South Africa

Golden Horse

With heavily restrictive gambling laws in place since 1673, South Africa wasn’t in our sights as a place to vacation. But that all changed in 1994 when a new government came into power and legalized all forms of gambling. Well maybe the term “all forms” is a bit of a stretch here. South Africa still has heavy restrictions on online gambling. One cannot even access a site like Casinos Online Canada.

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Once we discovered the Golden Horse Casino Hotel, we added it to our list of favorite casinos to visit. When Phyllis is in charge of putting the vacation together, we are more than likely headed to Pietermaritzburg, the second largest city in the province of KwaZulu-Natal to enjoy the amenities of this grand establishment. Sixteen Tang Dynasty horses usher you towards the 46-foot Pegasus and welcome you through the front door of Assyrian carved panels reproduced from 500BC into a 4-star casino with spectacular décor and lavish accommodations.

This intimate atmosphere offers discerning customers the chance to relax and gamble in the exclusive, leisurely feel of vacationing with the Royals. The only hotel in Africa with a casino and horse racing in one location, the Golden Horse makes the gambling experience one of a kind.

Attached to Scottsville Racecourse gives you full access to the over 50 races a year at your back door. The casino provides the elegant style of Old World money and traditional games with 450 slot machines, such as Slots Video Poker, Roulette, and Slots Reel in smoking, non-smoking areas with a Privé for the ultra private.

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The Blackjack, American Roulette, Reef Routine, Oasis Stud Poker, Mini Punto Banco, and no-commission Baccarat gaming tables generate excitement and bring a heightened energy to the fun. Beautifully decorated, the 96 plush hotel rooms are a home-away-from-home contemporary oasis with separate lounge areas for the ultimate in relaxation after the excitement of winning.

Conveniently located, the Golden Horse is close to all Pietermaritzburg has to offer, but what brings Phyllis back time after time is the food. Rockafellas Grande Buffet and Restaurant sends you back in time with a mixture of 30’s and 40’s style and elegance and a speak-easy feel with classic cuisine from around the world.

The Asian Fusion brings the Middle East and Southeast Asia together, blending the flavors and spices from two worlds into a superb culinary experience inside your mouth. A funky, afro, urban vibe at the Vigour & Verve coffee shop serves up a wide range of favorites, and the breakfast menu gives your body, taste buds, and gambling energy the perfect lift to make you a winner.

We never begin our day without their famous Classic Veggie Breakfast of fluffy scrambled eggs and roasted tomatoes.