Too long until payday? Free things to do in Cape Town, Jozi and Durban this Easter weekend

2019-04-18 10:44
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Everyone's been complaining that Easter is a pretty lean time. A week before payday and no pre-booked long-weekend plans, many of us are finding that there is simply too much month at the end of our money. 

Here is a nice list of FREE things to do both indoors and outdoors in your city this weekend:

Cape Town

  • Go stroll around the Mother City's most beautiful parks and gardens. From the Company's Gardens in Gardens to Battery Park in the Waterfront to Cecilia Forest in Constantia, you're sure to find a patch of greenery for a picnic or a nap. 
  • Of course, Cape Town is synonymous with hiking. So many hikes, so many peaks to conquer. Take the Easter weekend to listen to our PODCAST on hiking Cape Town's must-climbs. There is more than Lion's Head, people...
  • Neighbourhood wanderlust: Go walk or run around Cape Town's coolest 'hoods. Sure, some restaurants and bars might be closed over Easter, but go check out the beautiful architecture in the Bo-Kaap or go run some hills in Vredehoek. 
  • Then if you're not keen on going outside, there's always these nature and wildlife doccies to watch on Netflix: Our Planet or Terra.

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  • Go to the strip of galleries found in the north of Jozi's Parkwood on Saturday, as many stores, eateries and art houses might be closed on Good Friday. Spend the morning at the The Goodman Gallery and a few others in the area to up your art knowledge as these spaces are home to some of the best South African art and design. Also visit the David Krut Bookstore in the same area for some fun browsing.

  • Zoo Lake is flanked by the bustling, concrete jungle that is Johannesburg. It's almost out of place, yet it is just perfect. Go on a boat ride on the lake, or enjoy a get-together with friends in this vast, open space.

  • Mission to Bronkhorstspruit. A short hour's drive from the inner city, and go seek inner peace at the Nan Hua Buddhist temple. This is the South African branch for the Humanistic Buddhist order, Fo Guang Shan. Here your eyes will be blessed with beautiful architecture plus endless gardens surrounding the temple. 

  • Go run the Westcliff stairs. 210 to be exact. It's steep, it's really hard, but so worth it when those endorphins kick in after a few ups-and-downs. 


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  • Go for a stroll and sink your teeth into nature in Durban's North Beach Sunken Gardens. Go on a date or with your partner as it's known to be a very romantic setting. 

  • Walk around the Shongweni Farmers & Craft Market in the green and lush KwaZulu-Natal Midlands on Saturday (sure, you'll probably end up spending a few rands on snacks, but entrance is free). It's a really nice outing for the day as the drive there is just wonderful.

  • Go visit one of SA's most beautiful streets. "While the street is very long and right in the hustle and bustle of Durban, there's a section between Samora Machel and Dorothy Nyembe streets with beautiful buildings that will make you feel like you've been transported to Europe. Highlights include the Albany hotel, The Playhouse Company theatre, the Old Court House Museum and - the main attraction - the Durban City Hall and Harbour Park," says Gabi Zietsman.  

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