Sun City’s 40th birthday celebrations reach a crescendo with The Big 40 Birthday Party on 7 December 2019, exactly 40 years to the day since the resort’s doors were opened to the public. An exciting line-up of local artists who reflect the diversity and depth of talent in South Africa has been confirmed.
The Big 40 Birthday Party will feature a ticketed concert at Valley of Waves with a host of top South African artists like Kwesta, Shekhinah, Dr Victor & The Rasta Rebels, Kurt Darren, Mi Casa and a special lively production showcasing the resort’s history, culminating with a dazzling fireworks display. Local band, Soulmajestik, and Sun City’s very own Segaetsho Dynasty will also be given a platform to share a stage with these top South African artists.
Thereafter, the Sun Arena comes alive with The Big 40 After Party, featuring Somizi as the MC and Goodluck, Sho Madjozi, AKA, Prince Kaybee, DJ Christos and Vinny da Vinci and DJ Tira. Tickets are available at Computicket. Early Bird tickets are available until 31 October 2019 at R1 040 per person for the Valley of Waves party. This includes entry into Sun City, a welcome drink, a braai menu, star studded entertainment as well as complimentary access to The Big 40 After Party in Sun Arena.
Early Bird tickets to the after party are also available separately at R300 per person until 31 October. Thereafter, tickets will cost R1 300 for The Big 40 Birthday Party at Valley of Waves and R500 per person for The Big 40 After Party only.
“Sun City shares Sun International’s commitment to supporting the local music and performing arts industry. In this spirit and to honour the exceptional calibre of South African talent, we will bring together some of the country’s most exciting performers to Sun City for The Big 40 Birthday Party. It promises to be a spectacular celebration of Sun City’s four decades of delivering exceptional entertainment and experiences,” says Mike van Vuuren, Resort General Manager at Sun City.
Guests who book hotel accommodation for that weekend (from 6 to 8 December 2019) will get two free tickets worth R2600 to attend The Big 40 Birthday Party. Packages range in price from R4 810 for a single room at the Cabanas to R10 500 for a double room at The Palace. Visit suninternational.com or call +27 11 780 7800 using the booking code: ‘’BIG FORTY’’.
Sun City boasts a choice of hotels and accommodation. The Palace is a five-star hotel offering grand African luxury; the five-star Cascades offers secluded luxury, the four-star Soho is the resort’s lively Vegas-style hotel, and the three-star Cabanas provides contemporary, island-style accommodation. The resort’s timeshare offering, Sun Vacation Club, boasts self-catering accommodation with a choice of exciting amenities.
Turning 40 is a most auspicious milestone for Sun City which has endeared itself as South Africa’s most iconic leisure and party destination to millions of visitors for four decades. It was a hot December day when Sun City was officially opened by hotel magnate Sol Kerzner.
Emerging from the dry African bush in what was then known as Bophuthatswana, the resort instantly captured the hearts and imaginations of entertainment-hungry South Africans. For the first time, they could experience extravaganzas, concerts by international bands and artists, and the thrill of glamour gambling.
Over time, Sun City has evolved into one of the most exciting and all-encompassing entertainment and leisure destinations in the country. It is where wildlife, vibrant nightlife, golf, outdoor adventure, an award winning spa, a world class casino and adrenaline-pumping fun for all ages combine in one spectacular location. Sun City also borders the game-rich and malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park where visitors can spot the Big Five in their natural habitat from hot air balloons, in safari vehicles, on foot or on mountain bikes.
Sun City has recently undergone an ambitious multi-million rand refurbishment to revitalise its iconic appeal and ensure that it retains its rightful place as South Africa’s entertainment mecca. Today, visitors have a choice of over 30 restaurants, lounges and bars (ranging from fine dining restaurants to casual and family-friendly eateries); state of the art conferencing facilities and a suite of spectacular activities that have broad appeal.
There are now seven thrilling water slides at the Valley of Waves; Chimp & Zee aerial rope adventure course; Sun City Bike Park; Adrenaline Extreme; Activity Hub; Breakout Games, the mind-boggling obstacle challenge; the Vortex Lounge, and Sun Central which houses movie houses, the SA Hall of Fame and other fantastic attractions.
“We will not lose momentum garnered over the past 40 years. We continue to source the latest innovations in gaming and leisure to ensure that Sun City remains an iconic premier lifestyle destination on South Africa’s tourism map for another 40 years and beyond. As the old adage goes: “Life begins at 40,” concludes van Vuuren cheerfully.
For more information and tickets visit Sun International