At Sun City, the legendary creation of entrepreneur Sol Kerzer, Disneyland collides with ancient Egypt in Africa’s version of Vegas. Filled with gilded statues of lions and monkeys, acres of artificial beaches, over 1200 hotel rooms and line upon line of clinking slot machines, it serves no other purpose than to entertain. Yet while this gambling-centric resort is almost grotesquely gaudy, a visit can be pretty damn fun.
The complex is dominated by the Lost City, an extraordinary piece of kitsch claiming to symbolise African heritage. In fact, it has even less to do with African culture than Disneyland Paris has to do with French culture, but it’s still entertaining.
We'll be honest: this is not our sort of place. But it does have to be seen to be believed, and one thing Sun City does have in its favour is that it has received awards for practising sustainable, environmentally friendly tourism.