& Accommodation Guide to South Africa
City and the Pilanesberg National Park Travel Guide
Accommodation in North West Province, South Africa
ACCOMMODATION - GAME & SAFARI LODGES, COUNTRY HOTELS, SOUTH AFRICA
|Another fantastic reserve
is Pilanesburg, which is situated in an enormous volcanic crater
- long extinct, don't worry. One of the major attractions of Pilanesberg
is the hot air balloon flights from which you're likely to see a variety
of animals. Pilanesberg is smack bang next door to the rather over-the-top
casino resort of Sun City and the outrageous Lost City. As well as gambling,
there are fun rides, water parks, horse trails and two championship golf
courses. It's all designed to separate you from your hard earned cash but,
if you go there expecting that, you'll have loads of fun.... read
Map of Pilanesberg
accommodation in Pilansberg National Park
Tree Game Lodge, Safari Lodge, PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK
Ivory Tree Game Lodge is
situated in the north eastern region of the Pilanesberg National Park,
the closest point of entry is through Bakgatla Gate. Nestled in the
basin of an ancient amphitheatre divided by riverine woodlands and elephant
trails lies an exclusive lodge development site. The images below depict
several aspects of the lodge. The central facility includes, stunning feature
pool, bar, conference room, dinning room, boma, reception and curio shop.
60 double suites are located on the edges of the amphitheater basin, each
features full en suite bathroom, mini bar fridges, air-conditioning, tea
and coffee making facilities. The Ivory Tree Lodge Spa offers a variety
of body, skin and beauty treatments to ease the effects of life’s daily
Maritane Lodge, Luxury Game Lodge, PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK
A mere 90 minutes drive
from Johannesburg or Pretoria. Kwa Maritane, "Place of the Rock" nestled
on the slopes of an ancient volcano offers luxurious accommodation and
extensive facilities for the holiday maker or business person. Enjoy
daily game drives on open safari vehicles or walking safaris accompanied
by experienced game rangers. Capture the spirit of Africa at Kwa Maritane
Bush Lodge, where Mother Nature and civilisation meet in perfect harmony.
Located on the slopes of an ancient volcano, Kwa Maritane offers guests
all the amenities of a prime resort on the doorstep of the malaria-free
Pilanesberg National Park. Indulge yourself with a stay in any one of our
90 luxury rooms. There is a weekend minimum stay of two nights. Enjoy a
delicious breakfast, lunch or dinner in the Kwa Maritane Restaurant overlooking
the waterhole, The Rock and the magnificent granite formations within the
Private Lodge, Game & Safari Lodge, PILANESBERG NATIONAL PARK
Private Lodge is a new private retreat nestled on the foot of the majestic
Pilanesberg Mountains, in the Black Rhino Private Reserve. The lodge is
uniquely situated within a two-hour drive from Johannesburg and Pretoria,
and is within a 20-minute drive from Sun City. The lodge is uniquely positioned
in a part of the Pilanesberg National Park wilderness area that has previously
not been accessible to any visitors, where guests enjoy nothing but spectacular
views of the world-famous Pilanesberg Alkaline Ring Complex. The lodge
was designed to incorporate the views to ensure that even when you are
not on game drives, you still have the opportunity to see any of the animals
from the lodge, and elephant, Black and White rhino, lion and leopard have
been spotted from the lodge in the last few months.
Tree Game Lodge, Safari Lodge, PILANSBERG NATIONAL PARK
Tree Game Lodge will offer you far more than just a memorable vacation.
It is destined to become one of the premier lodges in Southern Africa.
The lodge provides tremendous wildlife experiences in a vast wilderness,
and still offers easy access to the world’s most unique resort, the internationally
acclaimed Sun City. The magnificent main lodge provides all the necessary
facilities and amenities in a stylish atmosphere and picturesque setting.
It acts as a central gathering point and social environment for all guests,
as well as the point from which all the activities are organized.
CITY RESORT ACCOMMODATION - NORTH WEST PROVINCE, SOUTH AFRICA
and the Palace of the Lost City rise from the dust of scrubby countryside,
appearing like a mirage in the desert and shimmering in the African sun.
It takes center stage in a volcanic valley surrounded by the Pilanesberg
mountains. An open invitation to inspect this haven on your worldwide travels...
Map of Sun City
all Sun City accommodation
Cabanas Hotel & Chalets at Sun City Resort SUN CITY
refreshing, laid back ambience of the Cabanas at Sun City is the immediate
impression one receives upon welcome. The most relaxed and casual of all
the hotels at Sun City, the Cabanas offer informal yet comfortable accommodation.
The reception area is spacious with a balconied foyer overlooking the Palm
Terrace. Attractive planters placed around the tiled floor, and the lightly
textured walls topped with a ceiling frieze of tropical foliage and flowers,
all contribute to an immediate holiday feeling. In fact, when he’s
not too busy exploring what the other pool decks have to offer, guests
can spot Figaro, Sun City’s resident Blue Crane, strutting his stuff by
the Grande Pool Bar. Sun City Cabanas offer three dining choices–
the chefs excel at creating imaginative theme style buffets at the Palm
Terrace and everyday a full breakfast buffet and dinner buffet is offered.
Hotel & Casino at Sun City, SUN CITY
A superior deluxe hotel,
located in Sun City Resort entertainment and theatre complex, sheer Sun
City elegance. all rooms have colour television, telephone and radio. hotel
facilities include 4 restaurants, 2 bars, 24 hour room service, coffee
shop and beauty salon. complex facilities include conference for 2000 people
and gym, bowls and horse riding. also access to two of the worlds best
18 hole golf courses and Lost City's Valley of Waves. Whatever you want
you will find it at Sun City from sizzling entertainment, world class casinos
and restaurants to cater for all tastes, to our more relaxed poolside venues,
quiet places, lush gardens and extensive sporting facilities including
two world class golf courses. these are just some of the element that make
Sun City unique to the worlds entertainment resort.
Cascades Hotel at Sun City Resort, SUN CITY
Cascades Hotel, Sun City….
A cool breeze, a sultry summer’s day, an exotic cocktail at the sand bar
and a hint of Turkish music, set the scene for a perfect holiday retreat.
The Cascades Hotel, the Grotto Restaurant and the pool area underwent an
extensive R60-million refurbishment project, transforming the 1980’s themed
pool area into a tropical paradise. The Mediterranean is the deep, blue
heart that gives life to the countries that surround it. With this in mind,
Sun City has transformed the Cascades Pool and Grotto Restaurant into an
area reminiscent of the azure blue of the tranquil Mediterranean. The original
garden area has been transformed into a lake with cascading waterfalls.
The pool deck has been extended by about 7 metres and the lawn areas have
been converted into a sandy beach complete with a secluded bathing area
and sand bar evocative of Tom Cruise’s “Cocktail” movie.
Palace of the Lost City at Sun City Resort, SUN CITY
The Palace of the Lost City
at Sun City is one of the most enticing travellers' destinations in the
world, a tribute to man's imagination and revered for its art and architecture.
Fabled to be the royal residence of an ancient king, it is truly one of
the 'Worlds Leading Hotels". The Palace lavishes its guests with 5-star
service, and is luxurious in every facet of its fabulous architecture and
décor. Surrounding the hotel is a 25 hectare botanical jungle. The
jungle is threaded with meandering paths, cascades, lakes and pools and
a variety of water-borne adventure rides. The Palace has 338 rooms inclusive
of four deluxe suites. Rooms feature rmoires & writing desks, Mini
Bar, Computerised safe, Colour satellite television with remote control,
Radio and wake up facility on TV Guestlink, pay TV, internet facility,
Hair dryers, Telephones are provided in bathrooms, at bedside tables or
on each writing desk.
Travel Tips to South Africa: Sun City & Lost City
by Ina Smit
City Hotels / Top
Sun City and Lost City rises
from the dust of scrubby countryside, appearing like a mirage in the desert
and shimmering in the African sun. It takes center stage in a volcanic
valley surrounded by the Pilanesberg mountains. An open invitation to inspect
this haven on your worldwide travels.
The Sun City Resort Complex
was the inspiration of Sol Kerzner, South Africa's hotel genius. He began
with a firm belief in the power of tourism and a multi-million dollar investment
to build this ultra-luxurious African vacation getaway in 1980. Features
like tropical gardens, a flamingo lake, rushing waterfalls and a Sky train
has become synonymous with Sun City and a later add-on, the
Lost City was Sol Kerzner's supreme fantasy and was added a few years
later. It has become the mystical, awe-inspiring structure portraying a
local legend with a gentle people occupying an old city. You seem to be
entering an extraordinary world when crossing the bridge to the city, which
looks like it is thousands of years old. Burning torches are placed at
regular intervals on the bridge, you can hear the roar of lions and the
trumpet of elephants, and from time to time you can even feel the earth
tremble when crossing the bridge.
Huge, lifelike elephants
guard the center palace. The palace is adorned with Renaissance frescoes,
mosaic floors, hand-carved furniture, towers of faux tusks and palm fronds
and is lit by thousands of candles. Among the "ruins" you will find a mystical
black pool overlooking the rest of the city and one can almost imagine
beautiful princesses bathing there.
Sun City is the South African
equivalent of Las Vegas with gambling as its main attraction and is about
three hours drive from Johannesburg. Overall, it is like a huge, luxurious
adult amusement park with assorted great stage extravaganzas at night.
In short, a place to play and with beds for 2000 guests when the day is
The play does not stop indoors
though. Outdoors you will find two championship golf courses, one with
crocodiles at the thirteenth hole and which was designed by the legendary
Furthermore you can explore
the 55 000 hectare area of Pilanesberg National
Park which lies in an ancient volcanic crater and is the third largest
game reserve in southern Africa. Game viewing which includes the big five
(elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo and rhino) can be enjoyed from specially
adapted four-wheel-drive vehicles or from the heights of a hot air balloon
and followed by a sumptuous bush breakfast.
There is no doubt in my mind
that Sun City and Lost City is a must see on your next worldwide travel
vacation getaway, even if you do not gamble. There are simply so much to
see and do and the food is superb. Just one more reason to go.
|About the Author - Ina Smit
has a passion for Worldwide Travel and loves to share her experiences with
you as well as giving useful tips for future vacation getaways.