A trip to paradise – our Sun City and Pilanesberg National Park adventure

Last month Mark and I had a super holiday in Sun City and enjoyed hours in Pilanesberg National Park which is an amazing place to visit.  I’ve finally downloaded my pics so I can share them in a post.

We flew to Lanseria on a Saturday and stayed in a stunning B & B in Rustenburg for 2 nights.

Each day we drove to Pilanesberg National Park which was 45 minutes away.  We spotted elephants, lions, giraffes, zebra, warthogs, kudu, wildebeest and numerous birds (our lifer list is currently 217!) and kept hoping we’d see a leopard.



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On the Monday (after a delicious breakfast) we set off for Pilanesberg and saw many beautiful animals but the leopard continued to elude us.  We went to check in at Sun City, went to the shops to get supplies for our braai and wondered if we should return to the Park before coming back for supper.

Were we glad we did!  Our first sighting of a leopard took place that evening (around 5:20pm) and it was out of this world.  I was speechless at this magnificent creature and hubby positioned our car perfectly which meant that this male leopard walked directly up to our car.  After pausing he stopped within 2 metres of our vehicle before he walked away from us towards some trees.  The sighting must have been a few seconds but time stood still as we just watched this majestic member of the big five.  I am so grateful that hubby grabbed his camera and took this amazing picture (albeit with shaking hands).

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That evening we had a braai on our balcony (Sun City has great self-catering apartments at the Vacation Club) and just sat re-living the amazing moment of finally seeing a leopard!

Tuesday brought with it more beautiful sightings in Pilanesberg.  We had brunch at Lost City Golf Course, walked around and soaked up the holiday atmosphere.




The Gary Player Country Club was gearing up for the Nedbank Golf Challenge but the salon and spa were still open.  I decided to treat myself to a new hairdo while we were there.



We were so lucky with the weather – it was hot every day – we were so glad we’d packed accordingly as the weather was still chilly in Cape Town when we’d left.

Later in the week we spotted Cheetahs which was magnificant!  Another early morning drive brought with it a lion which ran directly towards our car!  Sightings wise this was our best holiday to this amazing place.


There is so much to do at Sun City – we visited Valley of the Waves, the Casino, walked around the Lost City golf course and then post afternoon drives in Pilanesberg we chilled on our balcony with a drink and enjoyed a braai.  There are loads of restaurants, 2 golf courses, many shops, a maze, a crocodile farm, cinemas, a spa and hair salon, putt-putt and of course all the game drives and outdoor activities on offer.

We left on the Friday afternoon after lunch at Lost City and made our way to the airport.  It was a fantastic holiday and we cannot wait to return.


All images are copyrighted to Anthea Booysen 

13 Comments on “A trip to paradise – our Sun City and Pilanesberg National Park adventure

  1. WOW! The pictures of all the animals are amazing, you really got up close and personal with them! I love how your hair turned out too. Sounds like it overall was a great vacation!!


    • Thank you Beth! It was great to unwind in nature and we returned feeling very relaxed.
      I’ve gotten used to my new short hair 🙂


  2. Oh wow these photos are simply incredible ❤ thank you so much for sharing…going to Africa and seeing these majestic animals in person has long been on my bucket list but I was happy to see them through your photo lens, at least I’m the meantime 🙂


    Ps: your hair looks great!!


    • Thank you Charlotte 🙂 So glad you enjoyed them. I never know if I’m adding too many pics to a post or not!
      If you ever visit South Africa you must let me know!


  3. Oh that is so much fun! I bet the giraffes look so much taller in real life! We saw some when we went on an African Lion safari but they were so far away.
    I’m so glad that you got away. We really need that and I hope that we can soon. It looks so warm there!


    • Thanks Kimberly! Giraffes are so beautiful (and super tall).
      Would love to hear more about your African Lion safari!
      It was so hot and we had chilly weather in Cape Town before leaving so I was super glad we packed all summer clothes.


    • Thank you Lauren – we were amazed at how close some of the animals got.
      Couldn’t have asked for better weather which was great.


    • Thank you Lecy, it is a beautiful place to visit with so much to see. We hoped for so long to see a leopard and are still amazed we did!


  4. Oh my gosh, those photos are insane!! Your leopard story gave me chills!
    Also, can we talk about that bathtub?? Dang! I hope you took advantage of it!


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