Sun City & Safari

Sun City & Safari

Exploring Sun City & Pilanesberg Safari

If you’re looking for a don’t-make-me-think vacation with plenty of good weather and something for literally everyone, then a Sun City safari holiday is hard to beat. South Africa’s premier resort has long delivered on its promise to entertain and excite its guests: it may be big, it is certainly bold, but Sun City is never boring.

You’ll be spoilt for choice for things to see and do. Sun City is home to a water world, complete with wave machine and giant slides. There are two Gary Player-designed golf courses, indulgent wellness spas, sophisticated restaurants, bustling casinos and live shows. Next-door Pilanesberg National Park is home to the Big 5 and offers daily morning and afternoon game drives as well as sunrise hot-air balloon safaris.

Malaria-free and basking under a dry and sunny climate, Sun City offers a choice of four hotels which means there is accommodation for every expectation, whether budget-friendly or 5 Star. Naturally, action-packed Sun City is a firm family favourite. Parents will be pleased to see there are kids activity programmes, teenage clubs, baby sitters and family restaurants throughout the resort. It’s also a great choice for honeymooners and discerning couples: part of the Sun City experience is the exceptionally luxurious and private nature of much of its accommodation.

A Sun City and Pilanesberg safari is best experienced as part of a bigger South Africa itinerary. It is only a two hour drive from Madikwe Private Game Reserve, one of South Africa’s best places for malaria-free Big 5 game viewing. And with Johannesburg’s Airport just three or four hours away by overland transfer, Sun City can easily be combined with the Kruger Park, Cape Town and the Garden Route for an exceptionally diverse and rewarding itinerary.

If you want to travel further afield, ask us about the best time to combine Sun City with Africa’s top safari destinations such as Victoria Falls and Botswana or with Indian Ocean hideaways off the Mozambican coast.

Considered a year-round destination, Sun City is very popular during the South African Christmas and Easter holidays. Visitor numbers are at their highest and accommodation often booked far in advance.

Our Top Places to Visit in Sun City & Pilanesberg Safari:

  • The Palace of the Lost City – Sun City’s most luxurious suites are part of this fantasy-inspired 5-star hotel; guests are spoiled with amenities & have access to the entire resort.
  • The Cascades Hotel – centrally located, Cascades has three swimming pools linked by tumbling waterways; good for families but its quieter & more secluded suites are ideal for honeymooners too.
  • Pilanesberg National Park – set next-door to Sun City, malaria-free Pilanesberg offers Big 5 game drives & hot-air balloon safaris. Why not stay at a lodge in the park itself? Black Rhino Game Lodge delivers an affordable Pilanesberg safari while Tshukudu Bush Lodge is our luxury & honeymoon recommendation.

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1. Have Fun under the Sun

Take golf, water sports & kids activities; add game drives, hot-air ballooning & a giant wave machine. Then stage it all under sunshine in a safe, friendly environment – it’s Sun City: go play.

2. Go on a Game Drive

Next-door Pilanesberg National Park is home to the Big 5 & offers morning & afternoon guided drives. Try a spot-lit night drive for the chance to see nocturnal animals on the move.

3. Bring the Family

Malaria-free, packed with activities & home to swimming pools & a surf-lapped beach, Sun City is an ideal family resort. Baby sitters & kids programmes take care of the little ones.

4. Tee Off Championship-style

Challenging every handicap, the resort’s two championship golf courses were designed by none other than Gary Player, making Sun City one of South Africa’s top golfing destinations.

5. Fly High

The best sunrise views at Sun City are from 1000 feet up. Taking off at dawn from within Pilanesberg Park, a hot-air balloon safari provides you with an unforgettable

6. Watch the Show

The Sun City holiday resort is transformed as the sun goes down: dress up in your best & choose between glitzy restaurants, entertainment or live shows.

7. Be Pampered

Time to unwind? Sun City is the perfect place to settle back & enjoy a soothing massage or beauty treatment; wellness spas are set throughout the resort.

8. Hover Over Water

Take off from a 280m high mountaintop and soar at speeds of 120km/h down our zip slide, the fastest of its kind in the world or enjoy the water sports activities that Suncity waterworld has to offers.


We’ll design a African Holiday around you, to match your interests & budget!

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Professional, patient, efficient and responsive. Met all our travel needs and requirements spot on

Communication was excellent – I asked A LOT of questions and did a ton of research myself and Walter was extremely patient with me and very responsive. he was straight forward and extremely professional. Tour itself was excellent – an incredible experience and one never to be forgotten. Everything was spot on.

Best trip I have ever been on. Highly recommend.

Would highly recommend. Safari online asked questions when booking and were efficient and knew exactly what we were looking for in terms of accommodation and animals were wanted to see. Gave advice on a few little extras with no pressure, which we did and am very grateful which make trip even more exciting. Would definitely recommend booking with them.

Professional, quick and top of the edge service!!!

From the very first contact we’re very happy about the respond time and quality of information from Based on the received first tailor-made quote, which is a weblink with all the details about the flights, photos of the lodges etc. we knew that this is “our” partner for this trip. Our expectations were excelled!!!

Lukas (Germany)
Karina was absolutely instrumental to our safari success.

Our experience with Safari Online was excellent. After becoming very frustrated trying to search for a safari destination on our own, we turned to Karina for help and she was a lifesaver.  We had an amazing safari adventure at the lodge–the experience of a lifetime–and are so grateful for her help. We literally couldn’t have done it without her!

Chris (USA)
It was a safari of a lifetime and exceeded all of our expectations!

Our mom grew up in Central and South Africa so we had visited the continent many times. My sister and I wanted to take our teens and husbands to Africa to experience the magic. We had a limited budget but big and specific expectations and by some miracle Walter was able to manage both.

Heather (USA)
Very helpful good suggestions for holiday ideas always available for questions good organising

Excellent service and they supplied good suggestions for our holiday they also organised all internal flights and arranged check in for us so we had no worries while on holiday. We have had a most memorable holiday staying at wonderful places thanks to Sabrina and Safari Online. Would recommend Safari Online to organise your holiday.

Lorraine (UK)
An incredibly well organised tour with no hassles whatsoever.

Safari Online understood our needs and was able to present us with sensible options to choose from. It was evident that this tour operator has knowledgable and experienced agents who can arrange a seemless tour. We were provided with a professional online itinary which was comprehensive and easy to use, knew exactely what to expect, and encountered no stumble blocks along the way.

Gwen (AU)
Walter has always been an excellent communicator and has supported us fully

We have been to Africa for 24 of the last 27 years so know a bit about what is involved. Walter has arranged the details for the last couple of years, and has done a superb job. He is always quick to respond and comes up with answers immediately…… evasive tactics, always head-on!

Roger (UK)
Safari Online were extremely efficient and absolutely charming to work with.

Our 28-day itinerary took us to South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Botswana. A magnificent and unforgettable adventure. Everything ran smoothly and efficiently from the flights, transfers, rides, connections, etc. Absolutely wonderful! Can’t thank them enough!

Ann and Mario (Canada)
Safari Online made our fantastic family holiday dream come true!!

Safari Online have been nothing but professional and incredible from the time we made our first enquiry to the last day of our stunning holiday. Nothing was too much trouble for Walter. We are now starting to plan our next family Safari for 2019. Guess who we will be booking with??? Safari Online we hope you are ready!!!!!

Penni (AU)