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It’s always tempting to try one’s luck at the casino – the intoxicating sound of the jingling slot machines, the flashing lights, and the promise of big winnings to those successful in flirting with Lady Luck.
Sun City, South Africa’s premier holiday resort, offers 2 casino areas open daily.
The Jungle Casino in the Entertainment Center, has over 250 slot machines, while the Sun City Hotel Casino has over 330 slot machines in both smoking and non-smoking venues.
The casino at the Sun City Hotel also offers black jack, American roulette, poker, and punto banco. The Salon Prive has higher stakes, while the International Room is reserved for games with very high limits.
Sun City’s casinos function on a smartcard cashless system and have a Bureau de Change which accepts all major currencies. A passport is required for foreign exchange transactions.
Not too sure where to begin? First-timers needn’t be intimidated. The Sun City School of Gaming provides all the insights into the etiquette and skills of gambling.
Sun City, unique in the context of world resorts, with a combination of features unmatched anywhere, draws thousands of visitors each year to its four top-quality hotels, a Vacation Club plus magnificent sporting and recreational facilities including 2 world class golf courses, and the magical Lost City water-park, The Valley of Waves. Only 187 km from Johannesburg, the resort, situated in the bushveld of South Africa‘s North West province, is surrounded by the imposing mountains of the Pilanesberg. The wide choice of conference venues ensure a level of convention and banqueting facilities which few can beat.
The malaria-free Pilanesberg National Game Park is home to South Africa’s Big 5 – Elephant, Rhino, Lion, Leopard and Buffalo.
Sun City Resort is an environmentally friendly destination and has been awarded Gold classification from the Heritage Programme for its commitment to the principles of sustainable and responsible environmental practice. In addition to this, Sun City Resort was awarded the 2007 Overall Imvelo Responsible Tourism Award in South Africa. Imvelo, meaning “nature” in Nguni, forms part of an ongoing hospitality industry campaign to encourage industry members to accept voluntary guidelines by promoting responsible tourism.
The resort is an extended wildlife area where Vervet Monkeys and Chacma Baboons can still roam freely. They should therefore be acknowledged and treated as wild animals. Should they be fed, they will lose their natural fear of humans and become aggressive and dangerous. Guests are requested to assist the resort in following the easy guidelines below:
- Do not feed or tease the monkeys and baboons.
- Keep all doors and windows locked when vacating your room.
Sun City Safaris- Madikwe Game Reserve
Madikwe Game Reserve is only an hour and a half drive from Sun City and is one of South Africa’s largest game reserves. The reserve is fast becomming one of the country’s prime safari destinations.
Madikwe is a region dominated by Kalahari thornveld and is punctuated by rugged hills and seasonally flooded pans.
However, if a guided Africa safari is what you’re after, there are a number of private game lodges that offer guided game drives in the company of knowledgeable rangers.
Madikwe lies outside the Southern African malaria belt, making it an ideal family safari destination.
Since the reserve was proclaimed in 1991, its 75 000 hectares have been restocked with animals indigenous to the area. Species introduced here include all of the Big 5, cheetah, spotted hyena, giraffe, hippo, zebra and a wide variety of antelope and other herbivores.
A Madikwe safari is the perfect add on to a SunCity holiday.
Sun City Safaris – Pilansberg Game Reserve
Situated just outside Sun City, the Pilanesberg Game Reserve encompasses 55 000 hectares of pristine South African wilderness.
The Pilanesberg Game Reserve is third largest reserve in South Africa and has the added bonus of being malaria-free which makes it an ideal family safari destination.
Visitors can choose to explore the reserve on a self-drive adventure – there are over 200km of excellent roads – or to experience a guided game drive at one of the many luxury lodges within the reserve.
The Pilanesberg Reserve boasts prolific wildlife, including the Big 5, varied habitats and wide open landscapes. Other species likely to be seen here include hippo,zebra, giraffe, crocodile, cheetah, hyena and a variety of antelope.
One of the most memorable to ways to see the wildlife in the Pilanesberg is on a balloon safari over this spectacular landscape.