Situated north of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga might be one of South Africa's most northernmost provinces, but it offers a wealth of action for adventurous travellers.
Kruger National Park isn't too far away, while the Drakensberg dominates the region. Food fans can find plenty to enjoy through the Lowveld Gourmet Route too. But it's in the province's casinos where South African gamblers can find their fix - and get a good night's sleep after a safari too.
Mpumalanga might not boast the range of casinos of a NorthWest Province or Gauteng, but the few it does have can mix it with some of the best in SA. Let's take a closer look at some of the best casinos in Mpumalanga.
Why We Like It:
Easily one of - if not - the biggest casinos in Mpumalanga, The Ridge boasts the Tsogo Sun stamp of approval. What that means is hundreds of IGT slot machines and video poker games, lots of progressive jackpots, and a generous offering for VIP customers.
The main casino floor boasts 240 slots (with 140 more in the smoking casino), while progressives let you take a shot at the big prize from just 10c-R5.
Table game players aren't left out, of course, and the usual array of American Roulette (10 tables) and blackjack (5 tables) are available across the casino. Poker fans are catered for (of sorts) with just the two tables.
Big real-cash promotions are where The Ridge is at, however. A R3,000 rollover jackpot is available to win every Tuesday with the 'Super 9' slots promotion, while the Tsogo-wide 'Slots Factor' tournament hooks you up with players across a dozen or so South African casinos as you fight it out for a share of R2.4 million in cash and freeplay credits.
Why We Like It:
If you like the idea of visiting and staying in an American colonial-style hotel and casino complete with lakes, golf course and 5-star dining, Graceland could be for you.
Don't expect to see Elvis wandering the corridors, but you will find over 375 gaming machines and tables, with stakes ranging from the friendly (1c) to the wallet-troubling (R10). However, bigger stakes are available.
VIP players can enjoy 110 tables and games in the smoking lounge, with further games available in the smoking Horseshoe Casino.
In keeping with the American theme, you can enjoy American Roulette, casino Texas Hold'em and 'Arizona Poker'.
If you've visited a Peermont casino before you'll know all about the Winners Circle promotion. Regular players can earn points by playing their favourite games and cashing in points for various benefits. You'll need to turn over R500 on slot machines to earn R1 of credit, but the various comps (merchandise, restaurant vouchers, hotel stays) are worth earning points for.
Even if you don't like the idea of a loyalty card, regular promotions are fairly generous. 'High Rolla' promotions give away R18,000 in freeplay credits for anyone using their Winners Circle card, while monthly poker challenges promise a share of R10,000 to the top three players.
Why We Like It:
South Africa's first offline casino just happens to be one of the country's nicest.
Although in terms of gaming it's pretty limited (270 slots and 12 gaming tables), it benefits from being part of the mighty Tsogo Sun chain of hotels so you know you're in for a decent night's sleep.
Elsewhere in the complex there's a state-of-the-art XD theatre, water park, and world-beating restaurants.
Entertainment takes centre stage too, with wine shows, comedians and concerts being regularly hosted at the casino.
Promtoions are pretty decent too. The Slots Factor carries a R2.4 million jackpot (made up of cash and freeplay tokens) and consists of a slot machine tournament played across all 14 Tsogo Sun casinos in SA. The winner is guaranteed to win a million Rand.
Land Casino Review by: Casino.co.za