Gold Reef City - Johannesburg
Just 8 kilometres from the centre of Johannesburg lies the world famous yet uniquely South African Gold Reef City. With its fully furnished miners houses, museum exhibits and the various gold mining artifacts; Gold Reef City is designed to be an authentic reproduction of Johannesburg in the years of the gold pioneers. A train circles the park enabling a quick perusal of the facilities.
Gold Reef City is ideally situated with Johannesburg's business district just 10 minutes away, Sandton City a comfortable 20 minutes drive, OR Tambo International Airport 20 minutes away and easy access onto the national highways' network.
There are many shops all of which are decorated in the "old" style of "brookie lace," with pressed ceilings. There is a "turn of the Century" Hotel where the style of the era is reproduced and the same "old" feel extends to the costumes of the staff as well as the style of restaurants and bars.
A popular attraction is the Gold Reef City Tribal Dancers who perform twice daily during the week, and three times daily at weekends. In addition to these appearances certain members perform the popular Gum Boot Dance and give a Marimba Show.
The park is built around the number 14 shaft of The Crown Mines. This shaft held the world shaft sinking record in 1969 when the sinking team drilled and blasted 77.5 meters through quartzite in 30 days. Gold Reef City offers visitors the opportunity to take a ride down this famous shaft. Every day a Gold Pour demonstration is held where a gold bar is smelted in an "arc" furnace and then cast into a bullion bar.
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