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Sun City and The Palace of The Lost City, North West

Sun City and the Palace of the Lost City together comprise one of the most famous and extravagant resorts in the world, if not the most extravagant.

Sun City is located in the hot dry North West Province of South Africa, adjoining the Pilanesburg Game Reserve north of Rustenburg, but the entire resort area is lush, with an oasis feel.

Sun City is comprised of the original Sun City Casino Resort, The Palace of the Lost City hotel complex and the Valley of the Waves – a huge water-park with a beach and a wave machine that can generate 1.6m waves.

The entire complex has four hotels, a 6000 seater ‘Super Bowl’ arena which regularly hosts music concerts, pageants and sports events, 2 top golf courses, theatres, gaming and slots areas, children’s entertainment areas, restaurants, bars and a nightclub.

Facilities are all upmarket, but the Palace of the Lost City is in a class of its own – both in levels of luxury and in the opulent architecture that features superb, huge animal sculptures among other larger than life and luxurious features. When hotelier Sol Kerzner decided to add on to the original Sun City Casino Resort complex, he set out to create something unbeatable, and by all accounts he achieved that with The Palace of the Lost City.

Facilities and activities range from gaming in the casino to sports activities such jetskiing, parasailing and other watersports on the waterpark’s lake. There is regular world-class entertainment and ‘extravaganzas’, spas, walks in the Lost City’s jungle gardens, eating, drinking, golf, scary water-rides at The Temple of Courage, celebrity spotting at the Palace of the Lost City, horse-riding and mountain-biking, to game drives, hot air ballooning and elephant back safaris at the adjoining Pilanesburg National Park. Lazy activities involve deck-chairs, swimming in the ‘sea’ in the Valley of the Waves, or lying on the beach tanning. You couldn’t get bored here in a month of Sundays.

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Getting there: From JHB take the R511 to Hartbeespoort Dam, continuing through the tunnel under the dam. Head west in the direction of Rustenburg, turning off right onto the R556 just outside of Hartbeespoort. Travel for a further 75km north-north-west along the R556.

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