We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

One Day at Sun City - Is it worth it?

Washington DC...
Level Contributor
27 posts
Save Topic
One Day at Sun City - Is it worth it?

I'm planning at 2 week holiday in Cape Town-Kruger-JNB. Due to availability issues, our CPT tour does not start until a Monday. Our planned flight comes in to JNB Sunday morning. We are think gin about a one day stay over in JNB with a Monday late afternoon flight to JNB. Does it make sense to try Sun City?

Mentioned in this post
Cape Town
Cape Town
Western Cape, South Africa
Sun City
Sun City
North-West Province, South Africa
Pretoria, South...
Level Contributor
2,746 posts
28 reviews
Save Reply
1. Re: One Day at Sun City - Is it worth it?

Only if overpriced fake Vegas is your thing. There's a plethora of (other) "Things to do" posts in the Johannesburg forum.

Mentioned in this post
Johannesburg
Johannesburg
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
Lunenburg, Canada
Destination Expert
for Saint John, Foz do Iguacu, Iguazu National Park
Level Contributor
3,859 posts
6 reviews
Save Reply
2. Re: One Day at Sun City - Is it worth it?

Hi Washington!

We're Canadians who just spent three weeks in South Africa, and in our travels we spent a morning in Sin City.

Sin City is not a real city. It's a sizable entertainment complex, with a casino, expensive hotels, a very limited number of shows, an outdoor wave pool, some attractions like the Lost City Maze, and plenty of pting-pting video game entertainment.

You pay about US$5 to get in (it's all private property, like Disney World, and differing in this respect from the real Las Vegas), and once in, you also pay separately for everything else as a day visitor. The Lost Maze, for instance, costs US$10/person. There may be all-inclusive plans for hotel guests, and the hotels are definitely sumptuous, but of course you'll pay well for their hospitality.

We felt that what we actually found fell short of the build-up. In its favor, Sin City is completely clean and safe, like Disney World. We also decided that we could have found exactly the same experience without leaving North America.

Adjoining Sin City to the north is Pilanesberg National Park, one of South Africa's lesser-known parks stocked with African animals. (The day we saw visited, we saw fewer animals than we expected, which came as a bit of a disappointment.) You can overnight in Pilanesberg in fully-equipped cottages for less money than you'll pay in Sin City. Although the park and Sin City adjoin, they're completely separate. You don't have to visit one to see the other. If you're there anyway, I'd see both.

To the south, toward Rustenburg, are lots of choice accommodations costing less than Sin City. For instance, we overnighted at Kedar Country Lodge for US$80/night for a well-equipped cottage. (I'm not shilling for this place -- there are numerous others like it not far away.)

(By the way, in Pilanesberg, we met a couple from Johannesburg and in the course of chatting I called the entertainment complex "Sin City." For about a second I drew a blank look. Then they burst into laughter as, I guess, they got the pun. Apparently, despite the obvious similatity, people in South Africa aren't used to "Sin City" the way an American would instantly recognize it as an alternate name for Las Vegas!)

Happy travels!

David

capetien10@gmail.com

Mentioned in this post
Pilanesberg National Park
Pilanesberg National Park
1,185 Reviews
Sun City, South Africa
Pilanesberg National Park
Pilanesberg National Park
North-West Province, South Africa
Rustenburg
Rustenburg
North-West Province, South Africa
Johannesburg
Johannesburg
Greater Johannesburg, South Africa
Pretoria, South...
Level Contributor
2,746 posts
28 reviews
Save Reply
3. Re: One Day at Sun City - Is it worth it?

Well actually that's exactly what we used to call Sun City in its early days when gambling and girlie shows were outlawed by the apartheid regime but legal inn the "homelands" (Sun City was built in one of the "homelands"/ bantustans for precisely that reason.

Mentioned in this post
Sun City
Sun City
North-West Province, South Africa
Toronto, Canada
Destination Expert
for Algonquin Provincial Park
Level Contributor
1,648 posts
1,236 reviews
Save Reply
4. Re: One Day at Sun City - Is it worth it?

I would see Johannesberg , see SOWETO, go to apartheid museum, probably more unique and meaningful than Sun City.

Mentioned in this post
Sun City
Sun City
North-West Province, South Africa
Italy
Level Contributor
39,682 posts
236 reviews
Save Reply
5. Re: One Day at Sun City - Is it worth it?

I also wouldn't bother, we stayed 3 nights and did enjoy it but i don't think it's worth it for a day trip.

Washington DC...
Level Contributor
27 posts
Save Reply
6. Re: One Day at Sun City - Is it worth it?

Thank you all for the insightful comments. I will stick with Sin City (USA). We will follow the great suggestions and go with Soweto, the Apartheid Museum, or Lesedi Village. Happy New Year!

Washington DC...
Level Contributor
4,534 posts
14 reviews
Save Reply
7. Re: One Day at Sun City - Is it worth it?

Good decision!

South Africa
Level Contributor
1,439 posts
94 reviews
Save Reply
8. Re: One Day at Sun City - Is it worth it?

NO....

Better is a visit Lesedi cultural village, but you have to book up front.

Or go to,the elephant santuary in Hartebeespoor, learn everyting from the elephants,

and... Walk with them. Also to book up font. And after that take a walk with the bush babies, it is the neigbour park ( same owner) and very, very good..

Have a good trip

Warm regards,

Annemieke

Owner of Thatch22, country guesthouse (. Joburg)

Edited: 3:00 am, December 28, 2012
9. Re: One Day at Sun City - Is it worth it?

-:- Message from TripAdvisor staff -:-

This topic has been closed to new posts due to inactivity. We hope you'll join the conversation by posting to an open topic or starting a new one.

To review the TripAdvisor Forums Posting Guidelines, please follow this link: http://www.tripadvisor.com/pages/forums_posting_guidelines.html

We remove posts that do not follow our posting guidelines, and we reserve the right to remove any post for any reason.

Removed on: 5:15 am, December 30, 2013