Things to do under R200
Finding new activities and things to do is always fun, but it can get expensive. With the warm summer days on the way Moneybags journalist, Ashleigh Brown, looks at things to do around the country under R200 for those who like to spend time outdoors.
Get ready to have some fun without breaking the bank. Across South Africa there are a myriad of activities for all different tastes, from adventure courses suspended in the air, to beautiful art work on display. We look at four different locations – Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, and Johannesburg to find fun activities for you to do all under R200.
The Mother City has a lot to offer people in terms of new things to see and do, that are not going to leave you broke. From enjoying weekend markets, to climbing mountains, there is something for everybody.
Alongside Table Mountain is the distinctive shaped mountain slope called Lions Head. This mountain overlooks the city and Table Bay on one side, and the scenic Atlantic Ocean coastline on the other. The hike is a short one (on average about two and a half hours), but it is steep. It is free to hike up to the top, the only costs there might be are driving the car to the start point.
Old Biscuit Mill
The Old Biscuit Mill, in Woodstock, is explained on its website as “vibrant, warm-hearted little village in the heart of Woodstock where talented people come together to share, collaborate and well… show off the heart-felt passion.” The mill has weekend markets both during the day and in the evening. There is no entrance fee, but you might end up paying R20 for parking.
Stand up paddling
If you want to spend a relaxing day around the waterfront without the normal hustle and bustle of walking around, then try stand up paddling, or know as SUP. The SUP club, located next to the V&A Waterfront offers lessons. It costs R150 for a 30 minute lesson and R200 for an hour’s lesson.
For the website, click here. You can call them on 082 789 0411 for more information and to make bookings.
Live on the more adventures side with paintball in an old power station, and an obstacle course that would have Tarzan jumping with joy when next you visit Johannesburg.
The Orlando Towers
These old power station towers in Soweto have been kitted out with adventure filled activities. You can take on the 25m climb up the side of the tower, or go on a paintball shootout among all the concrete pillars. It costs R30 per person for the climb, and R150 per person for paintball.
This golf course has the longest putting hole in the world of 68m. Besides dealing with the length of the course you will be challenged by many hidden nooks and crannies, and you’ll have to putt across log bridges and ravines. The adventure golf course in Randburg even has Koi ponds and birds to help set the adventure tone as you putt your way around the course. It costs R70 per person for a three game ticket. There are three different courses each with nine holes.
Test your pace and balance on this suspended obstacle course called the Sprinting Cheetah. This “moderately challenging” course, as its website says, tests your ability three meters above the ground, with a 20 meter zip line to end things off. It costs R140 per person.
Acrobranch also offers two other courses, which are more challenging than the Sprinting Cheetah. There is the Stalking Leopards course, which is R170 per person, and the Hunting Lions course for R200 per person.
For the website, click here. You can call them on 010 593 0493.
The city of Pretoria is South Africa’s administrative capital and home to government departments, ministries, foreign embassies and diplomatic missions. This may sound boring but this city knows how to have fun. Enjoy water sports, and fine art in Gauteng’s northern city.
This dam, just west of Pretoria offers adrenaline filled water sports. There is a speed boat and a dam cruise for those who enjoy a more relaxed experience. The cruise takes 45 minute and holds a maximum of 12 passengers. There are also a variety of tube rideswhich can accommodate between one to five people. It costs R170 per person for the boat ride, and R170 per person for the tube ride.
For the website, click here. You can call them on 071 605 9327 to make a booking.
Boardwalk art market
At the Boardwalk Art Market in the heart of Pretoria East, you will find a colourful display of paintings all along the wooden walkways. There is no entrance fee, but of course, the art can be a pricy.
For the website, click here. You can call them on 072 534 2129 for more enquiries.
Test out your body at The Barn climbing gym, in Mooiplaats, with over 450 meters squared of climbing walls. They have different walls from beginners to advanced, to help give everyone a taste of the action. You can hire gear from the gym (rope: R25, shoes: R15, chalk bag: R5, harness: R20), and the entrance fee is R70 per person. All of the equipment plus the entrance fee comes to R135.
For the website, click here. You can call them on 082 335 3220 for bookings.
There are a lot of fun-filled activates to enjoy in Durbs (as the city is more affectionately known). Have your world spun around in human-sized hamster ball, or take a relaxing trip to Japan, without ever leaving South Africa.
Even wondered what it would be like to be a hamster? Groovy Balls are big plastic balls that people sit in to roll down hills. They cost R150 per person, and any additional rides will cost R100 per person. You can also have a go at some target practice, which costs R40 per person.
For the website, click here. You can call them on 031 783 7162.
Find your inner Zen with a quiet stroll through the Japanese Gardens in Durban North. Traditional ponds are home to Japanese Koi Carp who bring luck to the water features and keep the wide variety of water lilies company. There is no entrance fee.
For the website, click here.
Take a relaxing ride along the beachfront in Durban in one of the brightly coloured rickshaws. The ride is usually fairly short, from 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll pay anything from R30 to R100, depending on the number of passengers and the distance travelled.
There are a lot of different things to do around the country which won’t leave your wallet feeling a little light. Take friends or family with and try something new and different. After all, they say change is as good as a holiday.