50 Fun Things To Do In Johannesburg For Under R200, Your 2018/2019 Guide

[Updated on 31 July 2018]

Jozi’s got it all – the energy, the friendliest people, the freshest ideas and the high-octane lifestyle and unique character which attracts people from all over the world. We want to help you make 2018 your year to explore Joburg with 50 fun ideas that are surprisingly easy on the pocket.

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Here is a list of fun things to do in Johannesburg in no particular order:

1. Visit the Locrate Market in Soweto

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Cost: Entrance is free!

The self-described lifestyle market “to break all markets”, the Locrate Market has “mother trucker” food trucks, live music, poetry readings, bike tours, craft beer and singular designer apparel. Held the first Sunday of every month from 11:00 to 18:00. Its founders’ vision is to empower entrepreneurs and create indelible experiences.

Contact: 071 996 0080 | Address: 10823A Pooe Street, Cnr Ramushu Street, Orlando West, Soweto

2. Hop on a Red Bus Tour

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Cost: A one-day open bus tour costs R200 per adult or R180 if you buy online. Pay R100 (online) for children, while children under 5 travel for free (max 2 per adult).

The most cheerful way to discover Joburg is on the roof of a shiny red city sightseeing bus.  Hop on, hop off the red bus and choose how you spend your time. The City Sightseeing tour comes with audio commentary available in 15 languages. This tour is a great way to get the best views and vibes of the City of Gold. You should definitely add it to your list of fun things to do in Johannesburg itinerary.

3. Reflect at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory

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Cost: Free. Donations are welcome.

The Centre of Memory can be found at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a non-profit organisation started by Madiba in 1999. Visit the current exhibition which focuses on photography during the State of Emergency. Submit a booking request via the website to visit the centre. You can visit the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 09:30 and 15:30.

Contact: 011 542 5600 | Address: 107 Central Street, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg, 2198

4. Three-wheel through Jozi on an e-tuk-tuk

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Cost: R50 for a ride. Tuk-tuks must be booked in advance via phone.

No longer reserved for Bangkok’s congested streets, e-tuk-tuks are a refreshing, environmentally-friendly and fun way to cover short distances in Melville cheaply. It also means you get to take in the sights without stressing about parking or traffic. Look for the large “e” on the side of the tuk-tuk.

Contact 072 316 8099 | Address: 66 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg, 2092

5. Grab a drink at the coolest rooftop spot in JHB, the Living Room

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Cost: Entrance is free. You’ll need to purchase tickets for events held at The Living Room (prices vary).

The Living Room is a rooftop oasis made up of ever-changing vertical gardens. The delicious meze and smoothies are highly recommended. Swing in a hammock or sip a smoothie surrounded by greenery and a spectacular view. Open to the public on most Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 15:00 to 21:00 and Sundays from 12:00 until 20:00.

Contact: 084 529 9006 | Address: 5th Floor Main Change Building, 20 Kruger Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg, 2094

6. Slam dunk with Bounce

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Cost: R140 for one bounce session (the price includes a pair of Bounce Grip socks (R30). Student and family discounts are available.

Bounce your heart out on 50 interconnected trampolines, do epic slam dunks, flips and serious kicks or enjoy a game of trampoline dodgeball with your mates. There are junior jumping designated areas for kids under 6 and grip socks to keep everyone safe.

Contact: 011 517 2500 | Address: Waterfall Lifestyle Centre, Woodmead Drive & Maxwell Drive, Jukskei, Midrand, 1682

7. Rediscover your city with Mainstreet Walks

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Cost: East City Cycle Tour  – R200, Picnic in the Sky – R250, Urban Hiking Tour – R400.

Feel the pulse of the city, explore its arteries. Try their “east city cycle tour” or their “picnic in the sky” at full moon. They also have an Inner City Urban Hiking Tour (a little bit pricier) which is a combination of walking and making use of the city’s public transport. With many of Johannesburg’s heritage sites and the city’s cultural melting pot on these tours, you’re in for some amazing fun. Book your tour online.

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8. Visit the James Hall Museum of Transport for free

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Cost: Free. Donations to keep the museum running are appreciated.

Steam locomotives, penny farthings and ox-wagons will keep kids intrigued for hours. These exciting vehicles can be seen at the James Hall Museum of Transport in Johannesburg. This incredible establishment is the largest and most comprehensive museum of land and transport in South Africa. The James Hall Museum of Transport is a stop on the red city bus tour. Open Tuesdays to Fridays (09:00-17:00), Saturdays and Sundays (09:00-12:00, 13:00-16:00). Closed on Mondays, every third weekend of the month and 25 to 26 December.

Contact: 011 435 9718 | Address: Pioneer Park, Rosettenville Road, La Rochelle

9. Check out Uncle Merv’s in Maboneng

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Cost: Smoothies are R40

For an awesome vibe, classic shakes and expertly brewed coffee Uncle Merv’s in Maboneng is a fun thing to do in Johannesburg. Open Monday to Sunday, 07:00 to 16:00. You can also rent a bike from Uncle Merv’s and explore the inner city.

Contact: 083 659 4233 | Address: Maboneng East City side of Inner City, Kruger Street, Johannesburg

10. Shop at the Oriental Plaza

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Cost: Entrance is free.

Founded in the mid-1970s, Oriental Plaza is a great thing to do in Johannesburg, to embrace the city’s diverse cultures. The best bargains can be found at this indoor bazaar. 360 shops offer everything from clothes to rugs, spices, linen, jewellery and appliances. Don’t be shy to try out your bargaining skills. Oriental Plaza is open from 09:00 to 17:00 (Mon – Fri), 09:00 to 15:00 (Sat), closed on Sunday.

Contact: 011 838 6752 | Address:  38 Lilian Ngoyi Street, Fordsburg, Johannesburg, 2092

11. SAB World of Beer

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Cost: R125 for adults, R45 for children under the age of 18, pensioners and students pay R115.

Two-time winner of the number one tourist attraction in SA, an SAB World of beer tour is a must for anyone fond of a cold one or just interested in the fascinating political and economic history behind our beloved brewery. Sample raw barley and hops, ask questions and fill up on interesting facts about the origins of beer drinking in SA. After the tour, you can do a beer tasting included in the ticket price or simply enjoy the views of Newtown from the tap room while sipping on two complimentary SABMiller Beers. Bookings are essential. The SAB World of Beer is open seven days a week from 10:00 until 18:00. The last tour is at 17:00, except for Sundays and Mondays, when the last tour is at 16:00. This is a stop on the red bus route.

Contact: 011 836 4900 | Address: 15 Helen Joseph Street (formerly President Street), Newtown, Johannesburg, 2042

12. Feed the ducks and take a boat out on Zoo Lake

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Cost: A minimum charge of R15 per boat, adults R10 per hour, children (under R14) R7.50 per hour.

Take some seeds along and have a lovely afternoon out at Zoo Lake feeding the ducks and geese. You can also rent out a rowboat which fits up to six people. You’ll have a great time paddling about. The boat club is open from 09:30 to 17:00 from Tuesday to Sunday (it’s closed on Mondays). You can also go bowling at the bowling green or have a picnic.

Address: Parkview, Randburg, 2122

13. Brunch at Milk Bar in Kramerville

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Cost: R20 for a double espresso.

Afro-inspired hip hang-out Milk Bar has healthy breakfasts, strapping coffee and zesty gin cocktail nights on Wednesdays. They open bright and early at 07:00 in the week.

Contact: 072 641 8977 | Address: 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196

14. Kitchener’s Comedy Night

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Cost: R30!

Kitchener’s at the Milner Hotel in downtown Jozi is an institution. It’s over 100 years old and Joburg’s second oldest pub. Enjoy up and coming comedians strutting their stuff at Kitchener’s comedy night, held every Thursday. Check their Facebook page before-hand for upcoming events.

Contact: 079 106 3697 | Address: Cnr Juta and  De Beer Street, Braamfontein, 2000

15. Head to Pata Pata for a burger, stay for the jazz

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Cost: R75 for the Pata Pata Burger!

Popular 60’s themed jazz restaurant filled with good people, good food and good music. Pata Pata serves traditional African inspired cuisine. Delicious meals on the menu include lamb shank, chicken breasts, crocodile wors and oxtail stew.

Contact: 073 036 9031 | Address: 286 Fox Street, Jeppestown, Johannesburg, 2094

16. Catch a thought-provoking flick at the Bioscope Independent Cinema

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Cost: Get a Bioscope ticket, pizza (1 x Margarita pizza) and craft beer combo for R102 – The drink option will change over time and cannot be exchanged on arrival.

Located in Downtown Johannesburg, this innovative and independent cinema takes you back to when the word “bioscope” was the norm. This important cultural space aims to provide a platform for diverse content on screen. The Bioscope is a fun and educative space to get your movie fix. Don’t miss out on their fabulous pizza deal combo. Look out for their amazing rooftop cinema events.

Contact: 011 039 7306 | 286 Fox Street, City and Suburban, Johannesburg, 2094

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Cost: Adults R48, Children aged 3-16 pay R32, free for children under the age of 3, pensioners and students pay R32.

Winner of numerous travel and education awards, the Science Bono Discovery Centre will capture your kids’ imagination and ignite a life-long love for science. Housed in a repurposed power station, find it on the corner of Miriam Makeba and President streets, Newtown, Johannesburg. It is close to other Newtown attractions such as the Market Theatre and World of Beer. Open 7 days a week.

Contact: 011 639 8400 | Address: Cnr Miriam Makeba Street & President Street, Newtown, Johannesburg, 2107

18. For a helluva night out look no further than Hell’s Kitchen

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Cost: R160 for the Bad Ass Baby Back Ribs.

Food, drink, music, mayhem is the motto. There’s a secret room behind the bookcase, live music on the weekend and an unpretentious vibe.

Contact: 079 980 9591 | Address: Shop 4. 7th Street Melville, Johannesburg, 2109

19. Contemporary cool at Gallery MOMO

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Cost: Free!

Get your fix of the best contemporary South African and international art at Gallery MOMO, set in an airy Parktown house. It was established by Monna and Lee Mokoena in 2003. Open Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 18:00, and 09:00 to 16:00 on Saturdays.

Contact: 011 327 3247 | Address: 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg, 2193

20. Take in the view from the tallest skyscraper in Africa!

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Cost: Admission to the Top of Africa is R15 for adults and R10 for children under 12.

Ride the elevator 50 floors up to see the awe-inspiring view from the top of the Carlton Centre Good to know: this is a stop on the red bus tour. Open every day but closes at 14:00 on Sundays.

Contact: 011 308 1331 | Address: 150 Commissioner Street, CBD, Johannesburg, 2001

21. Dine at The Troyeville Hotel

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Cost: The prawn dinner with other options is R249 p/p. Non-dining tables available at R70 p/p (guests can order a starter or a prego etc.). 

Drop in at The Troyeville Hotel for a taste of the delicious Portuguese and Mozambican flavours. This beautiful space with flamingos on the dining room walls has a great ambience where you can dine with friends and family. Their Sunday lunches are a favourite amongst Joburg locals and you’ll find good value meals, including prawns and fish. If you’re looking for things to do in Johannesburg, head to The Troyeville Hotel for a delicious meal at this family-friendly establishment. Find out about their menu on The Troyeville Hotel’s Facebook page.

Contact: 011 402 7709 | Address: 25 Bezuidenhout Street, Johannesburg, 2139

22. Neighbourgoods Market

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Cost: Approximately R50 for something delicious for brunch, R28 for a standard latte.

This legendary Saturday market has the goods to keep you coming back for more. The Neighbourgoods Market is famous for its array of locally-sourced food, live music such as Majozi and fun atmosphere. It is the place to be, on Saturdays, for brunch and mimosas or perhaps flourless chocolate fudge cake from Made With Love enjoyed with an iced coffee.

Contact: 011 403 0413 | Address: 73 Juta Street, Johannesburg, 2000

23. Amazing birds at Montecasino

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Cost: Adults pay R75, children 2-10 years old pay R50, children under 2 are free, while pensioners 60 and older pay R50.

Go for the fantastic flight show and meet Oliver the Southern White Pelican among many other lively characters. You’ll also encounter sloths, chameleons and red-ruffed, ring-tailed and brown lemurs in the park. Open from 08:30 to 17:00 every day. The Flight of Fantasy Shows take place weekdays at 11:00 and 15:00, and on the weekends at 11:00, 13:00 and 15:00.

Contact: 011 511 1864 | Address: Cnr William Nicol Drive & Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg

24. Find nature within the city at Melville Koppies Reserve

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Cost: R60 per adult and R40 per child.

This nature reserve and heritage site are found in the heart of Joburg. It provides a great vantage point to see how the 3-million-year-old ridges that made up the Johannesburg landscape, before the advent of the gold rush. The central area is the safest for hikes as it has controlled access. You can join a hike or guided tour every Sunday at Melville Koppies Central. No booking required. Find out more on the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve website for details of starting times and dates.

Contact: 0111 482 4797 | Address: 4 Judith Road, Emmarentia, Randburg, 2195

25. Rosebank Rooftop Market

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Cost: Entry is free!

Joburg is a flourishing city of rooftops and trees (an estimated 10 million). This Sunday market is a fun, family-affair on the roof of Rosebank mall. 09:00 to 16:00.

Contact: 011 028 7818 | Address: 50 Bath Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg, 2196

26. Chase down the Minotaur of the mind at Amazing Mazes

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Cost: R150 per adult, R100 per child. Families consisting of 2 adults and 2 children will pay R420.

Kids and parents alike will have the best time exploring the different mazes, secret gardens and completing mind-bending quizzes. From February to May there’s a mielie maze and an elemental reed maze open from June to December.

Contact us: 073 795 2174 | Address: 82 Boland Road, Zandspruit 191-lq, Johannesburg, 2040

27. To a tee at World of Golf

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Cost: The daily rate for non-members is R159!

If you’re looking for a relaxing day in the city, things to do in Johannesburg are in abundance. Consider a game of golf at The Momentum World of Golf. It is a peaceful place to practice every shot imaginable. Non-members can gain access to all facilities except the fitness centre and grass tees for only R159.

Contact: 011 545 8600 | Address: Cnr Woodmead Drive and Maxwell Drive, Johannesburg, 2148

28. Coffee tasting at Bean There Coffee Company

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Cost: Latte R26, tasting menu R55 (includes two alternative brew methods).

Located in the trendy 44 Stanley area, Bean There Coffee Company is a great space to grab a coffee on the go or for a casual get-together with a friend. It is the first roaster of Certified Fairtrade in South Africa. The coffee company also hosts fun coffee tasting evenings, with a coffee-related quiz. Bean There Coffee Company is open from Monday to Friday 07:30 – 16:00, Saturday 09:00 – 15:00, and Sunday 09:00 – 12:00

Contact: 087 310 3100 | Address: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark, Johannesburg, 2092

29. Action Cricket

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Cost: Action Cricket prices are available on request. Approximately R600 for league games (R600 divided among team members).

Fun for all ages, action cricket is a lively way to involve the whole family. 70 minutes per game with all equipment provided.

Contact: 0861 ACTION (228466) | Action Cricket has multiple arena locations in Joburg

30. Take the original inner-city walking tour with Past Experiences

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Cost: Lookout for their Budget Tours which start from R170 per person.

Experience Jozi on the ground. The original inner-city walking tour company, Past Experiences, has a Braamfontein Art tour, architecture tours, graffiti and historical tours and many other authentic Jozi experiences on offer.

Contact: 083 701 3046

31. Get your adrenaline fix at the Orlando Towers

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Cost: From R60 per person.

This is the site of the world’s first bungee jump between two cooling towers. A variety of adrenaline junkie activities are available with the most affordable being the 25-metre rock climbing course (R60 per person) and the group paintball at R200 per person (100 balls each) available at the bottom of the western cooling tower. If you’re keen to spend a bit more and you’re feeling up to the challenge the Bungee Jump is R550.

Contact: 071 674 4343 | Address: Cnr Chris Hani & Sheffield Road, Orlando East, Soweto, 1808

32. High tea at Lindfield Victorian House Museum

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Cost: R150 for a tour and high tea served afterwards.

Step back in time to the Victorian era at Lindfield House and indulge in a traditional high tea with cream and scones. The historic spaces at Lindfield House make for the perfect space for a High Tea. You’ll need to book at least one week in advance.

Contact: 011 726 2932 | Address: 72 Richmond Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg, 2006

33. Catch a jazz show at the Orbit

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Cost: Varies per show, from R120.

The Orbit is a warm bistro with serious jazz performances. Open from Tuesday to Saturday from 17:30 to 01:30.  Booking in advance highly recommended. See the programme calendar for more information.

Contact: 011 339 66 45 | Address: 81 De Korte Street, Braamfontein, Johannesburg, 2001

34. Grab a meal at The Potato Shed

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Cost: Average price of a main course meal R150.

The Potato Shed is a must visit with its incredibly delicious menu. Everything comes in huge portions and will satisfy your palate. Located in the historic Newtown Cultural Precinct, The Potato Shed is a steam-punk inspired restaurant. You’ll get to enjoy unique dishes, including their signature biltong and wasabi crisps.

Contact: 010 590 6133 | Address: Newtown Junction Cnr Carr and, Miriam Makeba Street, Newtown, Johannesburg, 2001

35. Ubuntu Kraal Brewery, Soweto

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Cost: From R65 for a gourmet boerie roll.

This atmospheric brewery serves up excellent food (gourmet boerie and apple ale pork ribs) and that liquid elixir- Soweto Gold beer. You may get to meet the “Mad master brewer” Ndumiso M. Madlala himself. The beer garden is open Saturdays and Sundays from 10:00 until late. Closed Mondays. You can also book the old train carriage for private events.

Contact: Call 074 738 0355 to book at the restaurant/beer garden and 072 867 29 53 to book a brewery tour.| Address: 11846 Senokoanyana Street, Dube, Johannesburg, 1801

36. Channel your silly side and Zorb around in a giant inflatable ball at Jozi X

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Cost: ZORBS are R150 per person for one roll. Mountain Board Park is R180 per person for lessons, hire of equipment and riding thereafter.

Jozi X has the longest zorb ride in South Africa. Climb into the 3-metre diameter inflatable ball and roll down the 200-metre long slope. Jozi X also has slacklining to practise your balancing skills and develop core strength, the crazy sport of Bubble Soccer and the Big Air Krush Kushion Jump. This will get you practising serious tricks, flips and rolls on skateboards, BMX bikes and snowboards. Call ahead during the week to book a session. Open Wednesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 17:00.

Contact: 082 456 2358 | Address: Cnr Maine & Sloane Street, Bryanston, Johannesburg, 2191

37. Cheer on the Kaizer Chiefs on their home ground in the biggest stadium in Africa

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Cost: The price of events at FNB stadiums vary. Catch a soccer match from as little as R70.

The biggest stadium in Africa, the FNB stadium, goes by many names including Soccer City. It’s built in the shape of a Zulu clay pot traditionally used for serving umqombothi. Vuvuzelas and ‘gees’ are welcome.

38. A treat for the senses at the largest flower market in the southern hemisphere

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Cost: Free

The 50,000 square metre specialised flower warehouse, the Multiflora flower market, sees 1 million flower stems pass through its doors in just three to four hours! Private shoppers are welcome to browse through the largest flower market in the southern hemisphere.

Contact: 011 613 4011 | Address: 1 Marjorie Street, City Deep, Johannesburg, 2000

39. The Market Theatre

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Cost: Tickets average around R150 per person.

The Market Theatre was an integral part of the struggle and continues to produce strong, forward-thinking performances. Award-winning pieces in the past include Woza Albert, Asinamali, Bopha, Sophiatown, You Strike a Woman, You Strike a Rock, Born in the RSA, Black Dog.  The superb standard of theatre continues with cutting-edge performances on offer.  Monday hours are 09:00 to 16:00, Tuesday to Saturday hours are 09:00 to 20:30 and Sunday hours are midday to 17:00.

Contact: 011 832 1641 | Address: 56 Margaret Mcingana Street, Newtown, Johannesburg, 2001

40. Drive over the Nelson Mandela Bridge

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Cost: Free!

The bridge is symbolic of Nelson Mandela’s role in uniting South Africa by bridging the racial divide of apartheid. This awesome bridge has incredible views of the city, especially when it’s lit up at night! Note the red city tour does drive this route.

41. Think quick in the Escape Room

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Cost: R1410 for a group of 6 people (R235 per person).

The antidote to rainy-day boredom, this is the ultimate puzzle game for adults and kids. Each puzzle requires 2 to 6 players. You will have 60 minutes to work as a team to puzzle your way out of the room.

Contact: 061 586 6285 | Address: 1st Floor, Dunkeld West Centre, Cnr Jan Smuts Avenue and Bompas Road, Dunkled West

42. See rare eagles at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens waterfall

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Cost: Adults R50, free for children under the age of 6, scholars R15, students (with valid student card) R30, pensioners gain free entrance on Tuesdays.

Take a break from Jozi’s bustling city and venture into the peaceful cover of the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens, a 30-minute drive from the CBD. If luck is on your side you may spot the nesting pair of Verreaux’s (black) eagles in the cliffs by the Witpoortjie Waterfall. Don’t miss out on stargazing in early September and October. The adjacent Emmarentia Dam is a great spot for a picnic.

Contact: 086 100 1278 | Address: Olifants Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg, 2194

43. Keeping it cool at Northgate Ice Rink

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Cost: Entrance fee – R80, skate hire – R35.

The Northgate Shopping Centre ice rink is a great place to cool off while getting in some fun exercise. Keep an eye on their Facebook page as they often hold fun events like foam parties and celebrity bands/DJs.

Contact: 011 794 8706 | Address: Northgate Shopping Centre, Northumberland Avenue, North Riding, Johannesburg, 2162

44. Wits Origins Centre

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Cost: Adults R81, Children under 12 pay R40, Seniors & Wits Staff R66, University students with student card R40.

This unique museum is dedicated to celebrating the origins of humankind, including fascinating rock art. You’ll find this mindblowing museum on the University of Witwatersrand campus. Go on a journey dating back over 80,000 years with profound information about ancient art and culture. There are audio tours available at the Wits Origins Centre. On occasion, there are public lectures in the evenings. Open every day from 10:00 to 17:00.

Good to know: If you are willing to spend more there is a “test your own DNA” tour on offer.

Contact: 011 717 4713 | Address: Origins Centre, Cnr Yale & Enoch Sontonga, Wits University, Braamfontein, 2050

45. Bryanston Organic Market

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Cost: Free!

Live music, handmade goods, a tea garden and craft activities for the kids. This is a great option especially if you are looking for a weekday market. The market is open on Thursdays and Saturdays from 09:00 to 15:00.

Contact:  011 706 3671 | Address: 40 Culross Road, Bryanston, Sandton, 2191

46. Wednesday nights at Sir James van der Merwe’s

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Cost: Dawa Cocktail R45!

Climb the steep staircase up to the distinguished bar, open to the public on Wednesday nights. The view of Sandton and the decor is exceptional. Sir James van der Merwe forms part of Katy’s Palace, the magical event venue which is a sister venue to the famous Emily Moon restaurant in Plettenberg Bay. This fantastic bar has gained world recognition, as it is listed on Bloomberg’s “35 cocktails to try around the world”.

Contact: 072 607 4235 | Address: 6 Desmond Street, Kramerville, Sandton, 2090

47. 27 Boxes

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Cost: Free!

This avant-garde shopping centre is constructed entirely out of shipping containers. 27 Boxes is dedicated to uplifting the lives of the community and supporting their entrepreneurs. This is the perfect place to source a unique gift and sip on a freshly-pressed juice or a homemade ice cream.

Contact: 011 482 1090 | 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg, 2109

48. The Military History Museum for fascinating military planes and other relics

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Entrance: Adults R40 p/p, learners and students R30 p/p, and South African senior citizens R20 p/p.

The South African War Museum is regarded as the symbolic home for all soldiers and veterans in South Africa. See awe-inspiring artefacts from Umkhonto-we-Sizwe, the Anglo-Boer war, the Anglo-Zulu war and various other historical battles on display. There are programmes and activities designed for all age groups. Open daily from 09:00 to 16:30.

Contact: 087 086 7019 |  22 Erlswold Way, Randburg, 2132

49. Gold Reef City

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Cost: R215 for persons above 1.3m, R180 for pensioners above R60, R135 for persons under 1.3m, R180 students (with a valid student card), and free of charge for children under 3 years.

History and adventure collide at this unique gold rush theme park. There are activities to suit all budgets so everyone can enjoy this fantastic amusement park. Located in the south of Johannesburg, Gold Reef City is a must visit once you’re in the City of Gold. There is an array of things to do, including an animal farm, slow train rides and a 4D movie theatre.

Contact: 011 248 5000 | Address: Corner of Northern Parkway & Data Crescent, Ormonde, Johannesburg, 2159

50. Beerhouse for a cold one

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Cost:  Beer prices vary! Choose from a range of mouthwatering beers.

And last but not least, head to Beerhouse in Fourways. They stock at least 99 craft beers both local and imported, host fun quiz nights, silent discos and serve excellent pub fare.

Contact: 011 462 2402 | 1 Sunset Avenue & Witkoppen Road, Fourways, Sandton, 2191

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  1. This is super! I’m not far from Joburg. Will certainly do many on this list. Thank you very much.

  2. Hi,

    I need the go carting place in Johannesburg, preferably the South of Joburg. I really enjoyed going through this site, more places to go to. It’s fun, thank you.

    Tladi

  3. Thank you for the list…. We are going to Escape Room tomorrow… so thrilled!

  4. Oh yeah bring it on lol…
    Thank you very much for the list, will most def try doing some with my pampoens.. Some more playtime and outings with my 7 years old and 8 month old. fun fun fun and more learning for us..
    Highly appreciated..

  5. Thanks for a really informative site. Well done – going to get off the couch and into my city. Just a ?. I do know quite a few of the venues – what is safety aspect like for example parking, eg James Hall Transport Museum (i heard it’s pretty run down), would love to take some overseas guests in Feb. Much appreciate any feedback.

  6. Great post

    I will be in SA come February 2017. What’s the weather like and also how much does it cost to sky dive as well as an chopper ride

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      Afternoons can be fairly hot with average high temperatures reaching 25 °C Overnight temperatures are generally mild with an average low of 14 °C

      For any activities you will need to contact the company direct, they will be able to advise on the costs.

      Enjoy your time in Johannesburg.

  7. I have just discovered this list, I guess my 2017 will be filled with fun and learning new things while in Jozi

    • Hi there Amanda,

      Thank you for contacting us, I am happy for your discovering, its pretty impressive dont you think! Happy exploring and tagg a couple of friends and loved ones along 🙂 ~Charlene

  8. I like the list, plan to go through at least 20 of the items on the list this year…

  9. wow this is awesome,will definitely check the places out n tnx 😀

  10. Very interesting…Certainly going to visit most of this places.

  11. The Military History Museum is not in Randburg!

    • Sarah,

      Having lived in Jozi for many years there seems to be a number of errors on Google and Garmin. I.e. Parkhurst is listed under Randburg and I suspect that this is where the error has possibly crept in. Regards

  12. i’m on a mission to try everything on the list before the year ends. I can’t wait 🙂

    • Hi Ilunga,

      Awesome! It’s going to be a great and fun filled year 😀

  13. Hiya. Free comedy nights on Mondays at Poppy’s restaurant, Melville 7th street. Every Monday. Free entrance.

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for the tip, will be sure to pay a visit when next in Joburg.

      Always up for a good comedy show.

  14. Just noticed spelling mistake. It is the Walter SISULU botanical gardens not Sisula. (The “U” at the end is pronounced phonetically as ou in the word you not as u in upper).

    • Hi Kabelo,

      Thanks for the heads up on this. Really appreciate it. We will make the correction on our side.

      Have a great day and week.

  15. This is a great link…. much appreciated!
    Very helpful

    • Hi Pearl,

      Thanks for the feedback 🙂 Glad you enjoyed.

  16. Where is Sterfontein caves and Maropeng? For me the very best place for tourists and locals to visit in jhb.

    • Hi Sue,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      I’ve googled the location of Sterfontein caves and Maropeng.

      If you have any further questions you welcome to contact Maropeng visitor center: General telephone number (Maropeng and Sterkfontein Caves) : +27 (0)14 577 9000

      GPS co-ordinates:

      Latitude: -25.967098

      Longitude: 27.662507

      OR

      -25°58’01.5528″, 027°39’45.0252″

      OR

      S 25 Degrees 58 Mins 01 Second
      E 27 Degrees 39 Mins 45 Seconds

      OR

      -25.96694444444444 27.6625

  17. Aaaah but you’ve forgotten South Africa’s favourite past time. What about playing a game of soccer at Discovery Soccer Park?

    • Hi Moira,

      Thanks for the tip. Will be sure to add that in next time 🙂

  18. This is a super cool post. Looking forward to visiting these places.

    • Hi Jerr,

      Tanks for the awesome feedback. Glad you enjoyed the read.

  19. Fantastic! I am a big Jozi enthusiast, and thought I knew it all – but I discovered many new places in this list. How about a monthly review of things to do/events to attend?

    • Hi Joss,

      We have so many other things we write up on.

      The 50 fun things to do I think will keep our Jozi enthusiasts busy for a while 😉

      Keep an eye out on our blog for all the other awesome write ups.

  20. Definitely going to visit most of these places with my girlfriend this year. Thank you so much for the list.

    • Hi Kabelo,

      Glad you enjoyed the read. Yes so many awesome places to explore 🙂

      Enjoy, sure its going to a fun.

  21. hi,
    great blog.
    suggestion:
    can you create a print friendly version for download?

  22. Great list of things to do in Jozi for visitors as well as locals. Have tried some and will be visiting some of the others. I would like to point out that the Emmarentia Dam is not situated near the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort (Item 42) but is in fact approximately 25km away in the suburb of Emmarentia at the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens.

  23. I want the direction to zoo lake

    • Hi Tshidiso,

      Thanks for contacting us.

      Directions will depend on from what area you will be driving from. It’s best you contact them direct or Google, this will give the information you looking for.

  24. I have always wanted to visit south Africa, but I find most of the places on the continent of Africa can be extremely expensive and one of barriers preventing African Caribbean looking into these areas but adding to that there is the negative propaganda by the western social media. But these negative information will not deter me and many other like minded people.

    • South Africa is actually a lot cheaper than other African countries in my experience. South Africa is a lot more developed than most other African countries. A lot more competition makes for much lower prices. 🙂

  25. Fantastic!! 2 down, 48 to go!!

    • Hi Kozo,

      Awesome! Enjoy sure its going to be so much fun 🙂

  26. Is there a similar list for the mother city?

  27. So interesting, will visits some places this year

    • The Living room made my day

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