Located on an old gold mine in Johannesburg, Gold Reef City is home to the largest amusement park in the area providing roller coasters, water rides, entertainment and more to gleeful visitors. Themed around the gold rush, park staff are decked out in 1880s costumes and the buildings of the park fit the same time period. The park even has a museum where visitors can see a gold-containing ore vein or see how real gold is poured into barrels. Did I mention there is also a Casino with slots, roulette, blackjack and more? With hotels and restaurants all over the city, once you’ve had enough for the day you don’t have to go very far to enjoy a bite to eat and grab some Z’s until the next days fun and excitement.
[php snippet=1]Gold Reef City has a ton of rides, from log flumes to inverted roller coasters it has something for everyone. One of its most popular rides, The Tower of Terror, is a vertical-drop roller coaster with a 150+ foot drop into an open mine shaft and a pull-out which features 6.3 Gs of G-force. Just in case make sure to bring a change of pants, as it is the current record holder for the tallest and fastest roller coaster in Africa. Looking for something a little slower paced? You can cool down from the hot African sun and take the family on a trip on the Raging River Rapids. Hop on the family sized tube and get ready for a ride through ancient caves and waterfalls as you ride down the rapids. Another adrenaline rush inducing ride is The Anaconda, another record holder, this one for the tallest and fastest inverted roller coaster in Africa. The only inverted coaster ever built by coaster design company Giovanola, it takes snakes riders through curls and drops at breakneck speeds. With over a dozen rides for guests 4’3” and shorter, the kids will be thoroughly entertained. They can have fun on the River Ride, Runaway Train, Lazy Boats, Baby Dragons and more.
Gold Reef City’s 4D Theater lets visitors watch images come to life in amazing 4D as the hydraulic seats, vapors and range of smells give you the illusion that you are in the movie. The Casino on the grounds is open 24 hours a day with a highly trained staff and plenty of gaming options. Gold Reef City Casino is also home to one of the largest smoking casino areas in South Africa with 570 machines in the section. If table games are what you’re into the casino offers 23 American Roulette tables, 3 Reef Routine Poker tables, 3 Baccarat tables, 21 BackJack tables and 2 Touch Tables MultiPLAY Roulettes (1st casino in South Africa to offer Touch Table MutliPLAY Rouletter). High rollers may prefer to spend their time in the exclusive Salon Privé of Club Egoli. With so many things to entertain visitors of all ages, Gold Reef City in Johannesburg is a great place to spend a day or a week, you will never find a dull moment.
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