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