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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

  •  Tripadvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards 2012 - Top 25 Luxury Hotels in Africa - Number 6
  •  Tripadvisor - Travelers' Choice Awards 2013 - Top 25 Hotels in South Africa - Number 24


  • 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
    Kids Club
    Laundry service
    Swimming Pool
    Wi-fi available
    Internet facilities


The fine frescoes and exquisite mosaics at The Palace are enhanced by the dining options. At Villa del Palazzo, enjoy Italian cuisine and live piano music while overlooking the Grand Pool while the Pool Deck Restaurant and Pool Cocktail Bar offer laid-back snacks and exotic African cocktails. Adjoining the Villa del Palazzo 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 tucks 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

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
  • 06 Jan 2014 - 30 Nov 2014 $240 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,African Suite,Junior Suite,Paraplegic Room,Superior Luxury Pool Facing Room,Superior Suite,King 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

  • Thank you for organising our weekend at Sun City, it was nothing short of amazing. We were treated liked VIP's.

    Odelle Renecke, August 2014
  • Everything went really well thanks and the Palace of the Lost City is a great hotel. Sun City is indeed a beautiful resort, sadly I was there on business so did not have time to enjoy much of the facilities.

    Karl DeGiovanni, August 2014
  • Nice place sun city. We got an upgrade to the palace so we could have a family room and couples room next to each other. The staff at the hotel were lovely the breakfast high quality and the kids enjoyed the arcade and maze.

    Joshua Turner, August 2014
  • Just a quick note to thank you for your exceptional service regarding our honeymoon break. It was absolutely amazing and check in etc went as smooth as can be.

    Paul Prata, July 2014
  • Our trip was fantastic and we really enjoyed our Stay at the Palace. The service was phenomenal and everything we expected from a resort so grand. The dinner in the Kings Tower was a great experience and everything went really well and Luke was certainly surprised.

    Joe Tavella, June 2014
  • The trip went perfectly. All arrangements were done and I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Sun City. I will definitely be back.

    Mark McCamley, May 2014
  • Our holiday was splendid! It was great fun and Sun City is exceptionally beautiful. The rooms were great.

    Yaza Kara, May 2014
  • The stay at the Palace was amazing thanks. We felt very spoilt!!

    Jon Evans, May 2014
  • Palace of the Lost City was out of this world, the walks, service, room, in short; every thing was fantastic.

    Birgit Vogl, May 2014
  • We had a excellent time in Sun City, and for sure will go back in the near future. We were lucky with the weather, and the service is very nice at the hotel.

    Sibile Kras, March 2014

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Sharlaine Assur

Sharlaine Assur

Africa Safari Expert

"The Palace of the Lost City is like a fairytale, extremely big and bold with lots going on but it is pretty amazing. There is a reason why it's one of the leading hotels of the world, it makes you really feel like royalty."



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We had a excellent time in Sun City, and for sure will go back in the near future. We were lucky with the weather, and the service is very nice at the hotel.

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