Johannesburg isn’t the first place that people think of when someone mentions thrilling amusement parks—but maybe it should be. Gold Reef City is one of the most underrated theme parks in the world and comes with an interesting backstory.
Gold Reef City opened its doors in the early 70s after an old gold mine located underneath closed its doors. As its name suggests, the entire park is themed around the gold rush which kicked off in 1886, and it was designed to mimic that same time period.
If you’re in the mood to learn more about the history of the gold rush in South Africa, there’s a museum on the premises, but it’s not Gold Reef City’s main attraction. This amusement park is home to some of the most thrilling rides that can’t be found anywhere else in the world.
Gold Reef City is a popular family-friendly destination, but some of its rides are a great fit for adrenaline-seekers who enjoy wild twists and turns. There are also a lavish casino and a Victorian train station themed theater on the premises.