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AAn uber-cool Segway tour is definitely the most fun-filled way to explore the length and breadth of South Africa's premier playground, Sun City.
The Segway personal transporter is a two-wheeled, self-balancing transport device manufactured in the United States. The beauty of riding one of these sci-fi modes of transport is that it takes only a few minutes for a coach to teach you all the manoeuvres you need to enjoy the glide of your life.
There’s a choice of tours for up to 10 individuals, all of which have been designed to take visual advantage of the surrounding Pilanesberg mountains and the wildlife. Select from a golf tour, a lake tour and an off-road glide. Time-wise, the tours range from 45 minutes to 2 hours. Children under the age of 10 are not permitted on the on-road glides, and those under 13 are not permitted on the off-road route.
If you’re a golfer, the 45-minute golf course glide around the world-renowned Gary Player Country Club should not be missed. The tour provides a great overview of the Nedbank Golf Challenge course, weaving around pristine gardens, stunning lakes and lush fairways, where you’re likely to see vervet monkeys at play.
An extension to the golf course glide is the lake glide, the longest on-road tour, which takes riders to animal world, the birds of prey centre and the scenic Sun City lake.
If more challenging terrain sounds tempting, try a specially adapted off-road Segway tour along the Pilanesberg National Park fence line, where you might be fortunate enough to spot one of the Big 5. This route offers a tour of 2 of the country’s top golf courses, indigenous wildlife viewing and a visit to the crocodile pit!
Travel tips & planning info
Who to contact
Segway Guided Tours
Tel: +27 (0)14 557 4052
How to get here
From Pretoria, take the N4 west. After going through the Brits toll plaza, you will see the Sun City off-ramp on your right. Turn onto the R556. Sun City is about 70km from this turn-off. (Sun City is about 2 1/2 hours' drive in total from both Johannesburg and Pretoria.) At the Sun City Resort, you'll find the Segway office just below the Cascades Hotel swimming pool (next to the tennis courts).
Best time to visit
Golf course glide and lake glide tours run at 8am, 10am, 12 noon, 2pm and 4pm. Off-road tours run at 9am, 12 noon and 3pm.
Things to do
Enjoy Sun City’s Valley of Waves and Waterworld.
A visit to Pilanesberg National Park, a few kilometres from Sun City, is a must.
The Nedbank Golf Challenge takes place in December each year, bringing some of the world's top golfers to Sun City.
Where to stay
Sun City offers top-class accommodation at the Palace of the Lost City, the Cascades and the Sun City Hotel.
What to eat
There are many restaurants at Sun City.