Five Cool Things: Rustenburg
Deep in the rugged bushveld, in the heart of an ancient volcano, lies the world's most unique resort, the internationally acclaimed Sun City. The resort has a unique heartbeat and an African rhythm of its own and is unlike any other destination in the world Sun City Resort is set in the stark ruggedness of the north west Region of South Africa, and is surrounded by mountains and the untamed majesty of the African landscape.
Valley Of The Waves
Overnight visitors to any of the hotels at the Sun City Resort have free access to the Valley of the Waves. This is the most advanced water park in South Africa. A large lagoon dominates the scene with a wave machine capable of generating 1.8 metre waves every 90 seconds. This water park has five exhilarating flume rides. From the aptly named ‘Temple of Courage' swimmers drop a heart stopping 17 metres down a chute and under a bridge before splashing into a small pool at the foot of the slide. The less adventurous visitor to Sun City can take a ride on the 'Lazy River'.
Rustenburg Nature Reserve
The Rustenburg Nature Reserve lies at the western end of the Magaliesberg Protected Natural Environment, about 100 km from Pretoria and Johannesburg. Originally established on the farm Rietvallei which once belonged to President Paul Kruger, it has been gradually expanded over the years and now covers some 4500 hectares. The Rustenburg Nature Reserve is dominated by the rocky ridges of the Magaliesberg, with well-wooded ravines on the rugged slopes. A large valley basin and an extensive plateau form an important water catchment area from which the main watercourse flows into a large, reed-filled marsh.
Pilanesburg Nature Resort
The Pilanesberg National Park, which covers some 55,000 hectares, is the fourth largest in southern Africa. The history of Pilanesberg National Park is also unique amongst national parks in South Africa, as its rugged landscape, well-watered valleys and attractive dwelling sites have made it a preferred site for human settlement for thousands of years. Prior to its proclamation as a reserve in 1979, the Pilanesberg National Park Complex was degraded and depleted of indigenous wildlife populations due to fairly intense settlement by commercial farmers.
Gary Player Golf Course
Named after one of the finest golf players South Africa has ever produced, the Gary Player Golf Course is ranked as one of the best golf course in South Africa. It is arguably the most famous course in South Africa. The Gary Player Country Club is acknowledged as a difficult and demanding course. Since 1981 it has been home to the Nedbank Million Dollar Golf Challenge. The comparatively flat nature of the golf course is misleading: water hazards, cunningly sited bunkers and pins hidden away on kidney shaped greens makes up for its lack of gradient.