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Points of interest to go to in Cape City, Joburg and Durban for underneath R150

Going out for enjoyable issues to do once you’re on vacation can add up and earlier than you already know it, you’ve blown your funds. That doesn’t must be the case if you already know the place to go.

We’ve scoured the nation and located some unimaginable points of interest to go to on a shoestring. Whether or not you’re eager on getting in nature, concerned about historical past or simply trying to entertain the children with a time out, right here’s the place to go with out spending a fortune.

Cape City

Rondevlei Nature Reserve

Flamingoes inhabit the reserve and are a superb sight to see. Credit score: Anton Crone

Cape City has no scarcity of lovely nature reserves scattered throughout town, most of that are free or have a minimal entry price. Rondevlei in Grassy Park is a agency favorite and kinds a part of the False Bay Nature Reserve. Birders flock to the wetland that comprises 5 hides and two commentary towers from which to identify any of the 230 fowl species like herons, night time herons, egrets, ibis and spoonbill. Or you possibly can merely stroll alongside the footpath, having fun with the reedbeds, lowland fynbos and strandveld surrounding the lake.

Value: Free

Contact: 021 400 3443

Deal with: Nook of Fisherman’s Stroll and Perth Roads, Grassy Park



Penguins taken in by the centre. Credit score: SANCCOB

The Southern African Basis for the Conservation of Coastal Birds (SANCCOB) is a non-profit that contributes to the conservation of seabirds by way of rescue, rehabilitation and the discharge of unwell, injured, deserted and oiled birds. The organisation treats as much as  2,500 seabirds per yr, of which a staggering 1,500 are African penguins. You possibly can go to them for a behind-the-scenes instructional tour to be taught extra about how they function.

They permit 4 tour teams per day from 10am to 2pm on week days and three excursions on weekend days at 10am, 12pm and 2pm. Reserving is important.

Value: R60 for adults, R50 for teenagers underneath 12 and R40 for senior residents

Contact: 021 557 6155

Deal with: 22 Pentz Drive, Desk View


Iziko Museums

The Citadel of Good Hope is claimed to be the oldest surviving construction in South Africa and was constructed between 1666 and 1679 by the Dutch East India Firm. Credit score: Wikimedia Commons

Iziko Muzeums is the umbrella organisation that operates 11 nationwide museums in Cape City. Every of them is exclusive and of nice social, historic and cultural significance, giving us a glance by way of the window to the previous. You possibly can view something from a mid-eighteenth-century home within the Bo-Kaap, to studying in regards to the lengthy historical past of slavery in South Africa, to taking a digital voyage by way of the universe on the Planetarium, some ranging from as little as R20 entry price. Go to their web site to see which one among these tickles your fancy:

  • Bertram Home
  • Bo-Kaap Museum
  • Groot Constantia Manor Home
  • Koopmans-de Moist Home
  • Maritime Centre
  • Michaelis Assortment on the Previous City Home
  • Rust en Vreugd
  • Slave Lodge and Social Historical past Centre
  • South African Museum and Planetarium
  • South African Nationwide Gallery and Annexe
  • William Fehr Assortment on the Citadel of Good Hope

The museums are located at completely different places throughout town and have completely different entry charges.

Contact: 021 481 3800


Locrate Market

You’ll find distinctive handmade objects on the market. Credit score: Unsplash

This vibrant market is the place aspiring artists, designers, cooks, poets and crafters from the encircling areas all come collectively to showcase their work. Browse the assorted stalls brimming with handmade reward objects, clothes, decor and extra, or dig into the delicious native meals and drinks.

Value: Entry is free, select to purchase or just browse!

Contact: (067) 027-9324 or (071) 996-0080

Deal with: Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers: 10823A Pooe St, Orlando West, Soweto


Cycle the Metropolis

Journey by way of Jozi on a motorbike! Credit score: Jacques Marais

What higher strategy to discover a metropolis than on a bicycle? You possibly can rent one at Mainstreetwalks, so seize a map and plan your route. Keep in mind to pack water and sunscreen, and ask the educated employees for his or her really useful pitstops and routes.

Value: R50 per hour

Contact: 011 614 0163

Deal with: 264 Fox St, Maboneng


Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

The view over Joburg from Melville Koppies. Credit score: Melanie van Zyl.

This nature reserve is a Johannesburg Metropolis Heritage Web site, and is the final conserved stays of the ridges within the space earlier than the invention of gold in 1886.  You’ll be given a map on entry, so pack a picnic and your sunnies, and head out! The reserve is at present solely open on Sundays between 8am and 11:30am, however guided excursions for teams and mid-week entry could be organized.

Value: R80 for adults, R40 for kids

Contact: 027 11 482 4797 or 079 532 0083

Deal with: 4 Judith Rd, Emmarentia, Randburg



Spice Emporium

You’ll find a variety of various spices. Credit score: Unsplash/generic

A go to to Durban’s Spice Emporium is a should for any foodie, and extra so should you get pleasure from cooking Indian meals. This 100-year previous family-owned enterprise makes the wealthy historical past and custom behind the Indian method to cooking accessible to every body. You’ll be spoiled for selection the minute you set foot within the fragrant spice retailer, the place you possibly can store something from fundamental high quality turmeric powder to varied incense and oils.

Value: Entry is free, select to purchase or just browse!

Contact: 031 332 5888

Deal with: 31 Monty Naicker Street, Durban


Moses Mabhida Stadium 

The stadium was accomplished in 2009, proper earlier than the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Credit score: Wikimedia Commons

The Moses Mabhida Stadium is just not solely used to host sports activities occasions, however provides numerous leisure and adrenaline actions too. The Journey Stroll to the highest enables you to climb the five hundred steps of the 106m excessive arch, and is rewarded with hanging panoramic views of town. Alternatively, go for the scenic route and hop on the SkyCar which takes you up, minus the climbing (and sweating, and panting).

Value: Journey Stroll R120 peak per particular person, SkyCar R55 for adults, R30 for kids

Contact: 031 322 9936

Deal with: 44 Isaiah Ntshangase Street, Durban


Durban Botanic Gardens

The gardens are house to varied plant species. Credit score: Wikimedia Commons

At Africa’s oldest botanical backyard, you possibly can meander by way of age-old cycads and different points of interest just like the Orchid Home, the Sunken Backyard and the lake. You may as well enquire about guided group excursions and academic programmes. You possibly can obtain a map of the gardens right here. 

Value: Free

Contact: 031 322 4021or 068 598 1396

Deal with: 9A John Zikhali Street, Berea



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