On the banks of the Vaal River, guests can enter a world where business meets pleasure at the Emerald Casino and Resort, full of exciting entertainment and family-friendly activities. Beyond the bright lights of the casino there are a plenty of activities for a fun-filled family holiday including the aquadome water park, Animal World zoo, adventure golf, rock climbing, fishing, bowling and the Emerald African Spa.
The resort has taken advantage of its location on the banks of the Vaal River to venture into nature conservation. Visitors can take a break from the gaming tables and slot machines to indulge in the beautiful surrounds, enjoying a game drive through the Animal World Game Park with its giraffes, zebras and ostriches or marvelling at the 500 different animals – including exotic birds, reptiles and marine life – housed at the Animal World zoo.
Kids will love the Aquadome, an indoor, climate-controlled pool with a waterslide and will have fun exploring a shipwreck and swimming in six different heated pools. There is also a baby pool to cater for smaller kids’ water entertainment.
Other child-friendly activities include the Kidzone, where trained childcare professionals lead fun interactive activities for children aged four to 12. There’s also the Party Zone which offers themed kids’ birthday parties.
Leisure and sport activities on offer at Emerald Resort include indoor rock climbing, 10-pin bowling, adventure golf and beach volleyball on the banks of the river.
There is a broad choice of accommodation including the 186-room Emerald Hotel, the spacious timber-built self-catering safari lodges, a caravan park and the River Resort, which consists of self-catering chalets that look out onto the Vaal river. For an extra special treat it is also possible to rent a houseboat on the Vaal River.
The Emerald Resort and Casino also has ample conference facilties with three conference venues that accommodate up to 200 people.
Admission R50, children under 12, R30, pensioners, R20. Game drives R50 (adults and children), R20 (pensioners)
Open Mon-Sun 09:00-16:15
Admission (peak rates) R110, children under 12, R75, pensioners R75, family ticket R400. Note that off-peak rates are up to 50% cheaper and exclude weekends, public and school holidays.
Open Sun-Thu 10:00-18:00, Fri-Sat 10:00-20:00, public holidays 10:00-18:00
Open Mon-Thu 10:00-04:00, Fri and Sat open 24hours, Sun closes at 04:00.
From Pretoria/Johannesburg West: Take the N1 from Johannesburg/Pretoria. Pass through the Grasmere Toll Plaza, travel 26km then take the R57 Vanderbijlpark/Sasolburg off-ramp. Turn on to the R42, Vereeniging Road. Turn right into Frikkie Meyer Boulevard, and continue until you reach the Emerald Resort and Casino.
From Pretoria/Johannesburg East: Take the N12 towards Alberton. Take the R59 off-ramp to Vereeniging. Take the R42 Vanderbijlpark off-ramp. Turn left into Frikkie Meyer Boulevard, and continue until you reach the Emerald Resort and Casino.