Frequently Asked Questions About Sun City, South Africa

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Sun City South Africa is a popular destination for locals and foreign visitors. It offers many things to do, including seeing the Big 5 and other animal encounters. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Sun City, South Africa.

What is Sun City, South Africa?

If you are not familiar with Sun City, South Africa, you may want to know what it is and what Sun City is famous for. Sun City South Africa is a casino and luxury resort. The Sun City resort complex is extensive and comprises themed sub-resorts, each with its own hotel. Sun City South Africa is not a theme park but offers various water and other activities for adventure-seekers and families. 

Gold Reef City is a theme park in Johannesburg with plenty of fun activities for families.

The History of Sun City

The world-famous hotel magnate, Sol Kerzner, developed the Sun City Resort Group as part of the Sun International group of properties. Sun City officially opened on 7 December 1979. Sun City is located in Bophuthatswana, an independent state. Bophuthatswana’s independent nature allowed it to provide entertainment services such as casinos, gambling, and topless revue shows, which the South African government banned in South Africa. 

Palace of the Lost City - Hotels in Sun City South Africa
Palace of the Lost City – Hotels in Sun City South Africa

When the United Nations imposed a cultural boycott on South Africa because of apartheid, Kerzner offered significant financial incentives to artists to perform at Sun City. These artists included the Beach Boys, Millie Jackson, Linda Ronstadt, Cher, Liza Minnelli, Frank Sinatra, Rod Stewart, and Elton John. 

Sun City hosted a racially mixed world heavyweight boxing championship fight between Mike Weaver and South African Gerrie Coetzee in 1980. Weaver won the match. 

Bophuthatswana was eventually re-incorporated into South Africa after apartheid ended in 1994.

Where is Sun City, South Africa, located?

Many foreign tourists think Sun City is in Gauteng, but it is not in or near Johannesburg or Pretoria, the two biggest cities in South Africa’s Gauteng Province. It is in the North-West Province of South Africa near Rustenburg. The Sun City Complex is next to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve

How far is Sun City from Johannesburg

Sun City’s distance from the two largest cities in South Africa, Johannesburg and Pretoria, makes it a popular holiday and weekend destination for residents of these cities. Most foreign visitors usually want to know how far Sun City is from different places:

Where is Sun City South Africa located
Where Sun City, South Africa located
  • How far is Sun City, South Africa, from Johannesburg International Airport?: The exact distance between Sun City and Johannesburg International Airport depends on the route but varies between 200 – 220 km. On average, it would take around 2,5 hours to drive there by car.
  • How far is Sun City from Johannesburg’s City Centre? The distance from Sun City to Johannesburg varies from 180 to 200 km, which would take up to 2,5 hours per car.
  • How far is Sun City from Pretoria? The distance between Sun City, South Africa, and Pretoria is approximately 160 km, which would be a 2-hour drive by car.

The cost of visiting Sun City South Africa as a day visitor

If you are staying at one of the Sun City Resort Complex’s resorts, your entrance to Sun City and the Valley of the Waves is free. If you are a day visitor to Sun City, you may wonder how much the admission fee to Sun City is. As a day visitor, you will pay R395 or about $30 per adult, R290 or $22 per child (between the ages of 3 and 12). Children under the age of 3 enter for free. 

Is Sun City safe? 

When visiting Sun City, you need to follow standard safety guidelines. Never display valuables or leave valuables unattended. Safety personnel are available throughout the resort. As long as you are careful, Sun City is safe.

Is Malaria a concern when visiting Sun City?

You don’t need to worry about Malaria as Sun City is in a malaria-free area. 

Is Sun City worth visiting?

If you doubt Sun City South Africa is worth visiting, consider the range of activities on offer. There are things to do at Sun City for everyone, regardless of age.

What is the weather like in Sun City, South Africa?

The weather in Sun City, South Africa, is temperate. Sun City has sunny weather most days of the year. Regarding the best weather for visiting, most people may prefer May to October over winter, when it is not as hot as in the Summer when the heat can be unpleasant. Just remember that the Valley of the Waves closes during some of the winter months, and it may be too cold to enjoy the water rides at Sun City. If you plan on visiting from November to April, expect thunder showers in the late afternoons. 

When is the best time to visit Sun City?

Because of its moderate climate, you can easily visit Sun City at any time of the year. If you love hot weather and spending time in the water, the Summer months from November to January will be the warmest. This is also the busiest time at Sun City as the South African schools all break over the festive season and the start of the New Year. 

To avoid the peak times, avoid going to Sun City, South Africa, from December to January and over Easter. 

The best months to visit are from May to September when the weather is much cooler and the resort is quieter. The winter months are better for seeing the Big 5. 

How many hotels does Sun City have? 

The Sun City Resort Complex has 4 hotels, which are:

Family Room at the Cabanas Hotel Sun City South Africa
Family Room at the Cabanas Hotel Sun City South Africa
  • The Cabanas: The Cabanas is the most affordable hotel in Sun City and focuses on families. It has an informal atmosphere, childcare facilities, and easy access to Kamp Kwena and the Waterworld. There is a shuttle from the Cabanas to the entertainment centre.
  • The Soho Hotel (formerly called the Sun City Hotel or The Main Hotel): The Soho Hotel overlooks the golf courses and is perfect for spending the day at the hotel’s pools and spa.
  • The Cascades Hotel: The Cascades Hotel is set in beautiful lush gardens surrounded by waterways. The design of the Cascades Hotel resembles an Aztec temple. This hotel has a central location near the Gary Player Country Club and the Sun City Resort’s Entertainment Centre.
  • The Palace of the Lost City: This is the most expensive hotel in the Sun City Resort Complex. The myth of a lost African kingdom inspired the design of the Palace of the Lost City. The Palace is a large building with beautiful fountains, mosaics, and frescoes. Landscaped jungles and waterfalls surround the hotel. 

The Sun City Resort Complex also has a vacation club, but they sell these as time-share units.

Want to visit Sun City but spend less on accommodation? Here are some options for you to consider.

How much is Sun City Hotels per night?

The exact time of the year will influence the price per night, but the table below shows the cost per night during peak and non-peak seasons: 

Hotel Rates (ZAR)Rates (USD)
The CabanasR1,580 – R2,900$115 – $213
The Soho HotelR3,000 – R5,700$220 – $413
The Cascades HotelR2,900 – R5,100$212 – $370
The Palace of the Lost CityR4,400 – R8,500$319 – $618
Comparing the prices of the hotels in Sun City, South Africa (1 USD = ZAR 13,71)
Frequently Asked Questions Sun City South Africa
Frequently Asked Questions Sun City South Africa
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