Ready for the ultimate serene retreat?

We’ve always loved a weekend away at the beautiful Sun City … so naturally we were thrilled when we found out it has launched its new Cabanas Chalets. Blown away by the touch of rustic glamour these chalets offer – inside and out – we felt at one with our stunning natural surroundings.

The thatched-roof chalets are tucked away from all the bustle … the Letsatsi bush was literally on our doorstep! But don’t worry, we were still in walking distance of the Cabanas Hotel (in case we felt like lounging next to the pool and sipping a sundowner), the resort’s popular Shebeen (if you’re fancying a party) and Cultural Village (where you can browse through locally made crafts or sit down and chat about your future with the sangoma – thrilling stuff!).

We stayed in one of the 14 chalets, which each accommodate between one and four people, including a Luxury Chalet, offering a king-sized bed, separate living area and an en-suite bathroom. The rooms fully embrace the African spirit Sun City offers, but we weren’t left in technological darkness. We had access to Wi-Fi (how could we miss posting a pic of ourselves sunbathing at the Valley of the Waves on Instagram?), a coffee machine (for a caffeine fix) and a mini bar.

Once we’d settled in, we were ready for a bite at the Cabanas Chalets’ new restaurant, which was just a hop, skip and a jump away from our door. The quaint African-style café is located inside the Kwena Gardens, crocodile sanctuary … which were also on the menu (eek!). We were a little hesitant about broadening our culinary experience with a taste of reptile, but the friendly staff soon won us over with delicious descriptions of the crocodile burgers and crocodile Amarula curry … and we tried both! What on earth does it taste like, you may wonder? Well, the texture reminded us of chicken, but the taste was so much better – we especially loved the creamy crocodile Amarula curry – try it for a truly African experience. For those who are a little less adventurous, the restaurant offers a continental breakfast, an a la carte breakfast menu and for anyone just looking for a light snack or lunch, the a la carte lunch menu is perfect.

After a memorable meal, we decided to take a cue from our reptilian friends and soak up the sun next to the Cabanas hotel pool, which anyone staying in the Cabanas Chalets has access to. If the kids are looking for more than just a little pool-time fun, they can head back to Kamp Kwena where fun-filled, supervised workshops are hosted for the little ones twice a day. These include exciting visits to the crocodile farm (you can do this on your own too – we suggest going sometime around feeding time when the crocs aren’t just dozing in the sun), musical games, arts and crafts, storytelling, adventures at The Maze of the Lost City and Bumper Boats. They’re guaranteed some wonderful fun in the sun!

We must admit, we felt a little guilty spending most of the day just lounging around (as amazing and as relaxing as it was!) so we embarked on an adventure to one of the world’s longest zip slides, the Zip 2000, 2km of fast adrenalin-fuelled entertainment! At first, we were a little nervous at trying the zip slide – all that’s holding you secure is a harness – so we were given the option of a tandem slide (which we politely declined … we like to think we had on our big girl panties). As soon as we stepped off the platform we got over all our previous fears … we felt as if we were truly flying over the most breathtaking landscape imaginable.

Whether you love slipping and sliding in the water park, sunbathing next to the pool or taking your chances with Lady Luck in the casino – Sun City definitely has something for you. We can’t wait for our next Cabanas Chalets trip! From R1894 a person a night.

Details: 014-557-8998 or go to www.suninternational.com

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