There is no doubt family holidays are important. But these days a short little escape with the entire family in tow can leaven you considerably out of pocket.
For starters it might be a good idea to opt for a destination that is closer to home. So if you find yourself in the City of Gold, this list fun activities in and around Joburg - that won’t break the bank - might just come in handy.
Peppered with great ways to entertain your family, we'll admit it's not quite on a shoestring, but it's close enough.
Sundowners #northcliffhill. Enjoying a fab autumn sunset with the family.
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Apart from being able to see a host of intriguing creatures up close and personal, the zoo is also awash with beautiful scenery and great spots to spread out and have a picnic. Currently the stars of the show are three adorable lion cubs called Letaba, Juba and Siba. So, be sure to swing by these big cats’ enclosure to check them out.
Cost: R65 for adults and R40 for children (3 – 12), pensioners and students (on weekdays only with student card)
No matter what you think of Jozi as a city, seeing it from way up high is rather spectacular, Northcliff Hill offers a comprehensive view of Johannesburg with the CBD on the one side and the northern suburbs on the other. Although it’s pretty impressive any time of day, opting to go for a sundowner picnic is always a great idea!
Sightseeing of a different sort! Introduce your kids to the wonders of the night sky at the Johannesburg Planetarium. The ‘Sky Tonight’ show offers a tour of the planets, stars and constellations currently featuring in our evening skies. It’s also a great way to refresh your own knowledge of astronomy.
Cost: R38 for adults, R25 for children, scholars, students and pensioners. You can also opt for a R140 family ticket - max two adults with their dependent children (scholars or full-time students), and grandparents.
Click here to check out the planetarium website for more details.
Dragon Ball Z at Nan Hua Buddist Temple #bronkhorstspruit #southafrica #budda #buddist #dragon #dragonballz #temple #nanhua #peace #religion #reincarnation
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Nan Hua Buddhist Temple, Bronkhorstspruit
The fact that there is a Buddhist temple in Bronkhorstspruit of all places, is reason enough to pay it a visit. However, once there, you’re guaranteed a fascinating insight into the peace-inspired lives of the monks who call it home. The temple is open to visitors from Tuesday to Sunday between 09:00 and 17:00. On Sundays visitors have the option to join in on lunch in the dining hall for R30 per person – just take note: silence is expected in the dining hall at all times.
Cost: Free… unless you have Sunday lunch
Check out the Nan Hua website for more details http://en.nanhuatemple.org/
Absa Money Museum
Learn all about the history of money in South Africa by paying a visit to the Money Museum in downtown Johannesburg. It houses a collection of various forms of money used through South African history, dating back 4 500 years, and including cowrie shells, Venetian glass beads and gold coins recovered from sunken ships.
The museum is open from Monday to Friday between 08:00 and 16:00.
Cost: Free (guess they have enough money in there already)
Go to Cullinan
Located just 30km outside of Pretoria, this prettily preserved Victorian town is famous for being the location where the world’s largest diamond was found in 1905. Aptly named the Cullinan Diamond, the colossus weighed in at 3 106 carats and was presented to King Edward VII. The town pays tribute to its rich heritage with a number of different interesting museums and apart from that it’s full of lovley, quaint shops, restaurants and coffee shops.
A wedding shoot every hour. Free roses all day. Come feel the luv #emmarentia #green
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An ever popular spot among Joburgers, Zoo Lake is perfect for a relaxed family picnic outing. Stretch out on the grass, hire a little rowing boat, take a stroll, bring your skateboard and don’t pay a cent! Sounds like a pretty sweet deal, right? And good news! You can braai there too.
Emmarentia Dam and Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
If you thought Joburg was just all high rise buildings, skyscrapers and bustling streets, you’re very wrong. Somewhere on the outskirts of the CBD lies a place of perfect tranquillity and natural beauty: Emmarentia Dam and the surrounding Botanical Gardens. There are seven distinct gardens within the botanical gardens, of which the Rose Garden is absolutely magical and a must-experience.