Celebrate a South African Christmas

SUN International’s SUNLUX collection has introduced a ‘Golden Triangle’ Christmas Celebration: lifelong memories for the hotels’ guests and lifelong gifts for the indigenous communities in which they operate.

Guests of The Table Bay hotel in Cape Town, The Royal Livingstone Hotel in Zambia and The Palace of the Lost City in Sun City – the three very different luxury properties that comprise SUNLUX – will return home with more than just a tan and Christmas gifts. Each hotel will create the ultimate in luxury travel journeys: an unforgettable Christmas trip that immerses visitors in Cape Town’s modern vibe, dips into Zambia’s Zambezi river to the Victoria Falls – the world’s largest and most spectacular waterfall – and offers the chance to holiday like royalty at The Palace of the Lost City. In turn, each property has outlined the gifts they will share with their communities to benefit ill children, the environment and local orphanages.


To honour the life of Nelson Mandela, guests at The Table Bay will be offered the opportunity to breakfast with one of the ex-inhabitants of Robben Island’s cells and find out their own personal experiences alongside Madiba. Together with this honoured guide and storyteller, the guests will go on to experience a private tour of the island, visit Nelson Mandela’s cell and beloved garden.

The Table Bay is also partnering with local charity GreenPop – planting trees, changing minds – that believes a green and sustainable life can and should be accessible for all.

The hotel will focus on a tree lighting ceremony with Christmas carols for the guests on the lawn in front of the hotel. The celebration will continue at the new and stylish Camissa restaurant where chef Jocelyn has finalised a special Christmas tasting menu for all the family, including beverage tasting for the adults.


The Palace of the Lost City, nestled in an extinct volcanic crater surrounded by the Pilanesberg Big 5-nature reserve and two hours’ drive from Johannesburg, is the perfect resort for a golden Christmas experience. Feel the Christmas vibe from the gates to the palatial suites, each of which is decorated with its own Christmas tree.

Wake up to Christmas Day itself with a hot air balloon safari overlooking the game within the Pilanesberg National Park. The Palace is once again supporting Reach For A Dream foundation; assisting in making a seriously ill child’s dream a reality, distracting them from illness and the hospital environment.

The Christmas celebrations continue with ‘Carols by candle light’ on Christmas Eve, together with interactive story telling for the children under the African sky, a Christmas Day Parade and many other activities for both children and grown-ups.


The gracious Royal Livingstone, located at the lip of the Victoria Falls is a hidden gem and the perfect destination to share the Christmas holidays with loved ones. Sample a slice of heaven and a golden experience that is truly one of a kind.

Celebrate Christmas on board the Royal Livingstone Express for an evocative and festive train ride from the town of Livingstone to the Victoria Falls and enjoy a cocktail in direct view of the Falls and a dinner in the African bush.

From The Royal Livingstone, enjoy a unique opportunity to create your own adventure as did David Livingstone, the explorer who discovered the mighty Mosi-Oa-Tunya (Smoke that Thunders) National Park and fell in love with this incredible country. The view of the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, is reminiscent of a biblical impression of paradise.

Christmas is a special time not only for The Royal Livingstone guests. Throughout the year The Royal Livingstone supports six local orphanages which will get to experience a special Christmas train ride on the Royal Livingstone Express.