Golden Horse Casino Review

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golden-horse-casino-screenshot2Province : KwaZulu-Natal
Address : 45 New England Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg
Phone : +27 33-395-8000
Fax : +27 33-395-8100
Email :
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Directions From Pietermaritzburg (Oribi) Airport

  • Head northwest on Pharazyn Way toward Oribi Rd 450 m

  • Turn right onto Oribi Rd 2.1 km

  • Continue onto King Edward Ave 1.4 km

  • Continue straight onto Milborrow Rd, Destination will be on the left 110 m


Situated just 40 minutes from Durban and five minutes from the Pietermaritzburg airport, the Golden Horse Casino is considered one of the region’s most attractive and entertaining casino complexes. The Golden Horse offers everything from casino gaming to live events, from dining options to night life and top family entertainment. The complex serves as a cultural hub for the Kwa Zulu-Natal area, hosting live annual events such as the Annual Festival of Lights.

The cool 60’s theme is given a new lease of life at The Golden Horse Casino, which is decorated in vibrant colours and glam features. Part of the Tsogo Sun group, The Golden Horse Casino is committed to high standards of gaming and service, and carries Silver Heritage Certification.

The Casino

The casino floor at The Golden Horse Casino is vast, boasting over 450 slot machines which include video slots, reel slots, poker slots and slots roulette. The games are attractive to all levels of players, with denominations ranging from 1c to R50 a machine. Slot machines can be found across the casino, including in smoking and non-smoking areas, as well as the Prive Rosewoods Room. The slot machines are part of the Smart Card Gaming system which allows hassle free play.

The Golden Horse Casino is also home to a number of table games, including seven blackjack tables, with minimum bets of R25; poker with minimum bets of R25 and maximum of R250; European Roulette with various minimum bets, using the state of the art Electronic Multiplay Roulette table for enhanced entertainment; and no commission baccarat.

The Rosewoods Room is open to top players who are offered European Roulette and Blackjack tables with higher than usual minimums and where personalised and exclusive service is available.

Restaurant and bar

The Golden Horse Casino is home to some of the best eateries in town, from Asian food to top seafood. Some of the brands available at the complex include Asian Fusion, Cosmic Candy (sweets and snacks), Galito’s (flame grilled chicken), John Dory’s (seafood), Rockafellas (themed restaurant) and Scoops for ice cream. The Diamond Lounge offers elegant night life and cocktails, while Veritas is a high tempo restaurant, cocktail bar and nightclub.


Two main hotels service visitors to The Golden Horse Casino. The first is the super comfortable Golden Horse Hotel, with 96 contemporary rooms and a presidential suite. The hotel is strategically situated near to the city center, the airport and the N3 highway, and overlooks the legendary Scottsville Racecourse. The second hotel is the StayEasy Pietermartizburg, located just six kilometers from the Golden Horse Casino, and which offers comfortable and affordable accommodation in a relaxed environment. The hotel offers 127 standard rooms and has all the amenities such as wireless internet access, conference facilities, chic décor and more.

Entertainment Facilities

Besides the dining and night life options available to visitors of The Golden Horse Casino, the resort offers a variety of entertainment events on the gaming floor six times a month.

The Scottsville Race Course is just a stone throw away, while the Golden Horse Driving Range offers top quality golfing entertainment. The Golden Horse Casino also hosts comedy shows, food festivals and lots more throughout the year.

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