The Palace of the Lost City

Escape to one of South Africa's best known family and golf resorts

Escape to the Palace of the Lost City at Sun City, one of South Africa’s first visionary hotels imagined and brought to life by famous hotel magnate, Sol Kerzner in 1992, a place of sheer escapism and fantasy and a place where you can find top class accommodation in a serene garden setting. Run away from your day-to-day life to Northwest Province and come and experience something completely out of the box, at one of South Africa’s best-known family and golf resorts. Book online for great special package deals with us!

The Palace of the Lost City is one of four upmarket hotels at Sun City a luxury resort and casino in the North West Province of South Africa, only 140km away from Johannesburg, on the border of Pilanesberg Game Reserve.  Sol Kerzner designed and developed the entire range of hotels here with Sun International in 1979 in the then Bantustan of Bophuthatswana where gambling was still permitted.

The Palace was built in 1992 and should feature on your bucket list to experience something extraordinary for your next holiday or weekend getaway – the magical setting in the jungle is the largest manmade jungle ever created on earth! The jungle garden took 2 years to complete when 440 gardeners planted 6 000 mature trees, and 1.6 million plants – they formed 4 different ecosystems reflecting wetlands, rainforests, a coastal area and a desert area.

The architecture and the idea for the Lost City are based on an African myth about an ancient African kingdom that got lost in the jungle surrounding it. A massive earthquake destroyed the palace of a king and the plants took over and hid the palace over many years. This is close to reality as Pilanesberg mountain is a circular ancient volcanic structure, rising from flat grasslands with three rings of hills around it, the outer ring being 24 km in diameter. Most of this mountain region is enclosed in the Pilanesberg National Park wildlife area. 

Book your accommodation at the Palace of the Lost City and experience the incredible Valley of the Waves, a vast man-made water park for all ages where fake waterfalls, rivers, streams and slides entertain tourists all day. Southern Africa’s largest maze is here too, and a 90m long suspension bridge to get there.

Five-star luxury greets guests in extraordinary architecture that has to be seen to be believed, all reflecting the African myth about the lost city, lost tribe and its themes. Bronze and stone carvings of wild animals, mosaics, huge, arched ceilings, towers and weird and wonderful structures surround you as walk around this massive landscape. 

Choose luxury accommodation in 336 lavish rooms – 3 presidential suites, 6 superior suites, 151 luxury rooms, 6 junior suites, 77 superior luxury rooms, 35 superior luxury pool-facing rooms, 55 family rooms and 3 paraplegic rooms. Dine in the Crystal Court in the mornings and order your dinner in the plush Plume and Grill Room while the pool deck is a great place for fancy lunches. Enjoy the two giant swimming pools, the beauty salon and spa and all the entertainment around you for days on end. 



Positioned on the highest ground at the huge and marvellous Sun City complex of hotels in South Africa, the majestic Palace of the Lost City looms, its imposing structure and towers watching over the resort. This castle-like hotel is surrounded by lush man-made botanical gardens interlaced with hiking trails and cascades, lakes, pools and an assortment of water adventure rides giving it an enthralling appearance. 

The splendid Sun City Lost City resort offers 5-star accommodation with world-class service worthy of royalty, created to stun and amaze every visitor to its setting. Unique architecture and décor ooze splendour and opulence, all based on an African fable about a lost city and palace, a lost tribe and a jungle that consumed everything over time. So, the design of the Lost City is also lost in this time, of the African wilderness, of huge plants and animals (carved in stone and bronze), of adventure on rivers and waterfalls, a huge suspension bridge and the largest maze in southern Africa!

Have fun trying out the variety of restaurants serving local and international culinary delights and the picturesque views adding to the ultimate dining experience. Guests can take their taste buds on a pleasure trip of the senses in the Crystal Court for its traditional South African traditional breakfasts and cakes for high tea later. Fine dining at the Plume for French cuisine with an African flair and the Grill Room serves the best steaks at the resort. The Palace Pool Deck and Tusk Bar and Lounge are perfect for sundowners and winding down.

For a rejuvenating session, try the magical and convenient Royal Salon Spa. The Palace of the Lost City also boasts state-of-the-art conferencing facilities, a casino, a tennis court and the artificial beach of Valley of the Waves. Guests can go on safari excursions in the adjacent Pilanesberg National Game Reserve, golfing, entertainment and events as well as water-based activities. This is a haven of delight for children with so much to do as well as a Kiddies’ Club to join. 

What do past clients say about this destination?


We take my daughter to the Palace often and this time she loved it even more – Robert the Pianist called her to play something for the breakfast guests so she did and everyone clapped. Besides that, we always do the maze, the amazing Valley of the Waves and we are teaching my daughter tennis and golf so that is the best place to do it.

Fred King

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The Palace of the Lost City Hotel Family Package

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The Palace of the Lost City Hotel Couples Package

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  • Bird Watching
  • Cycling
  • Golf
  • Horse Riding
  • Jet Skis
  • Sailing
  • Squash Court
  • Tennis Court
  • Walks
  • Water Skiing
  • Sun City Entertainment Centre and Casino
  • Game drives in Pilanesberg Game Reserve


  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast

The golf course area at The Palace of the Lost City
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  • Valley of Waves
  • Ironing and laundry service (surcharge)
  • Room service (24 hours)
  • Flat screen TV, satellite channels
  • Air conditioning
  • Laptop safe
  • Minibar
  • Kettle, tea and coffee, coffee machine
  • Balcony or patio
  • Bars
  • Business Centre, Conference Centre
  • Gym
  • Kiddies Club
  • Restaurants
  • Chapel


  • The most extraordinary hotel in the world created from scratch by the visionary Sol Kerzner in 1992 
  • Weird and wonderful architecture and opulent décor reflect an ancient African myth 
  • The largest man made forest in the world created from 6000 mature trees, and 1,6 million different plants 
  • A choice of 336 luxury rooms and suites for families, couples and VIPs.

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