Best for: golfing fanatics
The lowdown: Make a swing for it, or time your stay to watch champion golfing competitions by the pros. With a choice of two world-class golf courses, immerse yourself in two different playing experiences. Challenge your game at the legendary parkland Gary Player Course, one of the best in South Africa, set in an extinct volcano crater. Or hit the desert-style Lost City Course for dazzling surroundings and plenty of water hazard features. Savour these 18-hole courses, with a par of 72, in a sensational Sun City setting.
In the know… The Gary Player Golf Course is a walking course, which will give you a good day of teeing off whilst earning those sundowner drinks later. Lookout for the crocodiles on hole 13 of The Lost City Golf Course – don’t try and fish out any stray balls here.
Best for: thrill seekers
The lowdown: The Valley of Waves waterpark is a must-visit. Enter by the Bridge of Time, which erupts every hour, smoking and rumbling. Visit miniature slides, bigger rides and tubing slides, as well as the adrenalin rush Temple of Courage, with its almost vertical drop of 17 metres. Or head to Waterworld by the lakeside for an abundance of water sports, with wake boarding, jet skiing and tube rides. Book a unique experience and take off in the skies, with a hot air balloon safari, launching at sunrise. Watch out below for mesmerising views and roaming wildlife, as you glide across Pilanesberg National Park.
In the know… Share the excitement and fly high with tandem parasailing at Waterworld, or take a turn on the bumper boats. Stay on the water a little longer and enjoy a sunset cruise at the end of the day.
Best for: family fun
The lowdown: Head over to the newly opened Chimp & Zee rope adventure park, above the Valley of Waves. Tackle a mixture of obstacles in the air, from rope bridges, balancing beams and hanging spider nets, to soaring ziplines for exhilarating moments. Take the Leeto-Kgolo Village Tour together and learn about the Bakgatla-Ba-Kgafela tribe, with a bicycle tour that will take you to four heritage sites. Taste local food and drinks, then meet with locals and embrace the culture. For more outdoors, go on a 4x4 quad biking experience through Letsatsing Game Park with an experienced guide. Try and catch a glimpse of a giraffe or rhino on your adventure.
In the know… If your little ones are ages between 3 and 12, enjoy four-wheeled fun on the mini quad biking track, where they can take a spin and work on their driving skills.
Best for: a beach scene
The lowdown: Soak up the sun at the Valley of Waves and lounge on real sand next to palm trees, or take shade under a parasol. Discover relaxation on the Lazy River, as you float along in your inflatable rubber ring. Experience the tide at the Roaring Lagoon wave pool with two-metre-high waves every 90 seconds, or explore the serene hidden cave waterfalls. If you’re ready to make a splash, hit the Tarantula and Scorpion body slides, then take a whirl on the Viper and Mamba tube rides. Make the most of the free unlimited access, as a guest of Sun City Resort.
In the know… Ask for a terrace table at The Brew Monkey, a lively gastro pub overlooking the lagoon. Soak up the laidback atmosphere and tuck into grilled prawns, other light bites and craft beer.
Best for: wondrous wildlife
The lowdown: Just minutes away from Sun City, is the Pilanesberg National Park. Book a sensational safari experience to see the big five, as well as giraffes, gazelles, hippos and more exciting creatures. Ride around in a 4x4, lookout for zebra darting across the plains, see elephants cross the tracks right in front of you and see buffalos by the waterhole. Take in the thriving landscape, as eagles soar across the sky and red dust cloud haze as you drive through the park, on an unforgettable adventure.
In the know… If you book an early morning game drive, you can head out before breakfast to catch the awakening of the land. Or jump on a late afternoon expedition and stop for extraordinary sundowners.
Best for: the casino hype
The lowdown: Hit the decks and get your bets on at the thriving 24/7 hot spot, Sun City Casino. Take a spin on one of hundreds of slot machines, or play your poker face on a choice of 40 tables. Bring your best at Blackjack and take a turn on American Roulette. Any level of play is welcome to the casino, whether you’re a serious gamer or want to have a go for the fun of it. Choose to dress-up or dress down, with the ease of no dress code on the main floor.
In the know… Beginners can bet as little as £2.50 on a Blackjack table on the main floor. Skilled gamers can experience the swish Sun City Privé, a luxurious gaming area with premium table playing, offering high stakes.
A lavish spot
Soak up a safari-themed cocktail bar and lounge, oozing with style.Book a stay at The Palace
Entertainment for everyone
Take some down time, whilst the children go wild for activities.Book a stay at Cabanas
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