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Sun City is a luxury casino and resort of South Africa – Part 2

Sun City is a luxury casino and resort which is located in the North West Province of South Africa. Read the first part of this article here (Information about Sun City – Part 1)

Overview of Sun City

• The geographic location of Sun City is located between Elands River and Pilanesberg and is approximately 2 hrs from Johannesburg by car.
• The complex borders the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
• Sol Kerzner developed Sun City and it is part of the Sun International group.
• It was officially opened on 7 December 1979.

Children’s Activities here:

Kamp Kwena Fort
• It is located on the lawns of The Cabanas Hotel, Kamp Kwena.
• It offers a supervised environment for children.
• Kamp Kwena runs daily programmes.
• These include outings for small children over holidays.

Kamp Kwena activities include
• Mini golf
• Mini train rides
• Sandcastle building
• Bumper boats
• Trampolining
• Mini cars

Thula Baba
• Thula Baba offers a professional babysitting service.
• It hosts supervised outings for children during the day or night.

Finders Keepers
• It is situated adjacent to Kamp Kwena at Sun City.
• Finders Keepers scratch-patch: Visitors can go to a large sandpit and dig for their prizes.

Animal World and Aviary
• There are a number of large birds, birds of prey, and different farm animals.
• Feeding time is at 11:00 daily.
• Children get the thrill of petting the farm animals.
• There is also the bird aviary.
• It houses a variety of exotic bird species that can be seen close.

Club Chirp
• Club Chirp is located on the upper level of the Entertainment Centre.
• It is a strictly under 18’s only night club, being more suitable for those who are smaller than 17 and bigger than 13.
• The club is open on holidays – during weekends and in the holiday season.

Games Arcade
• It is a fun area for adults and children alike.
• This games arcade located within the Entertainment Centre.
• There are wide ranges of arcade games are on offer.
• If enough tickets are collected, you can get prizes.

Safari Activities
Sun City is located close to 2 of South Africa’s largest safari reserves and they are:
• The Pilanesburg Game Reserve
• Madikwe Game Reserve

Sun City Safari – Madikwe Game Reserve
• This safari is one hour and a half from Sun City.
• Madikwe Private Game Reserve is becoming a firm favorite safari destination.
• It is a 75 000 hectares area reserve.
• They are are populated with a wide variety of species.
• It includes the Big 5.
• They are cheetah, hyena, giraffe, hippo and various antelope.

Sun City Safaris – Pilansberg Game Reserve
• It is located adjacent to Sun City.
• This is the Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
• It is one of South Africa’s biggest reserves.
• It is home to the full Big 5 contingent.
• There are other species ranging from hippo to giraffe and hyena.
• The reserve encompasses a variety of differing habitats.
• The wildlife is plentiful and also varied.

Casino Activities
• Sun City offers 2 casino areas open daily.
• Sun city’s casinos function using a card system, a smartcard cashless system.

The Jungle Casino in the Entertainment Center:
Has a large number of slot machines, over 250 slot machines and catering to both smoking and non-smoking customers.
The Sun City Hotel Casino:
An even larger number of slot machines, a total of over 330 slot machines catering to both smoking and non-smoking customers.

The casino at the Sun City Hotel offers
• Black jack
• American roulette
• Poker
• Punto banco
• The Salon Prive has higher stakes.
• For those who want very high limits, The International Room is reserved.

The Sun City School of Gaming
• For those who want to learn the skills and etiquette of gambling.

Nearby Activities
Kwena Gardens Crocodile Sanctuary
• It is situated at the entrance to Sun City.
• This crocodile sanctuary is home to over 7000 crocs as well as the 2 biggest captive crocodiles in the world.

Cultural Village
In this village one can experience traditional African life.

There are:
• Tribal dancing shows
• Local African crafts
• A traditional shebeen
• Dine on authentic South African dishes.

Butterfly World
• Explore the indoor garden.
• This garden houses a wide variety of South African butterflies.
• There are guided tours are available.

Horse Riding
• It is ideal for adults and children.
• The horse riding stables offer scheduled rides.
• There are also pony rides available.
• The stables are open daily.

• Visitors whoosh a distance of 2km at an average speed of 120km/h.
• The zipline is extended at a height of 280m.
• It promises thrills.

Outdoor Adventure Centre
The Outdoor Adventure Centre is located near the entrance to the Sun City restort.

The center offers
• Clay pigeon shooting
• Quad biking
• Archery in a safe and supervised environment.

Elephant Interactions
• Visit elephants and feed them.
• Know their unique personalities.
• Elephant rides are also available here.

Segway Safaris
• This is the most exciting way to experience Sun City.
• Learn to ride a segway.
• Head out on various on-road and off-road trails.
• These trails are accompanied by a trained guide.

Must See” Attractions in the North West Province
• Pilanesberg Game Reserve.
• Braderspan Bird Sanctuary
• Cradle of Human Mankind
• Marakele Game reserve
• Sun City Resort
• Madikwe Game Reserve
• De Wild Cheetah & Wildlife Trust
• Lesedi Cultural Village
• Taung Heritage Site
• Royal Bafokeng Stadium

Featured Things to Do in the North West Province
• Magaliesberg Canopy Tour: Rustenburg
• Elephant-Back Game Viewing: Pilanesberg
• Day Tour of the Pilanesberg Reserve: Pilanesberg
• Hot Air Ballooning over Pilanesberg: Sun City

Events in the North West Province
BSG Energade Triathlon Series – Potchefstroom
• Location: Potchefstroom
• Duration: 1 day
• Time: October

NWU Wind Band Festival
• Location: Potchefstroom
• Duration: 2 days
• Time: August

Spring break
• Location: Sun City
• Duration: 3 days
• Time: October

Best time to visit / climate

• South Africa has a temperate climate.
• There’s no best time to visit Sun City.
• The warm temperatures make it a great year-round destination.
• Country’s summer season can get very busy at Sun City.
• A calmer Sun City holiday can be had outside of the peak seasons.
• Winter months are less crowded.
• Temperatures range from a low of 17° to a high of 31 °C in the summer.
• Temperatures range from a low of 3° to a high temperature of 21 °C in the winter.
• Annual rainfall totals about 360 mm (about 14 in).
• Almost all of it falls during the summer months.
• Summer months are between October and April.

Location on Google Maps

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How to get there?

• There are no direct flights to Sun City so visitors first need to fly to Johannesburg and from there, use a road route to get to Sun City. Visitors can take a bus or hop onto a Sun City transfer or rent a vehicle.
• The Sun City resort is only two and a half hours outside Johannesburg.
• Visitors can get buses from either Pretoria or Johannesburg.
• The easiest way to get to Sun City from Johannesburg is through Sun City transfers where all you have to do is to sit back and enjoy the trip.

To reach northwest
By car
• The N12 highway runs from Kimberley trough the eastern part of the province (Klerksdorp, Potchefstroom) to Johannesburg.
• The N14 from Upington joins the N12 in Wolmaranstaad.
• The N4 runs through the north of the province.
• It comes from Gaborone in Botswana, goes through Zeerust and Rustenburg and from there to the north of Pretoria.

By plane
• The airport of Pilanesberg/Sun City offers flights to Johannesburg.
• The capital city of Mmabatho/Mafikeng has regular flights operated by South African Airways to Johannesburg.

By bus
Greyhound and Translux offer bus connections from other provinces.

Some Travel Books on South Africa

South Africa South Africa – Culture Smart!: the essential guide to customs & culture The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals

Places to stay (hotels / restaurants along with website / contact numbers)

Hotels at tripadvisor.com
Hotels at wheretostay.co.za
Hotels at sa-venues.com
Hotels at safarinow.com

Blogs/Sites about Sun City

blogs at wikipedia.org
blogs at sun-city-south-africa.com
blogs at sa-venues.com
blogs and reviews at tripadvisor.in

Images and photos about Sun City

images at google.com
images at wikipedia.org
images at tripadvisor.in
images at sa-venues.com

Videos of Sun City

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