For those who love to gamble, Sun City does have a huge casino surrounded by resort style facilities and even a big Tidal Pool for the kids to play at while you are playing. The complex also has golf courses. To reach the resort and gambling casino, you have to ride a short train ride from the entrance. There are 338 rooms and four suites, and all the standard rooms at The Palace of the Lost City have an entrance foyer, en-suite bathroom, lounge and seating area, air-conditioning, radio, tv, telephone, safe, minibar and butler station.
One of the main reasons why so many visit Sun City, is for the gambling.
Many come here with the hopes of winning that million that is desired by many.
Main Gambling areas are at the Entertainment Centre which is close to the Cascades Hotel.
Then at the Sun City Hotel, there is another casino.
All casinos have machines, as well as Roulette and Blackjack.
This ranks as one of the most extraordinary hotels in the world. It forms the centrepiece of the amazing Palace of the Lost City. This fairytale was built with incredible attention to detail with interiors featuring exquisite mosaics and amazing hand painted ceilings depicting the South Africa's wildlife and culture.
Quite amazing when you think that that this is located in a very remote part in South Africa, far from everything, pretty much an oasis in the middle nowhere!
Well this is absolutely beautiful , The story behind the Bridge is that the bridge is guarded by Elephants which is the link to the Hall of Treasures in the Lost City Entertainment area.
The funny thing is that there is a volcano that errupts every hour. Remember I told you its all man made.
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.
Game Trackers, specialist Wildlife Safari's Tour Operators are situated at the Welcome Centre and guests of Sun City Resort can also enjoy personalised game viewing at the neighbouring 55 000-hectare, malaria free Pilanesberg National Park. There are several wildlife options for guests to choose from.
When I was here we choose to go Bakubung. There is other gates like Kwa Maritane.
Guarded by mightly African Elephants, is the Bidge of Time.
This bridge links the Entertainment Centre to the Valley of the waves.
On regular intervals throughout the day it will start rumbing giving the impression that its a erupting volcano.
Quite cool really, and very popular amongst visitors.
We enjoyed this demonstration so much we attended on 2 afternoons for this 45 minute display. The handler explained the training and would let the various birds of prey free fly. Sometimes they would fly to a tree across the park but somehow he always got them to return. He told us the system works on a reward system and when the birds return to his gloved hand they are rewarded with some tasty food.
From the photos you will get an appreciation of how nice the Resort grounds are.
Displays are also held in the morning at 10am, afternoon, 3pm.
Monkey Spring Plaza is there to commemorate a troop of monkeys that saved the lives of an ancient tribe from starvation during a drought.
Its a really nice water feature, showing monkeys sitting down with their hands sticking out, and the water running between their fingers, very well done.
The Monkey Spring Plaza commemorates the troop of monkeys which saved the ancient tribe from starvation during a terrible drought.
Well as you pass through the Kong Gates the Monkey Spring Plaza is the first thing you see before the Palace of the Lost City.
One of the more outstanding features of Sun City was the VALLEY OF THE WAVES. Before I had ever seen or heard of Wave Pools, here was one in the middle of South Africa. The amazing thing is the whole beach area was created --- yes --a fake beach.
Although Hans and I enjoyed our day at Sun City, you really can't take it seriously. It's certainly a popular draw with locals and foreign visitors, but in my opinion it doesn't hold a candle to the real South Africa, like the Natal coast, the wonderful Game Reserves, like Hluhleuwe and Mkuzi that we had the privilege of experiencing. These are the real jewels of South African tourism.
A nice walk through the grounds of the Cabanas Hotel will bring you to the lake and the jetties, ferry, canoes, jet-skis, water skiing, and other water activities. This is a great place to take your children as there are activities for them as well as adults.
The free Waterworld Cruise operates twice daily at 12:00 and 16:30 hours.
There is also a cafe and gift store.
The Entertainment Centre covers a broad range of entertainment for all age groups ranging from amusement arcade games, movie zone showing the recent blockbusters, a great selection of retail shops from fashion to pharmacy.
The centre also has a section containing some very good fast food/ market cafes which provide excellent meals catering for all tastes and ages. The Pizza, Indian and chicken outlets were very popular and catered for inhouse or take away.
We were in Sun City late May and just in time to see the Wave Pool in operation as the next day it was to close down for winter. It is an amazing place and much larger than I imagined, a small ocean and beach in the middle of Africa, many hundreds of miles from the Ocean. The waves come up regularly, with sound, and it is like being at the beach.
With a background of the Palace on one side and lush forest and vegetation on other sides it really is something to see. Within the grounds and close to the pool are the Amphitheatre, Royal Bath,Observation Bar etc.
Take a walk down to waterworld where the jetties and boats are located and you will see these large fish lazing around in the lake. The highlight is when the cafe manager puts on a show for his patrons. He throws some bread scraps into the lake and turmoil breaks loose as the fish go on a rampage.
Worth the price of a coffee, or you can bring your own bread.