Soho Hotel and Casino

Sun City

Days 1 - 4: Sun City

Soho Hotel and Casino Location Map

The Soho Hotel and Casino is the hedonistic heart of the Sun City Resort, and is central to all the activities and things to do at the resort.

The hotel's view comprises a magnificent landscape of subtropical gardens and a sparkling swimming pool. It has a total of 340 rooms, which either face the Gary Player Golf Course or pool area, with gardens stretching down to Sun City's popular Waterworld.

There is a free shuttle every 15 minutes taking you to the Valley of Waves, the Sun Central entertainment centre and other activities within the resort. The main attraction at Valley of Waves is the Roaring Lagoon - a 6,500 square metre wave pool with hydraulic mechanisms that generate waves of nearly 2 metres high every 90 seconds. Perhaps even more famous than the Valley of Waves, the Temple of Courage promises an exhilarating adrenalin rush with a 17-metre drop down a 70-metre slide. The almost vertical slide takes riders hurtling under a bridge and splashing into a small pool. There are also 2 body slides – the Tarantula and the Scorpion, and two tube rides – the Viper and the Mamba.

The glitzy and glamourous Sun City Casino offers a spectacle of round-the-clock thrills for both experienced and first-time gamers.  The Casino features hundreds of exciting slot machines and over 40 popular table games.

The luxury of the Soho Hotel's 340 air-conditioned rooms and suites will please every visitor here.

Choose from luxury standard or superior rooms, some with sleeper couches which are ideal for families with young children, or stay in a Luxury Suite, which boasts a separate lounge area and a private balcony with sun loungers. For the ultimate privacy the Presidential Suite, also with its own private balcony with sun loungers, also has a separate lounge and dining area.

Example Details For Soho Hotel and Casino

Nights: 4 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Superior Luxury Family Room
Includes: Breakfast is included.
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Soho Hotel and Casino Location.


Soho Hotel and Casino,Off the R556, Sun City


From Johannesburg Airport: Leave the airport and follow the signs for the R21 north to Pretoria. After approximately 45 km the R21 merges with the N1, continue on this road until you reach the junction with the N4 Toll Road. Take the N4 westbound towards Pretoria, Brits, and Rustenberg. Continue on the N4 for approximately 55 km (past the Brits turn-off) until you reach the junction with the R556 signposted Pilanesburg/Sun City. Continue on the R556 for approximately 75 km until you reach the entrance to Sun City.

From Sandton (Johannesburg): Leave Sandton on Sandton Drive heading towards William Nicol Drive. Turn right at the junction with William Nicol Drive, and contine to head North for approximately 8 km until you reach the flyover over the N1 Western Bypass. Continue along William Nicol Drive until you reach the Monte Casino on your right, and the Fourways Mall on ahead and on your left. Turn left off William Nicol onto Cedar Road just before the Fourways Mall, and then at the T junction at the end of Cedar turn left and then first right (signposted Sun City). At the end of this road, turn right at the T-junction onto the R512.

The R512 takes you through Broederstroom and past Hartbeestpoort Dam and Kosmos. There are several T-junctions and turnings on the route, but at each one keep following the R512 signs. Shortly after Kosmos turn left at a crossroads (still signposted R512), and continue past the Elephant Sanctuary on your left. The R512 becomes the R104 - continue on this road ignoring the signs to Bakabung and Pilanesburg until you reach the junction with the R556. Turn right onto the R556, and follow this road to the entrance to Sun City (approximately 80 km).

Check In / Check Out

Rooms may be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival and must please be vacated by 11:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome.

All the resort facilities are available to any guest staying at the Sun City Hotel.

Mabula Game Lodge

The Waterberg

Days 5 - 7: The Waterberg

Mabula Game Lodge Location Map

Only 2.5 hours drive north of Johannesburg lies Mabula Game Lodge. This 12,000 hectare private reserve is malaria-free, and home to an abundance of wildlife and birds, including the world famous Big 5.

Morning and evening game drives in 4x4 safari vehicles are daily highlights and included in your rate. See impala, zebra, giraffe, eland and ostrich all graze together on the vast open grassland plains, listen out for the elephants crashing through the thick bush to get to the juiciest leaves, spot a shy hippo pair hiding everything but their protruding nostrils under the water, or admire the resident lion pride lazing under an African thorn tree after a tiring hunt.

For the wild-at-heart seeker of a true bush adventure (and at an additional cost), nothing could compare with the excitement and thrill of big game viewing on horseback or on a quadbike, or going on an informative bush walk guided by a highly professional and experienced game ranger.

Two swimming pools, a volleyball court and action cricket are just some of the other facilities available to guests. Guests are also able to indulge in spa treatments at the on-site Spa.

The 45 Standard Rooms and 3 Suites boast a look that is clean, simple, and elegant and follows an African flavour. Natural bold colours enhance the ethnic feel throughout the lodge. Some of the Standard Rooms are inter-leading, and others have a sleeper couch, making sure that families can also enjoy the Mabula 'experience'. There is also the Mabula Villa, which sleeps up to 10 guests, so is ideal for a small group of close friends or family seeking an exclusive lodge experience.

The lodge has a main restaurant serving buffet breakfast, lunch and dinner, or you can eat 'al fresco' on the terrace, surrounded by the sounds of the birds. There is also the opportunity to dine under the breathtakingly starry sky in the boma (weather permitting) usually every 2nd or 3rd night, accompanied by traditional Tswana dancing while you tuck into tasty South African and Indian cuisine.

Example Details For Mabula Game Lodge

Nights: 3 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 2
Room: 1 x Standard Room
Includes: All meals and 2 game drives per day are included. PLEASE NOTE: For self-drive visitors, there is a Conservation fee of ZAR 202 per vehicle to enter the reserve (in cash).

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

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Mabula Game Lodge Location.


Mabula Game Lodge,47 km from Bela Bela. , Mabula Private Game Reserve


From Johannesburg: Take the N1 northwards towards Pretoria/Polokwane. Continue past Pretoria, and take the Bela Bela/Settlers off ramp (Exit 238). Turn left at Stop sign and proceed for approximately 5 km to the T–Junction where you turn right into town.

Go over the bridge and turn left at the garage. Follow the Thabazimbi Road (R516) to the roundabout. At the rounabout turn left onto the Thabazimbi Rooiberg Road and proceed along for 36 km.

Turn right on the Rooiberg Road (tarred road - D2533). Follow the Mabula signs for 11 km to the Mabula Gate.

Self-drive guests are required to pay a Conservation fee of ZAR 202 per vehicle to enter the reserve (in cash).

Follow the signs to the lodge. Whilst driving within the Mabula Game Reserve, please adhere to the legal speed limit of 30 km per hour.


Check In / Check Out

Rooms may normally be occupied from 14:00 on the day of arrival. If possible, aim to arrive at the lodge around this time, so you can check into your room and relax before your first afternoon game drive, but if you don't think you can arrive by this time, you should aim to arrive by 15:00 at the very latest, or else you may miss the afternoon drive.

Rooms must normally please be vacated by 10:00 on the day of departure for the convenience of arriving guests.

General Information For Guests

Children of any age are welcome. Children under 6 are not allowed on game drives into the lion/leopard enclosure.

All rooms have air conditioning, en-suite bathroom with either a bath or shower in standard rooms, LCD flat-screen television, telephone, hair dryer, safe and tea/coffee making facilities.

The suites are more spacious with bath and separate shower and are situated on an upper level with access by stairs only.

The rooms can also be adapted to fit in 2 children under the age of 12 on sleeper couches. There are also a number of inter-leading rooms where children can share a room with 2 three-quarter beds.

The Mabula Villa comprises of 6 well appointed en-suite bedrooms each with access to an outside deck. It comes fully equipped with its own chef, butler, housekeeper, villa manager, guide and vehicle including fully stocked bar, barbecue and full satellite TV bouquet. Guest at the Villa also have full access to the main lodge facilities.

For culinary connoisseurs, Mabula has much to offer and the lodge is renowned for its variety of beautiful and unusual dining venues. The main restaurant boasts a varied menu and a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. For the romantic at heart, Mabula offers a candle-lit boma dinner in the thatched boma, under a clear star-filled African sky, accompanied by the rhythmic repertoire of traditional African dancers. Boma dinners are weather permitting and are every 2nd or 3rd nights only.

The lodge has 24-hour security, secure parking, kiddies club, pool, spa, outdoor cocktail bar and Whiskey bar. There are 2 tennis courts and tennis equipment (racquets and balls) is freely available from reception.

Laundry and babysitting services are available at an additional cost.

Credit cards are accepted.

Other activities include horse riding and quad bike safaris (additional cost and bookable at Reception). Horseback safaris offer a different perspective for wildlife viewing. Experienced guides ensure that riders are aware of the necessary safety precautions. Long trousers and closed shoes are recommended. For the quad biking, guides ensure that participants are wearing the necessary safety gear before exploring the reserve. The safari is undertaken on 250cc Suzuki quad bikes that can be driven in manual or automatic. Please note that children below 5 years of age are not permitted on either activity.

If you are looking for a unique game viewing experience, then you will be sure not to pass up the opportunity of viewing the Big Five from a hot air balloon. Further details and rates available on request. The balloon crew, consisting of the pilot and 2 crew members, will arrive at the lodge the evening prior to the flight, and brief you on the following morning’s balloon safari. The flight lasts approximately 1 hour, starting at 06:00 at a suitable area selected on the reserve - the latter depending on the flight direction and meteorological conditions of the day. The rangers will transfer you back to the lodge in time for breakfast.