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bophuthatswana

bophuthatswana south africa

Bophuthatswana would probably still be unknown to most of the outside world if it wasn't for the creation of world famous Sun City resort. 

Originally a gambling resort with easy access from both Jo'burg and Pretoria, it's now an excellent family destination or - if you're a golfer - the home of one of the region's best courses: The Gary Player Country Club.  It is yet another of South Africa's superb golf courses.

Grown ups and families are all well looked after at Sun City, with a superb choice of accommodation, extraordinary swimming pools and some great family safaris.

Bophuthatswana was set up as the only homeland for Tswana-speaking people in 1961. It was given nominal self-rule in 1971 and became nominally independent on 6 December 1977.  It derives most of its income from platinum mines, but it's Sun City that put it on the map!

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Weather and when to go

The weather stays pretty constant all year around, however the hours of sunshine and the temperature peaks in September when it can hit 31°C.  Winters are cooler, normally around 18°C - however it can drop as low as 1°C. Bophuthatswana is at its wettest from October through to April when each month experiences an average of 7 days of rain, although over the entire year less than a metre will fall.

Everything else

  • Flying time from London:  11 hours
  • Currency:  Rand
  • Languages:  English, Afrikaans, IsiZulu
  • Visa requirements:  Two blank  pages and 30 days before passport expires after leaving South Africa if length of visit is less than 90 days
  • Time difference:  GMT +2
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gary player country club


bophuthatswana, south africa   

The course cuts through the middle of the African bush and is set alongside a nature reserve in Sun City about 2 hours north west from Johannesburg. Ranked number 1 in South Africa until 2003, it is ideally set up for those on holiday with some very fair forward tees.

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