Gold Reef City – Gold Mine Underground Tour

Gold Mine underground tour – Gold Reef City

Underground gold mine tour – Gold Reef City – Johannesburg gold mining in its heyday.

With Ekala – indeed more than simply a set time underground gold tour.

Gold Reef City – Gold Mine History

The Gold Reef City theme park is situated on a 10Ha site which surrounds the then number 14 gold mine shaft at Crown Mines. Indeed, this 19th century gold mine produced 1.4 million kilograms of gold before closing in the 70’s.


The shaft was opened in 1897, thus only 11 years after Johannesburg was established and was part of the gold reef stretching 100 km from east of Boksburg to Randfontein in the west.


This made the Gold Reef City shaft 14 the world’s richest producer of gold, 1.4 million kilograms over its 90 year life span.


This shaft was then at its time, one of the deepest gold mines and worked by 30 000 miners.

Gold mine tour takes you back in time with a first hand look at an old mining town, as well as the vibrant life of such a gold town.

A miner’s language (Fanagalo) was developed in 1910. This then enabled the miners from different cultures and languages to communicate.

Fanagolo was simplistic consisting of only 2000 words relevant to gold mining, however 25% of these were swear words.


For miners, this was a tough way to earn a living with heat, dampness, darkness and additionally the ear shattering noise of drills.


Lighting was by candlelight, thus posing a continued risk of explosion due to the presence of methane gas.

Donkeys pulled the gold laden coco pans, staying down the mine for three months before then going blind.


There is gold remaining in the mine, however the price of gold at the time mine closed, made it uneconomical to remove.


The lower levels of the mine are currently flooded – 19th level to the 57th level. Thus, underground gold tours are conducted only up to 5th level.

Gold Reef City – Underground mine gold tour

Thus travelling down a Gold Mine shaft – Gold Reef City

Gold Reef Shaft No 14, in production for 84 years – 1887 to 1971 and indeed, at its time, deepest mine in the world.


Then travel down the Gold Mine shaft (under 5 years not allowed) in a large clangy lift to level 5 ( 720 feet – 226 meters) for a guided gold mine tour.


Walk down tunnels with a hard hat and torch in hand, so experience the tough conditions that gold miners had to endure.


Experience a short burst from a miners drill, this will accordingly give you an understanding as to why miners would go deaf without ear plugs.

Then see the mine manager’s office with the miner’s identity box. This then helped identify missing miners.


Follow the coco pan tracks past the red dynamite box and get a view up a 35 degree slope with little head room and then wooden steps that lead to the surface of the mine in the event of power failure.


Once back on the surface you experience daily demonstrations of pouring molten gold into gleaming bars of bullion and traditional miner’s gumboot dances on visiting the then mine manager’s house.


Additionally see how coins were pressed in the past and a museum dedicated to gold mining.

Gold Reef City – Mining Town Theme Park

The gold mining town has been reconstructed to capture gold rush era times of the then early Johannesburg.


Comprehensive depiction of life in a turn of the century mining town. Including period houses and colourful street entertainment, hence discovering for yourself as to how the gold miners worked and played.


Staff wear period costumes and you can additionally have your picture taken in a period costume. Enjoy a beer in the saloon, then take a stroll through the animal farm or a ride on a steam train.


In addition a penny farthing cycle and a horse drawn carriage around mine village.

The international appeal of the Gold Reef City amusement and theme park with its depiction of nineteenth century gold mining life is seen daily by a large number of tourists.


Johannesburg is one of the most populous cities in Africa and is also the continents economic powerhouse.

Its history is based solely around the discovery of gold and this park brings the gold tour to life with a glimpse into the economic development of Johannesburg and its gold mining.

Travel back in time with a first hand look at an old gold mining town.

Gold Reef City – Gold Mine Underground Tour – Mining Town

If you are going to Gold Reef City yourself for the underground gold mine tour – then you need to book directly with Gold Reef City.

Ekala only includes the underground gold tour in our specialised gold tours.

Not for someone travelling to Gold Reef City themselves.

The Gold Reef City complex is made up of various components.

Gold Reef City – travel back to look at an early Johannesburg gold mine.

The only components that Ekala Eco Tours may include in a day or multi-day tour:

Details on a separate page

Private, professional, and reliable tailor-made gold mine underground tours
Early mine Coco pan
Different Gold Reef City mine tour options are available – hence with different prices.
Best ability to contact Ekala for gold mining tours:

Then will respond within 24 hours. Actually, in most cases less.

Gold Reef City Underground Tours.

Ekala’s gold tours are private – thus each Gold Reef City component that we cover can be uniquely designed/included in a Johannesburg gold mining tour for an individual experience.

Underground gold tour not available Mondays and Tuesdays. Nevertheless Ekala does still structure other mining tours on these days as the Cullinan Mine underground or surface tour or other items of our Johannesburg gold history tour.

A helicopter flight over Johannesburg and/or Soweto however, only available over weekends and holidays.

Inclusions for a day or multi-day gold tour package need to be detailed within the enquiry to enable us to accordingly structure the package as required.

Other options for mining tours – surface and underground and historical.

Mining – gold and diamonds:

Gold mines:

Gold mine – surface/underground.

Diamond Mine:

Cullinan surface – including new operations

Diamond Mine Underground:

Cullinan – underground in a working mine

Mining historical:

Village and mine historical

Cullinan Mine-surface tour
Cullinan Underground
Cullinan underground tour group
Johannesburg Gold Mine Headgear
Gold tours:

Ekala’s Gold Reef City gold tours can be adapted to the client’s individual needs.

Accordingly, we accommodate specific mine tours and personal requirements.

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Tailor-made gold mining underground tour experiences that cater for solo travellers, couples, families, and group mining tours.

Historical Johannesburg gold mine - candle for light
Laanglaate Deep Ltd Johannesburg Oct 26-1907 William Eddy shift boss and attendants morning round

Take a sightseeing Helicopter flight over Soweto and Johannesburg.

Helicopter flight over Johannesburg and/or Soweto. Great opportunity for photos and a great view of Johannesburg.

Inclusion of this within tour generally only available over weekends.


Must be asked for in your tour enquiry, thus enabling us to structure the gold tour and price correctly.

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A short selection of Ekala Eco Tours most popular package safari and tour options

Safari tour packages

Premier Mine (Cullinan) Early shaft

For multi-day safari tour package – Ekala Guest House

Johannesburg accommodation

Cullinan surface operations