Meropa Casino and Entertainment World in Polokwane celebrated its 20th birthday on Sunday, 27 March, and gave guests the opportunity to win fantastic prizes, including R40,000 in Xtra play rewards on the day.

Meropa, part of the Sun International group, has been the heartbeat of Limpopo and is one of the star tourist attractions in the province, offering guests a Moroccan-style fiesta in the heart of South Africa’s northernmost province, famed for its abundant wildlife and spectacular scenery as well as rich cultural heritage.

Meropa Casino General Manager, Sammy Mokhele, who has been with the Sun International group for more than 20-years and who worked at the property at the time of its opening  said: “It seems like just yesterday when we opened  and it has been incredible to witness the growth, which is a testament to the vision and dedication of everyone who has been a part of the Meropa family over these past two decades.”

Mokhele himself returned to Meropa as General Manager in November 2020, having previously worked there as General Manager from 2008 to 2013, before moving to Sun City.

His return to Meropa coincided with the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic but he and his team have managed to steer the ship through the turbulent waters as operations eventually resumed under strict operational protocols, including reduced guest capacity.

“As we celebrated our 20th birthday, we looked back over the years which have included the most trying of times as a result of the pandemic, with a tremendous sense of pride and accomplishment and we look forward to an even brighter future.”

According to Mokhele, Meropa is already the main entertainment destination in Limpopo but the property is not resting on its laurels and is intent on building out its “family entertainment facilities in order to cater for the growing leisure market in the province”.

He said epic shows, the ability to host functions, events and activations, as well as great casino prizes and giveaways, all form part of improving Meropa’s exceptional customer experience and services.

The Meropa Casino and Entertainment World has quickly become a landmark all-in-one entertainment destination, building up a loyal following and attracting first-time visitors. The property offers both smoking and non-smoking casinos, with a wide range of slot machines and tables games including Blackjack and American Roulette.

A variety of dining options, from fast food to fine dining, are on offer for guests, while the three-star hotel Meropa Hotel was designed to ensure superior comfort and convenience. With 54 standard rooms and six suites, it is the perfect location for a conference or weekend getaway.

Providing entertainment for all ages is easy at Meropa. Guests can walk around the tranquil Wildthingz park or enjoy a pampering treatment at the House of Asante Spa that will leave you relaxed and rejuvenated. Expand your local knowledge with a visit to the Cultural Village, which uses edutainment and traditional dance to showcase African life and history.

Many of the attractions were shut during the hard lockdown as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, but all of these have now reopened, and activities resumed with full Covid-19 health and safety protocols in place.

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