Cabanas Hotel at Sun City

The Cabanas Hotel is set against the beautiful Waterworld Lake in Sun City. This newly renovated hotel exudes a relaxed luxury vibe that will have you feeling like you’re on vacation in no time.

The Cabanas Hotel provides a variety of accommodation options, including standard twin suites, ground floor, lake facing suites, and wheelchair accessible suites. Each suite offers a breathtaking view of the manicured gardens or Waterworld Lake, as well as a full breakfast and unlimited access to Sun City’s Valley of Waves.

The Cabanas Hotel’s relaxed atmosphere and stylish décor alive with vibrant colours give it the feel of a tropical vacation destination. The Cabanas Hotel is an excellent base from which to explore the wonders of the greater Pilanesberg area, with plenty of entertainment options for the whole family.

By day, visit the Pilanesberg Game Reserve, which is famous around the world for its incredible diversity of fauna and flora, including the Big 5. By night, enjoy Sun City’s spectacular cabaret shows or try your luck in one of its numerous casinos.

Alternatively, take a leisurely sundowner cruise on Waterworld Lake. Jet skiing, water skiing, and windsurfing are all popular activities for adrenaline junkies. While the kids can have hours of supervised fun at Kamp Kwena, which is located on the Cabanas lawn and features an adventure playground, an animal farmyard, and a fully-equipped games centre.

Sun City is located in the greater Pilanesberg area, about an hour and a half drive from Johannesburg, and is ideally situated for easy access to Pilanesberg National Park, a malaria-free game reserve.


The Cabanas Hotel is a three-star establishment that provides guests with a place to rest and rejuvenate in between their exciting days and wild evenings spent exploring the resort.

There are 24 standard rooms with a view of the lake, 120 standard twin rooms, 32 family rooms with a view of the lake, 201 family standard rooms, and 3 accessible rooms to choose from. Showers are the only feature that come standard in any of the bathrooms.

The majority of the rooms at the Cabanas feature views of the lake, and some of them even open up into the hotel’s tropical gardens.

Included in the amenities of a Standard Room are a flat-screen television with satellite channels, universal plug connections (voltage 220/240V), air conditioning, a safe and hairdryer, a telephone, a refrigerator, a kettle, complementary coffee and tea, and a work desk.

The following are included as part of the standard room service offered:


Facilities and services at the hotel include conveniences such as free Wi-Fi, a 24-hour reception desk, an ATM on site, luggage storage, newspapers, on-site parking, a free bus shuttle service within the resort, an outdoor pool and unlimited free access to Valley of Waves.

All the rooms are non-smoking only but there are designated smoking areas.

Other facilities available to guests are:


The Cabanas hotel is an excellent starting point for exploring the rest of what Sun City has to offer. To spend the day at the Valley of Waves or one of the great activities at the Welcome Centre, take the free resort shuttle that runs past the Cabanas every 15 minutes.

Take a stroll down to Waterworld’s lakeside beach, where you can jetski, water ski, parasail, or take a sunset cruise.

Allow your children to be entertained at Kamp Kwena, Rock Venture Mini Golf, or Animal World.

Sun City Casino, which has hundreds of exciting slot machines and over 40 popular table games, is a 5-minute walk away. And if you have a Sun MVG card, you get even more perks, such as exclusive access to the Salon Privé and VIP gaming.

On the lakeshore of the Cabanas lawns, children can enjoy facilities such as mini-golf, mini cars, bumper boats, trampolines, and a fully equipped children’s playground.

Combine the thrills of parachuting, water sports, and parasailing. Allow the professional instructors to teach you how to water ski or wakeboard. Jet ski through a wave. A sunset cruise around the private lake is a great way to end the day. The lake is surrounded by exciting activities such as mini cars, putt putt, trampolines, bumper boats, and a playground.

A train ride that passes by the Cabanas Aviary and over a small portion of the Waterworld lake where you can see the Impala, Ostrich, and Nyala that live in this tranquil world.

Day and night babysitting, as well as supervised outings, can be arranged, as can chaperone service for the elderly and wheelchair-bound.

The Valley of Waves is one of the most advanced water parks in the world, where hydraulic mechanisms can generate a 1,8 metre wave every 90 seconds. The water park has some exhilarating flume rides.

The Royal Bath swimming pool is adjacent to an amphitheatre, which can accommodate an audience of over 800.

Golfers can enjoy a round on either of two world class 18 hole championship golf courses – The Gary Player Golf Course and The Lost City Golf Course.

The beautiful adjoining Pilanesberg National Park will delight game viewers because it is malaria-free and home to the Big 5. Wildlife safari tour operators are located at the Welcome Centre, and guests can also enjoy individual game viewing in the park. Elephant encounters can also be arranged through the Welcome Centre.


Sun International work on dynamic pricing and offer “best available (BAR)” rates.

Rates are quoted per room, per night, and include the following:

A maximum of two children 17 years and under can join 2 adults on a sleeper couch, including Breakfast.

One adult and 2 children 17 years and under, on a sleeper couch, will pay a single room rate including breakfast.

One adult with 3 children will pay a double room rate including breakfast.


No, you cannot book a room at Buffalo Thorn Lodge as individual, the lodge is rented out as a unit and visitors has exclusive use of the whole lodge.

Buffalo Thorn Lodge can accommodate ten visitors at the time, who get exclusive use of the whole lodge.

All game drives, all daily conservation fees, tea and coffee in the rooms, and a daily fee for the fully serviced lodge by the staff are all included in the rates.

Yes, you can see the Big 5 during a visit to the lodge, since rangers are able to travel throughout the entire 57,000-hectare park in open game-drive vehicles from Buffalo Thorn Lodge, allowing for up-close views of the big 5 as well as numerous endangered species, such as cheetahs, African wild dogs, sable, and Tsessebe antelope.

Yes, Buffalo Thorn Lodge is located close enough to South Africa’s busiest airport – less than 2 hours drive from Johannesburg.

The minimum stay policy requires a two night stay.

Yes, Buffalo Thorn Lodge is child-friendly, with special family rooms provided.

Yes, several other activities including walking safaris, game drives, quad riding, archery classes, drumming, interactive gumboot dancing sessions, predator park tours or additional activities at the nearby Sun City resort can be arranged at an additional cost.