Sun City, one of South Africa’s most ex­cit­ing des­ti­na­tions for fam­i­lies, now has a host of new at­trac­tions.

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Only an hour-and-a-half drive from Pre­to­ria, the lux­u­ri­ous Palace of the Lost City, which sits high in the jun­gle, is the per­fect choice for five star-lov­ing fam­i­lies. The ex­trav­a­gant Palace has had sig­nif­i­cant up­grades as have Sun City’s other ho­tels and at­trac­tions (#new­suncity). Here is our Sun City ‘Big Five’ – five things that fam­i­lies will en­joy at the newly re­vamped Sun City com­plex. The new ‘ex­pe­ri­en­tial zone’, which was the old En­ter­tain­ment Cen­tre, re­opens as a shiny new con­ven­tion cen­tre but there is an at­trac­tion that will also ap­peal to fam­i­lies. The new per­ma­nent ex­hi­bi­tion in the South African Hall of Fame , hon­our­ing the coun­try’s sports­peo­ple and per­form­ing artists, will be an ex­pe­ri­ence chil­dren will love. And they will learn some­thing about the his­tory and cul­ture of South Africa, too. Sun City is now hard to beat when it comes to en­ter­tain­ing teens. The com­plex re­cently bol­stered its of­fer­ing for teenagers and ad­ven­tur­ous par­ents with an im­pres­sive ad­ven­ture hub, Adrenaline Ex­treme. Here you’ll find ex­cit­ing, heart­pump­ing ac­tiv­i­ties such as Drift Trikes, Hover­crafts, the Ac­cel­er­a­tor and the Griz­zly 4x4 Quad Chal­lenge. Within the com­plex, flood­lit ten­nis courts, guided tours of the re­sort on Seg­ways and one of the world’s long­est zip slides, Zip 2000, will also ap­peal.

The Val­ley of the Waves is one of the world’s best water parks. Now it is get­ting even bet­ter with an ex­pan­sion of the wa­tery won­der­land that in­cludes new rides. Chil­dren will be es­pe­cially ex­cited by two brand-new slides with the sec­ond slide opened on 25 June. The recre­ation hub, Water­world, has also un­der­gone a ma­jor change. Water­world is not just about water sports; it now houses the new Ka­zooma Race­way which of­fers chil­dren a thrilling racing ex­pe­ri­ence in Grand Prix-style karts on a re­al­is­tic race­track. The new Rock Ven­ture Golf lets golf­ing en­thu­si­asts of all ages test their skills on a chal­leng­ing ad­ven­ture course.

Sun City is a five-minute drive from the game- rich and malaria- free Pi­lanes­berg Na­tional Park where guests can see an­i­mals such as lions, rhino, ele­phant and gi­raffe or en­joy spec­tac­u­lar views of the re­serve in hot air bal­loons. The park cov­ers 55,000 hectares. It is home to 49 ma­jor mam­mal species, 39 dif­fer­ent rep­tile species and is a bird-lover’s par­adise with 394 recorded bird species.

One for dad (and mum). The Sun City com­plex has world-class golf cour­ses de­signed by Gary Player. The Gary Player Golf Course has played host to the pres­ti­gious Ned­bank Golf Chal­lenges since 1981. The Lost City Golf Course is one of the most un­for­get­table cour­ses in South Africa. The Par-72 18-hole course cov­ers more than 100 hectares with var­i­ous themes, from desert to moun­tains. Its most fa­mous fea­ture is the water haz­ard on the 13th hole, which is home to Nile croc­o­diles.

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