Gold Reef City is South Africa’s Most Unique Theme Park

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Theme parks come in many different shapes and forms, but many of them still offer a pretty similar experience. That’s not the case with Gold Reef City—Johannesburg’s top theme park that comes with one of the most amazing backstories you’ll ever hear.

Gold Reef City was built to mimic the way this area looked in the late 19th century, during the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand. The park was actually built on the grounds of an old gold mine, which ceased operations in 1971.

Gold Reef City is mostly considered a family-friendly attraction, like the majority of theme parks, but some of the rides are pretty intense, and a real thrill for adrenaline-seekers. In addition to roller coasters, this theme park also offers water rides and an interactive museum where you can explore the history of the gold rush in South Africa.

In addition to countless dining options, Gold Reef City is also home to a casino and a beautiful theater with a retro feel.

Working hours differ for different attractions, but the actual theme park is open on Sundays and Saturdays between 9:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.. It’s located in close proximity to the Apartheid Museum, south of Johannesburg’s central business district.