Gambling has been a part of the South African lifestyle for some time now. It existed in one form or another. However, in 1965 with the passage of the Gambling Act, land-based casinos were not allowed. But, they returned to the country in 1994, with the formation of the new democratically elected government that year.
There are quite a few groups of casinos operating in South Africa, most of which have operations in other neighbouring African countries and beyond. Let’s take a brief look at some of them in this article.
Sun International Hotels Limited is a chain of hotel and casino destinations in South Africa, created by Sol Kerzner, probably best known for the Sun City Resort near Rustenburg in the North West of the city. Specializing in games, hospitality, and entertainment. Sun International Hotels is based in the Bahamas, on Paradise Island, which is the largest island resort in the world. Sun International was built in South Africa in 1967 and also runs a headquarters in Sandton, Johannesburg.
Sun International is one of the most well-known brands in South Africa when it comes to games, hospitality, and entertainment. What Sun International Group has to offer includes five-star hotels with the best deals in the world, modern and high-quality land-based casinos, and some stunning resorts. With its large bouquet of offers, Sun International is one of the biggest names in the entire business and has in more than 19 resorts, hotels, and casinos.
All the games present in this resort are the ones present on the international market, but if you are not interested in them, a very good alternative for slots would be roulette, poker or many others.
Tsogo Sun is a South African hotel, games, and entertainment groups. As of June 12, 2019, Tsogo Sun has split into Tsogo Sun Hotels and Tsogo Sun Gaming. Tsogo Sun Hotels has over 100 hotels in South Africa, Seychelles, and the Middle East, a range of restaurants and bars and conference and banquet facilities, including the Sandton Convention Center. Tsogo Sun Gaming has 13 destinations for gaming and entertainment, as well as ownership of Galaxy Bingo and V Slots. Tsogo Sun means “resurrection” or “new life” – a term that mimics the daily sunrise in Setswana.
The 13 casinos under the Tsogo Sun banner include:
- Suncoast Casino and Entertainment World
- The Caledon
- Hemingways Casino
- Gold Fields
- Gold Reef City
- Golden Horse
- Garden Route
- The Ridge
- Silverstar Casino
- Black Rock
The pilot casino of this group is Montecasino, which is considered to be the most important casino gambling destination in Johannesburg. Some other well-known brands include Gold Reef City, Suncoast Casino and Silverstar Casino.
While Tsogo Sun Proprietary Holdings was formed in 1995, the genesis was much earlier, with the formation of the Southern Sun Hotels group in 1969 through a partnership between hotel mogul Sol Kerzner and South African Breweries Limited. The first of Tsogo Sun’s land-based casinos was Emnotweni Casino in 1997, which became South Africa’s first post-apartheid casino. The next casino to appear was Casino Ridge in 1998.
Boss Gaming Group
Headquartered in La Lucia Ridge, near Umhlanga Rocks in KwaZulu-Natal, BOSS GAMING GROUP is a dynamic gaming organization founded and managed by gaming professionals with over 80 years of hands-on experience in the South African gaming markets. and East Africa.
Boss Gaming Group is licensed to operate the following:
- Bingo: It operates bingo joints under the Bingo Royale brand and has a presence in 6 locations in Eastern Cape, besides 3 licenses in KwaZulu-Natal.
- Slots: It operates a limited number of slot machines under the Spin-n-Win brand. It has licenses in 5 locations in Eastern Cape including Mthatha, Matatiele, Bizana, Uitenhage and Lusikisiki. It also has 5 independent site operator licenses in KwaZulu-Natal.
- Bookmaking: The Boss Gaming Group also has 6 licenses for bookmaking in Eastern Cape and another 6 in KwaZulu-Natal.
In conclusion, these would be the top 3 largest casino resorts in South Africa. From our perspective, these would be the most luxurious in this field.