Wracking your brain for things to do in Joburg? Well, here are some of the best (and budget friendly) things to do in Joburg without breaking the bank. From family-friendly fun at Croc City to adrenaline pumping bungee jumping at the Orlando Towers, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Monte Casino bird garden – Adults & children over 10 years R64
Visit some feathery (and some not so feathery) friends at Monte Casino Bird Garden. Marvel at the multitude of different birds, reptiles and mammals. From brightly coloured Macaws to slow moving sloths.
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Melville Koppies – FREE or go on a guided tour R50 adult R20 children
Put your walking shoes on and take a stroll through the last conserved ridges of Johannesburg before the gold rush in 1886. There are beautiful views, flora and fauna and even some historical sites for history and geology fanatics.
Photo credit: Melville Koppies
Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary – Adults R80 kids R40
Get cuddly with baby lion cubs at Lory Park. There is loads to see and amazing animals to behold. With great things to see and do for the whole family.
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James Hall Museum of Transport – FREE
You don’t have to be into cars to enjoy the James Hall Museum of Transport, which has the largest and most comprehensive collection of vehicles in South Africa. Starting with animal drawn coaches from 1886 all the way through to classic fire engines from the 40’s.
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Origins Centre Museum – Adults R80 children R40
Take a step back in time at the Origins Centre Museum and explore the vast array of ancient tools, artefacts, rock art and follow the 80 000-year old path to delve into the fascinating beliefs and cultures of our ancestors.
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Orlando Towers – Prices vary on activity Paintball R170pp / Climbing R50pp
Enjoy an adrenaline filled day at Orlando Towers. Abseil, bungee or swing from the brightly coloured towers or if death defying leaps aren’t your thing but you’re looking for some action you can always go paintballing or climb the tower from the base!
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Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam – FREE entrance to gardens
Just a short trip out of the city centre lies the beautiful Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam. Pack a picnic and grab your fishing rod or hop on a kayak and paddle around the dam. You can also take a stroll and visit the seven distinct gardens such as the Shakespeare Garden, Succulent or Rose Garden.
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Bruma Flea Market – FREE
Curios and trinkets galore.Visit one of the largest and longest running flea markets in the country. Browse the many stalls selling anything from hand-made jewellery to art, antiques and furniture. With a huge variety of craft stalls as well as food stalls to tantalise your taste buds everyone is sure to have a good time.
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Adler Museum of Medicine – FREE Monday – Friday
Get your scrubs on and take a historical look at medicine through the ages at the Adler Museum of Medicine. With over 40 000 objects showcasing the evolving history of medicine.
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Fourways Farmers Market – FREE to browse around. Market every Sunday
Enjoy a leisurely Sunday at the Fourways Farmers Market. There is a variety of goods on offer for friends and families, from an ice-cold beer to organic coffee and baked goods. Pick up some hand-made pate and deli goods or fresh produce and flowers all while having a relaxing nibble on a hay bale under the trees.
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Croc City & Reptile Park – Adults R70 kids R50
Get up close and personal with one of the world’s greatest predators, from hatchlings to fully grown crocs of over four meters. There is lots to see, do and learn at Croc City and it’s endorsed by the Department of Nature Conservation.
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If you have any other secrets or tips to having pocket friendly fun in Joburg let us know in the comments below!