Things To Do In Johannesburg
1. Visit the Locrate Market in Soweto
The self-described lifestyle market “to break all markets”, the Locrate Market has “mother trucker” food trucks, live music, poetry readings, bike tours, craft beer and singular designer apparel. Held the first Sunday of every month from 10am to 6pm. Its founders’ vision is to empower entrepreneurs and create indelible experiences. 073 521 9035/ 0735078424. Vilakazi Precinct, Orlando West, Kudu Street/Moema Street. Entrance: Free
2. Hop on a Red Bus Tour
The most cheerful way to discover Joburg is on the roof of a shiny red city sightseeing bus. They’re hop on, hop off meaning you get to choose how you spend your time. The tour comes with audio commentary available in 15 languages. A day ticket will cost R180 for adults and R90 for kids (kids under 5 travel for free, max 2 per adult) buy online to save time and money here.
3. Reflect at the Nelson Mandela Centre of Memory
The centre of memory can be found at the Nelson Mandela Foundation, a non-profit organisation started by Madiba in 1999. Visit the current exhibition which focuses on photography during the State of Emergency. Submit a booking request via the website here to visit the centre. One is able to visit on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 09h30 and 15h30.107 Central Street, Houghton. Call +27 (0)11 547 5600. Cost: free, donations welcome.
4. Slam dunk with Bounce
Bounce your heart out on 50 interconnected trampolines, do epic slam dunks, flips and serious kicks or enjoy a game of trampoline dodge ball with your mates. There are junior jumping designated areas for kids under 6 and grip socks to keep everyone safe. Address: Waterfall Lifestyle Centre, Woodmead Dr & Maxwell Dr, Jukskei, Midrand. Call: 011 517 2500.
5. Rediscover your city with Main Street Walks
Feel the pulse of the city, explore its arteries. Try their “east city cycle tour” (R180 per person) or their “picnic in the sky” at full moon (R200 per person). They also have an “art and justice” tour showcasing the incredible inner city art.
6. Visit the James Hall Museum of Transport
Steam locomotives, penny farthings and ox wagons will keep kids intrigued for over an hour. Pioneer Park, Rosettenville Road, La Rochelle. This is a stop on the red city bus tour. Open Tuesdays to Fridays (9am-5pm), Saturdays and Sundays (9am-12pm, 1pm-4pm). Closed on Mondays, every third weekend of the month, 25 to 26 December. Call +27 (0)11 435 9718. Cost: free, donations to keep the museum running appreciated.
7. SAB World of Beer
Two-time winner of the number one tourist attraction in SA, SAB World of beer tour is a must for anyone fond of a cold one or just interested in the fascinating political and economic history behind our beloved brewery. Sample raw barley and hops, ask questions and fill up on interesting facts about the origins of beer drinking in SA. After the tour you can do a beer tasting included in the ticket price or simply enjoy the views of Newtown from the tap room while sipping on two complimentary SABMiller Beers. Bookings are essential. The SAB World of Beer is open seven days a week from 10am until 6pm. The last tour is at 5pm, except for Sundays and Mondays, when the last tour is at 4pm. This is a stop on the red bus route. 15 Helen Joseph Street (formerly President Street) Newtown. Call +27 (0)11 836 4900.
8. Feed the ducks and take a boat out on Zoo lake
Take some bread crumbs along and have a lovely afternoon out at Zoo Lake feeding the ducks and geese. You can also rent out a row boat which fits up to 6 people. You’ll have a great time paddling about. The boat club is open from 9.30am to 5pm from Tuesday to Sunday (it’s closed on Mondays). You can also go bowling at the bowling green or have a picnic.
9. Eureka at Science Bono Discovery Centre
Winner of numerous travel and education awards, the Science Bono Discovery Centre will capture your kids’ imagination and ignite a life-long love of science. Housed in a repurposed power station find it on the corner of Miriam Makeba and President Streets, Newtown, Johannesburg. Close to other Newtown attractions such as the Market Theatre and World of Beer. Open 7 days a week.
10. Gallery MOMO
Get your fix of the best contemporary South African and international art at Gallery MOMO set in an airy Parktown house. It was established by Monna and Lee Mokoena in 2003. 52 7th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg, +27 11 327 3247. Open Monday to Friday from 9am to 6pm and 9am to 4pm on Saturdays.
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Things To Do In Johannesburg