11 cool and cultural things to do in Jozi for free and under R200

Travelstart has found great, modern and cultural activities to do in the city of Johannesburg.
You are spoiled for choice with all the amazing options; ranging from museum visits, outdoor markets and beer adventures. The charm of Josie is definitely the friendly people and we have lots of fun and affordable ways to explore this great city.

“Top of Africa” ​​- the second tallest building in Africa

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Get ready to be amazed at the ‘Top of Africa’ with 360 degree views. View South Africa’s golden city at the Carlton Center skyscraper. It was the tallest building in Africa from 1973 to 2019, with 50 floors. You can see it at stop #11 of the City Tour.

Entry is R30 per person, R20 per person for groups.

Take a tour of the world famous SAB Brewery and finish with a cold and awesome view

This informative tour shows you the ins and outs of the history, development and production of SA’s favorite beers.

The beer tour is just R125 for adults and is R115 for pensioners and students (bring your student card). Children under 18 are R45.

The beer tasting costs R115, but if you get the tour and beer tasting package, it’s only R195.

If you want to go for lunch in the Tap Room, the entrance fee is R50, which includes two free drink vouchers.

SAB World of Beer is open daily from 10am to 6pm. Their last tour is at 5pm, except on Sundays and Mondays when the last tour starts at 4pm. There are tours every hour on the hour, but bookings are essential.

The last tour with tasting included starts at 3pm each day.

Enjoy the Living Room’s rooftop garden

Courtesy of Living Room website (https://www.livingroomjozi.co.za/)

Johannesburg has the largest urban forest in the world with over six million trees. Be sure to visit the vibey Living Room at Maboneng for drinks, music and chill in a rooftop garden oasis.

It is important to plan ahead and look at their calendar (https://bit.ly/3oN7rMR) to see what hours they are open to the public.

20 Kruger Street

084 529 9006 or 082 370 9284

Courtesy of Living Room website (https://www.livingroomjozi.co.za/)

Immerse yourself in art museums on First Thursdays

The event is as much about socializing as it is about admiring artistic masterpieces. This is a great opportunity to experience Johannesburg’s established and dynamic art scene while mingling with a great glass of grape in hand. This free event in Braamfontein takes place on the first Thursday evening of every month, where you get the chance to share unique and artistic perspectives.

Check out what’s available TIMES.

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Boutique Wine Tasting in Johannesburg

Indulge and learn about some of South Africa’s finest boutique wines in the bustling atmosphere of Jozi for just R150! You will learn the fascinating history of South Africa’s famous wine production. A wine expert will host the tasting, which consists of at least 5 different wines. How divine!

It is open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

You can buy tickets here: https://bit.ly/3d1sIQn

Attend a reading at one of Jozi’s best bookstores, Bridge Books

Courtesy of Bridge Books via Facebook

Bridge Books is a must for book lovers and anyone interested in meeting some of the continent’s brightest literary minds. There are books available in all 11 local languages. They also host writing workshops and story time for children every Saturday. To find events, go to their events page: https://bit.ly/3QfGsFc

98 Komisarska Street

079 618 9280

Experience South Africa’s military history

Johannesburg Military Museum image from their website (https://militarymuseum.co.za/main.htm)

At the museum, you can view and learn about different types of medals, aircraft, armored fighting vehicles, badges, uniforms, weapons, aircraft and much more. There is also naval equipment you can see, this includes the Molch, a one-man submarine that was used by the Germans in World War II. Sometimes there are also events and performances you can schedule, so stay tuned!
The entrance fee is R22 for adults and R11 for pensioners, students and children. However, on weekends it is R50 for everyone.

Spend Saturdays at Neighborgoods and Sundays at Market On Main

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Do some killer shopping and enjoy the best brunch in town, an array of delicious dining options at Neighborgoods Market in Braamfontein (on Saturdays) and Market on Main in Maboneng.

Joburg has plenty of mouth-watering options for foodies such as Jozi Food Market at Sheds@1Fox; the Bluebird Whole Foods Market; Bryanston Organic Market and Fourways Farmers Market.

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Check out the most complementary milkshakes at Craft Restaurant

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Try creations like Candy Carnival, Sourgreen monster or Salted Caramel Delights at Craft Restaurant. Here you will find the most creative and delicious milkshakes, just don’t forget to bring your appetite! There are also healthy options for those who don’t like sweets.

Call: 011 788 7111

33 4th Avenue Parkhurst

Have a picnic at the Johannesburg Botanic Gardens

These beautiful and varied gardens were voted by its residents as the best passive space for recreation in the city. It is home to a variety of native and exotic trees, such as California redwoods, silver birches and English oaks. There are various parts, including the Shakespeare Garden and the Rose Garden, surrounded by Japanese cherry blossoms. Bird watching, canoeing, sailing, kayaking and fishing can be enjoyed in these picturesque gardens. There are also many botanical and horticultural societies here. Sometimes there are events like Malibongwe, a tribute to women on Women’s Day.

Entrance to the gardens is free, but you can make a donation.

Summer Sunset Concerts are held at the botanical gardens, featuring a variety of local and international artists. These events attract crowds from all over and are referred to as the “weekly revitalization of the party”.

Lake Emmerentia, located in the Johannesburg Botanic Gardens outside the city centre.

Constitution Hill and the Apartheid Museum

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Learn about SA’s most challenging period and our journey of perseverance to achieve democracy at the living museum, Constitution Hill. This former prison used to hold political prisoners and is now home to the Constitutional Court. Constitution Hill has hourly tours (under R200) ​​from 9am to 5pm daily. If you’re visiting on a Red Bus sightseeing tour, you’re entitled to a 25% discount on your ticket. Entry is R100 for adults, R50 for children and R65 for pensioners and students. Admission is free on: Human Rights Day, Freedom Day, Women’s Day, Youth Day, Heritage Day, International Human Rights Day and Day of Reconciliation. Be sure to check the opening hours before you go: https://bit.ly/3d2tCvJ.

The Apartheid Museum offers important historical insight into past atrocities and is a world authority on this chapter of our nation’s history. Affordable tours available. It is open Thursday to Sunday and public holidays, except Good Friday, Christmas and New Year.

The entrance fee is 150 Rand for adults and 100 Rand for senior citizens, students and children.

Aerial view of Constitution Hill in Johannesburg, South Africa

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