South Africa has long been a magnet for tourists looking to experience the unique majesty of attractions such as Cape Town, the Cape Winelands, and the many safari routes in the country. However, ZA’s numerous land-based casinos have become an increasingly popular draw for tourists in recent years, continuing to attract both offshore visitors and locals alike. Let’s examine a selection of the best land-based casino resorts currently operating in the Rainbow Nation.

Suncoast Casino Resort

Suncoast Casino

Suncoast Casino, Hotels & Entertainment is a sprawling complex conveniently located on the beautiful Golden Mile in Durban, in close proximity to the Kings Park Sporting Precinct. As one of the most acclaimed hotels and casinos in the Rainbow Nation, Suncoast offers a wealth of entertainment options via purpose-built venues, including Suncoast Cinecentre, The Globe at Suncoast, and The Barnyard Theatre. When it comes to casino gaming options, there’s something for every visitor – as well as a vast selection of more than 1800 slot machines, the casino also accommodates 71 table games, including:

  • roulette
  • baccarat
  • blackjack
  • poker varieties

Emperors Palace Casino Resort

Emperors Palace

Another well-established ZA premium venue is Emperors Palace, which is located a stone’s throw from OR Tambo International Airport in Kempton, north of bustling Johannesburg. This illustrious resort is a one-stop-shop for hotels and entertainment options, but the real draw comes in the form of its versatile gambling venue, The Emperors Palace Casino. Here you will find cashless gaming options (players can use the Winners Circle App to input funds) and a variety of slots and table games accessible for low-stakes minimum bets. With a wide range of more than 1600 slot machines and 69 tables on offer, visitors may choose to play in either private or semi-private gaming rooms, exclusive Privé areas, or the plush main casino area, where they may socialize with other guests.

Sun City Casino Resort

Sun City Resort

Sun City Resort has been touted as one of the most luxurious land-based casinos in South Africa, and it’s easy to see why. First opened back in 1979, Sun City Resort is home to two 18-hole golf courses, two luxury hotels (Cascades Hotel and the Palace of the Lost City), and the wonderful Sun City Casino, which hosts a variety of classic gaming options, including more than 40 table games and hundreds of top-quality slot machines. The venue is also famed for being located within one of the only surf-and-safari-friendly destinations within reach of Johannesburg, less than two hours drive from the city.

Time Square Casino Resort

Time Square Casino

Time Square Casino is conveniently located a stone’s throw from the National Library of South Africa, in the heart of downtown Pretoria. As the largest casino venue in the city, Time Square Casino provides an abundance of gambling options, including 55 tables and more than 1500 slot machines spread across two floors. The casino also hosts poker tournaments, bingo games and special prize draws that could see guests bag a lucrative win in the course of their visit to this premium Pretoria gaming venue.

Montecasino Resort


This luxurious Italian-themed venue could be another great choice of venue for visitors to Johannesburg, being conveniently located at Fourways. Montecasino is an award-winning gambling establishment that hosts a wealth of gaming options spread across two smoking casinos and one non-smoking casino. Here you’ll find an array of more than 1700 slot machines and 83 classic table games. Table varieties include blackjack, poker, dice, baccarat and American roulette, whereas the slots on offer are available in multiple denominations, including potentially lucrative progressive jackpots and multi-coin machines. If you feel like taking a break from the casino, feel free to enjoy the multiple entertainment options on offer, which include comedy venues, a wildlife park, spas, a cinema, and an in-house theatre.

Boardwalk Casino Port Elizabeth Resort

Boardwalk Casino Port Elizabeth

Generally regarded as the premier casino venue in the Port Elizabeth area, the Boardwalk Casino Port Elizabeth attracts plenty of visitors each year due to its extensive games selection and welcoming ambiance. As the only licensed gambling venue in Port Elizabeth (Gqeberha), the Boardwalk is trusted by both locals and tourists alike. As well as diverse casino gaming options, there is an array of luxurious bars and restaurants to enjoy, such as The Bayside Pantry, Kiplings Brasserie, and the Tshawe Bar.

Gold Reef City Casino Resort

Gold Reef City Casino & Theme Park

Gold Reef City Casino & Theme Park is another highly-rated South African casino situated in Johannesburg, where visitors can enjoy diverse entertainment options, including the famous theme park, the Apartheid Museum, and multiple bars and eateries. When it comes to casino gaming, there are almost 1,500 slot machines on offer, as well as a fine selection of 51 table games designed to suit the tastes of any casino player. Gold Reef City Casino hosts a variety of lucrative promotions for guests, including special offers for rewards cardholders. If you feel like gambling discretely during your visit, you can also make use of the Salon Privé for a private playing session.

Carnival City Casino Resort

Carnival City Casino

Carnival City Casino is a vibrant entertainment venue that’s situated to the west of Johannesburg in Boksburg, Gauteng. Carnival City is home to all sorts of family-friendly entertainment options, including ten-pin bowling, go-kart racing, the Ster-Kinekor cinema, The Magic Company arcade and a Lazer Zone. There’s even a Kidzone Crèche available, which means you can safely leave your young ones in the care of professionals when you feel like playing at the casino, which is open around the clock, seven days a week. Gaming options for visitors include an array of top slots plus 36 tables, encompassing everything from American roulette and poker to blackjack and baccarat.

Silverstar Casino Resort

Silverstar Casino

Located at the base of the Magalies Mountains in beautiful Krugersdorp, Silverstar Casino is another family-friendly venue that’s perfect for both locals and visitors alike. The site hosts the stunning Silverstar Hotel (one of the plushest accommodations in East Rand), as well as the Soulstice Day Spa, which is perfect for a spot of relaxation and pampering. In terms of casino fare, the Silverstar has plenty to offer – you can find all of your favorite table games here (including blackjack, poker, baccarat, and American roulette) as well as a vast and varied selection of slot machine games.

GrandWest Casino Resort

GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World

Located in the heart of Cape Town, GrandWest Casino & Entertainment World is the largest (and most successful) venue of its kind in the whole of South Africa. The casino itself is perfect for both low-stakes and high-stakes gamers, featuring a specialist table area for high-rollers who wish to play discretely. There are also 54 tables and a whopping 2105 slot machine games to choose from, with Sun International Most Valued Guest (MVG) members being entitled to an array of special bonuses and promotions. Aside from the games room, you can also find plenty of entertainment options to suit the whole family, such as comedy and live music events, plus plenty of high-quality restaurants, including Cape Town Fish Market, The Hussar Grill, and Casa Bella.

Caledon Casino Resort

The Caledon Casino, Hotel & Spa

The Caledon Casino, Hotel & Spa is located in the picturesque Western Cape province of Overberg. Due to its rugged and remote location, this resort is perfect for those looking to get away from it all and experience the majesty of ZA’s countryside terrain. The casino accommodates cash wagers to suit every budget, with popular game options including slots, poker, roulette, and blackjack varieties. Current promotions on offer here include Celebration Draws, Club 55 Draws, and the Level Up! offer, which could see lucky players net up to R400,000 in cash prizes and even a free car!

Rio Hotel Casino Resort

Rio Hotel Casino & Convention Resort

As the biggest casino resort on the African continent, the Rio Hotel Casino & Convention Resort boasts a floor space of more than a quarter of a million sq. feet. Based in Freemanville, Klerksdorp, the Rio Hotel Casino is an all-encompassing gambling venue that features a wide range of favorites including round-the-clock modern slot machines and 12 classic table game varieties such as poker, roulette, and blackjack. The house’s exclusive Privé Lounge also enables highrollers to gamble discreetly across a blackjack table, a roulette table, and a range of 38 slots, 5 of which are provided by Aruze. If you feel like extending your visit to the Rio, it’s also possible to bed in for the night at the 3-star Peermont Metcourt Hotel, where you’ll receive luxury service and hospitality to rival the best in the country.

Stay Safe and Enjoy South Africa

Although ZA is generally considered safe for visiting tourists, it’s important that you exercise caution when traveling, especially if you’re planning to go off the beaten track. Always keep a level head when playing at any casino, and remember to gamble responsibly. Sterkte en beste wense!


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