Sun City Resort in the Pilanesberg in the North West Province
is one of the most remarkable destinations in Africa.
This vast complex, nearly 20 km in circumference, is an enormous,
opulent extravaganza of luxurious hotels, glittering entertainment
centres, restaurants, gaming rooms, shops, discos and extensive,
beautifully landscaped grounds, rated among the world's most unusually
conceived, and most lavish, inland resorts.
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.
The Valley of Waves, which links The Palace of the Lost City
Hotel to the Entertainment Centre, incorporates 22 different regions
of vegetation, from a rocky outcrop of ancient baoba trees, to
a lush, tropical jungle.
Walkers are enticed to the Waterscape, a huge arrangement of
interlinked pools, a kilometre of low weirs and two kilometres
of walkways, that lead through gardens and over, and under, rock
formations. Among the Waterscape's permanent residents are swans,
herons, and the rare South African black duck.
It has its own 25 Hectare jungle of 3 500 trees, drawn from around
the world, plus a 100 x 60 m swimming pool and 'beach', with 1,8
m high artificially created surfing waves. Among other features
are massive water chutes for the brave, and a Lazy River Ride
for the young and not-so-brave. The entire area is spectacularly
illuminated at night.
The Entertainment Centre is a vibrant concentration of restaurants,
bars, discos, speciality shops, conference venues, cinemas, slot
machines and a massive 200 seat computerised bingo hall.
In its core is the Superbowl, used for conventions, banquets
(seating 3 500 people), extravagant promotions, big-name shows
and international events. The Casino offers the standard gaming
range plus slot macines, a salon prive (punto banco and chemmy)
for devotees, and the 620-seat Extravaganza Theatre.
Outdoor activities include tennis, bowls, squash, horse-riding,
swimming, tenpin bowling, an animal farm for children and game
viewing at Pilanesberg National Park.
The Gary Player Country Club boasts 2 top world-class golf courses
and has hosted most of the world's greatest players. It is the
venue for the annual Million Dollar Golf Challenge.
The Kwena Crocodile Garden at the entrance gate, is a reptile
park and ranch distinguished by its dramatically 'ethnic' architecture,
its luxuriantly tropical surround, and by the giant Nile crocodiles
it contains, including 'Footloose', a 120-year old crocodile weighing