Sun City, North West
Did you know?
Entrance to all of Sun City's theme park rides is free for hotel guests.
Known worldwide for its exotic entertainment options, the Sun City theme park is more a mini-city than a park, with so many attractions and entertainment options that first-time visitors may find it pleasantly bewildering.
Located in the North West province, under 200 km from the major urban centres of Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Sun City entertainment park enthrals all with its African theme and multitude of entertainment options.
Far enough from South Africa's major cities to qualify as a real getaway from hectic city life, Sun City is nevertheless the ultimate all-in-one entertainment destination.
Activities run the gamut from adventure sports and safari options to a world-famous golf course and a wide variety of rides and games to keep the children happily busy.
Many will probably want to swing their clubs at the Gary Player Country Club, home to the Nedbank Gold Challenge.
Others may want to relax in the sun poolside at the Valley of the Waves while the kids go screaming down one of the water park's many thrilling slides.
Adults can try their luck at one of the biggest casinos in Africa (with its 38 gaming tables) before taking in a revue or live music show, or simply enjoy a meal at one of the many award-winning restaurants. Choose from Asian, traditional South African, steakhouse or Italian, just order from one of the many fast food outlets.
Kamp Kwena, an activity park for children where they can learn, play and make new friends, will keep lively little minds well occupied. Mini-cars, trampolines, adventure golf and more ensure that the kids do not miss their parents too much.
Sun City is not just a hotel or an entertainment complex or even just a theme park; it's an entire experience.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Sun City Central Reservations
Tel: +27 (0)11 780 7810
How to get here
Many shuttle companies in Johannesburg and Pretoria offer day tours to the resort.
Best time to visit
Any time of year.
Around the area
The nearby Pilanesberg Reserve is a must for wildlife and nature lovers.
You can walk, but due to the sheer size of the complex there are many shuttle carts ferrying folk back and forth.
What will it cost
Use of all the theme park rides and entertainment options is free of charge for residents at the resort. If you're a day visitor Sun City offers a wide variety of cost options, depending on what you want to experience. Visit their website for more detailed information.
Length of stay
A day-trip will allow you to experience most of what the Sun City theme park has to offer. But a weekend or even longer would be ideal if you really want to immerse yourself in what the resort has to offer.
Where to stay
The Sun City resort has a variety of accommodation options, from over-the-top luxury at the Lost City to more sedate home comforts at the Sun City Cabanas. There are also a number of luxurious guest houses and game lodges in the surrounding area.
What to eat
Sun City has a host of restaurants to choose from offering everything from oriental cuisine to Italian, seafood, sushi and grills. There's also a variety of casual snack bars, coffee shops and takeaways in the entertainment centre.