One of southern Africa's biggest and best theme parks, with rides and attractions for all ages. Extreme rides like the Anaconda, Jozi Express and Tower of Terror are for the brave and then there's Gold Reef City's newest ride, Storm Chaser. This ride comes with a '10/10 Fear Factor' rating (the highest rating in the park) and is designed to replicate the experience of being trapped inside the eye of a storm. You'll be swirling around at great speeds, getting ever higher into the sky while the ride flips up and down, throwing you sideways and upside down. After trying it out ourselves, we can confirm it is pretty terrifying. Definitely one for the dedicated adrenaline junkies.
If you are here with little kids on the other hand, for something a little slower there’s the option of a gentle train ride around the park with a soft-serve ice cream in hand or learn about the city's early history by touring the recreated gold rush mining village, try your hand at gold panning or take a trip underground to visit a disused mine shaft within the theme park. There are also lots of other kid-friendly rides and attractions, plus the 4D Theatre experience, and a full-on trampoline park, Jump City.
The Gold Reef City theme park is one of the stops on the City Sightseeing bus tour.
GOLD REEF CITY THEME PARK ENTRANCE AND TICKETS
Gold Reef City has one-price-fits-all ticketing of a flat R250 for all entrants. Tickets must be booked online and will not be available for purchase at the gate.
Note that if it is your birthday you are eligible for free entrance. You must come on the day of your birthday and bring proof (such as your ID book) that it is indeed your birthday on that exact day. If your birthday falls on a day when the park is closed you can come on the Sunday before.
OPEN HOURS: The Gold Reef City theme park is open Fri, Sat and Sun 09:30–17:00, and on public holidays (except Christmas Day). Note the park also opens mid-week during school holidays (make sure to check online beforehand as these special opening days are often subject to change)