Desert Palace Casino – Upington

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Situated in the heart of the Kalahari in Upington lies the Desert Palace Hotel and Casino Resort.

Home to lush green gardens and date palm trees, Upington lies on the banks of the Orange River. With soaring summer temperatures it’s a great place for a peaceful retreat after a desert-run in the Kgalagadi. Enjoy the tranquillity beside the river with its backdrop of rows of palms.

Situated on the Upington Golf Course, The Desert Palace Hotel and Casino Resort offer a welcoming and relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy all that Upington offers. Whether you’re looking for excitement or tranquillity you’ll find a world of entertainment at The Desert Palace Hotel and Casino Resort.


Whether you’re a seasoned gambler or just wanting to try your luck the Desert Palace Casino has something for everyone. There are 169 slot machines on offer in a variety of denominations ranging from 5c to R5. The slot machines on offer include slots, video, and poker machines.

There are six casino table games at the Desert Palace Casino including two Blackjack tables, one Poker table, and 3 Roulette tables.

All casino staff are extremely helpful and friendly and ensure guests understand how each machine or game works to ensure a pleasurable casino experience.


Bella Roma Pizzeria and Grill

This fully licensed restaurant offers as Sushi Bar, Seafood delicacies, Grills, and Gourmet Pizza. The weekly specials and pub lunches are a local favorite, so why not treat the family to a meal at Bella Roma Pizzeria and Grill, you won’t be disappointed.

The restaurant also offers a play area for the kids equipped with jungle gyms and a games room, making it a treat for the whole family.


As one of the best entertainment destinations in Upington, Desert Palace Hotel & Casino Resort fulfills all your entertainment needs and offers the ideal location for special event celebrations, year-end functions, weddings, birthday parties, and more.

The complex also offers the following entertainment options, to keep the whole family
entertained for hours:

  • Entretenga Games Arcade – Live like a kid again and try your hand at over 20 arcades and video games, or sit back, relax and enjoy one of the latest blockbusters at the 6-seater 5D Cinema.
  • 18-hole Upington Golf Course – A true Kalahari course with deep orange surfaces and well-maintained green fairways. The course plays to a length of 6032m and is rated 71. Although the course is fairly flat and straightforward, don’t estimate the challenge the wind factor could bring.
  • Delicia – A one-stop shop offering basic essentials to something sweet to nibble on.
  • Putt-Putt course – An 18-hole putt-putt course with panoramic views of the Kalahari, fun for the whole family.
  • Creche – Let your kids be entertained and looked after by professional and fully-trained childminders at the Creche.
  • Ten-pin bowling – 4-lane bowling alley, an exciting attraction for any family.

A mini-train ride – The Desert Palace Express offers loads of fun for both young and old with a scenic train ride along with the Upington Golf Course.


The Desert Palace Hotel offers comfortable accommodation in the heart of the Kalahari right on the Upington Golf Course. Offering a relaxed and tranquil environment it makes for the perfect location to enjoy a cocktail at the pool, cool down in the swimming pool, or take a stroll through the golf course. The hotel prides itself on personalized service with attention to every detail, offering exceptional accommodation offering to all guests.


The hotel offers 24 superior rooms and 36 standard rooms.

Local Attractions

For guests who are looking to explore the greater Kalahari region, take a shot' left and discover
some of the areas local attractions:

Orange River Cellars

Wine tasting with a difference. Taste a wide selection of well-priced wines, or opt to pair your wine choices with a selection of cheeses, olives, and biltong.

Kalahari-Orange Museum

Offering a journey into Kalahari history, the Kalahari-Orange Museum showcases amongst other things, the fascinating story of the Upington 26 who were wrongly jailed under Apartheid.

Kgalagadi Transfronteir Park

For guests looking for an adventurous breakaway, the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is one for the bucket list. Witness the infamous red dunes of the Kgalagadi dotted with herds of springbok, gemsbok, and blue wildebeest. Get the chance to spot the huge black-maned lions who take refuge in camel thorn trees, or manage to find a leopard, eagle, or eland strolling the Kgalagadi plains.

Accommodation in the park is varied, with two main rest camps. Family cottages, chalets, or campsites are on offer. The Desert Palace Casino is an oasis of entertainment for the whole family. Whether it's a relaxing Kalahari retreat or an exciting entertainment destination you re after, you’ll be spoilt for choice with entertainment options for both young and old at The Desert Palace Casino.


Contact Details

Physical Address: 1 Olifantshoek Road, Keidebees, Upington, 8801

Phone: +27 054 338 4100


Map & Directions

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