Gold Reef City
Gold Reef City ranks among the city’s most popular attractions, particularly the theme park portion. Each attraction within the complex is ticketed separately, and theme park goers have a few options for admission.
Families traveling with younger kids can opt for a Kiddies pass, which grants access to the park’s kid rides and attractions. Those looking for a thrill should go for the Thrill Rider ticket, which unlocks rides with height restrictions as well. There’s also a Non-Rider ticket for visitors who’d like to enjoy the park with friends or family without getting on any rides.
Things to know before you go
- Gold Reef City is a popular attraction for families and thrill seekers.
- Don’t forget to bring sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat.
- Gold Reef City is wheelchair accessible, though some of the rides are inaccessible due to operating requirements.
How to get there
Gold Reef City is set in southern Johannesburg. It can be reached by car along the Villiers Graaff Motorway. It’s also a stop on the city’s hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus—a convenient option for travelers without a rental car.
When to get there
The best time to visit Gold Reef City depends on what you want to do. The casino is always open, while the theme park is open Thursday through Sunday all year. In March, check the hours before you go as the timings vary due to the school holidays. For the best weather and sparse crowds, plan to visit during the shoulder seasons (April to May and September to November).
The Apartheid Museum
Visitors to Gold Reef City should plan to stop at the neighboring Apartheid Museum, a sobering attraction that tells the story of this dark time in history from the pre-apartheid era through to Nelson Mandela’s release after 27 years in prison.
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