With the gambling industry generating record-breaking revenue in the US and online gaming increasing in popularity across the globe, more of us are now using casinos than ever before. While well-known locations like Las Vegas and Monte Carlo may be the most famous land-based casino meccas, you might be more surprised to learn that Africa is also home to a diverse and thriving gambling industry. On the African continent, you can find a range of luxurious gaming resorts where you can enjoy world-class service and experience the best that land-based casinos have to offer. Whether you’re a casino lover based in Mother Africa or a tourist searching for a top location for your exotic African gaming holiday, check out this selection of ten of the most popular casino resorts worth visiting on the continent:
1. Wild Coast Sun
Providing stunning views of the Indian Ocean, this spectacular beach casino resort is nestled in the Eastern Cape, 1km away from the Kwa-Zulu Natal border. Best-known for its impressive collection of water slides (which make up part of the famous Wild Waves Water Park), Wild Coast Sun is a ‘one size fits all’ resort that features enough diverse activities and family-friendly entertainment options to keep any tourist happy. If you don’t feel like splashing around in the pool or getting your fill in Wild Coast Sun’s numerous bars and restaurants, you may decide to take a trip to the Wild Coast Casino, where you can enjoy a wide selection of the finest slot machines, tables and jackpot games.
2. Es Saadi Marrakesh Resort Palace
Es Saadi Marrakesh Resort Palace is based in the Moroccan tourist magnet Marrakesh and provides a wealth of services including 8 restaurants and bars, a spa and various entertainment options. This luxurious high-end resort also serves as the illustrious home of Marrakesh’s first casino – the Casino de Marrakesh, which was first established in 1952 and restored to its former glory in 2003. Guests at the resort can make the most of this historic gambling site during their stay and play a range of casino classics including slot machines, roulette and blackjack. The Casino de Marrakesh is particularly well-known for its poker options (which include Omaha, Stud and Texas Hold ‘Em) and regularly plays host to big-name poker tournaments such as the Winamax Sismix, the Marrakesh Poker Open, the World Poker Tour National and the World Series of Poker Circuit.
3. The Palace of the Lost City
The Palace of the Lost City is one of four luxurious 5-star hotels that make up South Africa’s revered Sun City resort. Located in the beautiful North West Province between the Pilanesberg Mountain and the Elands River (close to the city of Rustenberg and 140km northwest of Johannesburg), Sun City is a well-established tourist resort that was first officially opened in 1979 and is often cited as the top-rated casino resort in the country. Additionally, the resort includes 5 restaurants, a pool and a day spa, guests at the luxurious Palace of the Lost City hotel can also access an excellent casino and gaming room featuring an incredible selection of popular slots, many of which are playable at online platforms such as Silver Oak Casino, a top-rated site that caters to US players’ needs.
Terrou-Bi is a stunning 5-star resort complex situated in beautiful Senegal, a West African country famed for its nature reserves and amazing wild animal parks. The Terrou-Bi casino resort is based in the nation’s capital Daka, just ten minutes from the buzzing downtown area. Guests at Terrou-Bi can expect to enjoy luxury service and amenities such as a heated infinity pool, a private beach, a fitness centre, two lounge bars, three restaurants and access to a state-of-the-art casino. Also home to 10 conference rooms and banqueting centres, this resort could get a great choice whether you’re looking to throw a party or work function, relax by the beach or place some wagers in the gaming room.
5. Peermont Monidor at Emperors Palace
Based in the beautiful Eastern Cape district of O.R. Tambo (named after the famous anti-apartheid figure Oliver Tambo), the Peermont Monidor at Emperors Palace is a jewel in the crown of gaming venues in the Wild Coast Region. The Peermont Monidor provides guests with a 4-star, family-friendly experience in comfortable rooming options which include classic rooms, superior rooms, executive suites and presidential suites. Perfectly located for visitors to the world-renowned Emperors Palace casino, the site is also home to the luxurious eatery the Oriana restaurant and the classy Sliver Moon Bar, if you’re feeling thirsty after a few rounds of gambling. Just 9 minutes away from Kempton Park Golf Club and 1 minute from Johannesburg airport by car, the Peermont Monidor at Emperors Palace is well worth a visit for any tourist in The City of Gold.
6. Domina Coral Bay Resort Casino Sharm El Sheikh
Situated in the heart of buzzing Egyptian tourist hotspot Sharm El Sheikh, less than 2 miles from the famous Hollywood Sharm El Sheikh and Ghibli Raceway, the Domina Coral Bay Resort is an extremely popular choice amongst US tourists due to its great location. Providing guests with an array of useful holiday amenities such as cycle hire, babysitting, a fitness centre, two pools, a bar, spa, restaurant and private beach access, the Domina Coral Bay Resort Casino is also home to the elite Aladdin Casino, where discerning gamblers can enjoy the best in slots and table games.
7. Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort
Highly rated by visitors and locals alike, the Mazagan Beach & Golf Resort is based in the beautiful Moroccan town of El Jadid, a short distance south of the iconic city Casablanca. Home to 15 bars and restaurants including the Oasis, the Olive and Market Place, the Mazagan Beach & Gold Resort is a great spot to sample the national cuisine, but if you’re not eating your way through the country you may also find time to try out the tennis courts, fitness centre, spa and on-site casino and gaming room.
8. Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort
The Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort is yet another versatile African casino resort that has proven popular with tourists from the United States and even further afield. Based on the beautiful Diani Beach in Kenya (a country where tourists are able to take part in an abundance of wildlife safari activities), this attractive resort provides guests with access to over 450 metres of idyllic beachfront. As well as comprehensive casino and gambling options, the Leisure Lodge Beach & Golf Resort also provides access to entertainment such as numerous bars and restaurants, aqua-aerobics and visits to intriguing local attractions including the famous snake park.
9. Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casino Sharm El Sheikh
Located a stone’s throw away from the shore on the promenade of Sharm el Sheikh’s picturesque Naama Bay, the Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casino could be a great choice of casino resort if you’re a beach lover. Depending on which booking option you go for, your room could be as close as 50 or 700 metres to the beach. The resort provides access to a variety of entertainment options including scuba diving, horse riding and safaris, while the famed Casino Royale (operated by Casinos Austria International) sits just opposite the main building.
10. Desert Light Solitaire Resort Marsa Alam
As one of the most popular options amongst tourists in Marsa Alam (the Egyptian resort town famed for its coral reefs, lagoons and sandy shores), the Desert Light Solitaire must be doing something right. This budget-friendly resort provides a more affordable alternative to some of the high-end venues on this list, despite the fact that guests can still enjoy plenty of the same perks such as room service and concierge service. If you’re not taking a dip in the pool or enjoying famous local beauty spots such as Marsa Mubarak or Wadi el-Gemal National Park, you can take a spin in Desert Light Solitaire’s in-house casino.