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“Gold Reef City is easy to get to and fun if you like rides and a little bit of history”
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Gold Reef City
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Johannesburg Combo: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off and Soweto Tours
Ranked #8 of 172 things to do in Johannesburg
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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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Wheelchair access, Lockers / storage, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase
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“Gold Reef City is easy to get to and fun if you like rides and a little bit of history”
Reviewed July 20, 2009

We went to Gold Reef City July 18, 2009. It is winter so there weren't so many people there that the lines were too long. I am used to standing in line for 20-30 minutes in the US and the line wait at GRC was about 20 minutes in each line. Some are a little bit longer and some are a bit shorter.

We paid for the combo ticket to be able to enter the amusement park and go on the gold mine tour for about R180 (about $20 USD). The mine tours were all booked up (they run every 2 hours or so) and we had to wait about 3 hours to on the tour. We were booked in the tour that started at 2 pm.

In the interim we rode a few rides. The ferris wheel hot air balloon ride was pretty decent. I think we made a full three revolutions which is better than at home. You get a great view of downtown Johannesburg (as long as it's clear) and Soccer City (where some of the games of the World Cup will be played) in Soweto.

I was a little bit nervous about what would happen if the power went out while we were on a ride but luckily we didn't have to find out.

There is an awesome ride at the park called Tower of Terror. It is a very short ride but one you shouldn't miss if you love scary, fast, drop type rides. There is only one car running so the wait is a little bit longer for this ride. The car consists of four seats across and only two rows. It goes around the track then it goes up to the top of the drop. It sits there for a few seconds then the ride plunges just about straight down. After that the ride is just about done. It's quick but a great thrill if you like that kind of thing.

We bought food for lunch and it took about 20 minutes to get our food. Service was very slow just like at most other places.

There are homeless cats that hang around tables when people are eating but they were well behaved and did not jump on tables or on people. I felt bad for the cats because there were a lot of jerks there that were trying to chase and kick the cats.

There are also peacocks in the park but they mostly stay out of the way.

The park features some houses that are made to look like the old times but they are very small and there isn't much to them as far as being able to learn about them.

The gold mine tour was pretty neat. It takes you down underground but only to the first level. It is the richest gold mine in the world and goes below sea level at the very bottom.

The provide a hard hat for each person and flashlight for every couple or single if you're alone. They will show you what the gold looks like in the rock and how difficult it was to mine the gold way back when. Our group was too big I thought because the guide was difficult to hear from the back even though he was speaking loudly. I think they need to limit their groups to about 15-20 people instead of 20-25.

Once up on the surface again we went into a small auditorium and were able to see how gold is poured. That part only lasted about 15 or 20 minutes. The whole tour is listed as lasting 2 hours but really the guided parts only took about an hour to an hour and 15 at the most. They may have been including the small house tours that are self guided on the brochure.

We took a helicopter tour of Johannesburg and Soweto with our friends. There is a maximum number of 4 people. The tour we took was the most expensive and was only R900 (about $100 and that was for all four of us). The Johannesburg part of the tour wasn't that good, we only flew over the outskirts of the city so that was disappointing. We did fly over and around Soweto which was really neat to see.

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“A really good value day out”
Reviewed May 11, 2009

Arrive early as the gold mine tour takes a total of 2 hours. To book the tour go to the right hand of the payment booths. The queue will be much smaller as all the locals are paying for the theme park only. Wear sensible shoes as the mine lift is the real thing and flip flops are not really suitable. After the mine visit scare yourself silly with the rides for the rest of the day. There are no fast passes so queueing is necessary. My kids felt this balanced the 'cultural' bit of Joburg really well.

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“Great little Theme Park”
Reviewed August 8, 2007

While on a tour from the Uk and staying at the Casino hotel we spent the day at the Theme Park in April this year.
Could not believe the entrance price which was cheap by our standards at £8 English pounds but because we were staying on site we got 50% off.

The price for a days admission in the UK would be a least £ 25.

We did the Mine tour which was really interesting and did some of the rides, Very few queue's that day as the park was not very busy but lots of school children all dressed alike and they were very well behaved.
All in all a great little attraction to just wander around, good little craft shops and good places to eat and drink.
We really enjoyed it as it was not busy so perhaps this review would not be the same at the height of the season.

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“Unbelievable Fun”
Reviewed May 6, 2007

This unlike any theme park that I have ever been to. The Tower of Terror is the best ride I have been to this far and the Anaconda, Miner's Revenge and Loop were great fun to. It is a little smaller than other theme parks that I have been to like Disney Land Paris but certainly has more to offer. The mine tour was also amzazing and there is so much to do for the kids. There is also a casino, where I disappointingly didn't win anything but it has a great set-up. Would love to visit again and it was a truly fantastic day at Gold Reef City

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“A Must Do in Joberg”
Reviewed September 22, 2006

We did the half day tour with Adventure Tours, getting picked up at our Sandton hotel at 12:30 and dropped at the Joberg Airport for our evening flight at 6:00pm. For any tourist activities in Joberg, and I imagine in S. Africa, it is a much better deal to do a package day tour than to hire a taxi as the tours include all admission fees and such. I was somewhat skeptical of the Gold Reef City tour as it is essentially an amusement park built upon the site of an old mine but our package tour included a guided tour of the park and underground mine (fantastic) by an experienced and very enthusiastic tour guide. If you do the full day tour you'll spend some time in the Apartheid Museum co-located next to the park. Highly recommended, the underground mine tour (300 m underground) through the actual gold mine was worth the day tour alone.

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