Free Things To Do On Your Birthday In Johannesburg, Durban & Cape Town

This August we’re celebrating Travelstart’s 11th birthday with amazing flight specials. Birthdays are the best and we’ve tracked down birthday freebies in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban to help you celebrate your special day! Just remember to take along your I.D.

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Get a free City sightseeing ticket for your child and two of their friends, Johannesburg & Cape Town

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When kids join the City Sightseeing Kids’ Club (sign up for free here) they’ll get a voucher for themselves and two friends to travel for free on their birthdays. Kids qualify for this special every year from the ages of 5 to 15, and the friends accompanying the birthday child need to be under 15.

Birthday Thrills at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg

Rides, slides and birthday fun at Gold Reef City amusement park. Kids get free entry to Gold Reef City on their birthday if you sign up for the Birthday Thrills package for 6 kids (including the birthday child). The birthday child will receive free entrance to the Theme Park, including all applicable rides and a complimentary birthday meal and juice plus a birthday gift. Tickets for children under 1.3m tall are priced at R195 per child (their tickets include a meal, juice, a toy, sweets and rides). The tickets are R235 per child for children above 1.3m tall. Read more here.

Birthday specials in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban:

Free birthday surprise with Nu Metro Scene Club.

Sign up for free to the Nu Metro Scene Club and receive a birthday surprise. Any birthday offers will be valid for 7-days only within the customer’s birthday week.

Free movie ticket on your birthday with Ster Kinekor

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Join the SK Club for free here and receive a free movie ticket on your birthday. In order to qualify you need to reach their VIP level which means you need to watch 15 films a year. Great for cinephiles.

50% off your Sorbet treatment, countrywide

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Join Sorbet Society for free and receive a 50% off voucher in your birthday month, plus your birthday discounts get bigger as you progress through the tiers and earn more points. Valid for 1 week before and 2 weeks after your birthday. Did someone say pamper party?

Free birthday coffee in Joburg and Pretoria


Enjoy a free coffee from Starbucks. Sign up for their loyalty rewards programme for free and earn 1 point on every R2 spent. Once you reach 250 points you unlock free beverages and early access to seasonal drinks like gingerbread lattes during the festive season. Once you reach 750 points you’ll have access to the gold level and you’ll receive a free beverage on your birthday, free refills and VIP invites.
Store locations in Joburg and Pretoria include:
Menlyn Park, Menlyn Maine, Mall of Africa and Rosebank.

Good to know

Starbucks is opening a store in Cape Town and Durban this year.

Birthday Specials exclusive to Durbs


Book your child’s birthday party at uShaka Marine World and they’ll receive a free Platinum pass. This grants them free entry into Sea World and Wet ‘n Wild for one year, four free parking vouchers plus a a buy one get one free deal for the Snorkel Lagoon, Ocean Walker and Shark Dive among other benefits. Find out more here.

Birthday Specials in Cape Town

Get a free return ride on the Cable Car on your birthday

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What better place to celebrate a new year than on top of magnificent Table Mountain.
You have to be a South African citizen and over 18 years of age to qualify. Remember to take along your I.D. If adverse weather conditions mean the Cable Car isn’t running that day, you can still go along and get your free ticket printed and then you can use it for 7 days from that date. If the Cable Car is closed for annual maintenance you can collect your birthday ticket one week before or one week after annual maintenance which is from 24 July to 6 August, 2017. Remember to collect and use your ticket on your birthday (before 4.30pm).

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Free dessert platter at Piano Bar

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This stylish joint offers patrons a free dessert platter on their birthdays after their meal, which includes a mini crème brûlée, a scoop of ice cream and three mini choux pastries with a soft chocolate mousse center. Make sure to pre-book to ensure stocks do not run out on the day.
Call: 021 418 1096
47 Napier Street, De Waterkant

Free drink and meal to the value of R80 at JC Brasserie and Pub, Zonnebloem, Cape Town

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This fun spot will help you get the birthday celebrations started with a free drink with a meal to the value of R80 on your birthday. Don’t forget your I.D. to prove your advancing digits!
Call 021 461 4594 to make a booking.
18 De Villiers Street, Zonnebloem, Cape Town

Saturday birthday special at Knife Restaurant, Century City

If you book a table of 8 or more people on any Saturday in your birthday month your meal will be on the house at family-friendly Knife Restaurant. Everybody needs to eat a main meal, the special is not for takeout and also not for sharing. Don’t forget your I.D.
The home-smoked ribs come recommended.
Corner Century Boulevard and Rialto road, Century City
Call 021 551 5000 to make a reservation.

Free entrance to Rantanga Junction on your birthday!

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The perfect birthday outing to remind yourself you’re young at heart. You’ll need to be a member of their club for at least 5 working days before your birthday to qualify. Sign up for free here.

Free R100 birthday voucher from Cape Town Fish Market

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Sushi and birthdays go excellently together. To qualify for their R100 birthday voucher you’ll need to sign up for free to their loyalty program by downloading their Loyalty Box app, find out more here.

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