The legendary Sun City in the North West province is still one of SA’s favorite holiday and premium lifestyle destinations. Voted the city’s ultimate weekend getaway spot, it’s not hard to understand why millions of visitors are drawn to this extraordinary resort each year. Only an hour-and-a half drive from Pretoria, the newly upgraded Sun City has a diverse offering that combines a choice of action-packed entertainment options for all ages, as well as opportunities to relax and enjoy the quietness of nature. It’s like escaping to another world without having to venture too far.
Here are our top 10 things to do while you’re there.
1. Play golf
Boasting two remarkable world class golf courses, Sun City is renowned for golf. Established in 1981, the 7747 yards, par-72 championship Gary Player Country Club golf course is one of the most challenging and demanding courses in Southern Africa. The course occupies a mountain valley and features huge flowery bunkers and massive greens, as well as an island green on the per-4 ninth, making for an exciting and challenging golfing experience. The Lost City Golf Course is one of the most unforgettable course in South Africa. A desert course, the par-72 18-hole course covers more than 100 hectares with various themes, from desert to mountains and parkland. It incorporates 28 000 square metres of water features, with perhaps its most famous feature being the water hazard on the 13th hole, which is home to Nile crocodiles.
2. Explore the maze
The Maze of The Lost City is the largest permanent maze in the Southern Hemisphere that gives the illusion of an ancient archaeological discovery. Accessed via a 100 metre long suspension bridge, it ends at the Maze Bar where you’ll find ice cold craft beers on tap.
3. Get to know South African legends
While you’re at Sun City, be sure to to enjoy an interactive exhibition, where both the young and old are able to celebrate the country’s most memorable achievers in the fields of sports, arts and culture. Located at the plush resort’s newly upgraded entertainment and convention centre, The South African Hall of Fame can help you test your skills on simulators and learn more about your heroes on touch screens.
4. Spoil yourself at the Gary Player Health Spa
The Gary Player Health Spa and beauty salon, run by Gatsby International Health Spas, is the perfect place for a little time out. For those seeking a sense of rejuvenation after days spent in the sun, there’s a range of healing and re-energizing treatments. There’s also a small, well equipped gym for those wanting to pump up their muscles.. and the most fabulous mani and pedi section… lie back, relax, doze for an hour and wake up to a perfect 10. Highly recommended!
5. Eat your heart out
With more than 30 restaurants, Sun City caters for all tastes and has something for everyone. While family restaurant brands are on offer, Sun city has now created several signature eateries. Among the new or refurbished restaurants are Bocado at the Cascades – which offers guests a beautiful setting to enjoy vibrant Mediterranean-inspired dishes; Legends at Soho – a trendy grill house that pays tribute to the icons who have graced Sun City since 1979, and the Brew Monkey at the Valley of the Waves – a gastro pub which has a decidedly rustic microbrewery feel with hand-picked craft beers and milkshakes.
6. Ride and slide
There are now seven thrilling slides to try at the Valley of Waves, with a ride for every comfort level, from an easygoing tubing experience to semi-submerged watersides that spiral downhill. Sun City’s exhilarating slides assure an unforgettable experience.
7. Segway Guided Tours
The Sun City complex is huge… and there’s loads to see. The best way to explore? A Segway Guided Tour.
Perfect for groups of friends or family, It’s easy, fun and you get to explore the area. There’s also an off-road tour along Pilanesberg National Park fence line(where you may just spot one of the Big Five).
Sun City Segway Tours:
Location: Sun City Resort, just below the Cascades Hotel swimming pool.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 014 557 4052
8. Go wild at Adrenalin Extreme
At the outdoor adventure hub Adrenalin Extreme, you can go wild, delving into activities like drift trikes, hovercraft, the accelerator and squad 4×4 challenge. The accellerator is a high impact activity similar to bunjee jumping. The drift trikes are three
Open Daily. 9am – 5pm.
Contact +27 14 557 3294 or send an email to [email protected] for enquiries.
9. Party all night
Soho (formerly the Sun City Hotel) is Sun City’s always on party zone. Encapsulating the essence of the renowned Soho destination located in London and New York, which are known for their eclectic vibe and non-stop action, Soho boasts an exclusive, decidedly glamorous modern dance club, Encore, a vibrant bar and hot spot, Vibes, as well as new restaurants. This is where nights become day in spectacular style.
10. Go on Safari
Sun City is a five-minute drive from the game-rich and malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park where you can spot the Big Five with Mankwe Gametrackers 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, bushveld and rolling grasslands and lighly wooded areas – all combined in the crater of an extinct volcano that covers 55 000 hectares.
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