Gold Reef City

Old train at Gold Reef City. Photo courtesy Gauteng Tourism Authority

Johannesburg has earned its name as the City of Gold. The value of gold has rapidly increased with Gold Reef City situated just 8km away, opening doors to a theme park, casino complex and a constant buzz of enthusiasm. Gold Reef City is equipped with a double threat - restaurants and rides. The out of city experience promises to provide an unforgettable vacation for family and friends. Everyone that steps into the doors of Golf Reef City enter a whole new realm of fun. Excitement is at large and from playing a few hands at the casino, relaxing at the pool and bonding all levels, it is the suitable escape from a world of work and ample time to play. Treat yourself this festive season and relax, by going to catch Barry Hilton’s ‘Stand Up Chameleon’ showcase until the 22 December and McLaren’s Magical Circus until the 6 January in 2013.

Themed around the Johannesburg gold rush in the late 1800s, Gold Reef City is an entertainment complex that comprises a theme park and casino. History, entertainment and imagination all come together at the complex, which is situated on an old gold mine.

In addition to water slides and roller coasters, the old mining-style theme park is a heritage hotspot. Visitors can explore the park’s museum houses, learn about gold mining and go underground for the full mining experience. You could also watch smelted gold being poured into casts, enjoy traditional gumboot dancing and even try your hand at panning for gold.

Gold Reef City, Johannesburg. Photo courtesy Gauteng Tourism Authority

The 24-hour Gold Reef City Casino is operated by highly qualified staff and offers a wealth of betting options, including slot machines and table games, and caters for high rollers and dabblers alike. Visitors to the casino can also take in quality shows at the Lyric and Globe theatres.

Both the casino and theme park offer accommodation and conferencing facilities, and conference delegates can simply walk across to the entertainment areas after all the work is done.

The famous Apartheid Museum, a stone’s throw from the casino, offers a look into a different kind of South African history. The museum conveys the full story of apartheid in brilliant yet disturbing detail.


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Visiting hours

Monday to Sunday from 09h30 to 17h00 in season (Gauteng school holidays)
Wednesday to Sunday from 09h30 to 17h00 out of season


South of the city centre. Keep to the Bloemfontein lane on the M1 South, take the Booysens Road off-ramp and follow the signs to Gold Reef City