Gold Reef City Casino Review

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gold-reef-city-screenshotProvince : Gauteng
Address : Cnr Data Crescent & Northern Parkway, Ormonde, Joburg
Phone : +27 11 248-5000
Fax : +27 11 248-5100
Email :
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Directions From OR Tambo International Airport

Take the R24 lane towards JHB. Take the N3 Germiston lane. Take the M2 West lane. Take the Bloemfontein lane onto the M1 South. Keep in the Bloemfontein lane, till you get Booysens exit. Take Booysens exit and follow the signs to Gold Reef City.


The famous South African Gold Reef City, part of the Tsogo Sun gambling group, is an amusement and entertainment complex located just eight kilometers from the heart of Johannesburg. The complex has attractive features with a unique and classy theme park with all types of attractions from Africa. Many, however, believe that the most attractive aspect thing about Gold Reef City is its exhilarating casino.

The casino is located at the gateway of the South, 20 minutes’ drive from OR Tambo International Airport. This makes the complex more accessible to both local and international visitors.

Working with is slogan of ‘Pure Jozi, Pure Gold’ the casino hits the nail on the head when it comes to pure energy and entertainment, encompassing the spirit of one of South African’s most vibrant cities. The casino promises an “unforgettable experience”, and welcomes thousands of guests through its impressive front entrances each year.

The Casino

Gold Reef City’s Casino runs for 24 hours a day and seven days a week. The staff are committed to remarkable standards of service and are efficient and friendly. Everyone’s needs are catered for, whether through top customer support or the range of games on offer. Boasting over 1600 slot machines that operate with denominations ranging from 1c to R100, Gold Reef Casino offers a coinless environment and convenient Smart Gaming.

Barney’s Smoking provides a fantastic atmosphere with 570 machines to choose from, including top video games such as Wizard of Oz slot, Sky Heroes slot, Mermaid Spell slot, Prosperity slot and Inca Fortune slot. The casino is big on feedback and will constantly take notes about what players enjoy and what they don’t.

The non smoking area offers table games such as blackjack and roulette multi stations, while the smoking area also includes roulette and Monopoly. Gold Reef City’s unique “up to 99% payback” policy on its stand alone progressive jackpot machines boasts some of the highest percentages across the entire country. Another unique feature at Gold Reef City Casino is its 3c slots.

In addition to slots and table games, Gold Reef City Casino also carries Video Poker – a game which has a low house edge. Table games at Gold Reef City include Baccarat, Roulette and Blackjack, the latter allowing table denominations of between R10 and R500.

Restaurant and bar

When it comes to dining options, Gold Reef Casino offers a variety of restaurants to suit all taste buds, whether for breakfast, lunch, dinner or cocktails. The casino has multiple options for players, including the Back O’ the Moon restaurant, the Boston BBQ buffet and family restaurant, Maestro family restaurant, News Café restaurant and cocktail bar, Ocean Basket Seafood Restaurant and The Pavilion Coffee House. There are also other dining options in the greater theme park, including Barneys, Dig Inn, Mugg and Bean and Wimpy.


There are two main hotels at Gold Reef City – the Southern Sun Gold Reef City and the Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel. The Southern Sun’s imposing lobby takes players back to bygone years where service and elegance were paramount. The four star hotel has 38 beautifully decorated rooms, located only 10 minutes away from the Johannesburg CBD and half an hour from the airport.

The Gold Reef City Theme Park Hotel is another four star establishment which caters to families, tourists and business travelers alike. The hotel boasts modern conference facilities, exclusive restaurants and bars, swimming pools and more.

Entertainment Facilities

The Lyric Theater at Gold Reef City hosts large Broadway shows, musicals and more, while the Globe Theater offers a smaller and cozier location for shows and jazz. Kids enjoy the Magic Company for a wide range of amusement activities, while a crèche will keep younger ones entertained.

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