In the 1980s Sun City constituted a test of integrity for rock and pop stars, as performing in the huge entertainment complex north-west of Johannesburg meant tacitly colluding with the apartheid regime. Nowadays a trip to Sun City needn’t compromise anyone’s ideals – unless you’re strongly opposed to gambling.
The casino is the heart of Sun City, and offers everything you’d expect of a world class gaming facility. Among the multitude of other attractions are a health spa, 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.
At 3 hours’ drive from central Johannesburg, Sun City needs more than a day trip; fortunately four hotels offer accommodation options for every budget. Complete your stay with big game spotting at the Pilanesberg National Park, which borders the Sun City complex.