There are loads of interesting things to do in the City of Gold, but we’ve narrowed the list down to 15 awesome activities that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Explore the city’s main streets and back streets. There’s an ‘east city cycle tour’ that’ll only set you back about R180, or enjoy a picnic in the sky at full moon for about R200. Check out their website for more info.
2. Reminisce at the James Hall Museum of Transport
Situated at Pioneer Park, Rosettenville Road, La Rochelle, the museum is closed on Mondays, but open other days until 4pm or 5pm, depending on the day. It’s one of the stops on the red bus tour (see point 3), and it’s free.
Jo’burg’s sunny winter days create the perfect backdrop for sightseeing from the top of an open-top bus. A day ticket costs R160 for adults, and the commentary comes in 15 languages, so you can practise your Spanish while catching a tan (and seeing some sights, of course).
Visits are restricted to Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays upon request. 107 Central Street, Houghton.
With 50 interconnected trampolines and designated jumping areas for kids under 6, this is a winner with old and young alike. The cost is R140 per session, but there are student and family discounts available.
Enticing bargains galore await the patient shopper. With 360 shops to choose from, keep an entire morning or afternoon open to explore the carpet, spice, jewellery, linen and appliance shops. Parking will cost about R4 an hour.
Beer tasting, tours of the brewery and views of the trendy and beautiful Newtown, make this a seriously cool Jozi outing. It’s open 7 days a week and costs R105 per adult. (This is a stop on the red bus tour.)
Rent a row boat, or just take some bread along and feed the ducks. Zoo Lake is a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of Jo’burg and it costs less than R30 for two adults to rent a boat. (The boat club is closed on Mondays.)
286 Fox Street is the location; a pizza, beer and movie combo is the drawcard; R120 is the cost.
Situated in Parktown North, go to Gallery MOMO to see some of the best contemporary South African and international art. Entrance is free.
Ride the lift 50 floors to see Jo’burg from a whole new angle. This is a stop on the red bus tour and costs only R15 for adults.
One of Jozi’s oldest-running book clubs is at Troyeville Hotel. An evening of dinner and discussion will set you back about R200. Check out their Facebook page to keep in the loop with upcoming events.
Art tours, architecture tours, graffiti and historical tours are all on offer. Cost is R150 per person. Call 011 678 3905 to book your place.
Situated at 81 de Korte Street in Braamfontein, the Orbit offers good food and incredible jazz. Booking in advance is strongly recommended. Shows cost about R120.
The vibrant atmosphere and excellent grub make this a must-visit. The beer garden is open on Saturdays and Sundays and a boerie roll will set you back about R65. Brewery tours and private functions can be arranged by calling 072 867 29 53.
You see? Cape Town doesn’t have all the best spots in South Africa.