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

  • Excellent trip!

    Juan Bernal, January 2016
  • The trip to the Palace was excellent.

    Mohamed Hassen, January 2016
  • The Palace is a wonder and although it was a short trip, we had enough time to relax and do what we wanted to! 19 Jan 2016 Thanks for your followup as you promised. I did complete the review on Trip Advisor. Please convey to your management my appreciation for your high standard of service and personal touch. It was indeed a pleasure working with you.

    Varsha Hanuman, January 2016
  • We loved the attention to detail the Sun City staff displayed. Sun City was everything and more than I expected (and I am hard to please!).

    Sanjay Lakshuman, January 2016
  • Between the game drives, pools, mazes, crocodile feelings there was so much to do for the kids. We really packed it all in!

    Karyn Serber, January 2016
  • We had an awesome stay. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. It is safe to say we had the best honeymoon ever.

    Craig Joseph, December 2015
  • My husband and I really had a fantastic time at the Palace!

    Erika Van Schalkwyk, November 2015
  • Sun City was great. A walk around the grounds of The Palace is a delight on a sunny day and the food was unexpectedly good. Our young son absolutely loved it and wants to go back.

    Michael Zanker, October 2015
  • Our trip to The Palace at Sun City was fantastic in all aspects. The staff delivered excellent service from start to end. The hotel rooms are so spacious and beautiful decorated, it was such a pleasure to be booked in for a couple of days. The room service was excellent!

    Hubre Steyn, October 2015
  • We had an amazing holiday in Sun City at The Palace! Better than we could have dreamed.

    Darla Bentley, August 2015

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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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We had an awesome stay. The staff are all very friendly and helpful. It is safe to say we had the best honeymoon ever.

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