Set on the outskirts of Limpopo's capital Polokwane, the Meropa Casino & Entertainment World is the city's hedonistic pleasure dome. Have a flutter in the casino, enjoy a leisurely meal or cup of java, take the kids to the animal park, or dance the night away to live music.

Did you know?

The name Polokwane means 'place of safety' in the local Sesotho language.

The Meropa Casino & Entertainment World rises up like an ancient African palace under modern skies. Palm trees wave as you enter a world of fun and entertainment. This Polokwane casino and entertainment complex offers a tempting choice of clubs, conference venues, coffee shops and restaurants.

Part of the well established Sun International group, the Meropa Casino & Entertainment World boasts a pleasant and spacious hotel set in landscaped gardens. The décor here is Afro-chic – tall pots, enormous pillars and archways, domed roofs.

Children really love the Meropa Casino & Entertainment World's Wild World outdoor area, with WildThingZ the definite highlight.

The first of its kind on the continent, this incredible multi-species enclosure contains a bird and reptile park as well as a butterfly park and insectarium.

Viv Bristow, a wildlife expert and animal trainer for Hollywood movies, together with Trevor Oertel, a raptor expert, created WildThingZ. It really is mind-blowing stuff for kids and adults alike – you'll get to see everything from the daintiest, prettiest butterflies to the scariest-looking snakes, spiders and scorpions.

If you're in the mood for music, head for Meropa's Jembe Tavern, a cosmopolitan club that hosts live comedy, cabaret and music. South African musicians ranging from kwaito king Mandoza and pop pied pipers Just Jinger, to jazz supremo Paul Hamner, have all played here.

Meropa's small but classy casino is run with Smart Card technology. Smart Cards replace coins, providing you with hours of hassle-free fun. There are 17 table games including roulette and blackjack, and 100s of slot machines, including the ever-popular Dream Machine and Poker Magic, and a Poker Lounge.

And if you need some relaxation, visit the Mangwanani Day Spa, or discover local culture at the Cultural Village.

Travel tips & Planning info

Who to contact

Meropa Casino & Entertainment World
Tel: +27 (0)15 290 5400

Mall of the North
Tel: +27 (0)15 265 1026/45

How to get here

From Johannesburg take the N1 north to Polokwane. The Meropa Casino & Entertainment World is well signposted as you enter the city. GPS co-ordinates: S 23 56.583 E 29 25.297

Where to stay

There is a Sun International hotel within the Meropa Casino & Entertainment World complex that features family rooms, executive suites and honeymoon suites.

What to eat

Enjoy a classy meal at Kiba Club, an upmarket African restaurant in the Meropa Casino & Entertainment World.

Best buys

Head for the Mall of the North, Limpopo's biggest shopping mall, for some serious retail therapy.

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