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Sun City Introduction

Sun City is one of the most luxurious vacation destinations in South Africa. Located to the northwest of Johannesburg and Pretoria, this scenic resort city offers an abundance of entertainment options for the entire family. It's popular for its lavish casino, family-friendly water park and championship golf courses, as well as its opulent events venues. It's the home of the Miss South Africa pageant and has hosted the Miss World pageant multiple times. Sun City has also served as a location for many Hollywood films, including Blended, starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore.

Hotels in Sun City

Because Sun City is an upmarket resort, most of the hotels within and around the area are luxury ones with 4- or 5-star ratings. A few of these properties are palatial, not just in proportion but also in their decor and the atmosphere they exude. Some, on the other hand, are more intimate in terms of size and setting. Most of these Sun City hotels offer top-notch facilities, including gourmet restaurants and bars, full-service spas and fully equipped fitness and business centres. Many also provide services and facilities for families, such as children's activity programmes and babysitting.

Where to stay

Sun City has 4 hotels right within its premises. These are all luxury hotels with ritzy amenities and facilities. They're convenient if you plan on spending most of your holiday within the resort or if you're travelling with kids. If you prefer a more intimate setting away from the crowds and unruly kids, there are romantic hotels in the foothills of Pilanesberg National Park. These hotels are just outside Sun City's gates. If you're looking to save on accommodation, there are affordable hotels and B&Bs in Mogwase. Mogwase is only a short drive away from Sun City.

Things to see

Valley of Waves is one of Sun City's main attractions. This vast water park boasts of a hydraulic wave pool covering 6,500 square metres, a 70-metre waterslide and other thrilling features for kids and adults. Sun City's golf courses are also among its more popular attractions. The resort has 2 – Lost City Golf Course and Gary Player Golf Course. Both are championship courses designed by South African professional golf legend Gary Player. The Maze of the Lost City is said to be the largest maze in the Southern Hemisphere. It mimics an archaeological discovery and is designed for group adventures. The Maze also has a bar serving craft beer on tap. Sun City shares a border with Pilanesberg National Park. The park features rings of hills and the crater of an extinct volcano. African game such as lions, leopards and elephants, along with hundreds of bird species, call this nature reserve home.

How to get to Sun City

Sun City is served by Pilanesberg International Airport. Pilanesberg handles domestic flights by small airlines as well as privately chartered aircraft. You can fly directly from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Pilanesberg any day of the week. Alternatively, you can drive from Johannesburg to Sun City. Sun City is a 2-hour drive from Johannesburg. The resort also operates a shuttle service transporting guests to and from Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport. Car hires are also available at OR Tambo. Within Sun City itself, you can take the shuttle service to the resort's many attractions.