Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City is located 8km from Johannesburg’s Central Business District and 20 minutes away from O.R Tambo Airport. The site where Gold Reef City is situated is an old gold mine and it has been modelled to resemble the gold rush and the gold rich history of Johannesburg. Inside Gold Reef city there is a theme park, casino, restaurants, movie theatre,accommodation facilities and the Lyric Theatre that is well known for its live performances.

Theme Park

The theme park has some of the most modern and scariest rides in Africa, rides such as the Tower of Terror that has a 50metre drop at a speed of 100km per hour and has a fear factor of 10 out of 10. The Anaconda is built in the shape of an anaconda snake, it is an inverted roller coaster with a cork screw and has a fear factor of 9 out of 10. The park is a family friendly park and has rides for every age, such as the Fun Tain, Giant Wheel, Lazy Boats, Log Ride, and Wave Swing.  There are also kiddie’s rides such as the Dragon Ride, Balloon Wheel and Carousel.

Tower of Terror Gold Reef city, image courtesy of

The casino at Gold Reef City is open 24 hours a days and has 92 slot machines and 15 gaming tables and a spacious lounge area and an exclusive gaming lounge called Salon Prive which is reserved for high rollers. The casino often has promotions such as Big Money Fridays and Money Shower.


Gold Reef City has a variety of entertainment facilities, from fast food outlets to dining restaurants. There are two theatres inside the complex, The Lyric Theatre is a luxury styles theatre that seats up to 1100 people and the smaller theatre called the Globe that seats 200 people. Although the theme park is very popular with children, Gold Reef City has other entertainment options for the little ones at the Magic Company and the onsite crèche facility.

The Lyric Theatre at Gold Reef Theatre, image courtesy of

There are two hotels located within Gold Reef, Southern Sun Gold Reef City and Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel, both luxury hotels that offer the highest quality of accommodation and excellent customer service.