Free & Fun Things To Do In Pretoria For Under R100: The 11th Cheapest City In The World

The city of Tshwane was recently named the 11th cheapest city in the world by the Telegraph for 2017 (Joburg came in at 16th). Known for much more than official buildings and pretty purple trees, Pretoria/Tshwane has loads of fun, free and fresh things to do. The city is home to creatives of the likes of salt artist Percy Maimela and musician Karen Zoid, plus a burgeoning restaurant and coffee scene.

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Start your day with a coffee and beautiful breakfast at Spout Coffee Co.

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Spout Coffee Co. is perched in a modern container space with brightly-coloured vespas parked out front. Expect fine food and coffee. Their baked goods and healthy breakfasts are highly recommended.
Corner of 16th street and Firwood avenue, Hazelwood, Pretoria
Call: 082 465 6148.

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Image courtesy of @spoutcoffee via Instagram

Join the next Tshwane city walk with 012Central

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Calling all igers, explore the beauty of Pretoria’s CBD.

The dates for the next 012 Central City walks are as follows:
15 July, 28 October & the 2 December 2017
Cost: free.

Do the free park run in the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

Every Saturday at 8am enthusiastic runners and walkers meet at the Pretoria Botanical Gardens for a FREE 5km run. Park runners don’t need to pay entrance to the gardens, provided they bring their barcode along. Sign up here (it’s free). There’s a friendly atmosphere and everyone meets afterwards for a coffee.

Unfortunately no dogs are allowed in the gardens.

2 Cussonia Ave.

Attend the next cinema screening with the Molo Mollo cinema club on the rooftop at Bank Towers

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Molo Mollo offers atmospheric cinematic events under the stars. Find out more here.

Picnic in the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens

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Escape the hustle of the city to the beautiful Pretoria National Botanical Gardens. Visit the waterfall or take a picnic and relax amongst the flowers.
Entrance: R33 for adults, R20 for students, R15 for children.

Free for children under the age of 6 and SA Senior Citizens (with ID).
Free Tuesdays.
Iziko Braai Area: R55 per adult (pre-booking only).
Call: 012 843 5071

2 Cussonia Ave.

Visit the 9m tall Mandela statue at the Union Buildings

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Nelson Mandela was inaugurated as South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994 at the Union Buildings- it is here that the impressive 9m tall Mandela statue stands.
Cost: free.

Attend the vibey Market at the Sheds

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This popular market is a project of the Capital Collective, an organisation devoted to supporting creative initiatives in Pretoria. There are 50 merchant stands, food, drinks and a stage featuring live music. The next
Market@theSheds – Young at Heart celebrates the beauty of youthful thinking and will be held on Saturday, June 24th, 2017 at 12:00pm.
381 Helen Joseph street,
Entrance: R50, get your tickets here.

Free Zulu lessons on Saturday mornings at Grounded Work

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Grounded Work is a co-working and collaborative ideas space. Every Saturday at 9am you can join Mthokozisi Mthethwa for free Zulu lessons. Grounded says “these informal lessons are fun and inclusive to learners of all levels”.

Shop 1, 353 24th Ave, Villieria, Pretoria
Call: 012 329 0159.

Good food and conversation with community dinners and Park Exchange

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This is an initiative by the Park Exchange. The idea is to have people, “from different walks of life, sit down and break bread together. The conversations will be around any and all important matters, issues that make the hearts of South Africans beat (in a good or bad way)”. The first dinner was held at Grounded Work and was well-received. To attend the next event follow Park Exchange here.

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Food and family at the Hazel Food Market

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This popular Saturday morning market has a delicious assortment of local treats.
Open: 8am – 2pm on Saturdays (look out for occasional night events).
Greenlyn Village Centre, Cnr Thomas Edison & Mackenzie, Pretoria
Call: 078 593 7716.

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Find cheap flights to Pretoria here.

Spot some stripes at Groenkloof Nature Reserve

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Groenkloof is one of the oldest nature reserves in the country. There’s a 20km mountain bike trail to explore and you might pass some curious giraffes as you navigate the reserve. Various guided horse trails are also available with a minimum of 4 horses and a maximum of 6 horses (pony trails for children also available). Though generally safe exercise caution when running or cycling alone and don’t leave valuables in your car.
It’s open to day visitors from 5:30am to 7pm in summer, and 7am to 6pm in winter. Visit Groenkloof to spot its friendly zebras, go mountain biking or join a social hiking group like this popular group.
Eeufees Road & Christina De Wit Ave, Groenkloof, Pretoria.
Call 012 440 8316.
R25 entrance fee.

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Our Readers Comments

  1. Awesome places to definitely check out, thank you for sharing.

  2. Looking forward to exploring some of the places mentioned in the article. Thank you for researching & sharing.

  3. Wow this is incredible. Thank you for this information, didn’t even know some of these places existed ?

    • Same here, and I’m living in the place

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