The Suncity Resort in South Africa – entertainment for everyone ! Sun City is in the Bojanala Region of the North West Province. In the centre of a volcanic valley surrounded by the slopes of the Pilanesberg mountains, a wilderness wonderland rises from the dust. Shimmering in the African sun, the fantastic Sun City Resort Complex could be mistaken for a mirage.
The dream began with a middle of nowhere luxury hotel in the sun. It soon evolved to include a second sumptuous hotel, the Cascades, with a tropical garden, a flamingo lake lapping the edge of the building, rushing waterfalls and a Sky Train which whisks visitors between destinations within the resort.
Then Sol Kerzner’s imagination looped the loop in a defiant free fall and he built his ultimate fantasy – the ‘recreation’ of a Lost City which, legend has it, was inhabited by gentle people of an ancient civilization.
The Lost City, complete with the ‘Shrine of the Sacred Monkey’, ruins of old temples, ancient carvings, grottos – an illusion of some idyllic ancient civilisation rediscovered. The Palace of the Lost City is undoubtedly one of the architectural wonders of Africa. The African theme is carried through every detail; life size elephants, cheetahs hunting, sable and springbuck, in combination with the Valley of the Waves and the Bridge of Time.
The Lost City has as its centre a ‘palace’ of impossible opulence guarded by towering elephants lining an immense bridge; it is ringed with man-made lakes stocked with rare birds and fish, pools, forests and a tropical beach with perfect surfing waves – electrically generated. Lit with the glow of a million candles, the Palace is decorated with Renaissance frescoes, hand-carved furniture, mosaic-inlaid floors and towering columns of false tusks and palm fronds.
The Sun City Resort Complex is one of the world’s largest adult entertainment centres, a luxury theme park for grown-up kids. Gaming on the casino tables, golfingon its superb 18-hole course, watching boxing matches, attending performances by some of the world’s most popular stars, lazing in the plush ambience of the complex. And when the day’s play is over, there are beds for more than 2000 guests.
A vast entertainment area provides for floor shows, slot machines, gaming tables – all on the edge of Pilanesberg National Park. For over a decade now, the huge Sun City resort complex, which includes the Cascades Hotel, has been one of South Africa’s top tourist drawcards, a place to gamble, a place to take in stage extravaganzas and a place to play – especially golf on the superb Gary Player courses.
Today the Sun City Resort Complex is one of the world’s largest adult entertainment centres, a luxury theme park for grown-up kids. And when the day’s play is over, there are beds for more than 2000 guests
Out of doors, two championship golf courses – one with crocodiles at the 13th hole – are bordered by the Pilanesberg National Park (home to the ‘Big Five’) where a vigorous conservation programme has resulted in more than 300 rhinos numbered among the 10 000 animals in the reserve. The 55 000 hectare park is the third biggest game reserve in Southern Africa. Game-viewing can be enjoyed from specially adapted four-wheel-drive vehicles, or Kerzner-style, from the lazy heights of a hot-air balloon and followed by a sumptuous bush breakfast.
When a video network links all conference rooms in Sun City and the Lost City, the resort will be able to host a single convention for 4,300 people.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge (formerly the Million Dollar Golf Challenge) has long been a highlight of the golf calendar in South Africa and overseas, with a hefty US$2 million cheque for the winner.
Entertainment – The Super Bowl
Africa’s finest venue for concerts. Stars such as Queen, Bryan Adams, Frank Sinatra and Rod Stewart have performed at this 6,000 seat arena.