Deep in the rugged bushveld, in the heart of an ancient volcano, lies the world's most unbelievable resort. This is the internationally acclaimed Sun City. Sun City Resort has a unique heartbeat and an African rhythm of its own and is unlike any other Resort destination in the world. This is pure fantasy and your every desire is met. There are four world-class hotels including the magnificent Palace of the Lost City that glitters like a jewel beneath the African sun, brilliant in its rain forest surroundings and luxurious in its detail and design. Adjoining the Resort, is the beautiful Pilanesberg National Park, which will delight game viewers as it is a malaria free zone and home to the Big 5.
There are 4 hotel complexes to consider:
The Cabanas – basic family accommodation 4*
The Sun City Hotel – 4*
The Cascades Hotel – 5*
The Palace of the Lost City – 5* Deluxe
Activities at Sun City Resort
The Sun City resort provides entertainment to suit everyone! Guests can choose from a dazzling array of activities including the glamorous casino and slots, fabulous restaurants, star studded theatre extravaganzas and extensive sports facilities.
Following are examples of all sorts of things you can try whilst at this fantastic resort.
Valley of the Waves
Guests at any of the Sun City resort hotels have free access to the exciting Valley of the Waves. This is the most advanced watermark in South Africa and consists of a large lagoon ‘beach’ with a wave machine that can generate 1.8 metre high waves every 90 seconds. In addition this water park has no less than five exhilarating flume rides. From the ‘Temple of Courage’, swimmers drop a heart stopping 17 metres down a shute and under a bridge before splashing into a small pool at the foot of the slide! If you prefer a less adventurous option you can try a ride on the ‘Lazy River.
Water & Sports Activities
The fantastic year-round weather in this part of South Africa means that sports activities are on offer throughout the year. These include golf, tennis, squash, mountain biking, horse riding, parasailing and of course swimming. There are also great jogging trails to keep you fit and the Sun City Gym and Health Spa keeps you toned and offers beauty treatments to help you wind down after a workout! Water skiing, parasailing and sunset cruises can all be enjoyed at the resort’s Waterworld.
Sun City offers one of the best golfing facilities in Africa. The two courses were designed by the legendary South African, golf guru Gary Player. Top golf tournaments are held here such as the Nedbank Golf Challenge, but the amateur player is not forgotten and the Titleist Golf Academy offers private or group instruction and golf clinics.
Lost City Golf Course
This course offers spectacular views across the bushveld and is an 18 hole desert-style golf course. This 72 par course is made unique by the 38 live crocodiles at the 13th hole making this one of the most unusual golf resorts in the world! The course covers more than 100 hectares with 28,000 square metres of water features and golf carts are compulsory.
Gary Player Country Club at Sun City
The famous Gary Player Country Club at Sun City features a 72 par, 18 hole course. It’s home to the annual Nedbank Million Dollar Challenge that takes place on the first weekend in December each year. This clever design and multiple tees make the course enjoyable for golfers of all abilities from the keen novice to the skilled professional. The Country Club offers comprehensive facilities for golfers and non golfers including the golf and pro shop, heath spa and putting green. The club is open 7 days a week and for golf addicts it is a definite ‘must do’ on a visit to South Africa.
Sun City Adventure Activities
If you are feeling adventurous and looking for new experiences then the Sun City resort has a lot to offer its guests!
Kwena Gardens - open daily - is home to over 300 Nile crocodiles and is located just inside the main entrance of Sun City. Feeding time: 16h30 - Hours: 10h00 - 18h00
Pilansberg National Park Safaris
Enjoy open landrover drives - night and day - as well as balloon safaris in the Pilanesberg National Park, which is adjacent to Sun City.
There are 3 squash courts open daily at the Gary Player Country Club. Hours: 06h00 - 20h00
Situated below The Cascades and open daily. Eleven tennis courts, five of which are floodlit. Coaching is available from the resident tennis professional. Tennis pro shop and refreshments at the tennis club. Hours: 07h00 - 18h00
Archery has been introduced at Sun City and offers guests the opportunity to try this truly exciting sport. Using modern equipment, Sun City’s competent instructors will guide you through the techniques and help you to master this ancient art.
Clay Pigeon Shooting
Test your accuracy with a 12-gauge shotgun and try to hit a clay pigeon. Professional instructors are at hand to assist you whether you are experienced or are a complete novice.
Elephant Back Riding
This is certainly a wildlife adventure to remember! Visit the elephants and their handlers at the ‘Elephant Wallow’ and after a welcome drink and briefing, you board saddled elephants and enjoy an elephant’s point of view for an hour-long ride! This exciting ride is followed by drinks and a light snack to bring you back down to earth!
Quad Biking Experience
Explore the wild-life trail on a Quad Bike! You will have the opportunity to view giraffe, rhino and lots of wildlife species while speeding through the bush. Experienced guides accompany you and no previous quad biking experience is needed for this great adventure.
Pronutro Zip 2000 - the longest zip slide in the world.
The zip slide is 280 meters high, two kilometers long, reaches a speed of 140 kilometers per hour and guarantees a four minute unadulterated adrenalin rush.
The zip slide adheres to all necessary safety standards. Secured in a harness and suspended below a free running trolley that is attached to a steel cable one experiences the feeling of flying and acceleration as you descend down the wire. At times 100m high and at other times only 4.5m above the ground. The cable runs from the top of the 280m high koppie and the other is attached to the top of a mast 2km away. Towards the end of the ride, your decent is slowed as you go uphill, then roll back to the lowest point on the wire where you dismount the ride. Solo and tandem slides are available so this ride has an appeal for even the most amateur adventure junkie. Unlike many other adventure activities, this experience is open to young ones from the age of 12, making it a fun activity for the whole family.
The start of the zip slide is on the top of a koppie, 5-minutes from Sun City. Bookings for the zip slide experience can be made via the Sun City Welcome Centre Information desk Departures to the zip slide are Tuesdays to Sundays, every two hours. Tours depart the Welcome Centre at 09h00, 11h00, 13h00 and 15h00. Ten riders and six spectators can be accommodated per tour
Sun City Theatre
ROCK YOUR WAY THROUGH TIME Celebrating the spirit of Rock Sun City’s latest musical production, Let There Be Rock, is a vibrant celebration of rock music since the 50’s. This showcase is packed with talent and energy and excellent entertainment for the whole family.
Sun City has an addition to fun activities for little ones and adults alike, a colourful little train called Stimela. The Stimela station is situated opposite Kamp Kwena on the Cabanas Hotel's lawns. The train is operational from 9:00 to 18:00 every day. Tickets can be purchased at Finders Keepers, situated next to Kamp Kwena. The Stimela experience consists of a scenic ride through Animal World and passing the Waterworld lake.
Kamp Kwena is a place especially for children where they can make a friend and learn something new, where the days are an adventure and always too short. Supervised activity programme for all young Sun City Guests ranging from age 2-12 (during our seasonal period) and for children aged 4-12 (during our out-season period).
The Kamp Kwena facility is open daily, activities keep kids interested, involved and stimulated. The Kamp Kwena Fort is based at the Cabanas children's activities park. Facilities for kids at the activity park include African Adventure Mini Golf and Mini Cars, Trampolines, Animal World, playground and Waterworld.
Activities include creative activities, swimming, outings, nature walks, bumper boats, cruises, Wildlife game drives, sandcastle building, magic performances, races, mini Olympics, sporting fun, outdoor and indoor games and loads more.
A copy of the daily programme is available from all Hotel Concierge Desks and on the Guestlink TV's in the rooms.
Facilities at Kamp Kwena include a HUGE selection of books, puzzles, games, toys, educational toys, cartoon network channel, playgrounds, sandpit, slides, swings, built-in stage for shows, and loads more!
Kamp Kwena Valley of Waves Programme
09h00 - 17h00 (Summer)
10h00 - 16h00 (Winter)
Unsupervised activity programme for all young guests visiting the Valley of Waves and fun for kids aged 4 - 12 years old. Programme runs every weekend & school holiday (weather permitting). Activities include stage performances, magic shows, face-painting, beach activities, dance contests, ice cream eating contests, down-downs, talent shows, beauty pageants, limbo, and loads more!!
Kamp Kwena Club
To become a club member, children must complete a registration card. There are presently over 7000 children who belong to the club. The children get sent birthday cards and newsletters three times year.
Kamp Kwena Passports
The Kamp Kwena passport consists of the children's details, information about Kamp kwena and two pages to be used for return stays. These pages consist of four blocks, to be stamped with a Kamp Kwena stamp every time the child returns to Kamp Kwena on a new stay. Once every fourth stamp is completed the child will receive a Kamp Kwena gift.
The Cabanas, Main Hotel, Cascades, Palace and Vacation Club also participate in offering Passport holders a special offer: Every child that has eight stamps completed in their passport, and has stayed at one of the Resort hotels for a total of eight nights, (minimum two nights per visit), will receive a free two night stay at that respective hotel (subject to conditions).
Kamp Kwena Creche in the Entertainment Centre
Parents are thrilled with the Kamp Kwena Crèche in the Entertainment Centre. It’s situated on the upper level next to the movie theatres and is a haven of convenience and safety for parents with babies.
Since Kamp Kwena opened at Sun City, it has been a huge hit with children of two years or older, attracting them by the dozen to this fantasy world. Sun City has been able to capture and hold the attention of every child who has entered its realm. From its wonderful namesake character Kwena the friendly croc, to the hordes of entertainment ranging from face painting, to treasure hunts, to karaoke, to puzzles and arts and crafts - Kamp Kwena has earned its reputation as a kid’s paradise. Now even younger children can experience the wonderful world of Kamp Kwena.
This Kamp Kwena specialised crèche is for children aged 0 - 2 years. There is also an additional section for children aged 3 - 12 years. The specialised creche has a sleeping area fully kitted out with cots and bedding specially for babies, a nappy changing station, and a comfortable area where babies can toddle about to their hearts content. The registration area is a sophisticated security checkpoint so you can feel secure that your child will be protected.
Young visitors to Sun City are made to feel welcome, and can enthusiastically take part in the structured and carefully supervised childcare facility in the Entertainment Centre. Kamp Kwena provides premium activities for children including an exclusive area dedicated to painting and playdough. There is a Lego room, Nintendo Games Room, Video Room, Barbie Room, and a creative playroom with built in stage and big screen TV.
Kamp Kwena is a place especially for children where they can make a friend and learn something new, where the days are an adventure and always too short.
The Kamp Kwena facility in the Entertainment Centre will be open daily, activities keep kids interested, involved and stimulated. Operational Hours are Sunday to Thursday from 10h00 - 00h00 and Friday and Saturday from 10h00 - 02h00.
At Kamp Kwena we’ve thought of everything – Bring what you need, we’ll take care of the rest.
Sun City Hotel Casino
Hours: 13h00 to close midweek
11h00 to close Weekends and Public Holidays
Dress: Smart casual
Throughout the world, gaming has become a fashionable and acceptable form of entertainment. This article serves to guide you through some of the basic rules and etiquette of Sun City's table gaming facilities.
The Sun City Casino, situated in the Sun City Hotel, is open 365 days of the year. The tables open for play at 13h00 (midweek) and 11h00 (weekends) until close in the early hours of the following morning. The dress code in the casino is smart-casual.
You may try your luck at, American Roulette, Blackjack, Stud Poker and Punto Banco. The concepts behind these games are very simple and once grasped open up new dimensions of excitement and entertainment.
For the first time visitor the casino floor can look quite bewildering, the continuous hustle and bustle of players making their bets. The shouts of joy and disbelief when the roulette ball lands on the winning number. The steady swish of the blackjack cards coming out of the shoe and the general vibe of excitement and anticipation, presents a vista of organised chaos. But you can't help thinking:
Wow", where do I start and how can I get involved?
Sun City School of Gaming
The Sun City School of Gaming is pleased to be able to offer free lessons in the skills and etiquette of all our Casino Table Games. Lessons must be booked a minimum of 48 hours in advance through the Casino MVG desk. Groups over 10 people are by special arrangement with the Casino Management and must be booked one week in advance.
There are special 'Casino Fun Evening' packages available for conference groups, which may be booked through the conference organiser and take place Monday to Thursday by prior arrangement.
Here are a few tips to help you find your feet and make some sense of what is going on around you...
The first step is to join Sun International's prestigious "Most Valued Guest" gaming program. You can do this by asking any of our guest relations staff for an application for an M.V.G. card. Once the relevant details have been provided you will be issued with your very own, personalised membership card to the Sun International gaming fraternity. Please present this card to the croupier whenever you sit down at one of the gaming tables. Your play will be monitored and once it reaches a certain criteria may entitle you to, complimentary drinks, meals and generous discounts on accommodation.
Situated in the Entertainment Centre, this Slots only Casino offers the latest in Smart Card operated machines, video and poker in both smoking and non-smoking areas. Denominations range from 10c – R10
Monday - Thursday: Open 10h00 Close 01h00. Friday, open at 10h00 and run 24 hrs until close Sunday (Monday morning) at 01h00.
The Jungle Casino will be operational 24 hours over long weekends, school holidays and other expected peak periods.
Here are a few tips to help you find your feet and make some sense of what is going on around you...
The first step is to join Sun International's prestigious “Most Valued Guest“ gaming programme. You can do this by asking any of our Guest Relations staff for an application form for an MVG card. Once the relevant details have been provided, you will be issued with your very own, personalised membership card to the Sun International gaming fraternity. Your play will be monitored and once it reaches a certain criteria, it may entitle you to complimentary drinks, meals and generous discounts on accommodation.
The Bingo Lounge
Enjoy the fun, exciting and relaxed atmosphere with good old fashioned call BINGO! Situated on the lower level of the Entertainment Center. Operating hours:
Wednesday: 16h00 - close
Friday: 16h00 - close
Saturday: 13h00 - close
Sunday: 12h00 - close
Public Holidays: 12h00 – close
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