31 Fun Things To Do In Johannesburg Under R200

[Updated July 2018]

Everybody knows Joburgers love getting out and about … dare we say even more so than their southern peers? To help the city get even more social this summer we took on the challenge of finding fun things to do in Johannesburg … easy! Finding things to do on a budget … well it turns out suit central isn’t always what it’s made out to be, with a whole host of inexpensive discoveries and activities to suit all ages. We set ourselves one strict limitation … whatever we put on this list of fun things to do in Joburg won’t cost you more than R200 per person.

The costs you see below are subject to change at the organisations’ discretion. Contact the organisation directly for the latest prices and information.

Find out what to do in Johannesburg with our list of fun activities that won’t cost you the Earth.

Bus about Joburg on a Hop On, Hop Off basis

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Cost: R180 for a 1-day ticket for the Red City Tour (buy online and save R20).

Like Cape Town, Johannesburg’s Red City Sightseeing Bus is your best bet if you’re a fresh arrival in the City of Gold. It’s also a great option if you’re looking for fun things to do in Johannesburg on a budget; for only R180 (that’s the price for adults, it’s R100 for children aged 5–17 and kids under 5 go free), the bus will help you get acquainted with the city on a hop on, hop off basis all the while you can choose to sit on the open-top upper deck or in sheltered comfort underneath while the running commentary introduces you to the urban core of Mzansi.

Contact: 0861 733 287 | View location

Abandon traffic for cold beer at Beerhouse in Fourways

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Cost: There’s 99 bottle of beers on the wall. Pick your poison … and your price.

Having featured on the things to do in Cape Town on a budget list, there was no way we could exclude colourful Beerhouse from this narrative after it opened in Johannesburg in August 2014. Big, bright and beer-coloured, the Joburg branch occupies an easily accessible location at Pineslopes Shopping Centre on Witkoppen Road. They’re serving up an impressive arsenal of local, international and craft beers to thirsty, traffic-defying masses. If Beerhouse is not a fun thing to do in Johannesburg, then we don’t know what is.

Contact: 011 465 2402 | View location

Also check out the best burger and beer spots in Johannesburg

Painted face cocktail sipping sessions under the African Sun at Moyo

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Cost: Varies as per Moyo menu. Starters range from R45 – R85. Salads are R79 – R120. Main meals start from R99

The face painting waitrons at Moyo are a deft hand at getting you into the spirit of Mzansi with their freehand creations. Situated at Zoo Lake, the Moyo here is a good choice for drinks and eats in one of Joburg’s most popular city greenbelts. The relaxed park setting is ideal for kid parties, adult events or just kicking back with a cocktail on the deck. By day Moyo offers a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere; as the sun sets, fabulous live music sets the tone for an evening of fine-dining and ethnic vibes.

Try their hearty winter set menu at R189pp for 2 courses, or R229pp for 3 courses.

Contact: 011 646 0058 | View location

A-Maize your kids in Honeydew

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Cost: R150 per adult and R100 per child (under 16). R420 for Family of 4 (package rate). 

Honeydew “A-Maize-Ing” Mazes has been around for more than 10 years now and have established themselves as the go-to destination for Johannesburg children’s parties and corporate events in the North. Without giving too much away, the main attraction is a giant maze where you can get lost, making your way back to reality by answering a quiz. They’re open every weekend and public holidays from 10:00 to 17:00; last ticket sales are at 14:30. Honeydew Mazes welcome picnics. Give the mazes a try … if your employees don’t love you for it, your children certainly will. They are open every weekend and public holidays.

Contact: 073 795 2174 | View location

Spritz & swim in the city at Poolside, Maboneng

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Cost: Food prices range from R60 – R150.

A newcomer, Poolside in the Maboneng Precinct brings al fresco Italiano aperitivo to Joburg’s revamped inner city. Aperitivo is Poolside’s take on the Italian afternoon ritual of unwinding over drinks and snacks, only they’re doing it around a pool in the city all day long. Adding to its sunny allure is the location. Tucked away in an unexpected location behind the Museum of African Design, expect refreshing drinks (the Aperol Spritz being their flagship) to beat the heat rounded out by a menu of appetizing tasting boards (in the shape of the pool) for two and light meals.

Contact: 011 614 0263 | View location

Get up close to the king of the jungle at the Lion Park

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Cost: A range of prices available. Self-drive (including lion cub interaction) costs R220 per adult.

It’s been voted the No.1 tourist attraction in Gauteng, as well as making Newsweek’s Top 100 Perfect Tourist Destinations in the World list. Open every day of the year from 08:00 to 17:00 Monday to Friday, and 08:00 – 20:00 on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, the Lion Park guarantees close encounters with some of Africa’s most revered species. Home to more than 85 lions, including the rare white lions, and many other carnivores such as cheetah, wild dog, and hyenas, Lion Park is neither a game reserve nor a zoo; providing an opportunity for local and international tourists to learn more about wildlife in a safe environment. The Lion Park also supports research programmes in the wild.

Contact: 087 1500 100 / 076 187 3883 / 082 382 4473 / 076 981 7704 / 076 871 6853 | View location

Fulfil you Tuscan dreams at Montecasino, Fourways

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Cost: Entry to Montecasino is free! What you want to spend once you’re inside is up to you.

The sky’s the limit when it comes to what you’re allowed to spend at this glitzy one-stop entertainment complex; however, you’ll probably do better to set yourself a guarded budget if you really must chance your arm at the machines in the casino. For those who aren’t interested in gambling there’s plenty more fun things to do here; enjoy shopping at several specialty stores, have dinner in the sky, visit the Bird Gardens at Montecasino for family fun, feast on the menus of more than 35 franchises and exclusive restaurants, and discover Johannesburg culture at the theatre, movies at Parker’s Comedy Club – the home of South African stand-up Comedy. All of this and more under one Tuscan-encrusted roof makes for an unbeatable indoor entertainment bonanza at Montecasino!

Contact: 011 510 7000 | View location

The Woods Paintball Range

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Cost: The standard R130 package is all you need for a 3-hour session.

On our list of  fun things to do in Johannesburg, this is by far one of the most fun! You’ll find The Woods Paintball Range on a desolate plot Just 10 minutes North of Fourways Shopping Mall in Johannesburg. If the setting isn’t enough to bring out the G.I. Joe in you then the price definitely will be. For just R130, you’ll get all the gear needed to get on the range for 3 hours. The Woods Paintball Range is located inside a beautiful forest. The realistic setting will allow you to feel the rush of adrenaline as you dash through the forest. Bachelors, boys and girls of all ages shouldn’t miss this opportunity to run wild on the range – The Woods Paintball is open 7 days a week; call them now to book your war session.

Contact: 079 387 4217 | View location

Spearheading Art in South Africa – The Goodman Gallery

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Cost: Entry to The Goodman Gallery is free!

It’s fair to say The Goodman Gallery in Rosebank has seen its fair share of action over the years. This is where the controversial “The Spear” painting was once exhibited … and where it was vandalized. Despite the controversies it’s maintained its position as a well-respected art gallery around the world, and in South Africa, The Goodman Gallery is at the forefront of contemporary art with major spaces in Johannesburg and Cape Town.

Contact: 011 788 1113 | View location

Tour the home of the nation’s refreshment at World of Beer

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Photo Credit: @sabworldofbeer via Instagram

Cost: Adults R127 | Pensioners R117 | Students (with valid student card) R117 | Children (up to 17 years) R46 | Red Bus R122 | Pub-Lunch entrance fee R51 | Beer Tasting R117 | Tour and Tasting Package R197 | Evening Tour R170

If beer is something you simply can’t imagine living without, then perhaps it’s time to get a little closer to the beverage that’s been your reliable source of refreshment all this time. SAB has been brewing their brands since 1895, and in the Johannesburg World of Beer tour they pass some of their wisdom, history, and culture on to you. The 90-minute interactive tour makes use of 3D movies, holograms, and massive screens to impart their story; complimentary beers in the Tap Room meet you at the end.

Contact: 011 836 4900 | View location

Get back to nature at the Melville Koppies Reserve

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Image courtesy of Pascal Parent from Flickr.com

Cost: Free to visit!

The Melville Koppies are part of the rugged Witwatersrand Ridge that runs from west to east through the western and northern suburbs of Johannesburg. The Koppies are a nature reserve and they provide an unusual vantage point from where you can look out over the northern suburbs all the way to the Magaliesberg. If you’re looking for free fun things to do in Johannesburg, a visit to the Melville Koppies is a must. There have been sporadic reports of people being accosted in the Koppies, so don’t go alone, and avoid quiet times (weekends are your best option).

Contact: 011 482 4797 | View location

Be(er) in your element at The Radium Beer Hall

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Cost: The Radium’s well-priced menu confirms a good time for all under R200.

The Radium Beer Hall is the oldest surviving bar and grill house in Johannesburg. Located on the corner of Louis Botha Avenue and 9th Street in Orange Grove, it’s an ideal option for any social occasion with its live jazz and warm atmosphere helping to ensure a patronage that has extended decades. Under the Apartheid regime it was notorious for illegally selling alcohol to black patrons in a predominantly white suburb. Nowadays it’s a popular film location, and in the owner’s words, it’s “the last surviving decent watering hole in Louis Botha Avenue.”

Contact: 011 728 3866 | View location

Enter trinket town at Neighborhoods Market Johannesburg

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Cost: Free to visit!

Browsing more the multitude of lively stalls at this rooftop market won’t cost you a penny, and even when you do find something you’re willing to cough up for, you can guarantee it will be as competitively priced as anywhere! The Neighborhoods Market Johannesburg is the ideal Saturday outing taking place from 09:00 to 15:00 on the rooftop parking in the heart of Braamfontein. Like Cape Town’s Biscuit Mill, this is definitely one of the most fun thing to do in Johannesburg on Saturday morning, so if you haven’t tried it yet, you’re missing out for sure!

Contact: 081 416 2605 | View location

Take a tour with PAST Experiences

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Cost: Prices range from R 90 to R 400 per tour.

Jo and the team from PAST Experiences offer the original Joburg walking tour. They started doing budget walking tours especially aimed at Johannesburg locals in 2009 to get residents into corners of the city they otherwise wouldn’t have gone to. From bargain shopping on Smal Street to lunch in Vilakazi Street Soweto, PAST Experiences are all about discovering the city on foot, and their walking tours offer a healthy and alternative way to see far flung corners of the urban sprawl like no other. Jo really knows about what can be found under the skin of Johannesburg; as such her walking tours are bound to put you in touch with the city’s peculiarities unlike any guide book could ever do.

Contact: 011 678 3905 / 083 701 3046 (Jo Buitendach) | Meeting point locations depends on which tour you choose

Also Read: Interactive Bike Tours around Johannesburg

Gold City or Croc City?

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Cost: The entrance fees is R80 for adults, R70 for pensioners and R60 for kids (under 12).

Some may disagree with us that the Croc City is one of the many fun things to do in Johannesburg, but if you try it out, you may change your opinion about that. Open everyday, Croc City Crocodile & Reptile Park is on a farm only 5 minutes drive away from Fourways and is one of the most exciting places to take your flock this holiday with thrilling activities, delicious food and of course, the creatures. Here you will be given the opportunity to handle a baby crocodile as well as a variety of exotic snakes and even a tarantula. Croc City offers (safe) encounters with some of South Africa’s most venomous snakes, including the black and green mamba, boomslang and more.
 After the tour you can relax in the tea garden that serves light lunches or enjoy a special pizza from the Pizza Restaurant, while the kids cavort in the shaded play area.

Contact: 083 321 1016 / 083 657 7561 | View location

Shaft your Mine(d) on thrilling rides at Gold Reef City

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Cost: R215 Persons (above 1.3m) | R180 Pensioners above 60 years | R135 Persons (under 1.3m | R180 Students (upon presentation of student card) | Free of charge for Children under 3 years.

The range of prices available to Gold Reef City customers reflects a Johannesburg institution where there is something for everyone! Offering an entertainment extravaganza extreme in the south of Joburg, the amusement park does a lot more than stomach-churning rides. It’s located on an old gold mine which closed in 1971, but the mining heritage runs thick through its veins. Staff wears period costumes of the 1880s, while the buildings are designed to mimic the same period. It has a 4D movie theatre, animal farm, a mini open-air circus, slow train rides around the whole entertainment park, live entertainers and lots of shops and restaurants.

Contact: 011 248 5000 | View location

Tigers Milk Restaurant & Bar

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Cost: Craft beers start at R45 for 500ml | Meal for 2 R300

The Tigers Milk brand is sturdily making a name for it’s self in the social scene. Trendy Tigers Milk Bryanston is no exception. From Beerhouse, a chilled atmosphere, to Tiger’s Milk – a more sophisticated pint swallowing setting. In their words, “Tiger’s Milk is the best destination for ‘dude food’, made good. Epitomising handcrafted goodness with a menu that takes pizza, grills and burgers to the next level, pair these with our locally made Tiger’s Milk Lager and you’re sure to leave satisfied.

Contact: 010 286 0105 | View location

Swap 5 day games for 70 minute sweat sessions at Action Cricket

Action Cricket

Cost: Action Cricket prices are available on request. You’re looking at about R600 for league games (R600 divided between team members).

When it comes to indoor sports, Action Cricket is a whole new ball game! The Action Sports genre took South Africa by storm in the 90s and it hasn’t slowed down remaining the country’s premier indoor sport venue. Action Cricket, Action Netball, Action Hockey, Action Sandball and Action Soccer are still some of the fastest growing social activities in South Africa, and in Johannesburg, you’re never too far away from an arena. Action Cricket combines fun, fitness and competition, and its simplicity allows people of all ages to play: men women, young old, cricketers and non-cricketers.

Contact: 08611 ACTION (228466) | Action Cricket has multiple arena locations throughout Joburg

More than a museum! Get in touch with your roots at Wits Origins Centre

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Cost: Adults:  R81 | Seniors & Wits Staff: R66 | University Students with student card: R40 | Children under 12: R40

The Origins Centre, located on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand in Braamfontein, takes you on an 80, 000 year journey from past to present in search of ancient art and culture. This is the world’s only museum dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind. The Museum provides visitors with a unique experience of Africa’s rich, complex heritage and boasts an extensive collection of rock art from the Wits Rock Art Research Institute. You can even have your genetic heritage traced by purchasing a DNA kit!

Contact: 011 717 4700 | View location

Follow the money at the ABSA Money Museum

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Cost: Access to the ABSA Money Museum is free!

Some will call us cheeky for suggesting that money talks in the power city, but come on … it’s more of a compliment than anything. Well now you can really get in touch with your money hungry side with a visit to the ABSA Money Museum. Entry is free (oh the irony!), and it’s really worthwhile as you discover our financial history in the stylish Absa Towers West building in the heart of the CBD.

The museum is open Monday to Friday (08:00 – 14:00). Remember to bring your ID for entry into the building. A tour guide is provided for groups (maximum of 15 people and booking is essential), and the Museum also specialises in tours for the hearing impaired.

Contact: 011 350 3003 | View location

Unearth bargain Johannesburg shopping at Oriental Plaza

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Cost: Prices vary; many bargains to be had for less than R200.

Oriental Plaza has been rooted in the very heart of Johannesburg since the 1970s. In the 360 individually-owned stores you’ll find a unique shopping bazaar where the spotlight is steadfastly shone on mountains of bargains … don’t be shy to bargain with traders for the best price. The centre has developed a reputation for being the jewellery pricing mecca of South Africa and continues to offer customers the opportunity to experience high quality, low prices and great variety on fashion, appliance, spices, toys, linen and more.

Contact: 011 838 6760 / 011 838 6752 | View location

The Goliath Comedy Club

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Cost: R172.25

If you are not convinced so far that there are fun things to do in Johannesburg, then you probably haven’t been to the best comedy club Coburg has to offer. The Goliath Comedy Club based at the heart of Melrose Arch, has turned the Joburg comedy scene on it’s head! GOLIATH and GOLIATH was established in 2014 and since then MD Kate Goliath and comedians, Jason, Nicholas and Donovan, have built one of the most unrivaled brands in the South African entertainment scene. It was only a couple years later that The Goliath Comedy club was born.The team have round up some of South Africa’s most talented comedians from the around the country on one stage. Taking place every Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 19:00, R172.25 gets you in the door for an evening of side-splitting laughter.

Contact: 011 431 1297  | View location

Revel in vertical adventures at Orlando Towers

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Cost: Climbing: R48 p/p | Paintball: R160 p/p (100 balls) | Base Jump R200 p/p 

Recently extended to 100m, the outdoor climbing wall at Orlando Towers is the perfect place to challenge your abilities from different angles. The setting is what makes it so great – the Orlando Towers are one of the most distinctive landmarks in Soweto; they’re also the site of the world’s first bungee jump between two cooling towers. There’s also Bungee Jumping (R550) and Straightjacket Bungee (R900) if your budget and heart condition allow.

Contact: 071 674 4343 | View location

Tap your inner Tiger at World of Golf in Midrand

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

Fun things to do in Johannesburg may come in different shapes or forms. Unwinding over a bucket of golf balls be somewhat therapeutic. The Momentum World of Golf was developed to help golfers (and non-golfers) realise their dream of being able to practice every shot imaginable. Think of it as some kind of fantastical golfing theme park where you can practice your swing and improve your game in peace. R159 gains non-members entrance and access to all facilities except the fitness centre and grass tees.

Contact: 011 545 8600 | View  location

Take your holiday on ice at the Northgate Ice Rink

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Cost: Entrance fee: R80 | Skate hire: R35

The Northgate Shopping Centre ice rink is the only place you’ll want to be to cool down in the Jozi summer heat. Practice your waltz jumps, toe loops, and axels in the chilled Northgate Ice Arena – it’s a pretty cool hangout and great exercise! The Northgate Ice Rink often have awesome events such as foam parties and celebrity bands/DJs so make sure you’re in the loop to find out when the next cool event is happening.

Contact: 011 794 8706 | View location

Fourways Farmers Market

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Photo Credit: @fourwaysfarmersmarket via instagram

Cost: Free to visit!

A Sunday morning filled with Artisanal deliciousness, haylbale picnic lawns, bubbles and live music, is a Saturday morning well spent. Located on the original Fourways Farmstead this delightful market boasts 107 carefully picked community vendor stalls ladened with freshly picked produce and beautiful locally made garments. Take a walk in the nursery or sit under a Jacaranda tree while chatting to an old friend, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better way to spend your Sunday.

Contact: 10 534 6622 | 11 465 0877| View location

Sniff flowers for Africa at the Multiflora Flower Market

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Cost: Free to visit!

A world of colour and scents collide at the Multiflora Flower Market south of Johannesburg where you will find the freshest flowers in the country  … it’s a beautiful sensory assault. The 50, 000 square metre specialised flower warehouse sees some 300 million flower stems pass through its doors annually. This translates into an astounding 1 million flower stems a day 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 | View location

Journey to the ‘Top of Africa’ at the Carlton Centre

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Image courtesy Chris Eason from Flickr.com

Cost: Adults: R15 | Children under 10: R10

At 223 metres, the view from the top of the Carlton Centre promises a unique, uninterrupted vantage point from where to enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown Jozi from. Even though it has been the tallest office building in Africa for the past 45 years, the Carlton Centre was once the tallest building in the entire Southern Hemisphere and the 50th floor, the topmost floor of the Carlton Centre, is known colloquially as the “Top of Africa”.

Contact: 011 308 1331 | View location

Keep the kids entertained at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

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Cost: Children: R32 | Adults: R48 | Children under 3: free | Pensioners and students (with a valid card): R32

The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in the Newtown district of Johannesburg is an excellent facility for keeping kids entertained, especially in inclement weather. The centre, which is housed in a repurposed power station, aims to popularise science by presenting it in an accessible manner. It’s a great venue for kids’ birthday parties. The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is open from 09:00 – 17:00 seven days a week and the entrance fee is a very reasonable R32 for children and R48 for adults. There is ample free, secure parking at the front of the building. You can easily walk to other Newtown attractions such as the Market Theatre and World of Beer.

Contact: 011 639 8400 | View location

Blow your Vuvuzela in peace with like-minded peeps – catch a game at the FNB Stadium

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Cost: FNB Stadium event prices vary. You can catch Kaizer Chief fixtures for as little as R70 – R170 per match.

The stadium that wowed the world in 2010 is so grand that it has more than one name. Officially known as FNB Stadium, you can also call it “Soccer City” and “The Calabash” it is the flagship venue for major games, concerts and events in South Africa thanks to its 95, 000 seating capacity. The stadium is the home ground of Kaizer Chiefs F.C. and the South African national football team – catch a game here and your ears will never be the same again but the atmosphere will be worth it.

Contact: 011 247 5300 | View location

Get green belted at the Johannesburg Botanical Garden

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Cost: Entry to the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens is free!

One of the city’s most sought after public spaces, the Johannesburg Botanical Garden is popular with joggers and picnickers, and photo-op seeking newlyweds. Hot off the heels of a visit to the Botanical Gardens, why not combine the time and visit Emmarentia Dam in the same breath? The dam occupies a significant portion of the 81 hectare gardens and is the ideal spot to chill in summer when rowing, fishing and concerts at the dam are just some of the activities that are part of the program.

Contact: 011 712 6600 | View location

Although the appropriately named “City of Gold” resides in the wealthiest of South Africa’s nine provinces, it was easy finding fun things to do in Johannesburg on a budget. Give the urban jungle a chance and you’ll discover more fun things to do in Johannesburg than you’d ever imagined!

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Also read : Top Adventure Day Trips from Johannesburg.

Our Readers Comments

  1. Thanks so much! I hope to take my family to some of these places and they aren’t too expensive so that’s great !

  2. You welcome to check out the restaurants. Sure there are some pretty amazing food spots as well as bars one can visit.

  3. @Arlette it is people like you that make matters worse in this country. People like you is what makes the country NOT forget the apartheid days thereby killing more and more people and farmers which has become the order of the day. Keep talking in that matter, your are only oppressing your OWN people even more. Well done you idiot.

  4. The blog was written in 2014 so something might have changed.

  5. Awesome man would love to go for the red bus tour with my family

  6. Hi There i visit Joburg in November. It will be my and myself. Any recommendations? I will be staying in Pretoria.

    Please help me out

  7. Any ideas for what to do at night. I have friends visiting from the US but we can only go out at nite.

    • Hi Lee,

      You welcome to check out the restaurants. Sure there are some pretty amazing food spots as well as bars one can visit.

  8. WOW love this

  9. It seems whoever wrote this has something against Cape Town lol.
    I just moved here from the Mother City and trust me this place makes me appreciate the coast so much more.
    No offence, bt that’s just how it is.

  10. To flee war, to protect the lives of themselves and their families.

  11. Hi I will be spending my day with my friends ( First we start off at Melville Koppies then have Lunch at Moyo’s in Zoo Lake ) then hit off to CBD for SAB beer tour and then wrap it up with The Africa Day Concert In Newtown.

  12. Iam a sowetan jozi is my little eden ,is a best place in SA

  13. How much does the entrance at Pretoria Zoo cost now?

    • Hi Ayanda,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      You will need to contact them directly. They will be able to give you a price list of what they charge.

  14. Been to Top of Africa several times. It’s awesome. I love it.

  15. are all this package available till now I wish to come to SA by next month?

    • Hi there,

      Thanks for getting in touch.

      This blog you have replied to was written in 2014

      You welcome to check out our more recent blogs. Contact details are provided for each activity, they will be able to advise on further details like availability etc

  16. great list! never knew about the rollerskate park

  17. Hello guys
    Looking for good places in Johannesburg?
    Gold Reef City is the best and besides that you have more options like casinos, zoo etc. You can have good time at casinos and museums in Jo burg.
    Enjoy the day !!

  18. Is my birthday today any idea where can I celebrate it in jhb,I don’t have much budget

    • Hi Angellah,

      Happy birthday. Hope you have a great one!

      You welcome to read through the list and see which things stick your interest. We have mentioned quite a few 🙂 so there is a variety to choose from.

      Enjoy the rest of your day 😀

  19. yeah!! really there is something for everyone in Gold Reef City. amazing rides, underground mines tour, casino etc.
    Gold Reef City has multiple attractions at the single place, its a whole new world inside it.
    Cheap Travel Express

  20. I wouldn’t recommend poolside. The guy who runs it, Warren treats it like his own personal party venue for him and his friends, they blast bad house music all day, so loud that you can hardly hear yourself talk.

    They aren’t open during the week, they keep the gate locked.

  21. Loved the idea of – What to do in JHB in December – we have 10 grand kids all living in Johannesburg – and love to be creative in the holidays finding fun and well priced things to do and to visit

    One of my favorite places is to visit the Zoo lake – take a loaf or two and to feed the ducks – and to also take a boat trip – simply fun and very reasonable – also wonderful places to have a lovely meal in walking distance from the boat’s

    • Hi Selwyn,

      Glad you enjoyed the blog.

      I have to agree, visiting the Zoo lake and feeding the ducks is always so much fun. And a boat trip to.

      Always a great way to spend a day out 🙂

  22. Thank you Mia for adding the Cradle Of Humankind to the suggestions, it’s the best place yo lose yourself in time and go back to the pre-evolution era.

    All these places are superb to visit, at whatever season of the year and whatever weather.

    i am. proud to say all these places are SAFE!! ALL OF THEM. my family has been in Johannesburg since 1927, when my great-grandparents obtained a house in Orlando East, Soweto. Over the years we’ve been witnessing history produce itself and I, myself, am familiar with most of the plaxes.

    in. a nutshell, plesse let us not intimidate or misguide other people by preventing them from having fun with negative comments. although i. will state that going to the North (Sandton, Rivonia, Fourways, etc, is really expensive and not as fun as Jozi Central and Soweto, although these places are all fascinating and never grow old.
    thank you

    • Hi, I been watching you all the time. You have a very impressive article. You should continue this way. I like your post. I want to share my own blog. Can I share?

    • HI there,

      Thanks for getting in touch. Glad you like the content we put out there.

      You can insert our links to our blog pages, but I’m afraid you are not allowed to copy and paste our content.

  23. Who the heck is Arlette???? Girl, you REALLY need to get over yourself or go back to where you came from. And if that IS SA, heck yeah girl, then rather go to Australia as was said earlier. The Plaza is one of the MOST amazing places to attend and to experience. With bargains galore, delicacies and Indian cuisine to absolutely die for!! And in all my visits their have I never been ridiculed or looked at funny or even labelled as the offensive word “infidel” you used. So please get your facts and slander straight before you attack an amazing culture in your ignorance and fear. I agree with Mia, to live in fear and judgement is not to live at all. And like she also says, that any country has its unsafe areas, is also true as mostly a country’s bad spots are accentuated by nay-sayers such as yourself!!
    So please, either get out of Dodge, or shut up and get with the program. We live in one of the MOST amazing and beautiful countries in the world. And to think that you actually put that on paper and made it a public statement is disgusting to say but the least. Maybe by being a bit more positive you may experience more joyful and enjoyable moments and events
    Thank you for a very informative forum…

    • It is not so easy to get out of this country if it was there would be a line 10 million long at the airport

  24. If you live your life in fear and judgement, you will never really live! We are all different and have different ways of living, please keep your negative viewpoints to yourself. I have travelled extensively and every country has spots that are not safe, South Africa is not a dangerous country. It is one of the most beautiful countries, with friendly, helpful people. Yes we have some bad apples, but they are by far in the minority. The Joburg red bus is awesome, and it takes you to places like Newtown and Calton centre, safely. Soweto is a must, the same company has tours to only Soweto should you not have transport. Surfing; Muizenberg a short drive from Cape Town has people teaching you how to surf, however, the water is quite cold, so hire a wetsuit. Joburg has so many quaint little spots, 45 Stanley, Parktown. And then Maropeng and the cradle of humankind, not even an hour’s drive from Joburg. If you want to see Hominid fossils, the cave where some of these fossils were found and be educated in paleontology and anthropology , this should not be missed. Be positive, it keeps you healthy.

  25. Arlette don’t knock the oriental plaza. Visitors need to get downtown and not just go the northern suburbs. Experience some of real Johannesburg.

    The history of oriental plaza is that in the apartheid days indians, Africans and coloreds were forcefully removed from areas such as Vrededorp and Sophiatown. The oriental plaza was a dumping ground but became prosperous due to hard work and innovation.

    Lastly, do not dissuade visitors with bigotry such as referring to Muslims in a derogatory sense, there is 1.5 billion people that do not agree with you. Get over yourself, apartheid is long Gone.

  26. What happened to 2015? I notice that after Dec 2014 nobody posted any comments.
    I want to visit JHB this weekend and we are from the Eastern Cape.
    Please come up with new and latest events.

  27. ORIENTAL PLAZA !!!!!!!!!…they forgot to write in this ….They are most Muslin…Fridays……they close by 1 pm to go to prayers….the literally push you out…infidels …and they do not….listen well…..THEY do NOT open on Sundays …totally close up

    • Arlette, Perhaps a more positive outlook is needed.

    • Arlette, don’t be a drol.

  28. I will go in augoust. This will be my first time in South Africa. I´m very exited with this trip. I would like surfing too.

    • Hi Ana,

      We look forward to welcoming you to South Africa. There are some pretty amazing spots to surf around our beautiful country.

      You will not be disappointed 🙂

    • Ana what language do you speak?…I will love to advise you ….do not go to Town…never ever …at list you are accompany by a lot of people…please…I do speak Spanish

  29. This is amazing….

  30. Don’t miss the Rosebank Sunday Market. We are the largest Craft Market in Jozi with up to 250 traders with a wide range of hand-picked arts and crafts, antiques, fab food, deli and live entertainment!! Located on 4th floor parking of the Rosebank Mall every Sunday 9am to 4pm.

  31. I’ll be taking my special lady on the bus in the morning do a full tour to soweto, return back to SAB for a tour have some lunch on the roof with that beautiful view, then finish the day off, either with shopping @ oriental plaza or boring old eastgate if you have any suggestions besides eastgate they would be appreciated!

    • Hi Luyanda,

      Great to hear from you.

      Sounds like you have an amazing day planned so far. This really depends on how much time you have left. If you limited for time, you can’t really go wrong with shopping at the Oriental Plaza.

      Enjoy your tour to Soweto and the scenic view while having lunch.

  32. Hi Zeyad, add Soweto as well as down town Maboneng. I’m.sure you want to feel the real jhb so going up North of Johannesburg…..u won’t get it all

  33. Hi
    I’m wondering is it safe for me and my family and how many days I need to stay in Johansburge?
    Thank you

    • Hi Zeyad,

      Thanks for reaching out.

      If you are wanting to to visit Johannesburg probably the best areas to visit is Sandton, Rivonia, Fourways. There is quite a few things to see and do in and around Johannesburg so I would say 5 days should be enough. However it really depends on what you are all wanting to do.

      You are welcome to contact our direct sales on travelbar@travelstart.com where one of our travel experts would love to assist and get back to you within 2 working days with a quote.

  34. Thanks for the lovely info. Also try the Bryanston Organic Market in Culross Road open on Thursdays and Saturdays. There’s often live music, beautiful handmade goodies and organic food to buy, tea garden and crafting activities for the kids.

  35. are you sure you do not want to migrate to australia if you still think JHB is unsafe. is it also unsafe to for the millions of black people who safely commute EVERYDAY?? get over yourself!!!!

    • up vote.

    • Dankie

  36. Lion parks and Botanic garden are the places to go this weekend…..

  37. Lion park and Botanic garden are the places to go this weekend…..

  38. Rosebank rooftop market is far busier and boasts more stalls than the Norwood market.

    Vintage Cheek performs their Premier Vintage Burlesque shows at various venues in and around Gauteng. Find them on facebook to book your seat to some glamorous entertainment for under R200.

  39. My Jozi My City Cycling Tours is offering tours around the CBD, starting from the High Court ending in Braamfontein for lunch. You can bring your own bicycle or request one, tours cost R150.

  40. There is a children’s Heaven situated in the Muldersdrift area where young children can play for unlimited time in an indoor, fenced in area – there are so many activities and toys for them to play with while under the watchful eye of some caring Nannies. All this for R40 per child, while Mom and Dad enjoy refreshments in the relaxed atmosphere of the nearby Boma. There are also huge cages with various species of monkeys, smaller cages with some large parrots and brightly coloured McCaws, baby tortoises, ostriches, and we even watched a chameleon being fed his tasty lunch of crickets! Jungle Junkies is a stunning innovation, part of the Little Falls Plant Nursery, just off of Beyers Naude Road. Well worth a visit, my Grandchildren aged 2 and a half and 5 years, can’t wait for their next visit!

    • Hi Dee

      This sounds like an amazing place. What’s the name of this place please?


  41. There’s also the Lindfield Victorian House Museum in Auckland Park; R120 for an extended tour with a High Tea (which is to DIE for), so do yourselves a favour and drop by! It is owned and run by Katharine Love; a lovely and extremely knowledgeable person!

  42. Nelson Mandela, were is that? The info is superp, I was looking for such for my boys for the coming holidays. Good job, give us more. Maybe you can also which of them are reachable with the red bus tour.

  43. Visit the Lebombo Jumbo at the Rand Airport on Sat 6th December to see Andre van Zijl break yet another record which will be recorded in the Guiness Book of records for sitting in an aeroplane for 10 days! Lots of fun, flea market stalls and the south African Airways Museum to be visited too. Entry free and andre will give you tours of the Jumbo and show the inside of the aircraft with hidden features that people are not even aware of.

  44. Arts on Main Sunday morning food market.

    Eating at 54 Stanley Road….

    • Agree!!!!

  45. this is great. thanks. i suggest you consider adding the nelson mandela centre of memory. entrance is free.

  46. Footloose Trout Farm near Fourways. R50 for children and R65 for adults. Fishing, swimming, kiddies play area, restaurant and lapa. A great day out.

  47. Love it very much, great ideas, thank you.

  48. Add MELVILLE! A super affordable warm heartbeat of Jozi that chills by day and BEATS from sundowner time! Soon 27Boxes new container retail park opens adjacent to fabulous 7th street, browse, buy anything from out of print books to a piece of attic art, sip eclectic cocktails, nibble on awesome snacks or fine dine , all in 1 heritage street in Jozi…
    Ant, de la Creme, Lucky Bean, Ratz, Buzz 9, Six, Joanna Melts, Xai Xai, Poppies…
    Spoilt for choice!
    Walk through the surrounding residential area dating back more than 100years, take a Tuk Tuk & see what truely is Marvellous Melville!!

  49. That was very interesting never knew half the places. Well done

  50. Why didn’t you mention Soweto Outdoor as it does give cheaper rates for kids rides and paint ball and and and…


    • Hello Portia, please link us to places to visit in Soweto. I would love to try something new these coming holidays…

  51. Here’s an event that is being organized in Parkurst for November 23rd – see the link below or the I Love Parkhurst Facebook page for more details. The last event in July was very popular with around 5,000 people for a Village Fair – this one is more of a chilled vibe with unplugged music, picnic blankets and delicious bubbly…


  52. The Carlton Center? Really? Was safety and sanity not a consideration when compiling this list??

    • I took my twin 4 yr old boys there on my own. Not a problem and they were completely awestruck! It was clean and safe. Can’t remember the price to go to the top (about R25 I think)

    • It’s actually quite easy to get too and great when you there. You probably haven’t been in Town since 2001 so I understand. This is the wrong place for you, Sandra, try Australia.

    • I agree Justin. Have an open mind Sandra. We are all part of this awesome country. The City is one of my favorite places. Try Australia and see if they don’t have crime. Oh wait wasn’t there a terrorist attack there last week? When last did we have a terrorist attack???????

    • We don’t spell CENTRE like that in this country. Get it right.

    • Hi Frank,

      Thanks so much for your feedback.

      As this is a South African blog we spell it: Centre , which is the British way not the American way.

      Have a lovely day further.

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  54. Thank you.

    I am going to visit Lion Park, Montecassion and Calton Centre this weekend.

    Thank you

  55. With so much to do I definately guarantee you so much to do,including couple of museums,in Soweto though I would love to take on Orlando towers its a bit to costy cause I can’t do it alone

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