Did you know?
The Roaring Lagoon generates a 1.2 metre wave every 90 seconds.
The Valley of the Waves theme park is a jewel in the crown of the Sun City resort complex, no mean feat when you consider the enormous range of leisure activities on offer at the resort.
Part of the astounding Lost Palace development at Sun City, built around an ancient (and long-dormant) volcano, this North West province theme park is a pleasure kingdom for thrill-seekers and sun-seekers alike, offering a wonderful array of activities to keep boredom at bay.
Catering to both day visitors and those staying over at one of Sun City's many luxury resorts, the Valley of the Waves' entertainment options are many, from simply lazing around in the sun or enjoying a leisurely swim to riding the rapids on an underground river.
The more adventurous will make a beeline for the Roaring Lagoon and the Temple of Courage.
The former is just what it purports to be: a man-made lagoon in which every 90 seconds a 1,2 metre high wave with a velocity of 35 km/h crashes against the sandy beach pulling with it a delighted wall of human bodies.
The Temple of Courage, meanwhile, is not for the faint of heart. A 70 metre-long near vertical chute down which daredevils hurtle on their way to the sparkling pool below...it's quick but memorable!
There are more sedate rides for younger children and nervous adults too. The Sacred River Ride is an underground river journey on brightly coloured tubes that gently meanders its way around the Valley of the Waves theme park, or tackle the Tarantula, a scream-a-minute tube ride in total darkness!
Linking the Lost City to the Valley of the Waves, is the Bridge of Time. With its elephant guardians, and mock volcano that 'erupts' in billowing smoke and lava, it's your gateway to a wave of water-filled adventure.
Travel tips & Planning info
Who to contact
Sun International Central Reservations
Phone +27 (0)11 780 7810
How to get here
The Valley of the Waves theme park is located at the Sun City resort in the North West Province, close to the city of Rustenburg and approximately 200 kilometres from Johannesburg. Many operators offers day tours to the resort complex and it's easily accessible in your own vehicle.
Best time to visit
Any time of year. Summers can be very hot, which makes the Valley of the Waves the perfect spot for a cool dip. Winters are mild, but the park does close down for a brief time in the middle of winter for maintenance.
Around the area
The Sun City resort boasts many entertainment options, from a casino, cinemas and theatres to a crocodile farm and a world-famous golf course. Nearby is the wonderful Pilansberg National Park.
What will it cost
Guests staying at the Sun City resort enjoy free access to the Valley of the Waves. For day visitors a fee of R60 p/person must be paid to enter the Sun City Resort. Thereafter, the Valley of the Waves costs R150 for adults, and R80 for children under the age of 12 and pensioners pay R60.
Length of stay
Anything from a day trip to a full week or two. Sun City has plenty to keep the visitor occupied.
What to pack
Day visitors need to bring their own towels, sun protection, and fold-up chairs, if required.
Where to stay
The Sun City resort has a plethora of accommodation options, from over-the-top luxury to more sedate family-style accommodation.
What to eat
There's a huge variety of dining options at the Sun City resort. The Valley of the Waves itself includes a few snack and fast food outlets.