Just five kilometres to the south-west of downtown Johannesburg is Gold Reef City (where the Apartheid Museum is also found).
Gold Reef City is a tribute to what made the prosperity of the city: the ‘gold reef', a vein of gold that extends from east to west, just south of the city, of which remains are still visible. The park takes you to the Johannesburg of early 1900s, to the days of the gold diggers. This theme park is built around a real mineshaft, 2,393 metres deep, that produced over 1,400 tonnes of gold before its closure in 1971. The guided tour takes you 220 metres underground and reveals the working conditions of miners in the tunnels, where there was stifling heat and a lack of oxygen.
On the surface, a mining camp lets you witness the processing of this precious bullion.
Gold Reef City
Northern Parkway & Data Crescent
+27 (0)11 678 3905