The anxiety of exploring a new city comes with its own set of expectations. Where should you stay, what should you see, and did you bring enough money with you? Lucky for you, if you’re planning on visiting the South African city of Johannesburg, you need not worry about that last one, as they’ve got favorable exchange rates and incredibly affordable facilities.
Here are some of the top things you can do in Johannesburg that won’t break the bank:
Get A Taste Of Nature At Mantecasino Bird Garden (R70)
If you’re a nature enthusiast who isn’t afraid to take your wild side in a new environment, then Montecasino Bird Garden is the place to be. Best of all, this place isn’t usually that crowded, so you can take your time strolling through here and capturing those lifetime memories on your camera. The walkways are simply incredible and the animals exotic. You will get a first-hand view of the world’s longest snake, rare mammals like lemurs and sloth, and more than 60 bird species. Who’s ready to feed some birds and take part in an unforgettable experience?
Cool Off At The Zoo Lake Swimming Pool (R12)
Looking for a way to cool off after spending a day in the sun? Then you’ll want to head over to the historic Zoo Lake Swimming Pool, a local favorite. Go swimming in the 30 x 30 meter pool, a popular attraction during the hot summer months. You can even host parties (anniversaries, birthdays) in the picnic area and have so much fun. Take advantage of the affordable Kulula flights from your nearest city and get to enjoy this well-maintained public pool.
Have Relaxing Moments At The Living Room (R60: Weekends, Free: Weekdays)
The Living Room is a fantastic rooftop venue in the heart of Maboneng that gives a delightful view of the city. It’s like you’re sitting in your own backyard surrounded by beautiful plants and a touch of fresh air. Enjoy amazing local delicacies and sip glasses of wine long into the night. And on Sundays, you can enjoy the mixes of hosted DJs.
Feed Your Sense Of Smell At MultiFlora Flower Market (Free)
The flowers here are simply beautiful, instantly bringing life where there is boredom. So if you want a little bit of mood-lifting or want to surprise that special someone with some flowers, the MultiFlora Flower Market should be on your to-do list. The flowers here are of world-class standards and the scents are incredibly sweet. This place could make the best pass-by spot on your way back home.
Breath In The Sunrise Glory At Mountain Sanctuary Park (R155/adult, R40/car)
One of the best ways to start a day is soaking in the warm sweet morning sun. This park is full of beautiful natural rocks that you can use to grasp some air after your hiking trip. The place gets even better after the summer rains as the generous rainwater form amazing rock pools. And if you feel like taking a dip, you can do so at the well-kept pool after which, you can enjoy your picnic snacks in the tall grass with a viewing deck. Just make sure that you book this in advance, as they limit how many visitors can come through the park each day.
Go Shopping At 27 Boxes (Free)
27 Boxes is an amazing shopping center made entirely from shipping containers. Here you can stroll around and check out some of the most affordable home-made stuff by the locals. The primary priority of this place is to support the community by uplifting their entrepreneurship ideas. You can easily source unique gifts for your loved ones over here and get to enjoy the taste of locally made fresh juices and cakes. Call it a one-stop-shop.
So there you have it. Sure, vacations can be expensive. But as you can see, there are plenty of things you can do in Johannesburg without spending a fortune. All you need is to focus on the little-known places and you will be surprised at what people are missing out. Enjoy!