If you're looking for a wildlife weekend away, just over an hour from Joburg you'll find Sun City and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, one of the best holiday options around. Not only can you relax on man-made beaches, throw some dice in the casino, or catch a quick round on the world-famous Gary Player Golf Course, but you can also take a drive around the adjoining Pilanesberg Game Reserve, which regularly serves up the Big 5 to its visitors. This is truly a holiday destination to meet all needs!
Sun City is a luxury casino resort situated in the North West Province, amongst the Pilanesburg Mountains and bushveld. It is an oasis of sunshine and never-ending excitement; a place to relax and let go. Conveniently located in close proximity to both Johannesburg and Pretoria, it is a preferred choice for local and foreign holiday-goers.
Sun City is one of hotel magnate Sol Kerzner’s creations, dating back to 1979. Today, the resort still keeps making magic locally and abroad. The likes of Elton John and Ray Charles have performed at the famous Sun City Superbowl, while Gary Player opened up two international-standard 18-hole golf courses, the Gary Player Golf Course and the Lost City Golf Course. The glamorous retreat provides endless entertainment for adults and children alike.
Sun City has four hotels, which, between them, cater to every visitor’s needs: the 3 star Cabanas Hotel, the 4 star Sun City Hotel, the 5 star Cascades Hotel and the ultimate 5 star Palace of the Lost City Hotel. This luxurious palace is truly majestic in design – its architectural masterpiece depicts Africa with the most intricate details, such as life-like statues of the various wildlife. The sparkling and spacious pool is normally surrounded by patrons sipping on cocktails, soaking in the rays.
The Valley of Waves brings you the sea - with tropical palms, a white beach and waves up to a 1,8 metres! The Temple of Courage (in the Valley) will give you the slide of your life, whilst the the Lazy River meanders slowly around a kidney shaped island. Other activities can be conveniently booked through the Welcome Centre, which adjoins the Entertainment Centre. This Centre also hosts plenty of other things for children and adults to occupy themselves with, including good restaurants and plenty of fast food outlets. The Waterworld, near the Cabanas Hotel is available for active water sports, such as water skiing and tube riding..
For discerning diners, there are gourmet restaurants, such as the Raj Restaurant, perfect for lining the stomach before a night out at Sun City’s world-class casino, whilst the arcade is perfect for children. One man’s dream has lead to a first-class hotel group, Sun International, which is known for consistently providing dream summers and spectacular accommodation over the years.
The Pilanesburg National Park is only a stone’s throw away from Sun City, and so safaris are a must. There are a number of ways to enjoy the abundant wildlife in the park, whether you drive yourself along the 200 kilometres of roads in the Reserve, or take a guided drive with a qualified game ranger. You can enjoy the wild outside of your car at numerous demarcated hides, picnic sites and viewpoints throughout the reserve. There are numerous accommodation options scattered throughout the park, each with their own charm. Some offer superior luxury and comfort, while others offer a more authentic, rustic experience, with self-catering facilities. Either way, there's a lodge or resort within the Park to suit all needs, desires and budgets. For a special treat, the Black Rhino Reserve is only 30km from the Sun City Resort
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