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    THE HALL OF TREASURES

    by DAO Updated Aug 12, 2012

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    TREASURES - BUT NOT FOR YOU !
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    Inside of Sun City is a fabled Hall of Treasures. Inside is untold wealth and an endless supply of money. Unfortunately it is the Casino that gets all this money. Statistically you will lose every game on offer. The main Gambling Hall is full of slot machines, video poker and other games designed to make the Casino richer. Las Vegas it’s not. Mostly you have to do everything yourself. They only have staff actually dealing with you if you go into the High Stakes area inside the Sun City Hotel. In the Entertainment Centre is a slots only ‘Jungle Casino’. Both are pictured. I found the staff bored and not overly helpful. Mostly bored. Tables players can play Blackjack, American Roulette, Poker, and Punto Banco. There is a Salon Prive with higher stakes the International Room, which is reserved for games with extremely high limits and is by invitation only.

    Get into there and you can lose a vast Treasure very quickly.

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    Take tea at The Palace

    by Moirads Written Jan 15, 2012
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    Over the recent break two friends and I headed off to Sun City for the day.

    Past experience has taught us that The Palace at the Lost City staff do a pretty good job of keeping non-resident day tripping riff raff from bothering their five star residents. The only way of getting into the hotel to see it from the inside is to book for high tea or for dinner. We opted for high tea.

    The booking process was easy. We simply asked the assistant at the hospitality desk of the casino to do it for us and Bob was our uncle! A shuttle bus took us up to the hotel and the magical word 'reservations' found us on the guest list.

    We descended the magnificent crystal staircase into the gorgeous Crystal Court dining room in which every table was set with Royal Albert tea sets. We selected a table, for the dining room was not full despite the public holiday and perused the tea menu. Every tea is described, complete with recommended steep time. We placed our orders and moved on to the eats.

    A central table indicated that if we requested sparkling wine we would have been given it, but we ignored that in favour of a variety of other treats. Cucumber sandwiches were prevented from drying out, but could be seen under their glass domes. They were very nice, moist without being soggy and real cream cheese was used. Miniature quiches hovered over chafing dishes. High tea included a variety of desserts. An establishment, in my not so humble opinion, is judged by its crème caramel and the crème caramel at The Lost Palace is superb.

    I was less impressed with their fruit cake which was cut into large wedges and was fairly stodgy. Gordon Ramsay should actually have to beg for my grandmother's fruit cake recipe, but it really isn't a secret. It is the more expensive one in the cook book put out by the Department of Arts and Culture and published by the Government Printers. The only amendment my grandmother made, and the change from 125g of glace cherries is recorded with the notation “250g - We like cherries'. The modern book's metrication and my translation, the original is Imperial and Afrikaans.

    Everything else on the table, well the bits that I sampled for it is impossible to sample it all, was wonderful. I enjoyed the cheese, biscuits and nuts which were part of the savoury offerings. There were no complaints from either of my companions either and one of them found the scones to be particularly good.

    The Crystal Court is a handsome space, generously proportioned and nicely decorated within the African Lost City theme. The ambience is gracious. The service truly makes one feel royal. Once one is in the hotel one is free to roam around and explore all the public rooms and courtyards as well as the garden adjoining the dining room.

    High tea was R155 per person, not cheap, but good value for money.

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    Lion Park , Sundowner Ranch

    by cokes Updated Apr 4, 2011
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    There is a lion farm at Sundowner Ranch which is about 10 minutes drive from Sun City. They have area where you can interact with the lion cubs. You can also go walking along the lion enclosures to view the other lions. There is a restaurant , bar and also a area to buy soveniors.

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    The African Lost City

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sol Kerzner then went on to create a fantasy-land in the form of The Lost City, with an incredibly expensive and ultra-luxurious palace, with facilities only movie stars can afford.

    The penthouse suite is a not-so-small fortune per night! More than 5 star material! Luxury in the extreme.

    This consists of a stunning fairytale hotel, and a waterworld-wonderland. There is a fake sea (with real beach sand and rolling waves), rapids, quite a few water rides etc. A lot of fun for adults and children alike.

    Easily driveable from Johannesburg (2 hours drive), this is a lovely day outing/week end getaway for the family, or with friends. There is a bus service that operates from some Johannesburg hotels too. I have taken the one from Sandton Sun Intercontinental before.

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    The City in the Sun

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The brain child of a man who had a Standard 8 (which in international terms means he did not complete his basic schooling).

    He went on to build an empire in Sun City, and then Lost City next door, in a terrain that is rugged and quite harsh.

    He has built an oasis in the midst of this, and created employment for thousands of locals, where unemployment is rife.

    We never got to go here as kids because we didn’t have the extra money for the excursion, but as a young adult I started to go a few times with friends from Technikon, for pop concerts (Richard Marx), and to spend the day in the sun and sea in The Lost City.

    Not being one who enjoys gambling, I didn’t do much of that – but if you DO enjoy gambling, this is a gambling mecca!

    They do conduct a 'responsible gambling policy', not sure exactly what that entails, but as it can become an addiction, they have obviously taken strides to prevent this. They work in conjunction with a National Responsible Gambling Programme Toll Free Helpline: 0800 006 008.

    Easily driveable from Johannesburg (2 hours drive), this is a lovely day outing/week end getaway for the family, or with friends. There is a bus service that operates from some of Johannesburg's finest hotels.

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    The Valley of Waves Water Park

    by Jenniflower Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    You can only get into the Valley of the Waves if you pay an extra fee as a Sun City Hotel day visitor/resident (this fee differs, depending on what package you take and the number of people in your party), or as a Lost City Hotel resident (where this is included in your hotel fee).

    This park lies over 25 hectares, and consists of a jungle, adventure areas, water fetaures and a man made beach with mechanically operated waves (they roll as normal waves do).

    They have qualified lifeguards on duty all the time and security is great. You can rent a locker for your possessions if you want to go on water rides too.

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    Cinema

    by Bushman23 Written Feb 26, 2010

    The Sun City Cinema is a nice retreat to normality if you so choose :) They're usually a few weeks behind the regular cinemas. The screens aren't huge by any means, and it can be quite cold in the cinema as well, but it's still a guaranteed good time. Prices are about R35.

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    Kwena Gardens

    by Bushman23 Written Feb 26, 2010
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    Home to about 100 crocs, several Meerkat, and some Iguana, Kwena Gardens Croc Center is a fascinating, and educational, experience. Some of these creatures are absolutely massive, and more than 80 years old. Very lazy looking too, though i wouldn't be deceived :P

    Guides are available, though not entirely necessary, in my opinion, as the regular signposts provide a great lesson :) Entrance is about R35 per person, and feeding time is 4.30pm. Worth seeing!

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    The Palace of the Lost City

    by mikelisaanna Written Sep 20, 2009

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    The Palace of the Lost City is the fanciest and most expensive hotel in Sun City. It was built to resemble a massive complex of ruins, and is very impressive. If you are not staying there, there are three ways to see it. You can eat dinner at one of its restaurants, go to high tea there, or go on one of the several guided tours each day.

    Two of our favorite parts were the Crystal Court restaurant, a beautiful room with 40-foot ceilings, and teh lobby rotunda, which had beautiful mosaics. The stairway down to the Crystal Court was also impressive, with crystal balustrades. Outside, there is a nice swimming pool as well as an impressive walkway lined with animal figures connecting the hotel to the Entertainment Center.

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    Heated pool at the Cascades Hotel

    by mikelisaanna Written Sep 20, 2009

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    The pool at the Cascades Hotel

    During our three weeks of driving around South Africa, we discovered that heated pools are quite rare. We were happy to discover that one of the two pools at the Cascades was heated, which made winter swimming much more pleasant. Our 8-year old daughter was very happy! There is a nice sand area around the pool, with plenty of deckchairs. If you get hungry or thirsty, there are waiters who can bring you food and drinks.

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    High tea at the Palace of the Lost City

    by mikelisaanna Written Sep 20, 2009

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    The Palace of the Lost City is Sun City's fanciest hotel, and off-limits to prople who are not staying there. There are three ways to visit it: eat dinner at one of its restaurants, pay for a tour (one-hour tours happen several times per day), or go to it daily high tea. We opted for the latter, which was a great experience. They tea was good, with a decent selection of teas and plenty of scones, finger sandwiches, and desserts. The best part was the setting. High tea is held in the Crystal Court restaurant, a magnificent large room with 40-foot ceilings, chandeliers, and a sweeping stairway with crystal balustrades. After tea, we explored the Palace of the Lost City before heading back to our hotel.

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    The arcade at the Entertainment Center

    by mikelisaanna Written Sep 20, 2009

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    We ended up spending at least an hour eachcday at the amusement arcade in the Entertainment Center during our stay at Sun City. The arcade had a good variey of video games, as well as more traditional arcade games such as skee ball, pinball, and air hockey.

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    The Valley of the Waves

    by mikelisaanna Written Sep 20, 2009

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    The Valley of the Waves is a large wave pool in Sun City located next to the Palace of the Lost City Hotel. In addition to the pool, which generates a large wave every 10 minutes or so, there is also a sand beach, with planty of room to stretch out. There are are also concession stands, in case you get hungry or thirsty, in addition to waiters who can bring your orders right to you so that you don't have to leave your seat. The pool is open to guests of all four Sun City resort hotels. You have to put down a deposit to get towels, but it gets refunded when you return them. There were plenty of beach chairs, which were free.

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    Valley of the Waves

    by mvtouring Written Aug 29, 2009

    It is amazing what Sol Kerzner came up with here at Sun City. This man made beach with its tidal pool provides great pleasure to visitors of the complex. The palm trees were imported from the USA mostly. Lots of fun things to do here.

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    Monkey Spring Plaza

    by mvtouring Updated Aug 29, 2009

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    Leaving the bridge you will find yourself at the Monkey Spring Plaza before reaching the valley of the waves. This great fountain was built to commemorate a troop of monkeys that saved the lives of an ancient tribe from starvation during a drought. 'This lovely water feature, shows the tribe of monkeys sitting down with their hands sticking out, and the water running between their fingers.

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