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Title: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: Firecoast on November 28, 2018, 08:41:34 am
Greetings!

Has anyone been there lately? Is it still a good place to take kids?

I have been once or twice, the latest in 2004 and even then some of the rides were closed to maintenance.

Don't want to trek all the way there, just to have it be another Ratanga!



Oh, and is there decent accommodation close by! (And no, not interested in staying in the park as the prices are ridiculous)... happy to travel a bit.
Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: Beebop on November 28, 2018, 08:44:55 am
My son was there in Jan, and was quite happy. Just avoid weekends and public holidays
Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: Ganjora on November 28, 2018, 08:57:52 am
was there is june for my daughter's birthday.
she had a lovely time.
Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: Kaboef on November 28, 2018, 09:49:17 am
I am also pulling in here.

I am taking my two buys (6, 9 years) to see Guns N Roses tomorrow night, and on Friday we want to sightsee before flying back on Saturday morning.

I also looked at Gold Reef City, as well as the reptile park.


Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: shark_za on November 28, 2018, 09:54:37 am
Don't want to trek all the way there, just to have it be another Ratanga!


My kids have been there 2-3 times this year, always have fun.
Its very much like Ratanga; from what I recall of it. What is wrong with Ratanga that makes you not want to go?

Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: Firecoast on November 28, 2018, 10:16:16 am
Don't want to trek all the way there, just to have it be another Ratanga!


My kids have been there 2-3 times this year, always have fun.
Its very much like Ratanga; from what I recall of it. What is wrong with Ratanga that makes you not want to go?

We were there about 3 years ago. Place was quite rundown, half the shops open and most of the rides had been taken down to make room for office blocks and parking lots. Wasn't exceptionally good value for money.
Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: Kaboef on November 28, 2018, 10:52:00 am
What is wrong with Ratanga that makes you not want to go?

It's in Century City.

The horror
The horror......
Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: shark_za on November 28, 2018, 10:52:20 am
Ok the GRC rides are quite well maintained, only one is usually down at a time for maintenance.
Even got a new ride this year, so its current.   Anaconda , Jozi Express and Golden Loop are classics
 
Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: Ama ride ride on November 28, 2018, 10:57:22 am


I am taking my two buys (6, 9 years) to see Guns N Roses

Fark ou........jys cool verby O0
Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: Welsh on November 28, 2018, 11:05:42 am
Don't want to trek all the way there, just to have it be another Ratanga!


My kids have been there 2-3 times this year, always have fun.
Its very much like Ratanga; from what I recall of it. What is wrong with Ratanga that makes you not want to go?

Ratanga is closing from memory.  8)
Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: Coxwain on November 28, 2018, 11:27:36 am
Ratanga is closed  :'( :'( :'(
Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: JohnB on November 28, 2018, 12:38:36 pm
Gold reef is a jol.

Buy the tickets online and avoid a longish que

Get yourselves a card and enjoy discount https://www.tsogosun.com/tsogo-sun-rewards-programme   

 
Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: TriBaldy on November 28, 2018, 02:32:12 pm
I was there around 2 years ago & swore I'd never go back. Dozens of 'clients' throwing rocks into queuing crowds & screaming "this is how we fight" & other nonsense... after 15 minutes security arrived & looked around dumbly not knowing what to do or where to go... They eventually took 2 people to the security office & ignored scores of others involved... many still holding half bricks & making threats.

Cant even remember the entrance fee but after 3 hours in a queue we managed only a single ride & left to clean up scrapes and bruises picked up in said queue.

Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: Firecoast on November 28, 2018, 03:04:01 pm
I was there around 2 years ago & swore I'd never go back. Dozens of 'clients' throwing rocks into queuing crowds & screaming "this is how we fight" & other nonsense... after 15 minutes security arrived & looked around dumbly not knowing what to do or where to go... They eventually took 2 people to the security office & ignored scores of others involved... many still holding half bricks & making threats.

Cant even remember the entrance fee but after 3 hours in a queue we managed only a single ride & left to clean up scrapes and bruises picked up in said queue.

It never seizes to amaze me how they just seem to carry it around with them!
Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: Wooly Bugger on November 29, 2018, 09:02:07 am
Why do you want to go there?
Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: sidetrack on November 29, 2018, 10:00:28 am
Another option is the animal park at Monte Casino, in a better part of town at least
Title: Re: Gold Reef City - Question
Post by: Ganjora on November 29, 2018, 10:02:01 am
Another option is the animal park at Monte Casino, in a better part of town at least

excellent option,  and really close to my house.
you can pop in for a splif.
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