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Gold Reef City is an amusement park in Johannesburg, South Africa. Located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971, the park is themed around the gold rush that started in 1886 on the Witwatersrand. Park staff wear period costumes of the 1880s, and the buildings on the park are designed to mimic the same period. There is a museum dedicated to gold mining on the grounds where it is possible to see a gold-containing ore vein and see how real gold is poured into barrels.


There are many attractions at Gold Reef City, including water rides and roller coasters. The live shows of Idols South Africa are filmed live in the “Hippodrome”, a large auditorium based in the park. Gold Reef City is located to the south of the Central Business District off of the M1. It is also the site of the Apartheid Museum

discoverthisbeautifulcity Places you need to see

Ten years to the day after his release on 11 February 1990, the Nelson Mandela Museum opened its doors. Nelson Mandela insisted it was not just to be a static collection and tribute to him, but a living memorial to his values and vision. It was to inspire and enrich all who visit it, serve as a catalyst for development and should share the heritage resources linked to him.

The Department of Arts and Culture took his words to heart and pledged funding for the Nelson Mandela Museum as part of its series of national legacy projects that honour South AfricaÂ’s liberation heroes.

The Nelson Mandela Museum is more than a place; it is an experience that allows visitors to follow the footprints of a man whose long walk to freedom began in the foothills that rise from the banks of the Mbhashe River. His journey took him back to the village of Qunu where he put down roots and grew tall and strong. The young man listened to and learned from his elders, moved by their stories of battles for their land

City Sightseeing open-top bus tours in Johannesburg are a great way to see the City of Gold. You can hop on and hop off at any one of 12 interesting stops and then continue your tour when and where you feel like it.

Although all the stops are very worthwhile, there are some that are absolute musts for visitors.

From the Top of Africa you’ll get stunning panoramic views of Johannesburg and beyond. The spacious wraparound viewing deck is on the top floor of the 50-storey, 223m-high Carlton Centre, Africa’s highest building.

If vintage cars and land transport vehicles of all types are your thing, then you’ll be fascinated by the James Hall Museum of Transport, showcasing historic vehicles from ox-wagons, horse-drawn carriages, trams, trolleys and steam trains to Johannesburg’s very first car a sexy green 1900 Clement-Panhard.

You all be poignantly reminded of South Africa’s oppressive and turbulent past at the Apartheid Museum, where youÂ’ll be taken on an emotional roller coaster ride through the oppressive state-sanctioned system, and the bitter struggle to overthrow it.

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