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The Palace of The Lost City Hotel

5* Luxury Accommodation in Sun City close to the Pilanesberg Game Reserve

The Palace Hotel lies at the foot of an inactive volcano bordered by a vibrant tropical jungle against the backdrop of the breathtaking Pilanesberg mountains. Also called The Palace of the Lost City, this opulent five-star Hotel is inspired by African folklore and fable, and its status as a favoured destination for the sophisticated guest is well-deserved. Worthy of nobility, the Palace Hotel’s impressive architecture and intricate design will no doubt have you feeling quite awe-struck. From the plentiful water features and hanging gardens and flame-lit turrets, from the vivid frescoes to the beautifully mosaiced floors, from the wealth of stone carvings to the perfectly rendered bronze wildlife sculptures by artist Danie de Jager, every minute detail of the Palace of the Lost City has been contrived to evoke a fantastical wilderness. This legendary Hotel has several accommodation options, from luxury twin rooms to superior luxury pool facing rooms, from plush junior suites to a regal king suite that includes the ministrations of a private butler. Wheelchair accessible rooms are available too. The rates cover free Wi-Fi and a full English breakfast spread, served daily in the Crystal Court. The Palace of the Lost City is the ideal vacation spot from which to explore all that Sun City and the greater Pilanesberg area has to offer. Thrill to a hot air balloon safari over the Pilanesberg National Park – home to a diversity of fauna and flora, including the Big 5 – or embark on a guided game drive for an “up close and personal” wildlife encounter. Immerse yourself in the mystery of the Maze of the Lost City. Imagine yourself on an epic adventure as you gaze at the Villa del Palazzo’s trompe l’oeil of leopards peering through lush foliage. Enjoy hours of action-packed fun at the Valley of the Waves. Practice your swing with a round of the Lost City Golf Course, designed by international golfer Gary Player, followed by a sumptuous High Tea. Laze away another idyllic afternoon alongside the Olympic-sized swimming pool. Pamper yourself with a rejuvenating treatment in the Hotel’s splendid Royal Spa. However, you spend your stay at the Palace of the Lost City you can rest assured your satisfaction is foremost for the ever-vigilant staff.

Sun City is ideally located within the greater Pilanesberg, approximately 90 minutes’ drive from Johannesburg and just 30 minutes’ drive from the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, a certified malaria-free wildlife area.


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A minimum of 2 nights stay is required when staying on any of the following dates:

01, 02, May '20 inc., or 02,03, May '20 inc.

A minimum of 3 nights stay is required when staying on any of the following dates:  
09, 10, 11 Apr '20 inc., or 10, 11, 12 Apr '20 inc., or 11, 12, 13 Apr ’20 inc., or 12, 13, 14 Apr ’20 inc., 24, 25, 26 Apr '20 inc., or 25, 26, 27 Apr '20 inc., or 26, 27, 28 Apr ’20 inc. 07, 08, 09 Aug '20 inc., or 08, 09, 10 Aug '20 inc.

Legend has it that an ancient civilisation from North Africa journeyed South to build a palace for their much-loved King. They stopped in long-extinguished volcano crater a veritable cradle of life. A place where weird and wonderful creatures, both great and small, roamed free amidst glittering streams and dreamy waterfalls. Here, they built a magnificent palace to befit the surroundings; their King was well-pleased. And so, the palace served as the spiritual centre of their vast empire until an earthquake reduced it to ruins. Now, restored in form and rejuvenated in spirit, The Palace of the Lost City is a modern day marvel that will make your journey, legendary.

The Palace of the Lost City is part of The Leading Hotels of the World. The Leading Hotels of the World brand is internationally recognized as the definitive mark of excellence in hospitality. The Palace lavishes its guests with 5-star service, and is luxurious in every detail. All four suites are breathtakingly opulent. From the distinctive grandeur of the African Suite to the unforgettable King Suite, resplendent in its maple paneling, delicately fresco-ed ceilings and stunning panoramas over the Lost City. Each exquisite suite revels in the magic of this remarkable place. Here and there, artistic flourishes burst with life. Each room and suite offers royal hospitality with wonderful views over water or jungle. All benefit from a personal touch. The Palace has 338 rooms inclusive of four deluxe suites.

Luxury Twin Rooms

  • 151 - 2 x single adjoining beds of which 25 rooms inclusive of 4 twin adjoining luxury suites

Superior Luxury Rooms

  • 109 - 52 1 x king size bed with curved sofa
  • 26 - 2 x single beds. 32 1 x king size bed

Superior Luxury Family Rooms

  • 55 - 1 x king size bed with convertible couch inclusive of 3 x paraplegic rooms
  • 2 children maximum (age twelve and under)


  • 1 x KING SUITE (KS) 2 bedrooms with king size beds, 2 bathrooms and cloakroom
  • 3 x LUXURY SUITES (SU) 2 bedrooms with king size beds, 2 bathrooms and cloakroom (Desert, Royal and African)
  • 6 x SUPERIOR SUITES (SS) 1 bedroom with king size bed, lounge, convertible couch, and two bathrooms
  • 6 x JUNIOR SUITES (JS) 1 bedroom with king size bed, convertible couch, lounge, one bathroom and a cloakroom.

Standard Room Features | Amenities

  • Air-conditioning
  • Hairdryer
  • Mini-bar
  • 24-Hour in-room dining
  • Safes
  • International direct dial
  • Telephone
  • Television
  • Voltage 220V
  • Guest link
  • Paraplegic Rooms
  • Video on suites only

Drink in the view while sipping a cocktail by the pool or in the gracious Tusk Bar. Then succumb to the culinary splendor of the Crystal Court or Villa del Palazzo, where you can sample signature dishes from Michelin star chef Conrad Gallagher. It’s no wonder business is pleasure at The Palace, with luxurious banqueting and conferencing facilities ranging from the sumptuously appointed Council Room, to the sub-divisible ballroom of the Entertainment Centre. All the technical wizardry you need is on hand, and our experienced conference staff is always one step ahead. This, after all, is The Palace and you can expect nothing less than being treated like royalty.

The Crystal Court

Exquisitely prepared international cuisine, the Crystal Court is surrounded by towering floor-to-ceiling windows, which provide an excellent view of the tropical jungle and shimmering waters. The Gold room, a small room inside the Crystal Court room where you can privatize for dinner. Live piano and entertainment on weekends.

The Tusk Bar Lounge

Hand-carved teak tusks soar above this beautifully designed lounge to provide a casual, relaxed atmosphere for drinks. There is live piano music in the evenings.

Villa del Palazzo

Italian cuisine is the specialty of this magnificent waterside restaurant, which overlooks the pool. Dinner is served nightly.

Palm Court Lounge

An elegant lounge adjoining the à la carte Villa del Palazzo, offering pre-dinner and after dinner drinks.

Pool Braai Buffet & Snack Bar

Situated next to the Grand Pool, light lunches are served daily, weather permitting.

Pool Cocktail Bar

A relaxing pool-side bar in the cool shade of a pavilion. Exotic African Cocktails served daily.

Sun City Events & Entertainment
Throughout its history, Sun City is best known for showcasing the most spectacular events in South Africa. Having hosted some of the biggest names in entertainment - from Elton John, Sarah Brightman, Queen and Michael Bublé - Sun City events span the gamut from family entertainment to sporting and lifestyle events.

Whether you’re up for music concerts or beach parties, dancing to the hypnotic beats of South Africa’s hottest DJs or treating the kids to a movie, there’s always something to do at Sun City.

The Heritage Golf Championships
15 - Mar - 25 Sep 2019
Price: R100 per player

We are proud to confirm the 2019 schedule for The Heritage Golf Championships presented by Sun International.

With 22 of South Africa’s top rated Golf Clubs awarding us prime weekend times, this year’s Heritage Golf Championships is proving to be a winning formula for the Series and Sun International. This Golf Course buy-in follows on the success of the 2018 Series.

Event Schedule
Dates Golf Course Contact
22 June Silver Lakes +27 12 809 0281
29 June Pecanwood +27 12 244 8080
6 July Beachwood Golf Club
Members can book 7 days in advance, guests can book 3 days in advance but must be playing with a member.
+27 31 564 4257
27 July Serengeti Golf Estate +27 11 552 7200
3 August Royal Johannesburg East Course +27 11 640 3021
3 August Royal Johannesburg West Course +27 11 640 3021
10 August Umhlali Golf Club +27 32 947 1181
17 August Bryanston Country Club
Members Only
+27 11 706 1361
24 August Centurion Golf Club +27 12 665 0279
31 August Durban Country Club
Members can book 7 days in advance, guests can book 3 days in advance but must be playing with a member.
+27 31 313 1716
7 September Dainfern Golf Club +27 11 875 0432
14 September Mount Edgecombe | The Woods
Members Only
+27 31 539 5330
KZN Final
15 September Mount Edgecombe | The Woods
National Final
24 September Gary Player Country Club

1 Jun 2019
Ticket:  R415 per person

Take a 25tolife SAMA trip into the past, the present and the future of SA’s music industry on 1 June 2019.

Join South Africans as they celebrate our music industry talent in Sun City through an award show to remember. Get your ticket from Ticketpro or watch as its broadcasted live on SABC1. Either way, it’s going to be a party!

Heineken PGA Pro-Am
23 - 28 Jun 2019
Amateur: From R9 587 per golfer
Pro: From R3 712 per golfer

Experience. Celebrate. Challenge.

Sun International in association with Heineken SA and Sun Bet are proud to bring you a new, exciting, bigger and better PGA Pro Am. Join us as we tee it up for 72 holes over 2 of SA's iconic golf courses, the Gary Player Country Club golf course and the Lost City Golf Course at Sun City from the 23rd to 28th of June 2019. "Open your World" to a refreshed championship and enjoy an "Ice Cold Heineken" with your friends!

Get your 3 ball team together and encourage your Local PGA Professional to be your teams Pro or if you are an individual golfer and you would like to compete over 72 Holes we will pair you up with 2 other amateurs and a PGA Pro. Entries are limited.

Tournament Information
A team consists of 1 Pro and 3 Amateur Golfers. If you don't have a Pro, the PGA will provide on for you. Priority of Pro's as follows:

  • PGA Members
  • Apprentices, preference as follows: Post Graduate, Pending Graduate, Year 2, Year 2, Year 1.
Tournament Format
  • 72 Holes
  • 4-ball Alliance Stablefors with 2 scores to count
  • Pro Individual Stableford
  • Pro's play off scratch and all Amateurs play off a handicap of 75% of the calculated course handicap. Max. 24 (Men). Max. 36 (Ladies)
  • All amateurs require an Official Handicap to participate
  • All golfers will play each course twice
Nedbank Amateur Golf Challenge
1 - 11 July 2019
Africa's Amateur
Sun International and Sun City welcomes you to enter the 2019 edition of the Nedbank Amateur Golf Challenge. Join us for another fun-filled and exciting golf tournament with great prizes up for grabs!

Join us for another funfilled and exciting golf tournament as we celebrate Sun City's 40th Birthday! "Africa's Amateur" is a permanent fixture on the golfing calendar. This exciting amateur golf challenge has thrilled and delighted amateur golfers for more than 2 decades, and will be played on two of South Africa’s iconic courses: the Gary Player Country Club and the Lost City Golf Course.

Tournament Format
  • Individual stableford scoring over 54 holes of golf
  • The first 18 holes you have the opportunity to play with friends or family
  • The final round will split in two.
  • The top half will play for the Championship on the Gary Player Country Club golf course, the bottom half will play for the Plate on Lost City Golf Course
Bestmed Cycle 4 Cansa
24 & 25 Aug 2019

Sun City Resort
Tickets: From R250 per person

The Bestmed Cycle4CANSA Championship, presented by Optimum Financial Services at Sun City on 24 and 25 August 2019, is offering a 20% early bird entry discount for riders who enter before 4 December 2018.

Good news for riders is that the organisation has kept the entry fees for all the weekend events unchanged from 2018, and cyclists who commit to the event early (before 4 December 2018) will receive a further 20% discount on their entries.

The Bestmed Cycle4CANSA presents a whole weekend of cycling activities and next year will see the 22nd staging of the popular event.

The Road Championship offers distances of 103km and 70km and takes place on Sunday, 25 August. The MTB Championship, which presents 25km and 50km route options, fills the Saturday slot (24 August) over the weekend cycling festival.

The road race route is fast and flat and boasts road closure on various sections. The road surface is immaculate throughout and the roads are quiet. Because the race takes place on a Sunday, traffic volumes are low and courtesy of great buy-in from local mines their mine trucks don’t run on race day.

The Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Road Championship is a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the event has to date raised in excess of R4 Million for the Cancer Association of South Africa.

Come and join us for a fun filled, action packed weekend with loads of prizes up for grabs. Gain free access to Sun City and the Valley of Waves on both the race days.

Road Classic Entry Fees:

103km: R415
70km: R310
1km Kids: R60

MTB Classic Entry Fees:

50km: R310
25km: R250

Last Man Standing Individual 2019
20 - 22 Sep 2019

Sun City Resort
South Africa

Tickets: R875 per person

Will You Be The Last Man Standing?
Mirror mirror on the wall, who’s the fittest of them all?

This September, Sun City will be turned into a fitness fairground as the country’s toughest athletes battle it out for the title of ‘Last Man Standing’.

As one of the most popular functional fitness competitions in Africa, Last Man Standing invites all athletes and fitness enthusiasts to compete in a multi-stage contest that will test a range of fitness skills over three gruelling days. Make no mistake, this is not an open-air aerobics class or fitness conference! Through a series of knock-out challenges, this three-day sports competition, which takes place from 20-22 September at Sun City Resort, has been designed to find South Africa’s fittest athlete.

Who Can Enter?
Whether you’re part of a registered functional fitness community or not, Last Man Standing is open to both novice and elite athletes. Catering to various fitness levels and strength capabilities, entrants can choose the division that is most compatible with their experience and skill. 

The divisions include:
  • Beginner: Men + Women
  • Intermediate: Men + Women
  • Elite: Men + Women
  • NEW Masters division: ages 35-44 – Men + Women
  • NEW Masters division: age 45+ - Men + Women
What To Expect
The Last Man Standing functional fitness competition gives entrants the opportunity to experience what it feels like to be a professional athlete. This three-day Sun City event is packed with obstacles, running events and fitness challenges that have been designed to international functional fitness standards. As one of the premier sports competitions in Africa, Last Man Standing combines fitness and fun in one!

Event Programme:

Friday, 20 September
14h00 – 17h00: Registration
18h00: Athlete briefing

The Nedbank Golf Challenge
14- 17 November 2019

The Gary Player Country Club is acknowledged as a difficult and demanding course. Since 1981 it has been home to the Nedbank Golf Challenge. The course requires stamina and accuracy from players.

Off the back markers the course measures over 7 000 metres which makes it one of the longest in the world. But a variety of tees make it possible to shorten the course and render playable for all levels of golfers. A distinguishing feature of the course is its green's complexes, with strategically placed bunkers, swales and mounds that protect the super slick clover shaped greens. With pristine perfect kikuyu fairways and excellent bent grass greens the course is kept in perfect condition all year round.

The Nedbank Golf Challenge is one of the highlights of the South African sporting calendar. In a 38 year history, the event has featured the biggest names in world golf. With 64 players, playing over 4 days, for a purse of .5 million. The tournament takes place from the 14-17 November 2019 and forms part of the Rolex Series on the European Tour and the penultimate event on the Race to Dubai.

Saturday, 21 September
06h30 – 07h30: Registration
08h30: Competition starts

Sunday, 22 September
08h30: Competition starts
16h00: Finals
19h30: Athlete’s after-party

Entry Details
Entries Close: TBC

Experience the legendary glitz and glamour of the Sun City Casino. Opened in 1979, Sun City Casino has evolved with the times and the latest technology and popular games combine in a spectacle of round-the-clock thrills for both experienced and first-time gamers. Recently refurbished, the Sun City Casino features hundreds of exciting slot machines and over 40 popular table games. And if you’re a Sun MVG cardholders, you enjoy even more benefits, including exclusive access to the Salon Privé and VIP gaming.

Cash desk facilities and ATMs are available at the Sun City Casino and the Bureau de Change accepts all major currencies. However, please note that a passport is required for any foreign exchange transactions.

There are a number of facilities and activities available to all Sun City Resort residents, irrespective of which hotel you staying at. From 18 holes on one of our two golf courses to a day of fun at the Valley of Waves or a relaxing spa treatment and an evening safari – there is something for everyone!

Welcome Centre


The Valley of Waves

The Welcome Centre is located at the entrance to the Entertainment Centre. It offers services ranging from booking and confirming bus tickets, flights, car hire, game drives and all other adventure activities. Computicket is also located here for theatre, cinema and concert tickets.   The Valley of Waves is the central feature of Sun City. It is one of the most advanced water parks in the world, dominated by the Roaring Lagoon, a wave pool with a palm-fringed beach. All Resort residents enter the park free of charge by presenting their resident cards. Day visitors pay an entrance fee to the park.

The Entertainment Centre



The hub of entertainment and gaming at Sun City, the Entertainment Centre has a variety of restaurants and bars, a kid's games arcade, cinema and the well known Superbowl which has hosted world famous artists. A number of stores can be found here to suit your every need. The slots only Casino is also located at the Entertainment Centre and offers the latest in Smart Card operated machines.

Health Spa


Gary Player Health Spa


Royal Salon

This ultra luxurious health spa is located at the Gary Player Country Club and is the perfect setting to relax and enjoy a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, hydro bath, Vichy Shower, spa-pool and steam room. The fully equipped gym also offers personal trainers.   The Royal Salon is located on the second floor of The Palace of the Lost City Hotel. A top team of stylists are on hand as well as beauty therapists for manicures, pedicures and facials. Massages are offered either at The Palace Pool Deck or in the comfort of your room.


The Gary Player Golf Club | Course


The Lost City Golf Club | Course

The Gary Player Country Club overlooks the magnificent Gary Player Golf Course. This world renowned course was designed by Gary Player, and is the home of the Nedbank Golf Challenge, an annual golf tournament held at the resort. This is an 18 hole, par 72 walking course, with a 5km running trail along the course. The Gary Player Country Club incorporates a Pro Shop, a health spa and gymnasium, two squash courts and a spinning studio.   This state-of-the-art clubhouse is a short walk from The Palace of the Lost City. The Lost City Golf Course was also designed by famed South African golfing figure, Gary Player. This spectacular par-72 course is a cart course, features a water hazard of 20 live Nile crocodiles on the 13th hole and offers facilities such as a driving range, and golf Pro Shop.


  • Olympic size pool
  • Safaris - game drives
  • Hiking
  • Trails
  • Hot-air ballooning
  • Crocodile farm
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Waterworld
  • Valley of waves
  • Horseback riding
  • Gym
  • Cinemas
  • Theatrical extravaganza shows
  • Bowling green
  • Casino gaming




The Palace of the Lost City Hotel is set in the stark ruggedness of the North West Region of South Africa, and is surrounded by mountains and the untamed majesty of the African bushveld. It is a wedge-shot away from the Pilanesberg National Park, where elephants, rhinos, lions and antelope roam freely.  
  • Warm to hot and dry. Average temperatures ?C
  • Jan - May High 36, Low 26
  • Jun - Sep High 28, Low 12
  • Oct - Dec High 36, Low 26


A minimum of 2 nights stay is required over weekends, i.e. Friday and Saturday night. Requests for Thursday and Friday or Saturday and Sunday night stays will be evaluated and is subject to availability


  • Rates are quoted per room, per night, inclusive of the following:
  • Accommodation
  • Full English Breakfast
  • VAT at 15% (subject to change)
  • 1% Tourism Levy applicable on the accommodation portion of the rate  inclusive of VAT
  • Complimentary entry into the Valley of waves and shuttle services within the resort.


  • 2 Adults and 2 Children 12 years* and under, or, one child 17 years & under on a sleeper Couch, including Breakfast for a maximum of 2 Children. 
  • 1 Adult and 2 Children 12 years and under, on a sleeper couch, will be charged the single room rate including Breakfast for a maximum of 2 Children. 
  • 1 Adult with 3 Children will be charged the Double room rate including Breakfast for Children. 

* The ages of the children as at the date of check-in at the Hotel i.e. a child 12 years, 11 months will fall in the category “12 years and under”.

SUITES: All Suites can accommodate children as per the above policy, subject to General Manager’s approval.


  • 0 – 2 years - No charge
  • 3 – 12 years - 50% of adult rate
  • 13 years + Full Adult rate

A third adult cannot be accommodated in any room type

MEAL PRICES: (Meal prices are inclusive of 15% VAT and quoted per person)

  English Continental Cost Menu Cost Menu
Crystal Court (2018) R 325
(2019) R 350
(2020  R 385
N/A N/A N/A (2018) Thur - Sun R 325
(2019) Thur - Sun R 355
(2020) Thur - Sun R 395
A La Carte
Plume & Grill Room N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A A La Carte


Payment and Cancellation Policy

  • Full payment is required 40 days prior to arrival.
  • For bookings made within 40 days of arrival, full payment is required on confirmation of the booking.
  • Please be advised that cancellation less than 7 days prior to arrival will be charged a 1 nights accommodation fee.
  • In the event of a non-arrival on the day1 night’s accommodation fee will be charged.
  • Refunds are subject to a 10% administration fee.





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  • Restaurant: Yes
  • Safari's | Open Vehicles: Yes
  • Dinner Bed & Breakfast Included: Yes
  • Self Catering Option: No
  • Room Types Available: Luxury • Superior Luxury Rooms • Luxury, Superior, Junior, Royal & King Suites
  • Restaurant | Bar On-site: Yes
  • Discounted Rates: Yes
  • Malaria Free: Yes
  • Big 5 Game Viewing: Yes
  • Spa On-site: Yes
  • Wi-Fi | Internet Lounge: Yes
  • Boma | Bush Dinner: Yes
  • Child Friendly: Yes
  • Communual Pool: Yes
  • Private Deck | Balcony: Yes
  • Television | Satellite: Yes
  • Air-Conditioning: Yes
  • Mini-bar in Room: Yes
  • Mini Safe: Yes
  • Conference Facilities: Yes
  • Curio | Gift Shop: Yes

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