Best Attraction at Gauteng Casinos This Winter

The casino industry in South Africa has been booming over the past few years.

More and more players are getting to play their favorite games at land-based casinos and even online in South Africa.

While the online casinos have been hogging the limelight for quite a while with their fantastic offerings, the land-based casinos are still ruling the roost in terms of the sheer luxury and ambience and of course, a fantastic and holistic experience.

When you are in Gauteng especially you will want to put aside the lure of playing at an online casino from the comfort of your hotel room and instead venture out to explore some of the amazing casinos there.

Especially during winter you will find some interesting action.

You could go to Emerald Casino in Vanderbiljpark, or you could just check into the resort casino complex that is Emperor’s Palace Hotel Casino Convention Entertainment Resort.

There are other places to visit as well, including Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World and Gold Reef City to name a few.

Winter is a great time to visit and there are some interesting things to do when you are there.

In this article we take a look at what these casinos have to offer.

Attractions at Emperors Palace Casino

The name says it all: Emperors Palace casino is designed to make you feel like an emperor.

This massive resort complex has 4 exotic hotels where you can book yourself into when you visit Gauteng.

If you are someone who loves taking care of yourself there is an amazing health and beauty spa that you can visit for some amazing personal care.

Gaming is a given at the casino at Emperors Palace.

There are all the usual offerings, and the differentiators like low and minimal bets at the tables and also on the slots, from 1c up to R500.

There are demarcated smoking and non-smoking sections to ensure everyone has a place to relax when they are here.

There are exclusive games like Blackjack 11s and Double Spin to try out.

The games include 22 progressive jackpots with minimal bets of various denominations, including as low as R0.01.

There are some exclusive prive areas and the main casino area with 850 slot machines and 24 access, among other things.

There are also semi-private areas where you can spend time if you like.


It’s just so beautiful and the casino inside even more so.

If you are a lover of the arts and entertainment you must visit Theater of Marcellus at Emperors Palace.

This is a theater with a 17-tiered auditorium that has probably one of the best ambiences and seating arrangements in all of South Africa.

This place has been the venue of music concerts, musicals and plays by some of the most well-known names in the business from across the world.

The atmosphere here is electric thanks to a renovation program that came at a cost of a hefty R6,000,000.

Another spectacular venue at Emperors Palace is The Barnyard Theatre.

This is a great place to get your family for an evening of fun, laughter, entertainment and good times.

The Theatre has a seating capacity of 400 and comes with a well-stocked cash bar along with a coffee joint.

There is good food to be had as well here.

Just a little distance away from the 29 conferencing venues at Emperors Palace is Codesa Walkway.

This is literally a chance to walk through South Africa’s history.

The CODESA (Convention for a Democratic South Africa) has a very significant place in the history of South Africa: this was where negotiations for a proper political settlement in South Africa started off in 1991.

Another venue for some exceptional winter shows and social events at the Emperors Palace is Red Roman Shed. The place has the rustic look and feel of the Roman barracks from those ancient times and is the perfect backdrop for some really modern and urban events including bespoke exhibitions, musicals and more.

For those with a flair for sophisticated entertainment there is Marc Antony’s Cigar Lounge.

There are some fine wines, excellent whiskeys and cognacs and some of the most outstanding cigars in the whole world for you to get a taste of at the Cigar Lounge.

There are also local and international craft beers and some splendid cocktails.

If you love good food you will enjoy your time at Emperors Palace.

The food section is spectacular, to say the least.

There are not one, not two, but 12 food joints of the highest caliber at Emperors Palace.

For an ultimate fine dining experience on par with some of the best in the world, simply step into Aurelia’s.

The cuisine is 5-star and the service impeccable.

There is great food, some of the finest wines, and a fantastic lounge where you can relax.

Spending Time at Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World

Another casino that you can visit with family for a truly fun and holistic experience is Carnival City Casino and Entertainment World.

This casino is part of the Sun International Group and has a whole lot of things for you to try out apart from the excellent range of games during the winter and, in fact, any time of the year.

This casino is considered the venue for some of the biggest events and entertainment activities to be organized on the East Rand.

This is the casino where some of the biggest names in the music industry over the past 5 to 6 decades have played and entertained audiences with their brilliant music.

Artistes who have graced the venues at Carnival City Casino include legends of the stature of Joe Cocker.

Other artistes who have performed here include James Blunt, The Pixies and India Arie.

Chris Rock too has done a show here.

The venue for the concerts and other musical events at Carnival City Casino is the Big Top Arena, a mind-blowing venue that can seat 500 people.

Apart from the Big Top Arena there is also Mardi Gras Theatre, the venue for exciting and rib-tickling comedy shows and also soul sessions.

The third venue here is the Show Bar, which is a great place for new acts to put themselves out.

If you are into sports and games there is boxing and other sports events to catch up on.

And for music lovers and party animals there is Phuza Karaoke Nights every Thursday till September 2018. For the ladies there is the National Women’s Day celebrations on 9th August 2018.

There are spaces for family entertainment events as well.

The Festival Lawns have hosted not just motorsport festivals but also circuses.

This is where kids have had a great time watching the acts of The Great Moscow Circus and the Aussie Circus.

The winter holidays for children are the perfect time to get them to Carnival City Casino.

There is a whole range of activities that the casino has planned for them.

These include arts and crafts events, balloon modelling, magic shows and more.

There are a variety of arts and crafts events as well through the winter.

These include making beaded key rings, decoupage on recycled glass, puppet shows, and more.

Another major draw for children is the Lazer Show, which requires them to move through a three-layered dark maze and hunt down opponents while ensuring they themselves don’t get hunted.

There is also ten-pin bowling and arcade games at Magic Company and also the Pocket Park for outdoor games.

And if you like movies, there is Carnival City Ster-Kinekor, a cool cinema complex.

So as you can see, there is plenty to do at the online casinos in Gauteng through the winter. And this all is apart from the casino gaming bit.

There is great food and a fantastic ambience to be a part of when you are there.