Gold Reef City is an amusement park, casino and hotel complex based in the city of Johannesburg in Gauteng, South Africa. The theme park, casino and hotel are all themed around the local gold rush period, which occurred in the nearby Witwatersrand area during the late 1880’s.
Gold Reef City itself is situated on the site of one of the area’s most prominent gold mines, which was officially closed in 1971. As well as the Gold Reef City Casino, the Gold Reef City Theme Park and the Southern Sun Gold Reef City Hotel, the national Apartheid museum can also be found on the same premises.
The Gold Reef City Theme Park
The Gold Reef City Theme Park is one of the main attractions of Gold Reef City, offering various roller coasters, water rides and additional amusement activities which are suitable for visitors of all ages.
The Hippodrome Auditorium on site hosts a variety of live events, including the local Idols South Africa live music shows.
Theme Park Rides and Attractions
Some of the most popular rides that can be found at the theme park include the Anaconda, the Jozi Express, the Tower of Terror, the UFO, the Miner’s Revenge, the Giant Wheel and the Golden Loop.
As well as a variety of casual restaurants and fast food venues, visitors at the Gold Reef City Theme Park can also make use of cinemas, a children’s play area, various entertainment performances and more.
Southern Sun Gold Reef City Hotel
Part of the Tsogo Sun chain of hotels, the Southern Sun Gold Reef City Hotel provides accommodation at Gold Reef City. Conveniently, the hotel is only 8 kilometres in distance from Johannesburg’s main business district, and it offers 75 en-suite rooms that cater to single guests, couples, families and groups.
Guests at the hotel can enjoy amenities like a hotel pool and the Gold Reef City Theme Park, as well as the Movies@ Cinema, and live performances at the Lyric and Globe theatres.
The Gold Reef City Casino
The Gold Reef City Casino is another of the main attractions at the amusement complex, situated just opposite the theme park. Open 24 hours a day, the Gold Reef City Casino is the oldest casino in Johannesburg, and today operates as a cashless casino.
Players here will find over 1,700 slot machines, as well as table games of three reef poutine poker, blackjack, baccarat, touch table electronic roulette and classic American roulette.
Additional Casino Attractions
High rollers at the Gold Reef City Casino can instead play at the Egoli Salon Privé, an exclusive lounge that offers specialised staff at all times and additional VIP benefits, as well as a completely private casino gaming environment.
Visitors to the casino can also take part in other leisurely activities. There are several casual to fine dining restaurants and eateries at the site of the casino, including a buffet. Local attractions such as sightseeing tours can also be investigated, but are separate from Gold Reef City itself.