Four hotels and a massive water park are just the beginning at this safari-adjacent destination resort.

Aerial view of Sun City Resort in South Africa

To call this mega-resort a city unto itself would not be an exaggeration. The property is home to 19 restaurants alone, from the casual, golf course-adjacent Crocodile Lounge to The Brew Monkey microbrewery to the high-end Grill Room (New York steakhouse) and Plume (Afro-French cuisine). Guests can find countless ways to get their adrenaline pumping, beginning with a 1.2-mile zip-line ride and the Temple of Courage slide at Valley of the Waves water park. There are also two excellent golf courses (one designed by Gary Player), two spas, a casino and the Kamp Kwena kids' club with programs that both entertain and educate.

Of the four on-site luxury hotels, we're enchanted by the Palace of the Lost City, with a design inspired by a mythical African kingdom. We also recommend the Cabana Chalets, adjacent to the Letsatsi bush near the Motseng Cultural Village. Those seeking a quintessential Africa safari experience will be thrilled to learn that the resort flanks the malaria-free Pilanesberg Game Reserve, and featured activities include game drives and hot air balloon flights in search of the Big Five. Conference facilities are available (including an amphitheater and thatched venue overlooking an elephant watering hole), and team-building activities are truly unique: quad biking, zip slides and The Maze of the Lost City.

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