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Experience African Majesty at Sun City Resort Rustenburg

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Written by Teresa Mwangi

If you’re looking for a solid vacation with a blend of African niceties, look no further than Sun City Resort Rustenburg, South Africa.

At the heart of Rustenburg City in the North West is this majestic resort offering luxury in the wild. It borders Pilanesberg Game Reserve which is why you have a chance to enjoy a game drive and an electrifying safari excursion. Pilanesberg is big with Africa’s Big Five; lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo – and a host of other wildlife.

Sun City Resort tirelessly built a reputation as the best holiday resort in Africa in over four decades.

How Much Is Sun City Per Night?

It will cost you $173 (R3,143) to spend a night at Sun City Resort Rustenburg. The resort opened its doors to the world in 1979 which is part of the reason why it’s a top holiday destination.

Further, it’s home to the Valley of Waves stretching along the boundary of the Pilanesberg National Park. Everything you need for a romantic holiday or the fun of a weekend getaway with friends is all packed in one.

What Is So Special About Sun City?

The most distinctive feature of Sun City Resort Rustenburg is its location; between an extinct volcano, and the Valley of Waves. Unlike any other resort destination in the world, Sun City has a unique feel beating to an African rhythm. Here are five reasons why the resort is special.

Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari

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A game drive at Pilanesberg Game Reserve. Photo/Wild WIng Safaris

A game safari at Pilanesberg Game Reserve never disappoints especially being a malaria free-zone. Game drives give you the ultimate South African feel and welcome the world knows it for.

Rare Architecture

The distinctive and stunning architecture of Sun City Resort traverses the globe. Traditional African art and culture influenced the resort’s standout architecture which mirrors an ancient African city. Such engineering creates a serene atmosphere for guests through the fusion of contemporary conveniences dusted in African beauty.

Historical Relevance

Popularly known as The Palace of the Lost City, it offers a rich African history of opulence. This resort has opulent interiors, tumbling waterfalls, beautiful gardens, and spectacular sculptures, modelled after a fabled lost African kingdom.

Leisure and Entertainment

Sun City Resort Rustenburg is a centre for amusement and leisure pursuits. It has several top-notch amenities, including two championship golf courses – Gary Player Country Club and The Lost City Golf Course.

These two golf courses are some of the best in South Africa designed by golfing legend Gary Player. Moreover, the Valley of Waves waterpark, artificial beach, thrilling zip line, maze, and a variety of restaurants, bars, and stores add to the entertainment package of this resort.

Home of Gaming

The resort is also home to one of South Africa’s most famous casinos, the Sun City Casino. Avid gamers who visit the resort always have a fulfilling moment gambling experience at its numerous slot machines, table games, and poker rooms.

These five factors make Sun City Resort a unique African holiday destination.

Where in Rustenburg is Sun City?

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Sun City Resort Rustenburg. Photo/YouTube

Sun City sits 140 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg and between the Elands River and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve. On the other hand, the city of Rustenburg stands 112 kilometres northwest of Johannesburg and on the foothills of the Magaliesberg mountain range.

The high altitude makes it a mosquito-free zone translating to zero reported malaria cases.

What Is The Best Time To Visit Sun City?

The dry season, between May to September, is the ideal time to visit Sun City Resort in South Africa. Warm temperatures give the best outdoor experience and leisurely exploration of the resort’s attractions.

Also, wild animals at Pilanesberg visit water sources in hundreds making game safaris here fascinating. A round of golf is also exciting at this time of the year.

Why Do People Like Sun City?

Sun City is a rapidly expanding neighbourhood with amazing restaurants, great shopping centres, and a nice local community. There are nearby fishing ponds and parks with splash pads, and Lake Pleasant is easily accessible. If you work in healthcare or are considering a career in the industry, Sun City is a terrific place to call home.


One of the best holiday destinations you can ever pick is Sun City Resort in Rustenburg. You experience the best of both worlds.

About the author

Teresa Mwangi

Teresa is a journalist with years of experience in creating web content. She is a wanderlust at heart, loves travelling and telling stories about tour and travel in Africa by every angle.

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