Explore The Lovely Montecasino Bird Gardens In Fourways
Visit the Montecasino Bird Gardens
Experience the wonder and vibrant feathery residents of the Montecasino Bird Gardens in Fourways. This bird and wildlife park is just the space if you're looking for a memorable family outing in Johannesburg, or simply just want to enjoy some fresh air. Spend the afternoon wandering along vibrant garden walkways and viewing the various colourful birds, reptiles, mammals and unusual animals. A must-visit is the walk-through aviary, that's home to over 60 species of birds including Scarlet Ibises and Nicobar pigeons, with smaller antelope wandering in the undergrowth.
Wondering what you and the kids can get up to at the Montecasino Bird Gardens? Take a look at the destinations features here and plan your exciting day out.
Don't Miss The Flight of Fantasy Shows
Both entertaining and educational, the Flight of Fantasy Bird Shows at the Bird Gardens are one of the highlights you need to experience when you pay them a visit. The stars of the show are their colourful and talented show birds, showing off their feathers, skills and personalities. These bird shows are held in the Tuscan amphitheatre, twice daily from Monday and Friday, and three times a day over weekends and public holidays.
Please note: Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Flight of Fantasy shows are closed until further notice.
After taking a lengthy stroll through the Bird Gardens, why not grab a bite to eat and something refreshing from the Flamingo Café that overlooks the Flamingo pond. The menu offers guests a selection of light meals, coffees and milkshakes, to be enjoyed against the tropical backdrop and ambiance of the gardens. Click here to take a look at their Grab & Go menu. The Flamingo Café is also an ideal venue for kids’ parties and can host up to 90 guests. Operating times are as follows: Monday to Sunday from 09:00 to 17:00.
Explore The Many Bird Gardens Features
The Montecasino Bird Gardens offers guests a variety of features to experience, explore and view. Whether you're looking to take a look at their collection of amphibians, want to be brave and come face-to-face with many venomous snakes (safely, of course), or visit the resident mammals, there's a variety of enclosures for you to see. Here's a few you can expect to find:
Planning a visit to the Montecasino Bird Gardens but need all of the little details? Not a problem! Here are all of the opening times and tariffs to keep in mind before you make your way to this lovely facility:
Adults (aged between 13 – 59 years of age): R90 per person
Pensioners (60+): R62 per person
Children (aged between 2 – 12 years) R62 per person
Hotel guests: R36 per person
For more information on Rewards Cardholder rates, click here.
There are also group rates available. Click here for more information.
Book Your Romantic Dinner For Valentine's Day 2021!
Please note: These dinner specials are only valid for Valentine’s Day 2021. Also keep in mind that all COVID-19 safety regulations and protocols including curfew are to be practiced for your safety. Space is extremely limited due to these rules and regulations, so be sure to book well in advance to avoid disappointment. Organisers may cancelled and/or postpone their Valentine's Day arrangements at any given time. Please contact the organisers for more information, availability, booking and safety procedures in place. Bookings are essential.
Vivace Restaurant at Radisson Blu (Sandton)
The month of love is here and it’s time to start planning your romantic spoils for that special someone. Join the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton for a lavish three-course French dinner, including a welcome drink on arrival, in Vivace Restaurant overlooking the beautiful Sandton skyline for R395 per person*. This dinner will take place on Sunday 14 February 2021 between 18:00 – 21:30. And for those looking to spend the night, book their Romantic Staycation & Chill and enjoy a bottle of bubbly on arrival, dinner in Vivace Restaurant and breakfast the next morning from R1 950 per couple*! Bookings are essential. To book, use the below details.
Vivace Restaurant at the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton.
Central One Restaurant at Radisson Blu (Gautrain)
Unforgettable moments await this Valentines Month at Radisson Blu Hotel Gautrain. Join them for a romantic four-course dinner, including welcome drink on arrival, in Central One Restaurant for R420 per person*. This dinner will be hosted on Sunday 14 February 2021 between 18:00 – 22:00. And because it’s the Month Of Love, why not book a romantic getaway from R1 940 per couple* and enjoy a lavish dinner, accommodation, breakfast for two and late check out. This accommodation offer is valid for the entire month of February 2021. Booking is essential. To book, use the details below.
Central One Restaurant at Radisson Blu Hotel Gautrain.
What better way to celebrate the most loved up day of the year than with a relaxing Sunday Lunch at Avianto? Book your table and enjoy a five-course plated lunch with your loved ones. Cost is R395 per adult* and R195 per child* aged between 8 and 12 years (click here to book for the little ones). Also, kids younger than 8 years will cost R110 per child*, click here to book. Wondering what's on the menu? Not to worry, click here to take a quick look before booking.
PS. Click here for more Valentine's Weekend offers from Avianto.
This Valentine's Day, treat the apple of your eye to a breathtaking experience at AURUM Restaurant on the 7th floor of The Leonardo in the heart of Sandton. Indulge in a tantalising meal accompanied by a range of signature non-alcoholic cocktails and concoctions to whet your appetite and tasteful live musical performances as entertainment, while taking in the gorgeous views of the city. You delightful evening will cost between R800 and R1 000, but it's well worth the experience and thrill! they'll also be hosting an Anti-Valentine's Day treat at the OCTO Cocktail Bar on Saturday, 13 February 2021.
Spoil your Valentine in style at theThe Maslow in Sandton! This Valentine's Day, they will be celebrating the most romantic day of the year with a delightful four-course lunch at Lacuna Bistro at R990 per couple. And the menu sounds absolutely divine! You can expect to savour and enjoy dishes such as a creamy leek and mushroom min vol au vent platter, roast duck breast with compote of kumquats cinnamon; a prawn masala with south Indian lemon rice; a sinful molten chocolate and pecan pudding with passion sorbet; and a raspberry Crème Brûlée, just to name a few. And to round off this lovely meal, freshly brewed coffee or tea will be served with chocolate heart petit fours. This romantic meal includes a glass of non-alcoholic bubbly on arrival. Lunch will take place between 13:00 – 17:00 in Lacuna Bistro's tranquil garden setting.
Disclaimer: All Covid-19 health and safety protocols are followed and visitors to the hotel will undergo a screening upon arrival.
One of the most sought-after destinations in the city, why not celebrate this special occasion with your Valentine at the breathtaking Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff? While taking in uninterrupted views of the urban forest, spoil your loved one with an exquisite three-course dinner in a very unique set up On the Hill at R995 per person. You can also opt for a lavish Valentine’s weekend brunchserved on 13 and 14 February 2021 at R995 per person. You can expect a sumptuous selection of treats, fresh fruits, pastries, homemade breads, dips, salads and much more.
Join Bosheuvel Country Estate for a scrumptious, farm-style, three-course lunch this Valentine's Day, priced at R290 per person* and R100 per child under the age of 12 (there is a kiddies menu available). You can expect delicious dishes such as the Lovers Caprese Salad, tender “Farm to Fork” Fillet Steak, and Chef Sharon’s decadent Red Velvet Cake. Click here to take a look at what else will be on the menu on the day. Booking is essential, so be sure to make your reservation ASAP to avoid disappointment.
Spend a night under the stars with your partner, watching a classic romantic movie while enjoying a delicious three-course meal at Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel this Valentine's Day. The menu includes a tasty variety of meats, salads, starches and desserts that's sure to delight the taste buds. There are two options couples can choose from regarding the evening's plans: you can either enjoy just the movie and dinner for R350 per person; or opt for the Overnight package (movie, dinner, luxury accommodation and a continental breakfast) for R1 950 per couple. Click here to book your tickets now before it's too late!
Disclaimer: No mask = no entry. Movie is taking place outdoors. People will be seated 1.5m apart for their safety.
Spoil your Valentine with a wonderful and oh-so-romantic evening away at the Palazzo. They'll be offering something special for the both of you. Valid on 12 and 13 February 2021, enjoy the evening staring into each other's eyes, whispering sweet nothings and indulging in a delectable Valentine's set menu at Medeorestaurant. And if you're looking to extend the romance, why not stay the night at *R4 650 per couple? This package includes dinner for two at Medeo restaurant with live entertainment, in-room rose petal turndown, sparkling wine, truffles and a gift from the hotel. And last but certainly not least, a romantic in-room breakfast for two the following morning.
On 13 and 14 February 2021, the stunning Glenburn Lodge & Spa will be hosting something romantic and decadent for you and your sweetheart to enjoy and experience this Valentine's Day weekend. Be sure to book one of their loved up dinners before space is fully booked. On Saturday, 13 February 2021, arrive hungry and indulge in a delicious Valentine’s Day themed buffet. And on Sunday, 14 February 2021, treat your beloved to a romantic early picnic dinner to round of your weekend on a high note.
As always, The Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort has something special planned for you and your loved one this Valentine's Weekend! Spoil your cherub with a lovely dinner for two on Saturday 13 February 2021. You can look forward to a romantic setting and delicious menu at R525 per person. To take a look at the menu, click here. Dinner will be served from 17:00 to 20:00, last bookings at 19:00. Booking is essential.
Image from the Fairway Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort.
The Winston Hotel
Book your table at The Winston Hotel's exciting, romantic Valentine’s Lunch or Dinner, taking place on both Saturday, 13 February 2021 and Sunday, 14 February 2021. Here, you and you sweetheart can tuck into a delectable three-course lunch or dinner for two* (your choice), along with a complimentary glass non-alcoholic wine on arrival. To find out more about cost and availability or to make your booking, call 011 268 3140.
The Misty Hills Country Hotel Valentine's Day Treats
Make this Valentine's Day a memorable one at Misty Hills Country Hotel! They have four Valentine's Day dining offers available spread across the entire weekend: a romantic three-course dinner on the 12th at R405 per person; a delectable five-course dinner on the 13th for R470 per person; a picnic and movie on the 13th at R410 per person; and last but certainly not least, a relaxing Sunday lunch on the 14th for R360 per person. How lovely! Click here to check out what on the menu. These romantic offers are only valid on Valentine's Day week (12 to 14 February 2021).
Join Carnivore this Valentine's Day weekend for an unforgettable romantic experience with your sweetheart! On 13 and 14 February 2021, they will be hosting a set dinner and lunch menu, as well as a stay-over package for those looking to spend the night and not miss curfew! The set dinner on the 13th will cost R470 per person, the set lunch on the 14th will cost R360 per person, and the Stay-Over package will cost R1 285 per person sharing. COVID-19 regulations and safety precautions do apply.
For one of the most delicious and theatrical sushi experiences you'll find in the city, head to the FireRoom Sushi & Grill at Montecasino. It's a must for your foodie bucket list. As for meetings and date nights, hell yeah, it's a must-do for sure. They prepare and serve sushi like you’ve never seen it before – ON FIRE! Literally. But if you're not too keen on the flaming Fire Roll or Sushi Braai, they have a selection of traditional options and of course, their signature dishes. The African Platter is scrumptious and offers a little bit of everything in 18 pieces — Springbok Roses, Fire Rolls, Sweet Tiger Rolls and Dragon Rolls.
Special Alert: From Tuesday to Thursday during lunchtime all traditional sushi is HALF-PRICE.
You CANNOT go wrong with sushi from John Dory's. Not only do they offer a wide variety of sushi but they also have plenty of other delicious goodness on the menu for those who don't appreciate good sushi. Sorry, we're a little biased. But back to the sushi! A few of our favourites we recommend are the Prawn Avalanche — a California roll with prawn filling, topped with half a tempura-rolled prawn and spicy mayo sauce; the Snow Crab Rolls — crab tempura rolls with mayo and sweet chilli topped with avo, Sriracha mayo and caviar and last but certainly not least, the C & C Bombs — crab and cream cheese bombs crumbed, deep-fried and topped with smoked mayo and caviar. Yum!
Special alert: It's HALF-PRICE sushi on Wednesdays! This offer is only available for eat-in. Terms and conditions apply. OR on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 to 16:00, choose any three green plates from the sushi belt for R99.
It's all about the sushi at The Big Mouth Sushi & Grill at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. It's slightly more expensive here, but believe us, it's SO worth it! You can expect to tuck into a wonderful selection of world-class sushi, no matter which kind you prefer. Take your pick from moreish poké bowls, new-style sashimi, a few traditional classics and plenty of interesting signature choices. One of the signature sushi options that really caught our attention was the Chicago Roll — Panko rock shrimp, cream cheese, tobiko, teriyaki, sweet chilli jam, tempura chilli, kewpie mayo, garlic flakes and spring onion. Sounds quite different, right?
Details:The Big Mouth | 011 783 4097 | [email protected] | Nelson Mandela Square, 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.
The Blackanese Sushi & Wine Bar
If you happen to be in the inner city when your sushi craving hits, then make your way to The Blackanese Sushi & Wine Bar in the hip and happening Maboneng Precinct. This place fuses African flavour with Japanese cuisine and creates mouthwatering dishes that'll keep you coming back for more. Sushi is on the menu throughout the week and on the weekends, guests can enjoy a delicious prawn braai. And if you're REALLY into sushi, you can take a sushi-making master class with their very own Vusi Kunene and The Blackanese chefs.
Special alert:50% Tuesday Sushi Special where selected sushi is available at HALF-PRICE.
If you're looking for sushi that will not bust your budget, then make sure you check out Yamada. They've got a conveyor belt so, if you don’t feel like ordering from a waiter, you can just pull up a bar chair and help yourself to the variety that's spinning around and around! Once you're done, they stack up your plates and tally up the cost. Easy! We love their lunchbox, which comes with 15 pieces of mixed sushi but change it to salmon only. Trust us, it’s a feast!
Special alert:All-you-can-eat sushi buffet, every day, all day, from R175 per person*!
Details: Yamada | Rivonia: 011 039 8188 or 011 047 8668; BluBird Shopping Centre: 011 039 6777 or 11 068 8888; Waterfall Corner: 011 075 7777 or 011 047 8668 | [email protected] | Click here for addresses.
Hashi is a fab spot to head for fusion sushi with a twist. They’ve got all sorts of interesting creations that you need to try out like the Taku, which is tofu tempura, cream cheese, avo, spring onion with mango/strawberry/kiwi and wakame, on a bed of spicy sauce and Hashi’s secret sauce. Another delicious option is the Udon Japanese Noodles (if you’re not a sushi purist, that is), stir-fried with chicken, prawns or veggies. And a for dessert, make sure you try the chocolate spring rolls!
Special alert:On Wednesdays, it's half-price sushi! Valid on sushi only and selected items. Also, check out their lunch daily specials.
After all the retail therapy in Hyde Park, surely you need to grab a bite to eat to replenish your energy levels? And we know just the place. So Yum has lots of dim sum on the menu — we like the pork and mushroom filled parcels. But that's not all! Their sushi is great, especially when eaten with a side of edamame beans. How about some tuna roses and a rainbow roll or two? The latter comes with crab, avo, salmon, tuna, caviar and mayo – basically, it’s the works.
Where: So Yum | 011 325 5360 | [email protected] | Hyde Park Corner, corner Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.
While JB’s is not a sushi restaurant per se, they do have a menu dedicated entirely to the delicacy. What’s really great about it is that you can swap the stock-standard white rice for healthier brown rice – health freaks, rejoice! Their fashion sandwiches are to-die-for. Another interesting option we found on the menu of the Melrose Arch branch was the Chirashi. It's a cake of sushi rice (looks like a rice cake almost) that has spicy salmon, avo, cucumber, caviar and sesame seeds stacked on top.
Bedfordview’s Yamitsuki has a conveyor belt, so you can choose whichever dishes catch your eye if you're too hungry to wait to be served (fair enough). The quality is great and their salmon and cream cheese fashion sandwiches are sublime. Another must-have is the Salmon, Strawberry & Cream Cheese Rainbow Philadelphia Roll... once you try it, you'll be hooked. And for dessert — dessert sushi! It's a crêpe sushi roll with fresh strawberries, Nutella, cookies, honey and your fortune!
Special alert:They offer quite a few specials during the week:
On Mondays, you can pick three same-coloured plates for the price of two.
On Tuesdays, all pink dishes are R48* and 48c from each plate will be donated to the Pink Drive.
Get a Sushi Lunch at R98* — two salmon roses, two rock shrimp tempura and two salmon fashion sandwiches
Get a Teppanyaki Lunch at R78* — three chicken dumplings and a chicken teppanyaki bowl
This popular entertainment hub is just the place if you're looking to find family fun, Lady Luck, delicious cuisine and much more, all under one roof! If anything, this casino is a little city all on its own, bringing the excitement, thrills and feel of bello Italy to the heart of Johannesburg. Not matter what you're looking for, there's sure to be just the thing for you and your family to enjoy, savour, explore and experience! Here's what you can find and expect to see at Montecasino on your next visit.
Montecasino offers a wide selection of cuisines from their range of restaurants, catering to all tastes and cravings. Whether you're looking for something on-the-go or would like to sit-down and enjoy, there's sure to be a restaurant to delight. Think restaurants, bars, sidewalk cafés, fast food joints, and vino hot spots. Here's just a few must-mentions worth visiting when you're at Montecasino.
For flaming sushi like you've never experienced before, The Fireroom is a must-visit when you're at Montecasino. Their menu is filled with unique textures and unexpected flavour combinations that you simple need to try. And if you're craving something more meaty, then be sure to order the Fireroom's signature beef specialty, the 850g Tomahawk steak.
Craving a little bit of Italian flare? Then be sure to grab a table at Donatellas. This popular restaurant just off the casino floor is just the place if you're looking to tuck into some authentic, hearty and oh-so delicious Italian didhes including pizzas, pastas, amazing signature dishes, seafood delights and indulgent desserts to end your meal on a sweet note.
In the mood for some of the best Mexican cuisine in town? Or looking for a great place to enjoy a fun night out on the town? Be sure to visit La Rosa Mexican Grille & Tequileria. Indulge in a true Mexican experience, complete with sombreros and a wide selection of drinks from their extensive cocktail and tequila menu. As for delightful dishes, take your pick from an array of tacos, burritos, quesadillas, enchiladas, fajitas and more.
Plan a special date night for two at the romantic Verdicchio restaurant. This is the perfect spot if you're looking to spend some quality time with your sweetheart, while tucking into delectable Italian cuisine and sipping on fine wine from their cellar. This impressive cellar offers diners over 300 labels of assorted varietals, vintages, rare wines and champagnes to enjoy.
Did you know that Montecasino offers a selection of unique and interesting stores just off of the casino floor? From clothing and fashion outlets, foreign exchange and golf specialty to beautiful jewellery, geek merch, sweet galore as well as gift and novelty stores, Montecasino has something that'll spark your interest. Here are a few stores to keep an eye out for on your next visit to this exciting entertainment hub.
The Dark Carnival
For all things anime, comic, gaming, merch and more, brought together under one roof, be sure to visit The Dark Carnival! Once an online store, The Dark Carnival has found a home at Montecasino, allowing fellow geeks, nerds and gamers to come together, share their love and passion for various fandoms, shop for merch and more while enjoying the buzz and excitement at Montecasino. Click here to find out more about the opening of the Dark Carnival at Montecasino.
Whether you’re a collector, esoteric healer or novice, Earthstone Fire & Ice offers an extremely impressive selection of semi-precious stones and mineral specimens from all over South Africa. This is just the place if you're looking to buy items such as rough or shaped crystals, colourful beads, pendulums, jewellery, singing bowls, wind chimes, gifts and lots more. This is truly a unique store that you need to visit, even if you just want to take a look at all of the interesting bits and bobs they have on their shelves.
This is just the store to visit if you're looking to get some advice on diamonds and jewellery. At Jewel Africa, you can browse and shop through a vast selection of loose diamonds, dazzling tanzanite and fine jewellery if you're looking to spoil someone with a gift someone special, as well as an array of African artefacts.
Offering freehand dye work, attention to detail and signature brands, Big Blue is just the clothing and merch store if you're looking to get your hands on the finest local design. This brand is well-known for its T-Shirtium, which boasting plenty of locally inspired and manufactured t-shirts. This store is a must for all your authentic South African gifts, clothing items, footwear, cool gadgets, novelty products, trendy bags, interesting books, stationery or just something out of the ordinary.
Why not make the most of your visit to Montecasino with a stay at one of their four onsite hotels? Each hotel boasts its own unique character, so you can take your pick from accommodation that's either opulent, contemporary, eclectic, business oriented, family-friendly or even romantic. Book your stay at one of Montecasino's hotels below and enjoy a wonderful escape from the rush of the city.
The award-winning Palazzo Hotel is known to be one of the most romantic and elegant hotels in the country, boasting a reputation for opulence and luxury. Here, guests will enjoy accommodation, attentive service, and superior amenities. The Palazzo is an ideal choice for business executives as well as leisure travelers looking to experience only the best that Montecasino has to offer.
The Southern Sun Montecasino offers its guests not only stylish and comfortable accommodation, but also easy access to the entertainment and indulgence that Montecasino has to offer. It's also within close proximity to other local attractions including he Cradle of Humankind, Cradlestone Mall, Rhino & Lion Nature Reserve, and the ever-popular Sandton City.
The SunSquare Montecasino on the Piazzo boasts 179 room that offers visitors the perfect combination of hospitality, service and comfort. Just like the Southern Sun hotel on the premise, guests will be able to access the Montecasino entertainment hub with ease, as the hotel is just a short stroll away.
Affordable, modern and stylish, hi Monte is just the place if you're looking for a quick weekend escape that will not bust your entertainment budget. The hotel's rooms have luxurious walk-in showers, big windows, blackout curtains, coffee and tea stations, laptop-sized safes, USB ports and 48-inch TVs. The ‘living lobby’ provides space to work and play, and a convenient deli offering for a quick snack or coffee on the run. Click here to find out more about this new accommodation offering at Montecasino.
Montecasino offers visitors a non-smoking and two smoking casinos, complete with more than 1 860 slot machines and 70 tables. You can expect to find everything from American Roulette, Craps, Poker and Blackjack to novelty games like Wheel of Fortune and Life of Luxury. There's something for all tastes and pockets. Click here to take a look at their range of slot machines and click here to see what table games they have available.
Other than all the amazing restaurants, unique stores and thrills on the casino floor, Montecasino also offers a wide variety of family entertainment perfect for both young and the young at heart. From a game arcade filled with the latest exciting games and the stunning Bird Gardens just outside the entertainment complex to ten pin bowling, laser tag and more, you're sure to find something that'll entertain and delight ever member of the family. Click here to see what Montecasino has to offer families.
Looking for a little bit of comedy to brighten your week with loads of laughter? Or are simply in the mood for a thrilling theatrical experience you'll never forget? Montecasino is home to two theatres – Pieter Toerien's Theatre and Studio and The Teatro – that has hosted many world-class theatre productions over the years. This includes some of the best loved and most popular musicals (think the Rocky Horror Show, Chicago and Rock of Ages), drama, comedy shows and a long list of other local and international performances.
Located between the game arcade and the food court is [email protected] Montecasino! Here, you can catch the latest blockbusters with your family and friends. Grab a box of popcorn along with a slushie, and have a movie night out with your kids watching the newest animation on circuit, get your heart racing with an epic action or horror, or just laugh yourself silly with a side-splitting comedy. There's sure to be a movie for all.
Montecasino offers 15 upmarket, multi-purpose function venues throughout the complex. Function venues range from the elegant Executive Boardroom which accommodate 16 guests to the exquisite Montecasino Ballroom that offers capacity for larger groups of up to 1 000 people. Also, with a variety of on-site entertainment and other offerings, this is the ideal location to impress your delegates.
Johannesburg is jam-packed with cinemas! The only thing you need to do is find your nearest one, grab your family and friends, buy a few snacks, and pick which movie you're in the mood to watch. From action-packed films and family-friendly animations to hilarious rom-coms and hair-raising horrors, you'll definitely find a flick on circuit at one of these movie cinemas in the city.
With cinemas scattered all over the city, Ster-Kinekor is sure to a movie for all ages, every mood and every occasion. To see what movies are currently showing or to find a Ster-Kinekor cinema near you, visit their website. A few locations where you can find a Ster-Kinekor includes Cresta Shopping Centre, Sandton Shopping Centre, Bedford Square, Cradlestone Mall, Cedar Square, Carnival City and Mall of Africa, just to name a few.
Bringing cutting-edge cinema experiences such as 4DX, Xtreme and VIP at select cineplexes nationwide, Nu Metro brings you the latest blockbusters across a variety of genres. From exciting animations that'll delight families and audiences of all ages and moving dramas that'll have you reaching for a tissue to adrenaline packed action and hair raising horrors, there's sure to be something showing on the big screen. You can even make your movie viewing experience even more lifelike. Click here to find your nearest Nu Metro cinema and see what's currently on circuit.
Who doesn't know the ever-popular Bioscope Independent Cinema? This unique cinema has brought visitors only the best in local and international film features to Joburg movie lovers for a full decade. This June, in celebration of their 10th anniversary, The Bioscope Independent Cinema said goodbye to its home in Maboneng, and made its way to its brand-new location at 44 Stanley in Milpark. Be sure to visit their website to see what shows and screenings are coming up or currently showing.
In the mood for a movie but don’t want to visit one of the usual cinemas in the city? Then why not enjoy a unique movie viewing experience at the brand-new Egrek Cinema? Located on 4th Avenue in Parkhurst, Egrek Cinema is an independent 30-seat cinema offering an intimate and exclusive viewing experience, perfect for screening the latest movies. Visit Egrek Cinema’s website to see what’s currently showing on their big screen.
Wondering what's currently on circuit at the city's most popular cinemas? Click here to see what releases you can expect throughout the month. Be sure to visit Ster-Kinekor and Nu Metro, find your nearest cineplex and book your seats now. Also, be sure to keep in mind that cinemas are now practicing social distancing and strict safety regulations, rules and protocols. Visit their websites to find out more.
Casinos In Johannesburg
In need of a weekend away with your loved ones? Or keen on some thrills and the chance to win big? Whatever your reason, Johannesburg has just the thing! There's a handful of lively and vibrant casinos scattered throughout the city to ensure you're entertained, offering everything from delectable dining and exciting shows, all the way to something fun for the kids and more. There's also a few casinos within driving distance from the city if you're looking to getaway for a little bit, but not too far from home.
For a little bit of Italy in the middle of bustling Johannesburg, the ever-popular Montecasino is the place to be! Resembling the beautiful city of Rome, Montecasino offers guests a wide variety of entertainment that's perfect for all ages. For the little ones, they'll have a blast playing a few games at the Magic Company, playing a few rounds of Ten-Pin Bowling, watching the latest animations at [email protected], challenging their friends to some laser tag, and viewing the beautiful feathery friends at the Bird Gardens. Grownups can try strike it lucky at one of the many slot machines on the casino floor, or visit the theatre (Pieter Toerien or Teatro) to see what's currently on show. There's also a wide selection of restaurants to choose from, including Thava, The Fireroom, Billy G, Donatellas, La Rosa Mexican Grille and Tequileria, Verdicchio, YuMe Japanese Restaurant and many more.
You can find thrilling family entertainment in the West Rand at Silverstar Casino! Located in Krugersdorp, this is where family can enjoy casino thrills, amazing entertainment, fantastic cuisine and exciting shows that you don't want to miss! Catch the latest movies at [email protected], enjoy an amazing show at the Barnyard Theatre, dine out at one of their wonderful restaurants on The Square, play a few fun games at The Magic Company, or even do some Ten-Pin Bowling. Also, the interactive fountain on The Square is perfect for summer fun. The options are endless at the West Rand's favourite entertainment destination!
For the best in luxury and exciting entertainment, Emperors Palace is the place to be. Found in Kempton Park, this thrilling destination has everything you need for a fun day or night out with family and friends. Here, you'll find a wonderful array of restaurants that'll delight all taste buds and cravings, from popular fast food joints to gourmet delights such as Aurelia's, Rosetta's, and Taste of Mumbai. As for entertainment, visiting their buzzing casino, see what's on stage at the Theatre of Marcellus or Barnyard Theatre, or check out The Magic Company or Nu Metro for some family fun!
Discover a world of nonstop entertainment, thrills and fun at Carnival City Casino & Hotel in Brakpan! This entertainment hub is not easy to miss, just look for the carnival-themed marquee and all the brightly coloured lights and you'll know you have arrived. Try your luck at their thrilling slots and table games, dine out with the family at their selection of restaurants, and even let the kids run wild with loads of cool activities including The Magic Company, Lazer Zone, ten-pin bowling and go-kart racing. There's plenty of fun for everyone here. Also, don't forget to take a look at what shows they have lined up at their Big Top Arena.
Visiting Pretoria any time soon? If so, why not visit Time Square Casino if you're looking for only the best in entertainment, dining and nightlife? Even better, why not book accommodation at The Maslow Time Square Hotel and make it a fun-filled weekend you'll never forget? The casino boast world-class entertainment ranging from top notch restaurants such as La Rosa Mexican Grille & Tequileria, Guy Fieri's Kitchen + Bar and Forti Grill and Bar, to amazing shows at the Sun Arena, family fun at the Magic Company and so much more.
Situated on the banks of the Vaal River, Emerald Resort & Casino is just the destination if you're looking for relaxation, tranquility, luxury, and exciting entertainment perfect for the whole family. Spend a weekend away enjoy their exciting resort experiences, which includes adventure golf, the ever-popular Aquadome, Animal World, bowling. wall climbing and even going on game drives. But if you're more interested in relaxing, the a visit to the Emerald Spa is an absolute must.
For a getaway that's not too close and not too far from home, laying on the border of the Pilanesberg National Park, Sun City Resort offers a tranquil yet thrilling setting perfect for a fun-filled and relaxing escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Only a two-hour drive from Johannesburg, the Resort offers visitors and guests a unique destination for a quick weekend getaway with the family or a romantic holiday with your sweetheart. Offering everything from surf and safari and plenty of family entertainment to exciting adventures, the ultimate pamper sessions and luxurious accommodation, Sun City Resort is an absolute must-visit for all ages!
From impressive hotels that provide all the services and equipment you need to run a productive and successful meeting to secluded venues offering privacy and quiet, Fourways has a selection of locations for you to choose from for your next conference meeting.
Aquanzi Lodge's conference and events venue is ready to help you host a productive meeting with your delegates. It's equipped with modern, high-quality equipment, as well as a fireplace, perfect to keep everyone warm, especially during the colder month. The conference and events venue can host up to 40 delegates with ease. They also offer customised packages to suit your requirements. Their personalised and professional service with excellent facilities ensures that your conference goes off without a hitch.
With Eagle's Nest Convention Centre's multipurpose design, this venue is ideal for a variety of conferencing and banqueting options, including workshops for groups of 5 – 100 guests; year-end events and banquets for groups of up to 100; launches and promotions for groups of up to 100 and more. They also have full day and half day packages available. They're committed to friendly and efficient service and will always go the extra mile for you and your delegates.
Host a unique, tailor-made function or event at Langhams Executive Conferencing Fourways. They have a strong, reliable and professional team that's ready to assist wherever you need. They understand that your requirements are unique, which is why they have five different conferencing venues that's sure to fit any size meeting. These versatile, fully air-conditioned venues are available either as a single space or can be divided into several smaller rooms. The Events Centre can accommodate 300 delegates; the Cycad Room accommodates 100 delegates; the Protea Room accommodates 60 delegates; the Aloe Room accommodates 20 delegates; and the Executive Boardroom accommodates 14 delegates.
With various venues in different sizes for meetings, conferences and team building, Zulu Nyala Country Manor offers efficient and effective solutions for all your corporate requirements. Their professional and experienced staff will ensure that your time with them is as productive and pleasant as possible. Wi-Fi is available throughout the premises at no additional charge. As for presenting, screens, projectors and sound equipment are available.
The Indaba Hotel, Conference Centre & Spa offers businessmen and delegates award-winning conference, meeting and banqueting facilities that are convenient for all your needs. The venue is easily accessible to all main highways, it's within close proximity to both the O.R. Tambo International Airport and Lanseria International Airport. The hotel features 24 air-conditioned venues that can accommodate up to 2 000 delegates in total, as well as banqueting facilities for up to 500 people. The hotel also features a state-of-the-art 200-seater auditorium and a business and travel co-ordination centre.
Montecasino is the ideal destination for all of your conferencing needs. They offer 15 upmarket, multi-purpose function venues throughout the precinct, as well as accommodation for out-of-town delegates at three on-site hotels. Function venues range from the elegant Executive Boardroom which accommodate 16 guests to the exquisite Montecasino Ballroom that offers capacity for larger groups of up to 1 000 people. Also, with a variety of on-site entertainment and other offerings, this is the perfect destination for any event or occasion.
There are many conferencing options available to you at The Canvas Riversands. The main auditorium has a seating capacity of 500, furnished with plush seating and desks, as well as a dedicated sound room and high quality AV. Looking for something smaller? There are two smaller auditoriums that offer cinema-style seating for 98 people, featuring high quality AV and air-conditioning. Or you can hold your meeting in their large dining room, that can accommodate 350 people. There's also a selection of break-away rooms with various capacities. To add a delicious touch to your meeting, their in-house catering team can cater to any menu requirements from vegetarian to vegan, Kosher to Halaal, four-course meals to finger foods.
Looking for a fun night out on the town? Or on the hunt for a daytime adventure perfect for the whole family? Fourways has plenty of entertainment lined up for you, no matter what you're looking for. Grab your friends and family, jump into the car, and head to Fourways to explore what they have to offer.
Need to keep the kids entertained while you run a few errands at Fourways Mall? Not a problem! Head to Fourways Mall Ster-Kinekor and see what blockbusters are on circuit. There's sure to be something to entertain the kids far better than shopping. Or better yet, why not make it a fun family-outing and watch a movie together? Don't forget to grab a few snacks at the kiosk before you head into your movie.
Montecasino offers families the ultimate entertainment destination in Fourways. And of course, the entertainment lineup would not be complete without the biggest and latest blockbuster movies on the big screen at [email protected]! Bringing you films across many genres, including Hollywood, Bollywood and local, you're sure to find the perfect movie to entertain all ages. [email protected] offers their visitors an unparalleled entertainment and cinema experience they're sure to enjoy!
Cedar Square Shopping Centre has it all - lovely restaurants, retail stores galore, and of course, the latest exciting movies to hit the circuit! Once you have done all your shopping, why not get your ticket to see that latest animation movie with the kids? Or better yet, get your fill of adrenaline with the newest and coolest action movie that has just been released? Not matter what you're in the mood for, there's sure to be a film on circuit for you.
Looking for a safe place to let our dogs run free without having to worry about them getting lost once you let them off their leash? The Kingfisher Park in Fourways offers a small 12-hectare park, perfect for short strolls and letting your pooches burn off some energy, safely. Here, dogs are allowed to be off their leashes if they're friendly and socialised. While they frolic about, you can enjoy the fresh air, sounds of the local bird life and enjoy the scenery.
For more information, call 011 783 7407.
Norscot Koppies & Kingfisher Nature Reserve
With an area of approximately 16 hectares, the Norscot Koppies & Kingfisher Nature Reserve is truly a jewel in the heart of suburbia. Situated in Douglasdale, this reserve is home to a wide variety of flora and fauna, including Blesbok and Duiker. It's the perfect spot to unwind on a Sunday afternoon. The reserve is open twice a month. Any donation are used to keep the reserve beautiful, clean, safe and enjoyable for all.
For all the entertainment you could ever need, visit Montecasino! There's sure to be something to excite you and your family. See if Lady Luck is on your side on the casino floor. Feeling hungry? Grab a seat at one of their amazing restaurants or head to the food court for something on-the-go. Kids will be entertained for hours at the Magic Company. Or why not enjoy a day admiring the beautiful birds at the Montecasino Bird Park just outside the casino? There's also shows on at the theatre, movies on circuit and shops for you to explore. Talk about loads of entertainment!
Gather the family and enjoy a little bit of competitive fun at the Adventure Golf Course at Fourways Mall. There are three different courses to choose from, each with nine holes ranging in difficulty, offering guests of all ages hours of entertainment. Along the way, enjoy the many various natural features, caves, ponds and water fixtures. This makes the ideal day for the whole family, and perhaps even a fun date night idea for you and that special someone.
Have a love for animals? But more specifically, cold-blooded and scaly reptiles? Then this park is a must-visit! The Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park is becoming one of the most exciting attractions in Gauteng, offering visitors the opportunity to take part in thrilling activities including holding a baby crocodile, touching exotic snakes and getting up close and personal with creepy crawlies like a tarantula! It's an exciting day out for all ages.
Grab your friends and head to BallBreakers Fourways to play a few rounds of pool. This pool hall is just the place if you're looking to catch the latest sporting action, grab a few after work drinks with colleagues and friends, listen to a few good tunes from the jukebox or if you want to hon your pool skills and sink a few balls.
Home of the Fourways Action Falcons and the Western Gauteng Wolves, Fourways Action Sports offers just the place to enjoy Action Cricket, Action Netball and Action Soccer, which are a few of the fastest growing social activities in the country. Experience the excitement and thrill of sport as the arena comes to life with both seasoned and up-and-coming talent, practicing, playing and sharpening their claws for their upcoming season.
Montecasino, Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination, is delighted to share its spectacular line up with you so that you don’t miss out! From musicians to motocross, from comedy to blockbuster movies – there’s something for everyone!
Lighthouse Family in SA
British musical duo, Lighthouse Family, will be touring South Africa in March for the very first time – catch them at the Teatro from Friday, 20 March to Sunday, 22 March 2020! Take a trip down Memory Lane with all their smash hits including Raincloud, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be, High, Lifted and many more! Tickets are from R595 per person excluding your Rewards discount. Saturday, 21 March is already sold out so there’s no time to waste! Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime concert!
Anyone Can Win at Montecasino!
You CAN win loads of cash, a trip to Italy or a favolosa Ferrari in the Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion! The next draw, set for Sunday 29 March 2020, will see one lucky winner leave Montecasino with a magnificent trip to Italy for four! The following draw is scheduled for Sunday 26 April 2020 – where you can win a stash of cash. Simply accumulate receipts to the value of R500 at any of Montecasino’s restaurants, stores, bars, theatres, movies, hotels or entertainment facilities to get one entry into the draws.
A Brat Pack with a Big Band
Reminisce with A Brat Pack with a Big Band. The original Brat Pack, which included icons such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, created the most memorable music of our time. For one night only at Montecasino, their legacy will be honoured by modern day musical icons such as Ard Matthews (Just Jinjer), Arno Carstens (Springbok Nude Girls), Loyiso Bala and Ross Learmonth (Prime Circle), in an unforgettable collaboration with the 17-piece ‘Johannesburg Big Band’, conducted by Adam Howard. A Brat Pack with a Big Band will perform some of the biggest swing classics such as New York, New York, I’ve Gotta Be Me, Mack the Knife, Mr Bojangles, My Way and more, for one night only on Friday 27 March 2020!
Alice in Wonderland
Experience Lewis Carroll's much-loved classic – Alice in Wonderland – come to life in this spectacular new production, devised and directed by Neka da Costa. Follow the white rabbit and come face to face with the blue caterpillar and the grinning Cheshire cat. Have tea with the maddening Mad Hatter and play croquet with the tricky Queen of Hearts. Watch the impossible come to life from Thursday 27 February 2020 to Sunday 22 March 2020 at the Pieter Torien Theatre!
Based on the hilarious 1967 film, Mel Brooks’ The Producers is a laugh out-loud, outrageous, crowd-pleasing musical-comedy that has been a smash-hit since its 2001 debut. The central plot sees fading Broadway producer, Max Bialystok (played by Alan Committie), desperate to get to the top of his profession again, and finds an unlikely ally in mousy accountant, Leo Bloom (played by Richard White), who predicts that one could make far more money with a flop of a show than with a hit. Together, the two set out to produce the worst musical ever to hit Broadway. With no shortage of show-stopping musical numbers, and Brooks’ signature humour keeping audiences in stitches, The Producers is definitely far from a flop. The Producers runs at the Pieter Toerien Theatre from Friday 03 April 2020 until Sunday 31 May 2020.
For Two Shows Only, Christina Bianco Comes to Montecasino
This talented singer, performer, entertainer and impressionist – Christina Bianco – has performed on Ellen DeGeneres and other major US and British television talk shows. Dubbed ‘the girl of a thousand voices’, her singular voice and comedic charm have brought audiences around the world to their feet. Bianco captured international acclaim as a YouTube sensation with her “diva” impression videos, gaining over 25 million views. And for the first time, she is coming to Montecasino for two shows only on Saturday 11 April 2020.
Me, Myself & Everyone Else is a highly entertaining unique solo show featuring great songs, musical comedy and impressions of pop culture personalities and iconic vocalists such as Celine Dion, Barbra Streisand, Adele, Ariana Grande and many more. Don’t miss powerhouse entertainer, Christina Bianco, live on stage at the Teatrowith special guest artist, Craig Urbani.
Check out the list of nail-biting, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, hilariously funny blockbusters releasing at [email protected] Montecasino during March and April:
Friday 06 March 2020: Onward 2D and 3D | Bloodshot.
Friday 13 March 2020: The Gentlemen | The Invisible Man | Richard Jewell | Moffie.
Friday 20 March 2020: I Still Believe | Military Wives | Tabaluga.
Friday 27 March 2020: Mulan 2D and 3D | A Quiet Place Part II.
Friday 03 April 2020: No Time to Die | Peter Rabbit 2: The Runway | New Mutants.
Friday 10 April 2020: Trolls World Tour 3D.
Friday 17 April 2020: My Spy.
Friday 24 April 2020: Trouble 3D.
A Feast of Fun for Easter!
Easter is all about chocolate eggs and family fun. Why not take your little ones to Montecasino to enjoy a colourful assortment of exciting inflatables daily from Friday 10 April 2020 to Monday 13 April 2020. Gates open at 09:30 and close at 18:30.
3SIXTY – Where The Vibe Is
This trendy nightspot brings local live music to the stage every Friday and Saturday night, served along with 3SIXTY’s now-famous bespoke cocktail menu, exceptional selection of meals and sharing options, dancing, beautiful people and more.
07 and 14 March 2020 | Bianca Le Grange | 21:00 - 00:00
13 and 20 March 2020 | Boki Ntsime | 21:00 - 00:00
21 and 28 March 2020 | Earl B | 21:00 - 00:00
06 and 27 March 2020 | DJ Maestro | 21:00 - 00:00
King of the Whip
The adrenaline-fuelled action sports event, King of the Whip, will be moving to its new home and taking over Montecasino’s Outdoor Event Area on Saturday 18 April 2020. Top motocross and freestyle motocross athletes from SA will be battling it out for a share of the prize purse and the thrill of being crowned King of the Whip! Gates open at 14:00 with proceedings set to kick off at 16:00 and continue into the evening as the final showdown takes place under the night lights. Tickets are available for R50 (standing) and R80 (grandstand seating) at Quicket.co.za. Food and beverages will be on sale at the event.
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Montecasino Is Buzzing With Entertainment This February & March
Anyone Can Win at Montecasino!
Don’t miss the Anyone Can Win monthly cash draw on Sunday, 01 March 2020 and the draw for the magnificent trip to Italy valued at R200 000 on Sunday, 29 March 2020.
The latest draw saw three lucky winners go home with a fabulous R15 000 each! Just imagine – this could’ve been you! Get into the running by simply accumulating receipts to the value of R500 at any of Montecasino’s restaurants, stores, bars, theatres, movies, hotels or entertainment facilities. Each R500 will get you one entry into the monthly cash draws! Yes, you too CAN win cash, a trip to Italy or a Ferrari in the Anyone Can Win promotion!
The Rocky Horror Show is Back by Popular Demand
Pieter Toerien and Howard Panter present Richard O’Brien’s Rocky Horror Show from Friday, 17 January 2020 to Sunday, 01 March 2020! It’s a guaranteed party, which famously combines science-fiction, horror, comedy and music while encouraging audience participation which means, of course, getting dressed in the most outrageous fancy dress! Let’s do the time warp again! Tickets are from R100 - R500 excluding your Rewards discount.
Let André Hypnotise You
Feel like laughing until your sides hurt? Montecasino has the perfect answer! After an unprecedented 28 years in the industry, this will be the last time Joburg audiences will be able to enjoy André in action as he presents his André The Hilarious Hypnotist Farewell Tour until Sunday, 23 February 2020. Catch him live at Pieter Toerien’s Main Theatre – don’t miss out!
Here’s To Simon & Garfunkel
Fall in love with Simon & Garfunkel all over again in this dynamic and uplifting musical journey through more than 20 classic hits! That’s right, Here’s to You, The Simon & Garfunkel Songbook, is back by popular demand until Sunday, 08 March 2020. Catch the eight talented musicians who all play musical instruments at the Pieter Toerien Theatre!
Check out the list of nail-biting, heart-wrenching, thought-provoking, hilariously funny blockbusters releasing at [email protected] Montecasino during February and March:
Friday, 7 February: Birds of Prey, Jojo Rabbit, Malang (BW).
Friday, 14 February: Ordinary Love, Fantasy Island, Queen & Slim, Bhai's Café, Vergeet My Nie.
Friday, 21 February: Sonic the Hedgehog, Just Mercy, Gretel and Hansel, Little Women.
Friday, 28 February: Call of the Wild, The Photograph, Brahms The Boy 2, The Informer.
Friday, 6 March: Onward 2D and 3D, Bloodshot, Emma.
Friday, 13 March: The Gentlemen, The Invisible Man, My Spy, Richard Jewell, Moffie.
Friday, 20 March: I Still Believe, Military Wives, Tabaluga.
Friday, 27 March: Mulan 2D and 3D, A Quiet Place Part II.
Lighthouse Family in SA for the First Time
British musical duo, Lighthouse Family will be touring South Africa in March for the very first time – catch them at the Teatro from Friday, 20 March 2020 to Saturday, 21 March 2020! Take a trip down Memory Lane with their smash hits Raincloud, I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be, High, Lifted and many more! Tickets are from R630 to R970 per person, excluding your Rewards discount. Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime concert!
3SIXTY Is Where The Vibe Is
This trendy night spot in the heart of the action in Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination brings local live music to the stage every Friday and Saturday night, served along with 3SIXTY’s now-famous bespoke cocktail menu, exceptional selection of meals and sharing options, dancing, beautiful people and more.
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Alice In Wonderland at the Pieter Toerien Theatre
What Is It?
Pieter Toerien Productions bring you Lewis Caroll's classic fairy tale live on stage. Alice In Wonderlandwill enchant audiences young and old as the curious Alice follows the hurried White Rabbit into Wonderland. Watch in awe as she discovers all things weird and wonderful. This great family fun classic is the perfect treat for little ones, so book tickets as soon as you can!
When Is It?
Thursday, 27 February 2020 - Sunday, 22 March 2020.
Book a date this Dia De San Valentin at La Rosa Mexican Grille
What Is It?
Treat your better half to a Mexican fiesta at La Rosa Montecasino this Valentine's Day. Come and enjoy a selection of Mexican cuisine specialties, including an array of fiery tequilas! Serende your sweetheart with the sights, sounds and tastes of Mexico this Valentine's Day. Booking is essential, so make sure to secure your table as soon as possible!
When Is It?
Friday, 14 February 2020 at 11:00 - 23:00.
Where Is It?
La Rosa Mexican Grille, Store 2, Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Sandton, Johannesburg.
How Much Is It?
Make your reservation by contacting the restaurant on 011 465 0408 or via email at [email protected]
For more information
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King Of The Whip
What Is It?
Calling all adrenaline seekers and extreme sports lovers to be a part of the King of the Whip experience.
At this exciting event, you will get to witness the country’s best motocross and freestyle motocross riders battling it out in the King of the Whip - Best Whip and FMX Best Trick contests. No other form of sport defies the odds like this one. The day will showcase death-defying manoeuvres from top local and international motocross and freestyle motocross riders.
This action-packed event promises to bring something unforgettable to Montecasino, so be sure not to miss it.
Presented by Pringles, powered by Motul and in association with Monster Energy and PlayStation, King of the Whip is the best whip contest Johannesburg has ever seen.
"A “whip” is one of the most spectacular stunts that can be performed on a motorcycle. It involves highly skilled riders taking off from a ramp, and “whipping” the rear of the bike from side to side. After all the qualifying rounds and exciting final, the rider that performs the biggest whip will be crowned the winner on the night."
You can see some of this action in their Best Trick segment, which will include the likes of the Rock-Solid, Tsunami, Switchblade and many more jaw-dropping moments.
King of the Whip is not just about showcasing tricks, it's also about exceptional skills.
The Fun Begins
“Montecasino is the perfect arena for the 2020 King of the Whip showdown, and the fact that we’ve moved up to the big league and taken over this awesome venue for the day shows just how much this event has grown”, commented event organiser, Ryan van der Spuy.
King of the Whip has confirmed top SA motocross and freestyle motocross riders, Scotty Billett (FMX and last year’s King of the Whip winner), David Goosen (MX), Maddy Malan (MX), Nick de Wit (FMX) and Dallan Goldman (FMX), among others.
This is definitely something to look forward to, so prepare to be wowed by all the action.
Paul Slabolepszy's new work Bitter Winterwill be on stage at the Studio Theatre at Montecasino this March. A play about the rocky road that so many artists find themselves compelled to travel, Bitter Winter pays homage to the dreamers and storytellers that entertain and enlighten us on stage, screen and television. A definite must-see!
Directed By Bobby Heaney.
When Is It?
Thursday, 26 March 2020 - Sunday, 03 May 2020.
Where Is It?
The Pieter Toerien Studio Theatre, Montecasino, 1 Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Sandton, Johannesburg.
Visit Pieter Toerien Productions website for more information or contact the theatre box office on 011 511 9188 | [email protected]
The Producers - A Musical Comedy Must-See
What Is It?
Pieter Toerien Productions kicks off their 2020 theatre season with a bang! The Producersis a musical comedy of epic farcical proportions. Based on the 1968 film of the same name, The Producers sees fading Broadway producer Max Bialystock partner up with mousy accountant Leo Bloom to revive his career. Leo comes up with a hatch plan to skyrocket their success - by putting on the worst stage musical Broadway has ever seen! However, things go awry when their show turns out to be a hit.
This non-stop laugh-a-minute musical is a definite must-see, so book your tickets ASAP! Starring Alan Committie as Max Bialystock and Richard White as Leo Bloom.
Tsogo Sun Introduces An Out-Of-The-Ordinary New Brand - hi Hotels
Say Hello To hi Hotels
Tsogo Sun Hotels is venturing into a new space with a uniquely different hotel brand – hi Hotels. Designed to continue delivering on the group’s promise of creating great experiences, this new brand is young, authentic and modern.
Tim de Raedt, hi Hotels’ Director of Operations, says, “There is a segment of the market that is looking for an affordable, comfortable and well-designed space to stay, rather than a hotel with all the bells and whistles. They want convenience and some creature comforts, and a base from which they can explore the city, go about their business and enjoy what the neighbourhood has to offer. hi Hotels provides all that, and we’re excited to be incorporating it into the Tsogo Sun Hotels portfolio.”
What To Expect
The hi Hotels brand is positioned in the select service category, offering room rates at below R1 000. The rooms have luxurious walk-in showers, big windows, blackout curtains, coffee and tea stations, laptop-sized safes, USB ports and 48-inch TVs. The ‘living lobby’ provides space to work and play, and a convenient deli offering for a quick snack or coffee on the run.
Technology is an important element for hi Hotels. It'll be the first hotel within the Tsogo Sun Hotels stable to offer online and self-check-in facilities. The hotel’s TV system will allow guests to cast their own content to their room TV in a simple process of connecting to the free uncapped high speed WiFi, scanning a QR code and opening the app of their choice.
hi Hotels Heads To Montecasino
The first hi Hotel is opening at Montecasino in Johannesburg by late January 2020 with 123 bedrooms (46 double doubles and 77 queens) that are modern, uncluttered and comfortable. The hotel offers easy access to the many varied restaurants, bars, theatres, shops, conference and event venues, and other entertainment options at Montecasino.
The hotel is located less than 100 metres away from the outdoor piazza. “The location is a good example of what we are looking for in future hi Hotels sites. For the concept to work, we need sites that have a variety of restaurants within walking distance and centrally located near to an entertainment or corporate node.
“We’re proud to be breaking new ground with this fresh brand – and we look forward to introducing people to the hi Hotels offering,” says De Raedt.
Paul Slabolepszy's Suddenly The Stormthunders into the Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino this March. This highly acclaimed award-winning play, returns for a limited three-week season in Joburg after its world premiere at the Market Theatre in 2016.
Suddenly The Storm has been described as one of the most powerful South African plays since the birth of democracy. Set in contemporary South Africa, on Johannesburg's East Rand, the play poses the question of whether the wounds of the past can ever really be healed.
The action takes place at the home of an ageing ex-cop (Dwayne) and his much younger wife (Shanell). Combative, volatile, constantly on the verge of exploding, they are two halves of a white South African working-class couple, living an uneasy truce as they struggle with the day-to-day trials of scraping together a living and dreaming competing dreams.
Beneath Dwayne's angry, violent exterior lies the heartbreak that governs his attitude to life. He is a man in mourning. Shanell believes his current level of despair was sparked by the death of his childhood friend and recent work partner, Jonas, but the source of his mourning and anger lies much further back.
When suddenly, a storm approaches, it's not Dwayne or Shanell expect. Enter the elegant Namhla Gumede, born on 16 June 1976. Seeking answers to questions that have remained buried for 40 long years, her arrival reveals long hidden truths.
Suddenly The Storm was initially launched to coincide with the 40th Anniversary of the 1976 Soweto Uprisings. What begins as a smoldering dark comedy, suddenly turns into a roller-coaster ride of startling revelations, of rage and recrimination, before the storm finally breaks.
Who is Paul Slabolepszy?
Paul Slabolepszy needs no introduction; having written more than thirty-five plays as well as radio, television and film scripts over a 50 year career. His many plays include Saturday Night at the Palace; Mooi Street Moves, Boo to the Moon, Making like America, Smallholding, Braait Laaities, Pale Natives, My Low-Fat Almost Italian Wedding, the multi-award-winning The Return of Elvis du Pisanie and Heel Against the Head (with the inimitable Bill Flynn as Tjokkie).
Slabolepszy's theatre is the kind that throws up a whirlwind of mixed emotions - greed, love, loss and healing. Touching on distinctly South African topics that make this country so rich and rewarding for those who can brave its storms. Suddenly the Storm is directed by Bobby Heaney and features Renate Stuurman (as Namhla), Charmaine Weir-Smith (as Shanell) and Paul Slabolepszy (as Dwayne). Expect powerful acting, inspired writing and incisive direction, promising to make this production a truly memorable event.
It’s a terribly moving play and the message of optimism comes at a time when we are all foundering. While it’s a very real play, so utterly real, it’s highly entertaining.
Christmas Villages To Take The Kids To This December
Festive Magic At Montecasino
This year, bring the kids to Montecasino to experience the festive magic of the season. Visit the magical village of lights, the largest indoor Christmas lights display in Joburg, or marvel at the stories told through the state-of-the-art 3D projection on Montecasino's Tuscan facade. If that wasn't enough festive cheer for you, kids will be enthralled with the tons of free entertainment on offer at the Piazza.
Joburg's favourite shopping destination, Sandton City, is the home of a spectacular Christmas market this year. Reminiscent of a typical European market, the stalls will be housed under custom-built wooden huts. Selling an array of African-inspired Christmas gifts, the vendors will be towered by a 6m tall Christmas tree! So, come and join in for some caroling, feasting and the spirit of family at the Sandton City Christmas Village.
The Emperors Palace Garden of Lights is back! Bigger and better than ever before, the Christmas festivities will be in full swing here. Bring the little ones to Santa's Village, where the elves will be tolling away, preparing all the gifts for the big day. Or, pop into the Crafters Fair Market to find the best artisan toys and trinkets. Round things off at the adjoining carnival, which features fun rides and tasty treats, including Frosty Melts and Chip Twisters.
Cradlestone Mall presents Santa's World of Wonder this December. There will be a range of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy, including a bauble making factory, baking workshops, Toy Town, Santa’s Post Office and Santa’s Village. Kiddies will also be delighted by the main attraction at the village - a super-sized inflatable polar bear! It's a must-visit for sure.
Melrose Arch invites you and the kids to take a stroll through their electric Christmas light display this December. With an all new Fantasy Garden on the Piazza, this is one of the most popular Christmas villages in the city. Santa Claus will also be making surprise visits, so be sure to have your wishlists at the ready. Destination Christmas is the ultimate family fun experience.
Joburg Zoo have partnered with Joburg Theatre to bring you their annual festival of lights this December. Come and see an array of life-sized light displays, featuring all your favourite animals. The magnificent tree of lights, which sparkles from the centre of the zoo, will take centre stage while live performances keep you and kids entertained. You can also expect a number of food and craft stalls. See you there.
Do you know of any other merry Christmas villages in the city? Let us know about them!
Experience The Festive Magic Of Montecasino This Holiday Season
Montecasino is celebrating summer and Christmas in typical Italian style – with festivo spirit! Don't miss out on their hot lineup this December!
Visit The Magical Italian Village Of Lights
Don’t miss the magic of Christmas in an Italian village this holiday season as you marvel at the largest indoor festive lights display in Joburg. This year, Montecasino takes festive lights to unseen heights with the largest indoor display in Joburg. The specially custom-made displays, that incorporate over 285 300 LED lights, will illuminate Gauteng’s Tuscan village from Friday, 29 November 2019 at 19:00, when the lights are officially turned on. Best of all, come rain or shine, the lights can be enjoyed 24/7.
Continuing the festive magic onto the Piazza, friends and families can share in the holiday spirit with mesmerising stories told through state-of the-art 3D projection on Montecasino’s Tuscan facade, a first of its kind in Joburg. This is a must-see experience that the entire family can enjoy daily from Saturday, 07 December 2019 at 19:30 and 20:30. You can share in the magic from any of the restaurants on the Piazza or by simply standing under the stars.
Piazza Holiday Vibes For The Kids
The Piazza will be jam-packed with activities for kids of all ages from Saturday, 07 December 2019 to Sunday, 29 December 2019. The fun starts at 10:00 and continues until 18:00 every day! Entrance is FREE and includes rides on inflatable bumper cars, bungee jumping, ceramic painting, sand art, inflatables, the Piazza fountain for the kids to cool down in, candyfloss, freezos and the epic Italian touch – decadent gelato!
Get A Family Holiday Photo With Santa!
See the pure joy on your little one's face when they get to take a photo with their festive season hero, Santa Claus! You’ll find him on the promotions stage, next to Casa Bella, from Friday 13 December 2019 to Tuesday, 24 December 2019 from 12:00 to 16:00 and from 17:00 to 21:00, where children can make their wishes known and have a keepsake of this special time of year.
Ring In The New Year, Montecasino-Style
From Indian to Mexican, Italian to Greek, Thai and more, there are restaurants offering a unique experience to bring in the New Year. The Piazza will be the centre of the action, with exclusivity guaranteed to those who book directly with the Piazza restaurants. Enjoy an indulgent set menu at Ocean Basket, PortuGalo, Col’Cacchio, Hussar Grill, Malt Barrel & Fire and Milk & Honey for just R650 per person. Your reservation gives you exclusive access to the Piazza on the night as well as live entertainment and the countdown to midnight by Christian Heath and DJ Lance. There are only 1 000 seats available at the Piazza restaurants, so be sure to book early. Remember, all your purchases contribute to your Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion entry. The Outdoor Events Area will be open to the public, with all the Piazza entertainment screened live.
Goldfish Outdoor Experience
The Goldfish Outdoor Experience, on Saturday, 14 December 2019, will bring a truly unique music festival to the outdoor event area. Expect a fun-filled day with over 20 of Joburg’s best street food vendors, great live music and a kid’s entertainment zone. The proudly South African lineup includes some of SA’s best bands and DJs, such as December Streets, Easy Freak, Kyle Cassim, Ricardo Da Costa, MS Cosmo, Roger Goode and a whole lot more! Ticket prices range from R50 for children under 13 to R400 for VIP entrance. Remember, your event ticket purchase contributes to your Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion entry.
Peter Pan on Ice
The world’s premier theatrical ice-skating company, The Imperial Ice Stars, returns to South Africa with a brand-new show, Peter Pan on Ice, this December. Take a journey to Neverland in this classic tale of magic and make-believe, spectacularly staged on real ice at The Teatro from Friday, 06 December 2019 until Saturday, 11 January 2020. Book your tickets at www.montecasino.co.za or Computicket. Shows are from Tuesday to Friday at 19:30, Saturday at 15:00 and 19:30, Sunday at 14:00 and 17:30. This is a dazzling performance that's not to be missed! Remember, your show ticket purchase contributes to your Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion entry.
A Christmas Carol at Montecasino!
What would Christmas be without the classic A Christmas Carol to get us into the festive spirit and to remind us what the season is truly about? Jason Ralph (Phantom of the Opera, Shakespeare in Love) portrays Scrooge in this timeless tale of warmth and redemption from Thursday, 05 December 2019 to Sunday, 05 January 2020. Catch the action at Pieter Toerien’s Theatre for only R130 to R180 per person. Remember, your show ticket purchase contributes to your Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion entry.
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town
That’s right, Santa Claus is coming to Town this festive season at Pieter Toerien’s Studio Theatre from Thursday, 05 December 2019 to Sunday, 05 January 2020. Bring the whole family along for a fun-filled musical theatre experience featuring all your favourite Christmas songs, including Winter Wonderland, Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire, White Christmas and many more. Tickets are from R100 to R350 per person. Get yours online at www.montecasino.co.za. Remember, your show ticket purchase contributes to your Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion entry.
There's a solid lineup of blockbuster movies waiting at Montecaino! Feel the magic at [email protected] Montecasino with 21 Bridges releasing on Friday, 29 November 2019. An embattled NYPD detective is thrust into a city-wide manhunt for a pair of cop killers after uncovering a massive and unexpected conspiracy. If you prefer a good, side-splitting comedy that will also pull at your heart strings, book your tickets for Last Christmas, releasing on Friday, 06 December 2019. On Friday, 13 December 2019, you can catch the much-anticipated Jumanji Sequel. This nail-biting show will, as always, have the whole family totally captivated from start to finish. And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker hits the big screen on Friday, 20 December 2019! Remember, your movie ticket purchase contributes to your Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion entry.
Don’t Forget About The Bird Gardens
Get down to the magnificent Montecasino Bird Gardens and wander through the enchanted walkways. After exploring the gardens, you can quietly watch a wide variety of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world as they go about their everyday life. In their walk-through aviary, you'll find over 60 species of birds, including Scarlet Ibises and Nicobar pigeons, reptiles and small mammals, with smaller antelope wandering freely in the undergrowth. And remember, your entrance ticket purchase contributes to your Anyone Can Win a Ferrari promotion entry. Fantastico!
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The Mzansi Ballet Presents The Queen Show
What Is It?
Looking for something that's different from your usual ballet? Then be sure not to miss this amazing performance. Mzansi Ballet and Pieter Toerien present a family-friendly production honouring the rock band whose music has stood the test of time - Queen. The diverse and talented cast has performed around the world and now come together at Montecasino's Pieter Toerien Theatre for this world-class production featuring Queen’s music.