If you are looking for fun things to do in Johannesburg, Montecasino is a great choice… even if you don’t like gambling. In fact, you may hate gambling but LOVE Monte (as it’s known by the locals). Apart from being one of the largest casinos in Gauteng, it has two theatres, a cinema, dozens of restaurants and bars, a spa, three hotels, a bird and wildlife garden, and a wide range of entertainment options for the whole family.
Complete with cobblestones and painted clouds on the ceiling, Montecasino was designed to resemble the ancient Tuscan village of Monte Cassino (near Rome, Italy).
Montecasino is in Fourways, which is in the northern part of Johannesburg. If you are driving there from the airport (JNB – Johannesburg Airport), it will take you approximately 23 minutes.
Montecasino: Why you may actually love this place
If you are in need of a little retail therapy while on vacation, Montecasino has a decent variety of shops to choose from. They have clothing and shoe stores, crystals and mineral stores, jewelry, gifts and novelty, books, graphic novels, and figurine shops, etc.
Relax in the Spa
Travel and vacations are fun but it can get exhausting, especially if your holiday is jam-packed with things to do.
Take a breather and relax in the spa. It’s a great way to melt away your vacation stresses.
The casino has over 1,700 slot machines and 83 table games.
- The slots can be played in multiple denominations and multi-coin.
- There are multi-line machines and you have a choice of several jackpots.
- The table games include Dice, Baccarat, American Roulette, Poker, and Blackjack.
- The casino also offers the Salon Privé if you prefer a more private experience.
Montecasino keeps everyone happy by offering a non-smoking and two smoking casinos.
Most malls have food courts. Montecasino has that too, but they take it a step further with truly fancy restaurants and bars. They even have dinner-and-dance restaurants.
You’ll be able to choose from buffet restaurants, contemporary grill houses, Portuguese cuisine, authentic sushi, contemporary Greek cuisine, exquisitely aromatic and spicy Indian food, and more.
The nightlife is also quite sophisticated. But if the finest champagne, wines, and cocktails are not really your thing, you can also chill out at one of the casual spots.
Entertainment for adults
Montecasino has a 15 screen cinema. What makes it different, however, is that it also has an actual theatre where they host local and internationally acclaimed theatre and comedy productions. There’s also a huge Teatro, which is where they host major international productions such as Broadway musicals.
Whether you are at Montecasino for shopping, gambling, or whatever, you can bring your kids too because they have a childcare facility! It’s a fun and safe environment for children 1-12 years old. The facility has several trained and experienced childminders on duty at any given time.
Your children can enjoy a range of activities designed to keep them happy and entertained. There’s a fully equipped indoor playground with jungle gyms, they have Lego, paper, and pencils/ crayons for drawing, painting, books for reading, a dancing area, etc. For 7-12-year-olds, they have a games area with board games, WII games, and X-Box.
If the little ones get tuckered out, they even have a sleeping room.
Fun activities for kids
Children love Montecasino because they actually have fun things for them to do! For example, they have adventure simulators and an arcade, inflatable bumper cars, ten-pin bowling, dancing, laser tag, etc.
There’s also an XD theatre for the ultimate inversive ride. It has real-time 3D stereoscopic graphics and visual FX for an unparalleled multi-sensory experience. It’s a motion-simulated 6D thrill ride that will transcend space, time, and imagination.
A bird and wildlife park
The Montecasino Bird Garden is fun, educational and entertaining. If you are traveling with kids in Johannesburg, this is a stop you really should make to see skilled displays of unrestrained flight.
The bird shows take place in the Tuscan amphitheater twice a day on Monday and Friday, and also three times a day on weekends and public holidays. Do check ahead of time—there may be covid/ pandemic restrictions and/or cancellations.