The Gold Reef City theme park, located in central Johannesburg, is built around an authentic 19th century gold mine, and brings together fascinating historical attractions with some of the most thrilling rides in the southern hemisphere. For a day of frenetic family fun, it cannot be beat.
Walking into the theme park at Gold Reef City is like stepping into another world. The park successfully combines an old-world museum atmosphere with some of the wildest rides.
It is this combination of attractions that makes Gold Reef City entertainment park such a huge hit with families. While the older folk delve into the history of the city of gold, the younger generation can enjoy their adrenaline fix via more than 30 heart-stopping adventure rides.
Start your Gold Reef City visit with Jozi’s Story of Gold tour through the variety of museums offering a peek into what life was like in the burgeoning mining camp that was Johannesburg in the 19th century. Underground tours of the mine, as well as a gold-pouring demonstration, are also on offer.
Those looking for a bit more excitement can’t go wrong with the many rides on offer. Sticking to the historical theme are mining-themed rides such as the Golden Loop and Old Mill. And you don’t want to miss the amazing aerial views offered by the Giant Wheel.
If your heart can take it, Gold Reef City also has some of the most modern – and scary – rides in the country. Serious adrenaline junkies will want to try out the Anaconda, The Tower of Terror or the Jozi Express. If you don’t mind getting wet, the Raging River Rapids is great fun, too.
TRAVEL TIPS & PLANNING INFO
WHO TO CONTACT
Gold Reef City Theme Park
Phone: +27 (0)11 248 6800
HOW TO GET HERE
Gold Reef City is south of Johannesburg, near Soweto. It has its own shuttle bus service from most major hotels in the city and is easily accessible by car or taxi.
BEST TIME TO VISIT
Gold Reef City’s opening hours are season and school holiday dependant. Check the website for the latest times and dates. The park is not open on Christmas Day.
AROUND THE AREA
Next door to the theme park is the outstanding Apartheid Museum and the popular Gold Reef City Casino, open 24 hours a day.
WHAT WILL IT COST
Depending on the season, your age and what attractions you’re in for, there are various entrance prices at the park. To find out exact and up-to-date costs visit, Gold Reef City Theme Park to see pricing by age, season, groups and additional ticket information.
LENGTH OF STAY
A full day is recommended.
WHERE TO STAY
There are two hotels at Gold Reef City: the Southern Sun Gold Reef City hotel, a small, four-star, hotel, and the Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel, located inside the theme park.
WHAT TO EAT
Gold Reef City has a variety of options, from sit-down restaurants to fast food outlets and snack shops.
DID YOU KNOW?
Gold Reef City has a 96-seater 4-D theatre with hydraulic seats that emits a range of scents and smells to match what’s happening on screen.
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