Conceived as the splendid ruins of an ancient but mythical African tribe who once supposedly ruled the surrounding Pilanesberg mountains and fertile savannah, The Palace of the Lost City is the premier hotel in the action-packed Sun City resort complex. An easy drive or shuttle from Johannesburg or OR Tambo International Airport, it makes an unforgettable ‘pit-stop’ after a safari or an exciting holiday for honeymooners, couples and even multi-generational families who require ‘something for everyone’.

‘The Palace’, as it is affectionately known, is known for its striking elephant guard of honour who line the drive up to the hotel where a life-sized bronze sculpture of Shawu – one of the Kruger National Park’s ‘Magnificent Seven’ elephants known for their enormous tusks – regally stands. Beyond Shawu rise the domes and towers of the hotel – with views over the classic Highveld landscape – while cascading waterfalls and streams trickle between them. Nearby is the incredible Valley of the Waves, where a powdery, golden sand beach and wave-action pool have been installed in the middle of the African bush. Golfers will enjoy tackling the two 18-hole championship courses (Sun City was the first golf tournament venue to offer a $1-million purse) while all guests will have a ball exploring the resort, which has 25ha of ‘jungle’ gardens, tennis and squash courts, horse riding, mountain biking, volleyball, hot-air ballooning, water sports, children’s activities (Crocodile Farm, Animal Worlds, Teenagers’ Club and a baby-sitting service) and a beauty salon.

Rooms range from Luxury Twins all the way to four magnificent Presidential Suites that boast features like Jacuzzis, saunas, hand-carved Canadian maple and walnut and sweeping views over the Grand Pool. Guests wanting a true slice of privacy should reserve the King Tower for sunset cocktails; situated in The Palace’s Leopard wing, it has awe-inspiring 360-degree views of Sun City – the perfect spot to kick off an intimate wedding reception or celebrate a significant birthday.

Recent accolades & press

  •  Member of Leading Hotels of the World
  •  World Travel Awards 2011, 2015 - South Africa's Leading Hotel


  • Opulent design
  • 2 championship golf courses
  • Water sports & animal encounters
  • Dawn hot-air balloon rides
  • Fine dining options & award-winning wine list
  • Wind Chime Wedding Chapel

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Guests at The Palace of the Lost City have access to all the facilities at Sun City, including the Valley of the Waves, the 18-hole course at the Gary Player Country Club, casinos, live shows, game drivers and nightclubs. Sports lovers are spoilt for choice between swimming, tennis, squash, horse riding, scuba diving, jogging, mountain biking, cycling, zip lining and volleyball.

There are playgrounds and playrooms for children and teenagers, while the Royal Salon, Grand Pool and Crystal Court are for the exclusive use of Palace guests. There are several wedding venues – including the Wind Chime Wedding Chapel and Palace Gazebo – and top-end shopping for art, jewellery and one-of-a-kind gifts.

General Facilities

    Babysitting service available
    Children's Club
    Laundry service
    Swimming Pool
    Wi-fi available
    Computer facilities


The fine frescoes and exquisite mosaics at The Palace are enhanced by the dining options.At Plume: The Grillroom, enjoy fine dining while overlooking the Grand Pool. The Pool Deck Restaurant and Pool Cocktail Bar offer laid-back snacks and exotic African cocktails.

Adjoining Plume is the elegant Palm Court Lounge, which is perfect for aperitifs and nightcaps. At the Tusk Bar and Lounge, homage is paid to Shawu in the shape of extraordinary hand-carved teak tusks that soar about you and the live pianist.

The showstopper at The Palace of the Lost City must surely be the Crystal Court, which is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling windows to afford diners views of the emerald jungle and shimmering waters, all the while savouring international cuisine. Within The Crystal Court lies the secret treasure of The Gold Room, a private dining sanctum for dinner à deux.

Luxury Twin Room

The Palace of the Lost City has 338 rooms, allowing guests to choose the option that best suits them. All rooms have en suite bathrooms with a shower and bath tub, mini bars, computerised safes, satellite TV, Internet access, air conditioning and 24-hour room service.’

Luxury Twin Rooms have twin beds and are perfect for travellers who are on-the-go from morning until evening.

Luxury Twin Room AMENITIES

    24-hour room service
    Air conditioning
    En-suite bath and shower
    Internet facility
    Mini bar
    Safe in room
    Twin bed available

Other Room Types

Superior Family Luxury Rooms have a king-sized bed with a convertible sofa.

Superior Luxury Rooms are fitted with a king-sized bed and a curved sofa.

Superior Luxury Pool-facing Rooms have a king-sized bed and views over the Grand Pool.

Junior Suites are fitted with a king-sized bed and convertible couch, as well as honour bars in the bedroom and lounge and have views of the garden and a guest toilet.

Ground-floor Superior Suites face the Grand Pool while those on the upper floors face the Lost City Golf Course. All Superior Suites have king-sized bed with en suite bathroom, separate lounge with dining area for four and a guest bathroom with a shower.

There are four Presidential Suites that span up to 250m² each and are fitted with two bedrooms and extras such as Jacuzzis, saunas, libraries, kitchenettes and marble bathrooms.

There are three wheelchair-friendly rooms and seven room that can interconnect.


  • Game drives
  • Golf
  • Live music & entertainment
  • Specialist guides
  • Boat excursions
  • Day tours
  • Elephant interactive experience
  • Motorised water activities
  • dates rates from board basis
  • 04 Jan 2016 - 30 Nov 2016 $185 Bed & Breakfast
  • 01 Dec 2016 - 15 Dec 2016 $185 Bed & Breakfast
  • 16 Dec 2016 - 22 Dec 2016 $185 Bed & Breakfast
  • 23 Dec 2016 - 28 Dec 2016 $250 Bed & Breakfast
  • 29 Dec 2016 - 01 Jan 2017 $290 Bed & Breakfast
  • 02 Jan 2017 - 02 Jan 2017 $250 Bed & Breakfast
  • 03 Jan 2017 - 03 Jan 2017 $250 Bed & Breakfast
  • 04 Jan 2017 - 30 Nov 2017 $185 Bed & Breakfast

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please note, additional room types are also available. Superior Luxury Room,Royal Suite,Superior Suite,Junior Suite,Paraplegic Room,Superior Luxury Pool Facing Room,King Suite,African Suite,Superior Luxury Family Room Request a quote for rate detail

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply
  • Rates may be different for different room types
  • The most competitive rates for accommodation are available in our tailored packages

Request a quote or speak to one of our African Safari Experts for the best, most current rates available.

Traveller Reviews

  • Just a quick note to say we had an amazing time in Sun City. The room was fabulous and you could not ask for better service.

    Nancy Sharman, September 2016
  • Your accommodation arrangements for Sun City were wonderful. It is a fantastic place and as I may have mentioned, we were given an upgrade to a much larger suite. We will be sure to use your services next time we travel to Africa (which hopefully will not be too long) and we are very happy to recommend you and your company to our friends and family here in Australia, many of whom are very enthusiastic international travellers. Thank you so much once again for your great service.

    Kevin Tyler, September 2016
  • Special attention was ALWAYS given to us by a gentleman called Mpho Kgosana every time at our breakfasts. My other sisters now want me to organize another trip for us!

    Moipone Lekgothwane, July 2016
  • We were happy to spend our time at Sun City... the place always makes us not want to go back home. Many attractions we could not get to enjoy. The hospitality and humble staff made us feel special and want to come again for the next visit.

    Lanny Kubheka, July 2016
  • It was absolutely fantastic. Everything and everyone were world class. Sun City was surprisingly spotless and so well maintained. The staff were all amazing from the welcoming to registration to food and room cleaners. Someone needs a special pat on the back for staff training. Highly recommend to anyone. Most importantly, my father had a fantastic time.

    Alan Piha, July 2016
  • At The Palace I thought nothing can exceed this experience. We did a lot of activities and we felt totally pampered.

    Kahlan Erasmus, July 2016
  • Marlee and I booked with Go2Africa.com for the first time to go to Sun City's The Palace and had an amazing experience. Our family came to visit us from the Cape and we decided to re-visit Sun City’s Palace o the Lost City due to our wonderful previous experience. It proved to be the best decision! As before, we were treated like kings and queens. The concierge stood out (Linda and Confidence), Betty, Sanny and Lebogang at breakfast and Alfred by the pool service were amazing. Room service and the maintenance team were also very efficient, effective and friendly. The team organising transport to everywhere were so good! We can highly recommend and loved the zipline experience. The zipline staff and set-up is world class and we would love to return and do that again. Impressive team! The breakfast is outstanding. Overall, an excellent holiday with a feeling of safety in a clean and welcoming environment. Worth every cent. The highlight: Definitely the staff, each and every person had a warm, friendly, helpful and caring countenance in a professional manner!

    Berdene van der Lingen, July 2016
  • Our stay was really outstanding, every one of the staff members we had contact with made their best efforts to please us. One fact is worth mentioning: on the last day, we had to have breakfast really early because of our transfer back to the airport. We arrived to the restaurant 5 minutes before opening, and the staff member that met us asked us to wait instead of inviting us to go ahead and have a seat. We found it a bit strange at first, but soon we understood: we were delighted to witness the staff’s singing and dancing to celebrate the start of the working day, which they did exactly in these 5 minutes before opening.

    Armando Farhate, June 2016
  • Thank you for arranging our golf tour! Everything went according to plan.

    Werner Pakendorf, June 2016
  • We had such a great time over there, in The Palace of the Lost City, Sun City. My family loved each moment there: dining, having fun, doing safaris (game driving), and others. We sure had fun at Water World, quad biking, Segway riding, two game drives, Cultural Village, Crocodile Sanctuary etc. But we also loved the attention from the whole staff, the way they served us all the time. From the front desks (concierge or reception), valet parking, Grand Entrance, Crystal Court restaurant, pool bar, the crèche at The Cabanas Hotel, buses and vans drivers, the room service, housekeeping, the guys at the rides, everybody gave us a lesson about serving the customer. A special word about Mr David, manager at the Plume and Grill Restaurant at The Palace. He was so kind to us, because we have a 2-year-old baby and we usually ask for special soup/meal for him at other hotels. But the room service didn’t have this option – another suggestion to improve their service. So we talked to Mr. David about it, and he instructed to his chef the right way we asked for, and our baby had his meal straightly, delivered at our room on time every day. Please, make sure he receive our gratitude about his caring attention to us. We’ll be surely back to Sun City next year, and we’re recommending to everybody about that experience. South Africa has now a different landscape from here.

    Marcos Albo, May 2016

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Monique Wolstenholme

Monique Wolstenholme

Africa Safari Expert

"The flagship Palace of the Lost City, offers its guests excellent accommodation and fine dining experiences. The hotel offers 2 unique private dining venues, the Kings Tower and the Gazebo where you can enjoy romantic dinners. The perfect location to celebrate your honeymoon or anniversary."



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Just a quick note to say we had an amazing time in Sun City. The room was fabulous and you could not ask for better service.

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