Top 6 Theme Parks And Amusement Parks In Johannesburg, South Africa - Updated 2024

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Being one of the youngest of the world’s major cities, Johannesburg in South Africa has a lot to offer. This city is also the biggest city in South Africa and it was home to famous figures in the world like Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela. The former residence of Mandela has now become the Mandela House museum, a famous tourist spot located in the city’s township, Soweto. This city is also known locally as Jozi, a hip-happening city of culture, shopping, and outdoor adventures. But aside from the famous museums that this city offers, it also boasts several theme and amusement parks. If you are visiting any time soon, then we suggest spending a day or two to explore the full glory of Johannesburg. Of course, there are plenty of boutique hotels and Vrbo vacation rentals to accommodate you. Check out our guide to the theme parks and amusement parks in Johannesburg, South Africa, and experience one or all of these impressive spots for relaxation, adventure, and tons of fun.

1. Bertrams Park

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Bertrams Park is one of the most fun parks in Johannesburg. It boasts of having a rubber surfaced netball field, a side soccer pitch, and a basketball court, so pick one and break a sweat. Take the kids away from their gadgets and let them experience old-fashion fun as they slide, hop and run around. Its two playgrounds for the children will guarantee hours of fun. Another thing that is fascinating about Bertrams is that it has a whole community supporting its development and maintenance. Roam around and inhale South African art as the park features sculptures, graffiti, and mosaic works by the residents themselves. After hours of enjoyment, the whole family can then go to one of the kid-friendly restaurants in the area.

Bertrams Park

Address: Derby Rd, Bertrams, Johannesburg, 2094, South Africa

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Price: Free

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2. Gold Reef City Theme Park (from USD 110.0)

Adventures you seek, great adventures you’ll find at the Gold Reef City Theme Park, which is oftentimes regarded as one of the best parks in Johannesburg. This adrenaline-charged theme park has 18 thrill rides for that surge of adrenaline rush and 13 family-friendly rides for your kiddos. There is even the Jump City Trampoline Park for a truly amazing time. If you are looking for a unique experience, then take a tour of the only authentic underground mine in Johannesburg! Get ready to go down 75 meters (246 ft) underground and witness how to pan for gold. It also has a wide variety of food choices with its 12 dining options. You can even shop in one of its seven retail stores. With its proximity to a hotel-casino and Victorian train-station-themed cinema complex, a visit to Gold Reef City Theme Park is a must!

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Full-Day Soweto, Gold Reef City and Johannesburg Tour

Duration: 5 to 6 hours

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3. Santarama Miniland

Santarama Miniland
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Are you an architectural buff and would want to visit all of South Africa’s historical buildings but you only have a day or two to spare? Then come and visit Santarama-Miniland! Take a peek at the South African architecture in miniature form! You can even learn a bit of history while you explore the miniature Van Riebeeks’s Dromadaris. (Van Riebbek was onboard the Dromadaris when he first discovered Cape Town). After which, challenge yourself or a friend in a round of mini-golf or roam the place aboard the mini-trains. You can also go boating on a mini ferry. You may also celebrate your kids’ parties at the Kid Kazoo, which is an indoor playground. What’s more amazing is that the proceeds from the park help in fighting tuberculosis in South Africa, so you will not only have fun but also contribute to a greater cause.

Santarama Miniland

Address: 183 Rosettenville Road, 2001 Glenesk, Johannesburg, Gauteng South Africa

Website: Santarama Miniland

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (daily)

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4. Acrobranch Melrose

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

If you are looking for a different kind of escapade then go on an exciting aerial adventure at Acrobranch Melrose. They have ziplines, Tarzan swings, aerial bridges and fun obstacles for you and the kids. The activities are age-appropriate and will surely develop you and your kids’ motor skills, balance and self-confidence. Be assured of safety as each activity or obstacle course is manned by qualified guides. If you want a more challenging experience then attempt their Acrobungy, a high-flying course. Bring the whole family or the whole team for a whole day of adventure and team-building fun. There’s no need to worry about food because a restaurant is available, or you may pack goodies and find a perfect picnic spot. Just a quick tip though; this is a cash-free zone so book online and pay in advance for your tickets.

Acrobranch Melrose

Address: James and Ethel Grey Park, Melrose St, Birdhaven, Johannesburg, 2196, South Africa

Website: Acrobranch Melrose

Opening hours: Wed - Sun: 9am - 6pm (closed on Mon & Tue)

Price: 11.4 USD

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My name is Thabang Molefe, Director/ Owner of Tsalanang Travel & Tours. I’m a qualified National Tourist Guide in South Africa, born and breast fed in Johannesburg. I have worked in the sports & events industry where I discovered my passion for traveling, and later worked with some of the TOP destination management/operators in South Africa. I love meeting people, and exchangin... Read more

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5. Wild Waters-Boksburg

If you are looking to escape from the scorching hot sun then make a splash at Wild Waters-Boksburg. This water park in Johannesburg features not only waterslides & wave pools but it also has great picnic areas for family bonding, and a café serving sumptuous dishes. Whether you are up for some active time or some downtime, the park can cater to your needs. Its main water attractions include the raging rapids, a wave pool, and for that truly unforgettable ride, the Kamikaze Slide. But if you are not up to it and you just want to chill, then don’t fret because there are regular swimming pools with access to braai (barbecue) stations. You may also opt to pack a picnic basket, bring a book and find a cosy place within the park for some quality time.

Wild Waters-Boksburg

Address: 1 Margaret Ave, Bardene, Boksburg, 1459, South Africa

Website: Wild Waters-Boksburg

Opening hours: 10am - 5pm (daily)

Price: 6 USD (2 - 7 years old); 12 USD (8 years old and above)

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6. Pines Resort

Editor's Note: Photo taken from the establishment's official social account

Posted by Pines Resort on Thursday, March 21, 2019

On a hot summer’s day, the best way to enjoy family time is by swimming in wide swimming pools with splash pads and sliding on numerous water slides. Both adults and kids will surely have a great time doing these water activities while enjoying a great view of nature. Aside from the mentioned things to do, Pines Resort also offers several events such as Heritage Day and also the National Braai Day. You are allowed to bring your own food and beverages. Several picnic areas are available in the resort if you want to just chill and unwind. They also have a tuck shop where you can select a wide variety of food and beverage. This is indeed a great place to visit with fun-packed adventure and relaxation options.

Pines Resort

Address: 2 Ivan Smuts Ave, Silverfields, Krugersdorp, 1739, South Africa

Website: Pines Resort

Opening hours: Sat - Sun: 9am - 5pm (closed on Mon & Fri)

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Have fun at the best theme and adventure parks in Johannesburg

Amusement parks in Johannesburg are abundant, which is why many tourists love visiting this city. Get ready to get a feel of the warm, exciting vibe that this wondrous city has to offer and hold on tight to your seats as you gear up for the best of time in Jozi! Just don’t forget to check out the best hotels and Airbnb vacation rentals for your accommodation needs.

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