Lazy long-weekend: Laid-back things to do across Mzansi for Freedom Weekend

2018-04-17 22:00 - Saara Mowlana
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Cape Town - Long weekends means you're free to spend spend your time however you please - even if it means doing nothing or the least as opposed to #themost. 

With the Freedom Day weekend coming up, below are four things you could do around SA in your city that's both within your budget and comfort zone city radius.

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From visiting a local museum, reading a book or soaking in nature at your nearby park, indulging in tasty and budget friendly shnacks or catching a show or movie at your local cinema. 

Check out what's chilling around your city.

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Cape Town

MUSEUM: Celebrate your freedom by popping in at the famous and historic icon known as the Iziko Slave Lodge. Located at the foot of The Company Gardens, on the corner of Adderley and Wale Streets, you can even take a yung chilled picnic in the garden before or after your museum stop and enjoy some coffee or a good book.

The museum is open Mondays to Saturdays from 10h00 to 17h00. The museum is closed on Sundays, Worker's Day (which is Tuesday, 1 May) and Christmas Day.

Entry charges:

  • Adults: R30 p/p
  • 6 - 18 year olds: R15 p/p
  • SA Students and pensioners: R15 p/p
  • Family Ticket (2 adults & 2 children): R75
  • Kids under 5 years old: free entry

Records Paradise

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PARK IT: Cape Town has an array of free entry parks that are perfect for picnicking or straight up chillin'. Some freebies that will have your feeling laxed and rejuvenated are: Company Gardens which meets at the corner of Adderley and Wale Street, Green Point Biodiversity Park which is open between 07h00 and 19h00 and the Durbanville Rose Garden which is located in Durban Road, Durbanville and is operational between 07h00 and 18h00.

Grab a book, your imagination, some snacks and relaxation at one of these free and chill parks.

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SEE: Why not catch a budget friendly show at the Labia this long-weekend - all shows cost the pocket price of R50. 

EAT: Why not get your comfort on and your dose of chocolatey goodness at Honest Chocolate? Enjoy some caffeinated drinks and decadent desserts in the quirky setting and maybe mull over all of your easy going plans for this weekend with some fellow laid back peeps.

SEE: #FreedomDay: Bar hopping through Cape Town in style


MUSEUM: Swing by the Museum of Military History and take in the deep and rich lessons to be absorbed from your visit there. The museum is located at 22 Erlswold Way in Saxonwold, Johannesburg. You get an opportunity to study relevant artefacts on display, a guided tour - available on request during the week and an opportunity on weekdays (only) to use the extensive library and photographic facilities for research purposes. 

Entry charges:

  • Adults: R40 p/p
  • Learners and Students: R30 p/p
  • SA Senior Citizens: R20 p/p

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PARK IT: Take your dog, book, picnic basket, bae, friend, family or self out to Zoo Lake to kick back and relax under the Jozi sky. This little nature escape is situated on the corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and West World Street in Parkview.

SEE: Chill out at the Sunday Market on Main that is held weekly at Arts on Main in Maboneng, downtown Johannesburg. You can find yourself there between 10h00 and 15h00 every Sunday to enjoy some tasty regional foods and local design. 

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EAT: Get your Taco on not just on Tuesdays over at Baha Taco located at 38 Upper Grant Avenue in Norwood, Johannesburg. The restaurant operates Tuesdays through to Sundays and are closed on Mondays. Their trading hours are: Tuesdays - Saturdays: 12h00 - 21h00 and Sundays: 11h00 - 20h00. This means you can sleep in and lazily make your way over for a tasty lunch that will sit in your pocket at around R150 for a meal.

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MUSEUM: Get artsy at the African Art CentreYou can find it at 15a Station Drive in Durban between 08h30 and 17h00 on Mondays through to Fridays and between 09h00 and 15h00 on Saturdays. Take in some incredible antique Zulu and Xhosa fine beadwork and artefacts, telephone wire products, Ilala Palm Baskets, handmade ceramics, paintings, works on paper, sculpture and embroidery. 

Nada mais que uma lojinha de um andar!

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PARK IT: Take a trip to Japan at the Japanese Gardens in Prospect Hall Road, between Old Mill Way and Uitsig Street in Durban North. Kick back and relax alonside the ponds and river and aesthetic Japanese inspired bridge and other structural elements dotted around the park.

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SEE: Why not stand tall in Mini Town located on the Snell parade Beach front in Durban. The town operates between Monday to Sunday: 09h30 - 16h30 for you to swing by and fulfill all of your giant and Godzilla dreams. You can enter this little world for a small price and a great experience.

Entry charges:

  • Adults: R25 p/p
  • Children: R20 p/p

School groups with 20 kids & more:

  • Children: R10 p/p
  • Teachers: R10 p/p


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EAT: Why not eat your heart out this Freedom long-weekend at the Freedom Cafe in St Mary's Avenue, Greyville Village, Durban. Enjoy a New York style hot dog with pickled cucumber and fried onions or indulge in an organic salad or open sarmie. The meal price averages at R75.

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Port Elizabeth

MUSEUM: Slither on over to see some literal snakes - as opposed to the metaphorical ones you're tired of - at Bay World that sits at 23 Beach Road in Humewood, Port Elizabeth. The museum operates between 09h00 and 16h30 on Mondays through to Fridays - to see specific show times, visit their website.

Entry charges:

  • Adults: R45 p/p
  • Pensioners: R40 p/p
  • Students: R40 p/p
  • Children (3 - 17 years old): R35 p/p
  • Children (under 3 years old): FREE

PARK IT: Roll around the grass and set up your relaxation station at St George's Park in Park Drive, Port Elizabeth. Enter for free with some picnic goods, a group, with pets or alone with a book and laze it out under the haze of PE sun. 

SEE: Take a casual photowalk through the scenic and quaint street known as Hip Stanley Street in Richmond, Port Elizabeth. You are free to pop into one of the many quaint cafes and boutiques that line its edges for a yung break or just to read that novel you might carry around with you everywhere.

EAT: Head on over to Vovo Telo In Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth, and enjoy some popular freshly baked breads and decadent mouthwatering pastries. Check out their website for more info and to view the menu. Their menu averages at around R100 for a meal. 

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