23 August 2016 | Carla de Klerk
Whether you’re a tourist or local, seeing city sights can become a costly endeavour – especially when you're on a family budget. With summer around the corner, we've compiled a list of five Joburg activities guaranteed not to break the bank:
1. Take the easy route
The best way to explore Joburg (Image: Flow Communications)
The City Sightseeing red bus is one of the most well-known means of travel for tourists worldwide. Hopping off at interesting locations and back on again is convenient and you only have to buy one ticket for the whole day. Be sure to book online for great discounts and don’t forget to research the stops beforehand so you don’t miss out on anything.
2. Take a ride on the wild side
Gold Reef City is ideal for thrill seekers (Image: LSG05)
Gold Reef City is a magical theme park where history and adventure collide. Just imagine roller coasters speeding through an old gold mine, which closed down in 1971. Gold Reef City is an ideal stop-off for families as well as folks who want to up their adrenalin levels.
3. Take a refreshment break
The Tap Room at the World of Beer (Image: SAB World of Beer)
SAB World of Beer offers a glimpse into the backstory of one of our favourite beverages. SAB has been producing some of Africa’s favourite brews since 1895, and with the World of Beer tour you will learn the culture and history behind the much-loved drink.
The tour is a fun activity for kids and non-drinkers too, as it makes use of interactive media to tell the incredibly interesting story of beer.
4. Take a step back in time
The entrance to the Apartheid Museum (Image: City Sightseeing South Africa)
The Apartheid Museum is a must-do for both tourists and locals, providing a glimpse into apartheid South Africa through a series of interactive displays and exhibits. Designed to resemble prison-like conditions, the museum will not only impart knowledge but is an experience that will stay with you for years to come.
Please note that the museum is not recommended for kids younger than 11.
5. Take some time to have a trendy snack
Colourful Braamfontein (Image: City Sightseeing South Africa)
The Grove in Braamfontein is definitely the coolest place to be when visiting Joburg. Home to some of the trendiest coffee, clothing and gear shops, you most definitely won’t get bored here. Be sure not to miss the gorgeous Nelson Mandela Bridge, the neighbourhood’s most famous landmark. The Neighbourgoods Market on Saturdays is also a big must-visit for foodies and fashionistas alike.
Hop on the red bus!
Whether you’re a newbie exploring the city, or a resident looking to reacquaint yourself with all the unique and wonderful places it holds, why not hop on a red bus and enjoy these latest additions to Johannesburg? Buy tickets here.