On a hot December day in 1979, Sun International turned every notion of leisure and entertainment in South Africa on its head with the launch of Sun City. Rising from the dusty African bush, what has now become an icon of South African tourism instantly captured the hearts and imaginations of entertainment-starved South Africans.
36 years later, after a five-year R1-billion refurb, Sun City has set its sights on growing its popularity still further, and increasing its share of the growing conventions business in South Africa – and tame TIMES was there to experience the #NewSunCity.
In addition to the new contemporary styled rooms and refreshed decor at the Cabanas and the self-catering Sun Vacation Club apartments, visitors will find:
A brand new Sun Central 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. 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.
Soho hotel which has been repositioned as the resort’s ‘always on’ party zone. Soho hotel boasts an exclusive new dance venue, Encore, the chic and contemporary, with a retro feel, Vibes, the glamorous new Legends restaurant and the revamped Sun Prive and Prive Salon. The Sun City Casino, the casino that started it all was the first in South Africa to introduce the concept of million Rand jackpots.
The Luma Bar and Lounge and the new Bocado Mediterranean restaurant at the Cascades, which replaces the Santorini restaurant.
A sophisticated new VIP gaming experience at The Palace Villa and Salon and an upgraded breakfast buffet. The Grill Room has also been upgraded with a new lakeside terrace. A stylish new spa will be completed by 2017.
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 Waves water park, Noble’s Descent and Ovango. Adventure hub comprises of a range of outdoor activities including Drift Trikes, Hovercrafts, the Accelerator and the Grizzly 4×4 Quad Challenge.
For those who would prefer to observe the action, the new The Brew Monkey microbrewery-themed gastro pub and the Food Factory fresh food eatery is just the place to do this.
More action packed watersports at Waterworld. The venue now offers the new Kazooma Raceway and Rock Venture Mini Golf with its thrilling Grand-Prix-styled racing go-karts and an adventure golf course that will appeal to all ages. See photos on the tame TIMES Facebook Page – remember to like our page!