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Sun City

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Sun City Resort, 0316

The Basics

The casino is the heart of Sun City, and offers everything you would expect of a world-class gaming facility. Among the multitude of other attractions are a health spa, the Valley of Waves water park, and two 18-hole golf courses—one in the crater of an extinct casino, the other featuring live crocodiles in its water feature. Families with kids can stop by the Boardwalk, which hosts a slate of activities for children of all ages.

Day tours from Sun City to the adjacent (and malaria-free) Pilanesberg National Park offer a chance to spot Africa’s coveted Big Five—lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and Cape buffalo. It’s also possible to visit Sun City and the Pilanesberg Game Reserve on a day trip from Johannesburg.

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Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
$208.55 per adult
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This was honestly one of the most...
This was honestly one of the most amazing experiences of my life! Although we didn't get to see all of the big five, we saw plenty of animals right away including wilderbeasts, rhinos, hippos, giraffes, elephants, zebra, etc... Our tour guide was amazing, super informative and very nice. We were picked up on time from our AirBnB in Sandton and the drive was about 2 hours but totally worth it. I definitely recommend this activity.
Taylarr L, Jan 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in Johannesburg

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Perfect trip! Perfect guide! At...
Stefano G, Aug 2015
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
Perfect trip! Perfect guide! At Pilanesberg the landscape is amazing with a sufficient number of animals. Sun City is an interesting place to see.
star-5
Strongly recommended
Alberto_P, Feb 2020
Pilanesberg Safari Open vehicle guided game drive (Sun City at guest's option)
Greta experience! From the pick up at my hotel, the day was fantastic and I totally recommend to all who want to spend a day among the big five! And Norman, our guide, was brilliant!
star-5
Words cannot describe how great of a...
austin.j1990, May 2017
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
Words cannot describe how great of a tour this was. My wife and I went in August during our honeymoon off-season tour in Zouth Afrika so our tour guide Mark was able to give us a personal tour. He was funny and quite knowledgeable. We saw all the big game. We could not ask for a better trip. Well worth it for this lifetime of memories.
star-5
The tour guide was very good and we...
James C, Aug 2016
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
The tour guide was very good and we saw many interesting animals ,She worked with us on what we wanted to see and she was very knowledgeable. The long trip was worth it and she gave a good account of the history of the area.
star-5
Our tour guide Andrew was the best...
Margaret H, Jan 2015
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
Our tour guide Andrew was the best. He was very knowledgeable on history of Pilanesberg, the animals in the reserve, and Sun City. We took a lot of pictures.
star-5
Very beautiful place of natural...
shawng l, Aug 2014
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
Very beautiful place of natural reserved and amazing place of sun city and lost city.. Five stars to our tour guide who is friendly, and helpful..
star-4
This trip was amazing. There were...
Lisa T, Oct 2012
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
This trip was amazing. There were seven of us on the trip so we had a small minibus to drive us up there. The driver pointed out lots of interesting things on the drive. We managed to get a whole safari jeep to ourselves other jeeps were full with 25 people on board (I think other people were jealous). We then went off to sun city and spent a few hours in Valley of Waves. This was an extra £12 and we were only there for two hours but we enjoyed it. A very enjoyable day.
star-4
Although the driver had a breakdown...
Adele G, Feb 2015
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
Although the driver had a breakdown and arrived late to pick us up we had an amazing day, private tour with flexibility and a wonderful tour guide. For the limited time spent in the game reserve we were able to see a large variety of game!
star-4
For a first time safari adventure...
lovesy, Jun 2012
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
For a first time safari adventure it was great. Driver and guide were entertaining and educational. We didn't see lions but saw all other animals even an elephant as close as 2ms from the truck. We were the only ones on the trip so got more than our moneys worth. Sun City is Vegas in the savannah, not our thing so after a quick bite and walk around we headed off. Photos to come....
star-5
The tour was great and me and my...
LaTeasha G, Jun 2014
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
The tour was great and me and my husband absolutely LOVED our tour guide, Phinneas. He was very professional and knowledgeable.
star-5
Very good driver who also double up...
Ramesh J, Feb 2013
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
Very good driver who also double up as tour guide. He was very keen that we spot all the animals.. He took extra efforts so that we could take good pictures. Thanks to him, we had the best safari
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This was a memorable trip that I...
Christine H, Jun 2012
Pilanesberg Game Reserve Safari and Sun City Day Trip
This was a memorable trip that I have already described many times to the envy of my co-workers. Don't forget to watch the antics of the baby elephants.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Guests must be 18 years or older to gamble in Sun City's casinos.

  • The resort has six different options for accommodations, with a variety of handicap-accessible rooms available.

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How to Get There

Most day trips from Johannesburg to Sun City include round-trip transportation, as the resort lies roughly three hours away by road. Flight transfers from the Johannesburg airport are also available. Sun City is a popular stop for travelers who rent a car to drive the Garden Route, and Port Elizabeth is the closest town.

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When to Get There

The resort's temperate, malaria-free climate makes it suitable for visits year-round. Sun City is typically most crowded during summer (December through January) and the Easter school holidays. The dry winter season (May through September) is a good time to visit if you want to spot wildlife at Pilanesberg, when animals tend to congregate around water sources.

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Pilanesberg National Park

Just three hours from Johannesburg, Pilanesberg National Park is one of South Africa's most easily accessible game reserves. Featuring the coveted Big Five, the game reserve is also attractive for the fact that it is malaria-free.

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