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Corner of Northern Parkway and Data Crescent

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Amusement Parks Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend
3.4scorecard
  • 3.0Value
  • 4.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

For a bit of heart-pounding fun, families cannot pass up an opportunity to explore Gold Reef City. Influenced by the region's prominent gold mining industry, this Jozi amusement park includes attractions like Tower of Terror (a former gold mine head converted into a freefall ride), Jozi Express (a rollercoaster with sweeping city views and several mine dump drop-offs) and Anaconda (a high-speed coaster ideal for adrenaline junkies). A kids section, multiple water rides and tamer experiences like gold panning and mine tours are also offered.

While some past visitors said the park is merely a wannabe Disney World, others argued Gold Reef City offers plenty of fun for adults and kids of all ages. Additionally, many of the food offerings receive high praise. But if you aren't a fan of long wait times for rides, avoid the park during the holidays. Instead, consider visiting during the offseason on a Wednesday or Thursday when local students are in school.

Situated near the Apartheid Museum, Gold Reef City is open Wednesday to Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. However, should a public holiday (except Christmas Day) fall on a Monday or Tuesday, the park will open for its usual hours. There is a lot available for parking for 10 rand ($1) per vehicle. Gold Reef City can also be accessed by taking a Red City Tour. Park entrance prices start at 110 rand ($7) for nonrider tickets – which provide access to experiences and children's rides only – and cost up to 185 rand ($12) per person for thrill rider tickets, which include all rides and experiences. Discounts are available for riders shorter than 4.3 feet, students with a valid ID and adults 60 and older. For even more savings, consider the family package, which includes tickets for two adults and two children shorter than 4.3 feet for 485 rand ($30).

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