An encompassing leisure destination
Only an hour and a half drive from Pretoria, Sun City continues to be one of South Africa’s primary tourist destinations. Significant upgrades have been completed at Sun City’s hotels, including the three-star Cabanas hotel, four-star Sun City Hotel, the five-star Cascades hotel as well as The Palace. Families can also enjoy superb self-catering accommodation at the newly upgraded timeshare option, Sun Vacation Club.
The resort boasts 26 restaurants, a wide array of adventure, adrenalin and family activities and two world-class golf courses on the complex.
Sun City is a five-minute drive from the game-rich and malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park where guests can experience the Big Five or enjoy spectacular views of the reserve in hot air balloons. The Pilanesberg National Park is a melting pot of topographies – which include syenite koppies, forested ravines, bush veld and rolling grasslands and lightly wooded areas – all contained in the crater of an extinct volcano that covers 55,000 hectares.
Apart from the Big Five, it is home to 49 major mammal species, 39 different reptile species and remains a bird lover’s paradise with 394 recorded bird species (more than a third of the total southern African species).
World class golf courses
Both the Gary Player Country Club and the Lost City Golf Course were designed by Gary Player. The Gary Player Golf course has played host to the prestigious Nedbank Golf Challenge since 1981. The tournament, now part of the European Tour’s Race to Dubai, is one of world golf’s most recognizable events and has become one of the most admired tournaments by leading players around the world.
The Lost City Golf Course is one of the most unforgettable courses in South Africa. A desert course, the Lost City Golf Course is a favoured winter golfing destination for South Africans and international golfers alike. The Par-72 18-hole course covers more than 100 hectares with various themes, from desert to mountains and parkland. It incorporates 28,000m² of water features, with perhaps its most famous feature being the water hazard on the 13th hole, which is home to Nile crocodiles.
More entertainment for adventurers and adrenalin-junkies
Sun City has bolstered its offering for teenagers and adventurers with an adventure hub, Adrenalin Extreme. Adrenalin Extreme offers outdoor activities including Drift Trikes, Hovercrafts, the Accelerator and the Grizzly 4×4 Quad challenge.
Currently underway is the expansion of the Valley of Waves water park to offer new rides and food offerings and includes the recently opened microbrewery-themed gastro pub, The Brew Monkey. The revitalisation of the Valley of Waves includes two brand new slides, with the second slide opening on 25 June. In addition, the resort offers a choice of pools, two aviaries, jogging trails; quad biking; floodlit tennis courts, guided tours of the resort on zippy Segways, and one of the world’s longest zip slides, Zip 2000.
Action packed water sports and more
The watersports and recreation hub, Waterworld, has undergone a major change as well. Waterworld now sports the new Kazooma Raceway and Rock Venture Golf. Kazooma Raceway offers children a thrilling racing experience in Grand Prix style go karts on a realistic racetrack, while Rock Venture Golf gives golfing enthusiasts of all ages a chance to test their skills on a challenging adventure golf course.
Waterworld also offers an array of outdoor and water sporting activities such as parasailing, waterskiing, jet-skis, paddleboats, a wake snake, wake boarding and boat rides. Cruises around the lake onboard are also offered daily.
At Waterworld and the Cabanas lawns, children can enjoy facilities such as supervised workshops at Kamp Kwena, Finders Keepers, Rock Venture Golf, Kazooma Raceway, Long John Silver Bumper Boats, a fully equipped children’s playground, and the Stimela train that goes past the Animal World Aviary and over a small lake where children can watch impala, ostrich, nyala and kudu. Guests can also visit the bird aviary as well as the Animal World where children are allowed to pet the farm animals.
Something for everyone including foodies
With 26 restaurants, Sun City caters to all tastes and has something for everyone. While family restaurant brands are on offer, Sun City has now created several signature restaurants. Amongst the newly opened or refurbished signature restaurants are the revamped Palm Terrace at the refurbished Cabanas hotel, Bocado at the Cascades, Legends at the Sun City Hotel and TBrew Monkey at the Valley of Waves.
Legends is a trendy grill house that pays tribute to the icons who have graced Sun City since 1979. Bocado at the Cascades offers guests a beautiful setting to enjoy vibrant Mediterranean dishes. The Brew Monkey is a gastro pub with a decidedly rustic microbrewery feel with handpicked craft beers and milkshakes.
Fly to Sun City
Getting to Sun City has become easier with direct flights to the Pilanesberg International Airport from Cape Town or Johannesburg. Bookings for flights to and from Sun City are available through SA Express at http://www.flyexpress.aero.
The Sun City refurbishment will give our guests and delegates a variety of new and memorable experiences, with the new and revitalised SunCity poised to reclaim its position as not only a premier conference destination but one of the finest resorts worldwide” concludes Michael Farr, Group General Manager: Corporate Brand and Communications.
The current refurbishment forms part of a five-year upgrade project which will be completed in 2017. Sun City’s four hotels and the entertainment zones have or are in the process of being revamped. The 382 luxury self-catering apartments at the Sun Vacation Club as well as the 380 bedrooms at the Cabanas have already been refurbished. The entrance, reception area, pubic areas and pool bar at the Cabanas have been remodeled for a more contemporary and modern feel, with a balconied foyer overlooking the hotel’s newly rejuvenated restaurant.
The Sun City Hotel is also being repositioned to provide an “always on”, Vegas-style party zone, with new restaurants and soon to open night clubs and burlesque bars. A new ultra-high end VIP casino has recently opened at The Palace – The Palace Villa and The Palace Salon. The upmarket Plume and Tusk Bar & Lounge have also been refurbished. The Grill Room has also been upgraded with a new lakeside terrace. The Palace will its breakfast buffet area will be upgraded too.