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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