18 Budget adventures in and around Jozi that won't break the bank

2016-01-06 19:00 - Sam Smith
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Cape Town - If you're spending time in the City of Gold, our beloved Johannesburg, there's always the fear of overspending... 

To help you stay on the straight and narrow, we've rounded up a list of great budget activities that will keep the kids, your partners and your bank balance smiling. 

READ: A cheapskate's guide to Joburg - one of SA's most expensive cities 

Check out these 18 favourite budget activities - 

Go for ice cream! Nothing helps to put a smile on one's face better than a scoop of handmade ice cream. Head to Warm and Glad restaurant for a delicious serving of Paul's Handmade cereal milk flavour ice cream for R30 or check out Trieste Gelato for a waffle and ice cream for under R35.

Take a plunge and swim at Poolside in Maboneng. Cool down after all your city excursions with a dip in the Poolside pool while enjoying live music acts and a fun vibe. Entrance is free. 

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Get your heart racing with Paintball.  Challenge your mates to a game of paintball at Woods Paintball in Fourways for only R120 per person. 

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Else, you can opt for Bowling at Xtreme bowling alley located in Midways mall. They have a Sunday special of R10 a game every Sunday after 18:00. 

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Try some Ice-skating at Forest Hill's Ice Rink in Centurion. They charge a total fee of R75 for skating and for hiring skates for the day. 

Visit one of Joburg's free art galleries. Check out Wits Art MuseumCIRCA on Jellicoe and Sophiatown Heritage & Cultural Centre for the simple love of local art. A visit to one of these is a great way to get a feel of local talent, feel inspired and engage with an art crowd. 

Drive up to Melville koppies and watch the sun rise over the city. If you're feeling festive, take a bottle of vino or pop some champers to celebrate the beauty of SA. 

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If your kids love science, techno-gadgets and having their minds challenged, check out the Sci-bono Discovery centre. Adults pay R48 entry, while children pay R32. 

A-Maze the family at the labyrinths, six minute mazes, climbing walls, rope mazes and so much more at the Honeydew Maze in West Rand for under R420 per family of four. Their Moonlight Mazes also come highly recommended for fun-seekers. 

Drive out to Sun City's famous Valley of Waves at Sun City. Adults pay R120 entrance, children are R70 and sSenior citizens only pay R60. 

Go on the scenic Uitkyk trail (4 hours) early one morning and spend the afternoon at the waterfall. This is quite a demanding nine-kilometre walk in the Magaliesberg reserve - with the steep trail leading to the falls overlooking the Hartbeespoort Dam.

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Up for a bigger challenge? Go hiking! Take a hike at the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve or cycle one of the many mountain bike trails on the outskirts of the city.

Take bae to an Outdoor cinema - Get a ticket-pizza+drink combo for R135 online for the funky Bioscope outdoor cinema on rooftops and open spaces across Jozi. 

READ: 6 Best drive-in cinemas and outdoor film fests in SA

Pack a picnic and cool off at the Pretoria National Botanical Garden, divided into two sections by a 35 m high quartzite outcrop. The two areas are completely diverse - a chilly south-facing section and a warmer north-facing section.


Go Bird Watching at the Monte Casino Bird Sanctuary in Monte Casino for under R70. You can spend the entire day reading, relaxing and hanging with the peaceful birds. 

Beat the heat at one of Joburg and Pretoria's many public swimming pools open between 10 am and 6 pm. Entry is between R6 to R18.  

Max out on all the Markets! Opt for a lunch at either the Neighbourgoods Market – Braamfontein, Pretoria Boeremark, Market on Main – Maboneng and the Bryanston Organic Market. They're the perfect fit for a budget lunch, and the grub can be tastier than at many restaurants. 

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