If you are looking to experience that true "African Vibe" with unique shops, fantastic sightseeing and fabulous entertainment DONT GO TO SUN CITY!!!
Being a South African myself I have been at Sun City plenty of times, and each time I go I am less and less impressed. I actually wonder how this relic "lost city" is still operational after all these years?
Its almost like the Las Vegas of Africa. Set in the middle of no where, Sol Kerzner decided it would make a perfect spot for a Holiday resort / entertainment city. Sun City was officially opened in 1979, and I don't think they have changed the linen on any of the beds since then. You can forget about decor too. Everything looks and feels old. From the carpets, to the fake "cave man" type rocks everywhere. It is quite kitch to be honest and unlike Las Vegas it doesn't feel like any of the profits made over the years has been spent maintaining not only the Hotel, but Sun City as a whole. The casino is depressing too, the carpets smell of vomit and dust, and 1986.
Prices are Hyper inflated. A normal 500ml Draught beer will set you back anywhere from R15 (USD1.50) to R25 (USD2.50) throughout pubs and restaurants in SA. At Sun City you will pay in excess of R35 (USD3.50)
To make matters worse the service throughout Sun City is probably up there with the worst Ive ever experienced. I have been in the US, and I realize that $3.5 is not a lot for a beer, hell you will be lucky to pay $5 for a Draught at a pub. Its not that its expensive actually, its just that you constantly feel like you being ripped off, and there are places so much better, for less!
All in all I can not recommenced for anyone to go to Sun City. Its too expensive, too dated, too bland, too average, too fake. It will leave you disappointed. If you are planning a trip to SA rather spend your hard earned cash on a game reserve or something where you will get an African experience.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In the heart of the bushveld, overlooking valleys and surrounded by mountains, lies South Africa’s Sun City Hotel. With spacious rooms and exotic cuisine in any of the themed restaurants, this hotel embodies perfect luxury. Try a Big 5 safari, let the Sun City Casino dazzle you with its exciting slot machines and tables, take a ride with spectacular shows in The Sun City Theatre or travel the short distance to Johannesburg. ... more less
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