Four decades of memorable moments - Sun City is turning 40!
It has been 40 years since Sun International’s legendary Sun City opened its doors, marking the start of a new era in leisure and entertainment for South Africa. Emerging from the dry African bush in what was then known as Bophuthatswana, the resort, launched by hotel magnate Sol Kerzner, instantly captured the hearts and imaginations of entertainment-hungry South Africans. For the first time, they could see concerts by international bands and artists, and experience the thrill of glamour gambling.
Over time, Sun City has evolved into one of the most exciting and all-encompassing entertainment and leisure destinations in the country. It is where wildlife, vibrant nightlife, golf, outdoor adventure, an award winning spa, a world class casino and adrenaline-pumping fun for all ages combine in one spectacular location. Sun City also borders the game-rich and malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park where visitors can spot the Big Five in their natural habitat from hot air balloons, in safari vehicles, on foot or on mountain bikes.
After four decades, we are still inspired to give our guests memorable moments that will live long in their hearts.Mike van Vuuren, General Manager - Sun City
Our 40th anniversary is certainly an auspicious milestone that we are celebrating with a year-long super charged line-up of entertainment, events and promotions. The Big 40 Birthday Party is on 7 December 2019, exactly 40 years to the day since the resort’s doors were opened to the public.Mike van Vuuren, General Manager - Sun City
The Big 40 Birthday Party will feature a ticketed concert at Valley of Waves with a host of top South African artists like Kwesta, Shekhinah, Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels, Kurt Darren, Mi Casa and a special lively production showcasing the resort’s history, culminating with a dazzling fireworks display. Local band, Soulmajestik, and Sun City’s very own Segaetsho Dynasty will also be given a platform to share a stage with these top South African artists.
Thereafter, the Sun Arena comes alive with The Big 40 After Party, featuring Somizi as the MC and Goodluck, Sho Madjozi, AKA, Prince Kaybee, DJ Christos and Vinny da Vinci and DJ Tira. Tickets will be sold via Computicket but guests who book hotel accommodation for that weekend (06 to 08 December 2019) will get two free tickets worth R2600 to attend The Big 40 Birthday Party. (The ticket grants you access to the Valley of Waves, a welcome drink, braai menu and access to The Big 40 After Party in Sun Arena).
To book accommodation, please contact Central Reservations on +27 11 780 7800 and quote “BIG FORTY”.
Sun City has recently undergone an ambitious multi-million rand refurbishment to revitalise its iconic appeal and ensure that it retains its rightful place as South Africa’s entertainment mecca. Today, visitors have a choice of over 30 restaurants, lounges and bars (ranging from fine dining restaurants to casual and family-friendly eateries); state of the art conferencing facilities and a suite of spectacular activities that have broad appeal. There are now seven thrilling water slides at the Valley of Waves; the Chimp & Zee aerial rope adventure course; the Sun City Bike Park; the Adrenaline Extreme adventure hub; Breakout, the mind-boggling obstacle challenge; the Vortex Virtual Reality Lounge, and Sun Central which houses movie houses, the South African Hall of Fame and other fantastic attractions.
Sun City boasts a choice of hotels and accommodation. The Palace is a five-star hotel offering grand African luxury; the five-star Cascades offers secluded luxury, the four-star Soho is the resort’s lively Vegas-style hotel, the three-star Cabanas provides contemporary, island-style accommodation and Sun Vacation Club is the resort’s timeshare and self-catering offering with a choice of exciting amenities.
We will not lose momentum garnered over the past 40 years. We continue to source the latest innovations in gaming and leisure to ensure that Sun City remains an iconic premier lifestyle destination on South Africa's tourism map for another 40 years and beyond. As the old adage goes: 'Life begins at 40!'Mike van Vuuren, General Manager - Sun City