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“Good rides BUT”
Review of Gold Reef City

Gold Reef City
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Owner description: Gold Reef City is a premier entertainment destination in the south of Johannesburg, reminiscent of an authentic turn-of-the-century mining town which is conveniently situated close to the centre of Johannesburg or just 20 minutes from OR Tambo Airport. The resort offers a variety of entertainment for both the young and young at heart which includes a state of the art casino, two 4-star hotels, conferencing and teambuilding facilities, a thrilling theme park,a spectacular theatre featuring live productions and a variety of restaurants and fast foods for every taste. Also located on the premises is the world renowned Apartheid Museum and the Red Bus City Sightseeing Tours.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Lockers / storage, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Good rides BUT”
Reviewed November 14, 2013

For being a week day and most kids at school, the queues were still quite painfully long, everything took so long and the service was so slow. Still a great day out, but think they need to speed up the their service and running of the rides.

Visited November 2013
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“Best Theme park in Africa!!”
Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

We were a group of 3 families of various ages - the youngest being 6 and oldest child 16yrs. There's so much to do for all ages. Once you pay the gate charges there are no additional charges for the rides. There's no other word to describe this park other than awesome!! All the adults and kids had a blast. There are several tips to consider for first timers. There's lots to do so for starters if you can, avoid weekends as it gets really crowded then. Whenever you go, it's best to get there before 10am. The popular rides like the Anaconda, golden circle, miners revenge are not for the faint hearted so thrill levels are really high. For these rides it's best to start with them first before the crowds build up. Unlike Disney world, no fast pass tickets here so you need to line up as everyone else. There is lots of places to eat in the park but to maximize, best to have a heavy breakfast and do the popular rides when you arrive and take a break as you have lunch at lunch time then after that you can go slower with more rides or other attractions like a train ride that goes all round the park, the animal farm for kids. There is also the hippodrome that has a circus like performance that's good for the whole family. They have 2 shows in the afternoon. There is also a 4D cinema that has 4D experiences possibly 4 times or so a day. It's really nice. We always go to Gold Reef every time we are in South Africa.

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Johannesburg, South Africa
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“Theme Park is Amazing”
Reviewed October 21, 2013

Its the best thing to do in Johannesburg without a doubt. The theme park is incredible and thrilling. This is one of the few places that you can spend the entire day (morning to night) at without a second of boredom.

Fun for the entire family.

Visited October 2013
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“Great Fun”
Reviewed October 18, 2013

I liked Gold Reef city. The amusement park was great, but what I really enjoyed was the trip down the mine. It was very informative. The old Johannesburg part of the park which shows you what Johannesburg was like during the Gold rush era was not only enlightening, but a lot of fun. What is a double bonus is the fact that the Apartheid museum is right outside Gold Reef City across the street. Make sure u see both at the same time.

Visited October 2013
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“Gold Reef City Johannesburg”
Reviewed October 16, 2013

Gold Reef City is built around an old gold mine.Its a part of the theme park. The demonstration that we saw of how gold is made was good but they could have made it a bit more interesting. The visit down to the mines was awesome. All of us had to wear helmets and some of us were given torches. If you have a phobia for closed places then this is not meant for you. it was a great learning experience as to how the miners work and how dangerous it is on their lives. Bought the gold flakes from the souvenir shop there.

Visited September 2013
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