Book Sun City holidays for a rather sumptuous slice of South Africa. The purpose-built holiday and entertainment resort has all the ingredients for a sunshine holiday, plus many more besides.
You'll find restaurants, hotels, jaw-dropping scenery, golf courses, nightly entertainment, spa treatments and plenty for the whole family to enjoy. And, even though the resort is firmly landlocked, you've got soft white sandy beaches. Then there are the casinos, the mountains and the chance to go on safari.
Oh yes, holidays in Sun City really do have it all.
Situated in the north west of South Africa, some two hours from Pretoria and two and a half from Johannesburg, Sun City is like Africa's Las Vegas - it's glitzy, it's surreal, and it's in the middle of the desert.
With the stunning Pilanesberg Mountain as a backdrop, Sun City has plenty to offer to all types of holidaymakers, with a variety of accommodation to select from. You can stay in one of the resort's four hotels - The Palace of the Lost City, Cascades Hotel, Sun City Hotel and the Cabanas Hotel - or The Sun City Vacation Club, which offers self-catering accommodation.
Days can be spent lazing at the poolside or at the resort's beaches in the Valley of Waves, while activities on-site include tours on Segways, quad bike adventures, and fun on zip lines.
Monkeys roam the resort, and nature can be found on the doorstep at Kwena Gardens Crocodile Sanctuary and at Butterfly World.
For wildlife of a larger variety, Madikwe Game Reserve and Pilanesberg Game Reserve are within easy reach of Sun City and offer opportunities to see some of Africa's big five game animals: elephant, lion, buffalo, leopard, and rhino.
Add all of this to round-the-clock entertainment and a very warm welcome, and it's not difficult to see why Sun City is a popular destination for British holidaymakers.
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The southern hemisphere's summer months of December to February bake under daily average highs of 30C, while winter temperatures, from June to August, rarely drop below 20C. This makes Sun City a great year-round destination. Expect some rainfall, mostly in December and January.
The entertainment on offer at Sun City is daily and varied, from international musicians and comedians to local dancers. Here are three events that take place every year at Sun City.
Battle of the Giants; March: The cream of South Africa's dancing crop competes at this annual event at Sun City's Superbowl. Kids as young as seven show off their dancing skills alongside adult competitors and thousands of people flock here to watch the contest.
Springbreak; September: The South African equivalent of this popular American tradition sees Sun City throw open its doors to students and young people who love the pool-party days and nights spent in the resort's clubs.
Nedbank Golf Challenge; November/December: The Gary Player Country Club, one of two top golf courses at Sun City, hosts this international professional competition. Keen golf fans will want to watch to catch a glimpse of their heroes.
Best of Sun City holidays for...
- Nightlife: Slip into your favourite cocktail outfit for a drink at the bar before hobnobbing with high rollers and flirting with Lady Luck at Sun City's two world-class casinos.
- Relaxing: Stroll to the Valley of the Waves for a day on the beach. Sip an ice-cold cocktail, soak up the sun and float along the lazy river on a tube.
- Active types: Spot elephants, lions and rhinos from the back of an open-top jeep on a game drive through Pilanesberg Game Reserve.