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Sun City and Pilansberg National Park

Sun City and Pilansberg National Park , is nestled in the northwest providence of South Africa. A short trip north of Pretoria and Johannesburg, this part of South Africa is unique in its own beauty and location.

Valley of the waves - Sun City

Valley of the waves – Sun City

 

The Sun City Resort complex itself could actually be described as the main entrance to the Pilanesberg National Park, which is another renowned safari reserve in South Africa. To start with, there is fun for everyone at Sun City, for young and old alike. Deep in the bushveld, and at the heart of an extinct volcano, this resort has a distinct African beat, and is a sight to behold.

There are four different world class hotel accommodations, like the Palace of the Lost City set amidst a brilliant rain forest. The other three hotels are the Sun City Hotel, Cascades, and The Cabanas.

 

This resort also features a deluxe time share complex, called ‘The Sun City Vacation Club.’ There are many different kinds of activities here with two international eighteen hole golf courses, both designed by world famous Gary Player.

The Lost City Golf Course, and home of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, the Gary Player Country Club is world renowned.

Lost City Palace Hotel

Lost City Palace Hotel

Sun City is host to many different concerts, with famous names. Black Sabbath, Queen, Rod Stewart, Linda Ronstadt, as well as many other have performed at the Sun City Super Bowl and Auditorium that seats over 16,000 people. This setting is also home to many beauty pageants, as well as a number of different annual events including the Positive Festival, the continent’s biggest Aids fund raising event to this day.

Sun City also hosts a world class casino. An abundance of family activities can also be enjoyed . Valley of the Waves offers visitors access to the best and most advanced water park in all of South Africa, with the large lagoon, and a giant wave machine that creates almost two meter waves every minute and a half dominating the park. This is home to five different and exciting water flume rides, including the Temple of Courage, where the brave slide down 17 meters before splashing down in a pool at the bottom. Even those who just want to enjoy the park can take a leisurely ride on the Lazy River.

An abundance of different water sports are available all year round at Waterworld including parasailing, water skiing, and even sunset cruises. One can also enjoy tennis, mountain biking, jogging, and even horseback riding at Sun City.

Bush lodge in Pilansberg

Bush lodge in Pilansberg

 

For the fitness conscious,  a full gym and health spa to relax and unwind after a full day of adventures is available. if you are looking for a cultural experience you won’t soon forget, you can even visit the Motseng Cultural Village, a true African village right in the heart of the resort itself, showcasing real dress, traditions, and culture of South Africa’s 8 major tribes.

Sun City is at the Gateway to Pilanesberg National Pak. This National Park, originally owned by three native tribes is now run by the North West Parks and Tourism Board. Surrounded by three rings of hills, this is the Park’s biggest geological feature, and is named the Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex, and is the crater of an extinct volcano that last erupted more that 1,000 million years ago, and this is only one of three such sites in the world. One of the things you are likely to see visiting here are actual archeological sites, from both the stone and iron ages.

Giraffe sighting in Pilansberg

Giraffe sighting in Pilansberg

A large variety of different animals, birds, and plants can found in this park. The park itself is over 200 square miles, and can be traversed by well maintained dirt roads. Overnight camps and luxury safari lodges are available in the park, as well as many stops for cooling down

and buying gifts.

In the middle of Pilanesberg National Park is a manmade lake, Thabayadiotso, meaning, ‘the proud mountain.’ In Pilansberg you will find Africa’s big five: leopards, lions, elephants, rhinos, and buffalo. Cheetahs, sable antelopes, wild dogs ( also know as african hunting dogs) also call Pilansberg home.. This park is also host to over 350 different species of birds, some migratory, others permanent residents. There are many different walking tours and guided safaris to be had. At the Manyane Complex to the east, there is a walking area, self guided trail, and even an enclosed aviary, sporting more than 80 different indigenous bird species.

Pilansberg and Sun City should be on every travellers destination in South Africa. A unique place encompassing many aspects of South Africa.

If one is looking to experience a 5 star luxury safari or hotel stay, or a rustic and low cost vacation venue, Sun City and Pilansberg offers all these options for a memorable trip to the North West Province of South Africa.

 

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