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The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City

5 stars, Socializing, Excessive , Palace, Luxury, Hideaway , Near nature reserve, Preserved site, Cultural activities, Business, Bar, Wedding & Honeymoon, Gastronomy, Family friendly, Golf, Gardens, Night club, Swimming pool, Beach, Restaurant, Spa, Safaris

The legendary Palace of the Lost City, situated on the arid lands known as the “South African Las Vegas” sits majestically on the heights of the Pilanesberg National Park. Sprung from the imagination of the whimsical South African multi-millionaire, Sol Kerzner, the resort is unique for its splendor, its magnificence and its excess. Luxury hotels, casinos, marine parks and cinemas abound in this complex, offering guests numerous activities for couples, friends and families. Opened in 1992, the name, Lost City invokes the memory of an ancient legend that existed during the time when the rulers of the Lost City of Kalahari reigned supreme throughout the region. The site has welcomed numerous celebrities including Michael Jackson, Jean-Michel Jarre and Frank Sinatra who have come to test their ability on the golf course designed by Gary Player. Staying at the resort is a promise of interesting encounters and numerous surprises.

Sun City

Sun City, a legendary resort in the heart of a semi-desertlike region, stands out for its splendor, its magnificence and its unbounded luxury. Hotels, casinos, golf courses, aquatic parks, clubs, cinemas, restaurants and a congress center are all services that have forged the reputation of this city-hotel, a true kingdom of pleasure and recreation. Opened in 1978, Sun City was the dream of Sol Kerzner, a man with a passion for the grandiose and the spectacular. Built on the land of the ancient kingdom of Bophuthatswana, the only Bantu homeland of a puritanic South Africa where games of chance and gambling are not prohibited, this huge complex has become the South Africa’s Las Vegas.

I always believed in Sun City”, Kerzner explains. I brought gambling here, big stars and I organized concerts with Jean-Michel Jarre.” That’s where I would meet my friends, Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli and Shirley Bassey.”

Among other exceptional events, Kerzner introduced the “One Million Dollar Tournament”, the biggest poker competition on the African continent as well the election of Miss World. In 2001, Agbani Darego from Nigeria became the first black woman to receive this coveted award. She was officially crowned in the Sun City Superbowl. Sun City merits all the superlatives that have been heaped on it, and although it has become a source of inspiration for multi-millionaires in search of games and architectural challenges, it remains to this day, unequalled.

When myth becomes reality

What had we discovered that had lain dormant for centuries? : a temple, a city, the necropolis of a great nation?” The Canadian explorer Gilarmi Farini, in his search for the Lost City of Kalahari, could never have imagined that a century later, a sumptuous palace would be erected on the site, inspired by his own writings. In the heart of Sun City lies The Palace of the Lost City, the vestige of a long forgotten legend. At the end of the 1980s, Sol Kerzner commissioned architect Trishia Wilson to design a four star hotel, the latest establishment created by the Sun International hotel chain. Inspired by the legend linked to the site, the palace reminds one of an ancient king’s domains. Marble columns and pillars, epic frescoes and mosaics, and metal and bronze statues adorn the superb interior. Opened in 1992, Lost City unquestionably dominates the buildings adjoining it by its opulence and its extravagance. Guests at The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City have the privilege of taking full advantage of all the activities provided by the Sun City Resort, among them two golf courses designed by the legendary South African champion, Gary Player, which are equal to those designed in other parts of the world by Tiger Woods, Nick Faldo and Jack Nicklaus. Sun City is ideal for family vacations, thanks to its privileged location on the edge of the Pilanesberg National Park which offers an unforgettable safari experience. The complex also possesses numerous infrastructures designed for children including The Valley of the Waves, the largest aquatic park in the world.

Sun City is an important vacation site for a great many celebrities. The Palace of the Lost City’s King Suite was the favorite of singer Michael Jackson. “He loved it so much that he constantly came up with new ideas for embellishing the hotel”, an employee of the palace recalls.

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Five stars / Palace / Five hotels / Enormity / Botanic gardens / Cascades / African-style decoration / Five restaurants with Italian, North American, & international cuisine / In-room dining / Private dinner in outdoor gazebo / Bar & Lounges / Pool deck / Outdoor swimming pool / Spa / Live piano music / Two golf courses / Aquatic park

When open:

Open all year round

Number of rooms and suites:

338 rooms including 16 suites


Double Occupancy from 175 euros

Nearest airport:

Pilanesberg International Airport (NTY) - Pilanesberg

Hotel details:

The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City

P.O. Box 308

Sun City 0316

South Africa

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Flight time from Paris:

Approximately 11 hours

Time difference from Paris:

No difference in summer / + 1 in winter


Subtropical climate tempered by the Atlantic Ocean on the country’s three coasts and by the altitude on the interior plateau

A warm, dry country

Necessary travel documents:

Passport valid one month after return date (Three blank pages necessary)

No visa required for stays of less than three months

No vaccinations required unless visitor has been to an endemic yellow fever region


The rand (ZAR)

Languages spoken:

English, Afrikaans

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