Have you been waiting a lifetime to see the Big Five? Interested in visiting the site of a crater of a long extinct volcano that is now a magnificent National Game Park? Or are you just feeling lucky and want to try your hand at the various tables at South Africa’s premier casino? Any or all of the above (go big or go home), you have come to the right place.
Home to a number of major tourist attractions; who better to give us the lowdown on the North West than Andrew Irumba, Marketing Manager at Sun City Resort.
Venue of the world renowned Sun City Resort and a hub of cultural heritage, Andrew reflects on the province and its magic. “The North West was the former home-land, Bophuthatswana and is a rich source of platinum with the largest mines near Rustenburg. The people here are fiercely proud of their heritage and culture. They are also some of the most humble and welcoming people.”
For the history buffs, Mahikeng formerly and commonly still know as Mafikeng serves as the capital of the province and is the historical site of the Siege of Mafeking during the Second Boer War. The three oldest towns in the old Transvaal are all located in the North West; Potchefstroom, Klerksdorp and Rustenburg. That’s news to us too – see, we also learn something new every day.
Andrew relays how when it comes to conferencing and big events, the North West province is the go-to place with a wealth of conference and exhibition facilities. Whether it’s the likes of the iconic, annual Miss SA pageant, the popular MTN South Africa Music Awards or a company team-building excursion, the North West is the perfect spot for both small and large scale events with its close proximity to the business centre of the country being Gauteng and of course, one if its core attractions and dynamic facilities; Sun City.
Andrew shares a little bit of romantic folklore. “In 1045 A.D. the Sun King received a letter saying: “Find the Sun Stone and you will discover the Kingdom of the Lost City in the Valley of the Sun.” The Sun Stone was discovered at the very heart of where The Palace of the Lost City stands today. “
Sun City has a unique and holistic offering not found anywhere else in South Africa. An iconic resort, it has so much to offer as a leisure, outdoor sports and conferencing destination. Only an hour and a half drive from Pretoria, Sun City’s diverse offering combines a choice of action packed entertainment as well as opportunities to relax and enjoy the quietness of nature. It’s like escaping to another world without venturing too far. Sun City is where water sports and outdoor activities, wildlife, nightlife, golf, adventure, a spa, a vibrant casino, four hotels, a vacation club, and state of the art conferencing combine in one premium location.
As for hot spots. Andrew recommends Mafikeng as a musical destination and then of course there is Soho – previously called Sun City Hotel, which has repositioned as the resort’s ‘always on’ party zone. The hotel, the first built on the property in 1979, has been renamed Soho, encapsulating the essence of the renowned Soho destinations located in London and New York which are known for their eclectic vibe and non-stop action. Soho boasts a new night clubs, a burlesque club and restaurants. The previous Sun City Theatre inside Soho has been transformed, now comprising a bar called Vibes and Encore, a modern dance venue.
Looking to take some killer Big Five pics so you can hashtag away on your social media platforms? There are plenty spots to choose from. Madikwe, Pilanesberg or Morokolo are just three that are top of mind and there is no shortage of accommodation and luxury facilities either. Above and beyond the Big Five, the North West’s dramatic landscape also supports various plants, animals and birds.
Sun City was developed by hotel magnate Sol Kerzner as part of his Sun International group of properties. It was officially opened on 7 December 1979. So if you find yourself there in December, please do wish the Sun King a happy birthday month from us.