Saturday, 5 December 2009

Anniversary At Gold Reef City Hotel, Casino and Theme Park

My surprise for my Boerewors for our 10 year anniversary was to spend the afternoon and evening at the Gold Reef City Hotel, Casino and Theme Park.

All furnishings in the hotel rooms are specially selected to reflect the charm and elegance of the opulent residents of the 1890's Johannesburg Gold Rush.

Our Room was called the Africa Room

My Boerewors spread eagled on the bed

The Dining Building

the Transport

Our Room Plaque

One of the many houses and shops on the street.
They even had a Chocolatier!!!
Can you say hand-made truffels with Belgiun chocolate and soopa yummy praline?

Female Tribal Dancers

Male Tribal Dancers

It was off to supper at the Casino where we did a bit of gambling and watched the Fifa Soccer World Cup team draw live on telly while enjoying a chocolate orange daquiri.

The next day, after breakfast, we went to collec the girls from Mandy (our trusty babysitter) and let them enjoy the fun at the Theme Park.

The kids when they found out where we were going for the day

The anaconda

The Miner's Revenge

The anaconda and the wild water rafting

The four of us on the kiddie's rollercoaster

The face of KK AFTER the rollercoaster

We also went to see a 15 minute long move in 4D which the girls really enjoyed - even when the seats jerked us around, sprayed water in our faces and blow wind up our legs.  We all looked soopa kewl with out 3D specs on.

Off to more timid rides!

The bumper cars (Megan's favourite)

Dragon Rides

Elephant Rides

Flintstone's Cars

Log Ride

Vintage Car Ride (Kaylin's favourite which we had to go on three times)

A newly hatched Megan

One of the kewl adult rides

One of the kewtest rides EVA!
The Tea Cups!

It was off to The Farmyard to look at the emus, monkeys, llamas, horses, bunnies, cattle, donkeys (the usual farmyard animals) and we came across four male tortoises taking turn trying to mate with one large female.  Poor ol' girl was just trying to eat her lunch while three hissy males tried to mount and hump her in full view of the children!  Shocking stuff....have you ever seen a tortoise's willy?  Its quite freaky...

A great time was had by all and it was a successful two days. Loved every minute of it!  Good laughs with my Boerewors and good times with my two girls who are now snoring on the cough, absa lootly exhausted.

Tomorrow I've promised the girls that we're finally puting up our Christmas Tree and Decorations.

Have a great Sunday everyone!


Marcelle said...

What a great family weekend away. The weather was really good for you as well I see.
We went to that place for one for the SA aerobic championships, we all stayed in the hotel - all the dancing girls went on the rides while I ( coach ) looked on...I hate those scary rides.
But an awesome place that takes one back in time...and safe!

Brian Miller said...

a cool trip...something for everyone! loved the pics...have fun putting up the tree!

Asta said...

Hi Gillian,

Lovely shots!
I can see that you had a wonderful time with your family.
It's a bit like the LEGOland amuzementpark in Denmark. I've been there a couple times with my kids (when they were kids-:)

Enjoy your christmas decoration and have a wonderful weekend!

Best regards

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Looks like more fun than Disneyland! Hey, where's his kilt? ;)

You have the cutest kids!

I hope they didn't see the turtles getting freaky!


Kathryn said...

Looks like you guys had a BLAST. The weather looks awesome and that place looks beautiful! So glad everyone had such a good time...both adults, kids and (evidently) the tortoises!

blueviolet said...

It looks like you had such a great time!!!

PS. I've seen the willy of a rhinoceros and I'm afraid it scarred me for life.

Laura said...

So much of fun :)

Nights out like that are Awesome :)

Nikki and Keith said...

Awesome outing Gilz! Now I miss home even more!! GRC is always so much fun!!

KK said...

Ha, those turtles cracked me up! Looks like a good time!

cat said...

What a great idea for an anniversary!


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