flamingo lake lapping the edge of the building, rushing waterfalls and a Sky Train, which whisks visitors between destinations within the resort.
Then Sol Kerzner's imagination looped the loop in a defiant free fall and he built his ultimate fantasy - the 'recreation' of a Lost City which, legend has it, was inhabited by gentle people of an ancient civilization.
The Lost City, complete with the 'Shrine of the Sacred Monkey', ruins of old temples, ancient carvings, grottos - an illusion of some idyllic ancient civilisation rediscovered. The Palace of the Lost City is undoubtedly one of the architectural wonders of Africa. The African theme is carried through every detail; life size elephants, cheetahs hunting, sable and springbuck, in combination with the Valley of the Waves and the Bridge of Time.
The Lost City has as its centre a 'palace' of impossible opulence guarded by towering elephants lining an immense bridge; it is ringed with man-made lakes stocked with rare birds and fish, pools, forests and a tropical beach with perfect surfing waves - electrically generated. Lit with the glow of a million candles, the Palace is decorated with Renaissance frescoes, hand-carved furniture, mosaic-inlaid floors and towering columns of false tusks and palm fronds.
The Sun City Resort Complex is one of the world's largest adult entertainment centers, a luxury theme park for grown-up kids. Gaming on the casino tables, golfing on its superb 18-hole course, watching boxing matches, attending performances by some of the world's most popular stars, lazing in the plush ambience of the complex. And when the day's play is over, there are beds for more than 2000 guests.
A vast entertainment area provides for floor shows, slot machines, gaming tables - all on the edge of Pilanesberg National Park. For over a decade now, the huge Sun City resort complex, which includes the Cascades Hotel, has been one of South Africa's top tourist drawcards, a place to gamble, a place to take in stage extravaganzas and a place to play - especially golf on the superb Gary Player courses.
Today the Sun City Resort Complex is one of the world's largest adult entertainment centers, a luxury theme park for grown-up kids. And when the day's play is over, there are beds for more than 2000 guests.
Out of doors, two championship golf courses - one with crocodiles at the 13th hole - are bordered by the Pilanesberg National Park (home to the 'Big Five') where a vigorous conservation program has resulted in more than 300 rhinos numbered among the 10 000 animals in the reserve. The 55 000 hectare park is the third biggest game reserve in Southern Africa. Game viewing can be enjoyed from specially adapted four-wheel-drive vehicles, or Kerzner-style, from the lazy heights of a hot-air balloon and followed by a sumptuous bush breakfast.
Accommodation ranges from the family-orientated Cabanas and the original Sun City Hotel, to the luxurious Cascades and the magnificence of the Palace of the Lost City - the ultimate indulgence.
Sun City is on the southern fringe of the malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park, which sustains the world's third largest white rhino population as well as the Big Five. This 580km2 park sprawls within four concentric mountain rings, relics of a 100 million year-old eroded volcano, with Mankwe Lake at its centre, rich in hippo and birdlife.
Other attractions worth visiting include the Kwena Gardens, a 'prehistoric' reptile park and crocodile ranch, the South African Birds of Prey Centre where daily flight demonstrations take place, and the Botanical Gardens, where a variety of habitats have been established that include rainforests, wetlands and even coastal vegetation.