Gold Reef City, Johannesburg
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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.
Walking in to the theme park at Gold Reef City is like stepping in to another world. Built around an authentic 19th century gold mine, the park successfully combines an old-world museum atmosphere with some of the wildest rides south of the equator.
It is this combination of attractions that makes this Gold Reef City entertainment park such a huge hit with families. While the older folk delve in to 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 a Jozi's Story of Gold tour through the variety of museums offering a peek in to what life was like in the burgeoning mining camp that was Johannebsurg 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 not want to miss the Anaconda or the Jozi Express. And 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
Tickets cost R165 per person and include all rides, or buy a family ticket for R515 (for two adults and two children 16 and under). The mine tour costs an extra R90, and the heritage walking tour R250. Visit the website to see pricing for 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.