Cape Town - After initially opening in December 1979, Sun City Resort in the North West province has finally and officially relaunched its entire offering after a five-year, R1 billion refurbishment.
In its first year of opening, Sun City attracted more than 300 000 visitors to the Extravaganza and theatre shows alone and had secured more international visitors to the Pilanesberg in 12 months than had visited the entire country in the same period.
It was dubbed the ‘pleasure palace’ for good reason... For the first time, South Africans were exposed to the previously forbidden delights of showgirls and risqué topless Extravaganza dancers, performances by A-list international stars like Queen and Frank Sinatra, as well as the exhilaration and glamour of gambling.
Later years, entertainment attractions expanded to include the massive man-made lake at Waterworld large enough for water sports, The Valley of The Waves and the world-famous Gary Player Golf Course that continues to attract the world’s top golfers at the annual Nedbank Golf Challenge.
The latest five-year refurb that cost the group more than R1 billion overhauled the entire resort.
Visitors to the newly upgraded resort can look forward to the following:
A new Entertainment Centre boasting a suite of new family experiences, as well as a South African Hall of Fame honouring South Africa’s outstanding sportspeople and performing artists.
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The original Entertainment Centre was built at a cost of R30-million and inaugurated on 24 July 1981 by Frank Sinatra.
The new, highly flexible Sun Park indoor events area and outdoor space, capable of hosting a range of lifestyle events, music festivals and corporate launches.
A 24-hour Las Vegas-styled party zone at the Soho Hotel (formerly the Sun City Hotel), with night clubs, burlesque clubs and restaurants.
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The Luma Bar and the new Bocado Mediterranean restaurant at The Cascades, which replaces the Santorini restaurant. The Cascades Hotel was constructed in 1984 at a cost of R50-million. Today, its botanical gardens cover an area of 55 000sqm. The waterscape includes three swimming pools and 12 waterfalls and cataracts.
A sophisticated new VIP gaming experience at The Palace Villa and Salon and an upgraded breakfast buffet. The popular Grill Room has also been upgraded with a new lakeside terrace. A stylish new spa will be completed by 2017.
During the construction in 1992, nearly everything in The Palace was custom-made, and 85% of all requirements were sourced within Southern Africa. This includes the 8m high doors at the entrance.
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A fresh look at the Cabanas as well as a new restaurant and upgrades to the children’s play areas and the pool bar.
Adrenalin seekers will love Adrenalin Extreme, the new adventure hub, while the entire family can enjoy the two brand new rides at the Valley of the Waves water park. Adventure hub comprises of a range of outdoor activities including Drift Trikes, Hovercrafts, the Accelerator and the Grizzly 4x4 Quad Challenge.
For those who would prefer to observe the action, the new Brew Monkey microbrewery-themed gastro pub and the Food Factory fresh food eatery is just the place to do this.
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More action-packed watersports at The Watersports and Recreation Hub. The venue now offers the new Kazooma Raceway and Rock Venture Golf with its thrilling Grand-Prix-styled racing go-karts and an adventure golf course that will appeal to all ages.
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Smaller visitors will also be pleased with the colourful refurbishment at Kamp Kwena.
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