Casinos in South Africa
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There are 40 registered casinos in South Africa, spread out across the nine provinces.
South African casinos can be found on the fringes of most major centres. These opulent resorts will typically include hotels, restaurants and bars along with huge entertainment complexes. The emphasis is on being a one-stop leisure destination, with access to both indoor and outdoor entertainment.
In South Africa, casinos are designed around a specific theme, offering a vision of life somewhat different from the run of the mill expectation of Africa. Nor are they typical casinos, most offering entertainment that goes beyond the usual slots and gaming tables.
Among the most popular casinos in South Africa is the famed Sun City complex, in the North West province. Sun City is as famous for its golf course, game drives and outdoor activities as it is for gambling.
By contrast, Gold Reef City, Montecasino and Emperor's Palace in Johannesburg, Gauteng, enjoy more urban locations and offer more in the way of nightlife and indoor activities to their patrons.
In Durban, the Sun Coast Casino has its own private beach in addition to the gaming offerings, and The Boardwalk Casino in Port Elizabeth is likewise situated right by the beachfront. Grand West Casino in Cape Town is somewhat removed from the city but offer a unique indoor experience for the casino-goer in South Africa.
Many South African casinos, though geared more toward the leisure traveller, also offer much to entice those travelling on business. Most of these casino complexes typically include at least one high-class hotel as well as conferencing facilities and business suites.
Casinos in South Africa are a rapidly growing tourist drawcard, offering global glitz and glamour alongside more traditional African tourist expectations.