Focus on Sun City, North West, South Africa

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 800 kg.

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