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Ridge Hotel

Corner President Avenue and N4 Highway, Witbank, Mpumalanga, 1034, South Africa
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Best avoided unless you're a hard core gambler

by written on May 19, 2011

The Ridge 'Casino and Entertainment Resort' (as its website rather pretentiously describes it) is probably the most obvious place to stay in Witbank, as its blue roof and distinctive architecture are conspicuous from the N4 highway. However, unless you're a hard core gambler, I would suggest that you think twice about staying here.

Gambling was not legal in South Africa until after the transition to demoncracy in 1994 - indeed, many of the former 'homelands' such as Bophuthatswana largely subsisted on a bizarre mix of subsidies from the apartheid regime and revenue from casinos established just over the border from South Africa, to which would-be gamblers would flock over a weekend. In the years since gambling has been legalised in South Africa, a number of casinos have sprung up - usually on the fringes of large towns - to service the gambling fraternity.

Witbank is a mining town, and as mining is a relatively well paid occupation, there's a lot of money sloshing around. The Ridge has been established to cater for this clientele, and also offers accommodation and dining facilities. I haven't personally stayed here, but the feedback that I get from everyone else who has (including my husband) is less than positive. Quite apart from the general seediness that is a hallmark of smaller casinos, reports indicate that the quality of accommodation and service is inconsistent, and of course, as the hotel directly overlooks the highway, it isn't the most peaceful of places.

It is also ridiculously expensive: admittedly, accommodation in Witbank is more costly than elsewhere because of the high demand and relatively limited supply, but even so, the Ridge's tariffs are at the upper end of the spectrum.

If you're looking for somewhere to drink and gamble the night away and then tumble into bed, then this might be ideal for you: otherwise, give it a wide berth and rather consider one of the Protea hotels in town instead.

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Amenities at Ridge Hotel

  • Swimming Pool
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Free Parking
  • Suites
  • Free High Speed Internet

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