Sun City reveals 40th birthday celebrations

Sun International’s iconic Sun City will celebrate four decades of memorable moments with a super charged lineup of events, entertainment and promotions leading up to the Big Birthday Bash on 7 December 2019, exactly 40 years to the day since the resort’s doors were opened to the public.


Image Captured by Nabihah Plaatjes


Details for the Big Birthday Bash and other 40th birthday celebrations were revealed at an event on Thursday, 4 April 2019, hosted by Sun City’s General Manager, Raul de Lima.

The Big Birthday Bash comprises an exclusive concert on the beach at the Valley of Waves and a grand scale party, open to the public, in the Sun Arena (previously the Sun City Superbowl).


“The Big Birthday Bash will be the crescendo to nine months of thrilling activations that will take our guests, employees and other stakeholders on a journey of celebration and nostalgia. These include music shows, golf tournaments, gaming promotions and other exciting experiences,”

says Raul de Lima, Resort General Manager at Sun City.


“The full lineup for the event will be revealed end of May 2019 and tickets will go up for sale 1 of June 2019. We are hard at work negotiating exceptional local artists, who reflect the diversity and depth of talent available in South Africa.”


Turning 40 is a most auspicious milestone for Sun City which has endeared itself as South Africa’s most iconic leisure and party destination to millions of visitors for four decades. It was a hot December day when Sun City was officially opened by hotel magnate Sol Kerzner. Emerging from the dry African bush in what was then known as Bophuthatswana, the resort instantly captured the hearts and imaginations of entertainment-hungry South Africans. For the first time, they could explore the previously forbidden delights of extravaganza dancers and concerts by international bands and artists.

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 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.

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 haven. Today, visitors have a choice of over 30 restaurants, lounges (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 Lounge, and Sun Central which houses movie houses, the SA 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, and the three-star Cabanas provides contemporary, island-style accommodation. The resort’s timeshare offering, Sun Vacation Club, boasts self-catering accommodation 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 resort on South Africa's tourism map for another 40 years and beyond. As the old adage goes: life begins at 40,”

concludes de Lima.


Although the opportunities to create memorable moments at Sun City are vast and diverse, we will update you with a list of 40 Must Try experiences.

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