South Africa is home to the best casinos on the continent, and the fun isn’t just to be had on the casino floors – there’s plenty more to experience at these amazing complexes. From waterparks to theme parks, light shows, and feeling like you’re being transported to another country, there’s something to appeal to everyone. Adults only or kid friendly? The choice is all yours.
So if you want an amazing experience, alongside the chance to hit up a great casino, read through our list and pick your next gambling destination. We trawled through the top 10 rated destinations by YeboYesCaasino,
a top rated guide for both online casinos and land based casinos, to find what we consider the most popular attractions.
Valley of Waves at Sun City Resort, Sun City
For the coolest waterpark in South Africa, there’s no going past the Valley of Waves. The waterpark is designed around its main focal point, the Roaring Lagoon, a huge 6500m squared wave pool where the waves can be set to up to 2m high! It’s designed like a big, beautiful beach and is surrounded by “rocky outcrops”.
The park also features a thrilling series of waterslides, including the Temple of Courage which boasts a 17m drop, two twisting tube slides, two body slides, waterfalls, as well as the Lazy River for idling down – in a tube – at a leisurely pace.
If you’re an adult looking to escape sans kids, head to The Royal Baths for an adults-only swimming pool and get stuck into the cocktails.
A taste of Italy at the piazza at Montecasino,
Step into Italy in the Piazza, and feel yourself transported to Europe’s top foodie destination. Modelled after a true Italian piazza, this breezy, open court features 6 different restaurants with plenty of romantic outdoor eating space (al fresco dining) and traditional Italian-style restaurants in the form of Ciao Baby Cuchina and Col’Cacchio, a pizzeria. Music and other events are held in the space, so provide a lively atmosphere when the timing is right.
If you’re looking for a little slice of Italy without the hefty price tag of the air-fare, then head to the Piazza at Montecasino.
Golf at Graceland, Mpumalanga
Love a swing on the green? You’re going to be enamoured with a round at Graceland. This carefully designed golf course, by Gary Player no less, is an 18-hole championship affair, boasting undulating holes, water hazards, bunkers, and gloriously manicured fairways. 2 streams meander across no less than 7 of the holes on the course, making it a natural delight.
The course’s signature hole is the 15th, which is a tricky little short playing hole with par 3. The course also features a Pro Shop and buckets of beverages to enjoy while you play. If you have the golfing bug, then hit the course at Graceland during the day then make your way to the tables at the casino in the evening, for a little more hot competition.
ESports ahoy at Orena at Nu Metro, Emperor’s
Love online gaming? You’re going to love the Orena gaming lounge at the Emperor’s Palace. This awesome new lounge gives players access to a state-of-the-art LAN arena where you can indulge in tournaments or casual play in games like Fortnite, Call of Duty, Dragonball FighterZ, plus heaps more.
If you’re sick of playing casino games and want some league play, then it’s time to hit Orena. Visit the Orena website for more about featured tournaments, ladders, and to sign up to play!
Lake Spectacular light show at Boardwalk Casino,
There’s something just so impressive about a water and light show, which has been proven to be a grand attraction at locations all around the world. Last year, the Boardwalk Casino introduced a water and light
fountain show (dubbed ‘Lake Spectacular’) over their impressive lagoon.
The lagoon comes alive at night with thousands of lights and hundreds of stunning fountains, a spectacle to behold for those that manage to catch it. Don’t miss the show; it runs at 7pm, 8pm, and 9pm on Fridays, Saturdays, and public holidays, and 7pm and 8pm all other days, depending on the weather.
Experience grand events under the Big Top Arena
at Carnival City, Gauteng
If you’re looking for a carnival-like atmosphere, then the Big Top Area at Carnival City delivers. This venue, at the Sun International in Gauteng, is styled like a grand circus, and hosts various events from conferences to sporting matches and concerts.
The Big Top Arena has played host to big names like Chris Rock, The Great Moscow Circus, and James Blunt, among others. For more info in what’s coming up soon in this amazing space head to the Events page at Carnival City.
Gold Reef City Theme Park, Johannesburg
What’s your take on rollercoasters? River rapid rides? 4D movies? Giant swings? If you want full theme park action, then head to Gold Reef City for one of SA’s biggest theme parks with rides and attractions to suit all ages. And because it’s gold rush themed, you’ll get cool things for the kids to do like panning for gold, the true mine experience, and the Crush Museum where you’ll learn all about how the miners themselves lived back in the 1900s.
The park features 16 thrill rides, and 14 child-friendly rides, along with plenty of other attractions like putt putt and the Jump City trampoline park, plus dining and shopping opportunities to complete the full experience.
The theme park is only open from Wednesday to Sunday, except public holidays.
You can purchase tickets to the theme park online via the Gold Reef City website.