Today is the first day of December but I want to talk to you about our Halloween. This year we didn’t really celebrate Halloween with our kids which was a first for us! Apparently, we could have, as many of the American families set up a trunk or treat. We also learned that some of the local families are trying to adopt the holiday (who doesn’t like free candy?). Instead we traveled a little less than 2 hours from Pretoria to a resort called Sun City with 2 other families for a 3 night vacation.
Sun City is situated adjacent to Pilanesberg Game Reserve. There are several options of places to stay while there. Brant and I planned on staying at the Cabanas initially, but ended up booking at the Palace with the rest of our group. It was slightly more expensive yet it turned out to be entirely worth the price. The Palace was beautiful! Most importantly, it had a heated pool and I actually got in the water!
We immediately visited the pool upon arrival and relaxed while our group got together. The adults made reservations at one of the restaurants in the hotel and hired the on-site nanny and room-service for the kids. After dinner we climbed to the top of one of the palace turrets and we were able to see the entire resort (and Jupiter- thanks Angie for solving the weekend debate). Afterwards we headed to the casino where the guys and Jen enjoyed playing roulette while Angie and I struggled to figure out how to work the slot machines.
The next day Brant and Ben took the kids to the Valley of the Waves. It is a huge water park inside the resort with a wave pool, slides and a lazy river. Another couple went on an elephant-back safari and then did archery. Angie and I got pedicures. 🙂 We all met up by the pool and planned an evening at the Entertainment Center, which as several restaurants, a night club, shops, and an arcade.
On our last day some members of our group did a game drive in Pilanesberg while our family stayed at the resort. We played mini golf with the kids, saw a petting zoo, and went through a giant maze, where at the finish, you can try out an assortment of craft brews and the kids can get ice cream. Afterwards, Brant took Hayden to the arcade and I took Natalie swimming.
On the way out the following day we visited the crocodile farm. It was very interesting and one crocodile even had half of her jaw missing because she got in a fight defending her nest.
There is so much to do at the resort (the website claims over 100 activities) that it is impossible to get it all done in one trip. It is a good thing that we had so much fun though, because we would love to go back again!
I’ve only previewed some of our pictures in this post. If you’d like to see a more extensive gallery, click here: Sun City Vacation Photos
Love from South Africa! xoxoxoxo