125 Things to Do in SA - for R100 and Under

South Africa has truly become one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world - and after the recent recession, even more so. Why? Well, it's simple - South Africa is an affordable destination that offers a whole lot more bang for your buck. If you are travelling from the likes of the UK and USA, the exchange rate will be in your favour, and you can look forward to a whole lot of bargains. In a time where everyone needs to tighten their belts, it's great to know that you can still enjoy a well deserved break. In order for you to get the most of your holiday in South Africa, while sticking to your fairly tight budget, we have sourced a list of 126 things to do for under R100.

Get ready for an unbelievable journey!

Things to do in:
Cape Town (31) Port Elizabeth (13) Johannesburg (30)
Durban (27) Garden Route (12) Bloemfontein (12)

Cape Town Things to Do

Cape Town is not only one of the top holiday destinations in South Africa, but in the world. This culturally diverse city has it all. The world famous Table Mountain, the stunning Cape Winelands, endless beaches and some of the top scenery in the country is on offer. Add to this a bustling and lively city that is both safe and fun to explore, as well as the V&A Waterfront and a working harbour. Whether you hit the boutique shops or unique restaurants in the city or just sip on drinks in Camps Bay, Cape Town is a destination you will want to return to. Here are just a few reasons why:

  • 1) Two Oceans Aquarium

    R45-R95
    per person

    The aquarium located at the V&A Waterfront offers a glimpse into the diverse marine life off the South African coastline. Open seven days a week between 09h30 and 18h00. Ensure that you have your hand stamped at the door to allow unlimited entrance for that specific day.

    Visit: http://www.aquarium.co.za/

  • 2) World of Birds

    R40-R70
    per person

    A beautiful bird park stretching over 4 hectares of land and surrounded by Table Mountain, the Twelve Apostles, Constantiaberg and Chapman's Peak. This jewel is a must see for any nature lover. Open daily between the hours of 09h00 and17h00.

    Contact: 021-790-2730 or Visit: http://www.worldofbirds.org.za/

  • 3) The Planetarium

    R10-R25
    per person

    Visit one of only a handful of planetariums on the African continent. The planetarium that's housed in the South African Museum building offers an edutainment show for all ages. There are shows from Monday to Friday at 14h00 and Tuesday evenings at 20h00. Saturday and Sunday shows are at 12h00, 13h00 and 14h30.

    Visit: http://www.iziko.org.za/museums/planetarium

  • 4) Boulders Beach

    R15-R40
    per person

    Boulders Beach is renowned as a scenic and beautiful destination, offering a stunning beach as well as the famous locals – the penguins. Please remember, these are wild penguins so do not try and get cuddly with them, but you are more than welcome to take some fantastic photographs.

    Contact: 021-786-2329

  • 5) Kirstenbosch Gardens

    R10-R80
    per person

    Kirstenbosch stretches over 528 hectares and supports a wide variety of fynbos as well as a natural forest. Upon entering the gardens, you are allowed to explore and picnic as you please. There is also a tea-room that serves a full English breakfast as well as a mini breakfast for R36.00 and R26.00 respectively per person.

    Contact: 021-799-8783

  • 6) Browse Green Point Flea Market

    Free
    per person

    Celebrated by international visitors for years as one of SA's most charming cultural hot spots, Green Market Square is known for showcasing some of the most traditional examples of local culture through art, music and food. The market is a feast for the senses and takes place in the centre of Cape Town itself.

    Contact: Simply arrive

  • 7) Castle of Good Hope

    R12-R28
    per person

    As the oldest standing colonial structure in South Africa, the Castle of Good Hope enjoys a great deal of respect, awe and historical significance. Constructed between 1666 and 1679 by the formidable Dutch East India Company, this once modern fortification replaced the original clay fortifications erected by country founder Commander Jan Van Riebeeck. This once well-defended and impressive pentagonal castle was the guardian of the shores of Cape Town and is lovingly maintained today.

    Contact: 021-787-1249

  • 8) Soak up the rays on Llandudno Beach

    Free
    per person

    One of the most beautiful and yet secluded beaches in the city. The beach is located only 18kms from the city centre itself, making it highly accessible. Due to its natural beauty, it's a spectacular picnic location and perfect for romantic walks on the beach.

    Contact: Simply arrive

  • 9) Visit "Just Nuisance" in Simon's Town

    Free
    per person

    Find out about the adventures of Able Seaman, Just Nuisance, by visiting the room dedicated to him in the Simon's Town Museum. This legendary Great Dane was officially enlisted in the SA Navy at the beginning of WW2 after becoming a local hero due to his incredibly high intelligence and fondness for following Navy ratings and officers around. Just Nuisance was given a full Navy burial upon his death in 1944.

    Contact: Simply arrive

  • 10) 20 Lap Race at Kenilworth Karting

    R100
    per person

    Prepare for a wild zipping ride through the professional's lanes at the Kenilworth Karting Centre in Access Park. Perfect for a bit of family adventure or competitive spirit between friends, this is a favourite pastime of local and international visitors alike. After ripping through the track, you're given your computer generated score card - allowing you to track your constant improvement or domination of the course.

    Contact: 021-683-2670 or Visit: http://www.karting.co.za/main.htm

  • 11) Take your board to Glen Beach for some surfing

    Free
    per person

    Nestled in one of the more private corners of the Camps Bay area is Glen Beach, which is certainly one of the most celebrated surfing areas in the country. With a long competitive and recreational history wrapped up in the sport of surfing, this location is a fan favourite. Perfect for those who like to get involved and those fans who like to watch the antics of the pros up close. Well sheltered from the wind, this may be the ultimate sun-filled adventure.

    Contact: Simply arrive

  • 12) Walk or Climb to the top of Table Mountain

    Free
    per person

    The legendary Table Mountain is without doubt the most adored and recognised feature within the city of Cape Town and certainly no trip there is complete without reaching its apex. Most visitors make use of the cable car, but it's worth traversing the mountains many trails on foot to properly absorb its majesty. Remember to seek advice as to which route you would do better to follow, as they range from easy to extremely challenging.

    Contact: N/A

  • 13) Bo Kaap Museum

    R10
    per person

    A cultural centre for the Muslim faith within Cape Town, the area also possesses a great deal of interest for non-Muslim visitors who simply wish to explore the rich history of the Cape. Take the tour and search through old archives as you go through the story from its true beginnings to the abolition of slavery.

    Contact: 021-481-3939

  • 14) Market at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock

    Free
    per person

    Prepare your senses for a feast... and your stomach for a feast in general with the Saturday market held at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. Here we have a true showcase of local creativity blended with a real sense of fun, excitement and festivity. Grab a seat on a bale of hay while you knock back a few drinks, pile a plate full of delicacies or simply listen to the chatter.

    Contact: 021-447-8194 or Visit: http://theoldbiscuitmill.co.za/

  • 15) Chapman's Peak picnic

    R20-R42
    per person

    A time honoured tradition, the drive across Chapman's Peak is magnificent in a way that few other things are in the entire world can compare. Consider the panoramic views of the ocean and mountains as your vehicle reaches Olympic heights. Once you've picked the spot which best suits you, stop, get the picnic supplies and sit down - lunch is served in style!

    Contact: 021-791-8222 or Visit: http://www.chapmanspeakdrive.co.za/index.php

  • 16) Whale Watching

    Free
    per person

    South Africa is naturally blessed in many ways but without doubt, one of the most exceptional is the frequent sightings and visitations of the Southern Right whales. If you're going to head down to the Cape Peninsula (and, of course you are) then you simply cannot afford to miss the sight of one of these ocean faring deities breaking from the waves in a raw display of power.

    Contact: N/A

  • 17) Explore Simon's Town

    Free
    per person

    As a genuine heritage-site, Simon's Town is renowned as a walk down memory lane considering the many museums and testaments to achievements past - and those yet to come. Not only is it the site of the Royal Navy, but there are also a number of restaurants and boutique stores to explore.

    Contact: Simply arrive

  • 18) Newlands Forest Contour Path

    R10
    per person

    Like any forest walk in the world, this one offers beautiful views, magnificent scenery and the lingering scent of pine. Unlike other forest paths, this one leads to and from the site of Rhodes Memorial, via Kirstenbosch, Skeleton Gorge and Nursery Ravine.

    Contact: Simply arrive

  • 19) Feast and Party at Mzoli's Place

    R100
    per person

    If you want the true feeling of the township spirit within South Africa then you simply can't afford to give Mzoli's Place a miss. This famed butchery took off a few years back due to its unique ambiance and the fact that you get fantastic meat, SA style. Located in Gugulethu, all you really need to do is get down there and make sure you bring your appetite.

    Contact: Simply arrive

  • 20) See the Cape Point Lighthouse

    R20-R80
    per person

    Take a trip to this celebrated landmark and get a real feel for the rich history abundant in the area, of course, the pleasant sea air hardly hurts the experience. This particular lighthouse is well known for maintaining its original sign post which kindly reads, "Any person caught rolling down the cliff will be prosecuted by order Lighthouse Engineer".

    Contact: Simply arrive

  • 21) Tour Green Point Stadium

    R30
    per person

    Ever wonder what it takes to build a stadium that's going to be used to stage an international event which competes with the Olympic Games for ratings? Your chance to learn a little more about the intricacies of world-class design are finally here. This tour isn't simply led by history buffs, but rather by actual project members from the engineering team.

    Contact: 021-430-7300

  • 22) Take a trip on Pirate boat - Jolly Roger

    R70
    per person

    If you're interested in trying something a little different then why not jump aboard Cape Town's own Jolly Roger pirate ship for a bit of a party on the waves? The boat is kitted out perfectly in all the classic memorabilia that you'd expect and is well loved for celebrating children's birthday parties or for having adults dress up and yelling "Arrr" at one another.

    Contact: 021-421-0909

  • 23) Cool Runnings tobogganing

    R20-R65
    per person

    Hit the slopes in this spectacular summer festive sport as you sail down the customised lanes in a bob sled with wheels. Your run is guaranteed as safe since the organisers even allow children as young as eight to make the runs solo. You'll cruise your sled down 1.25kms of twisted metal half pipe tracks and go your own pace as you work the handbrake.

    Contact: 021-949-4439 or Visit: http://www.toboggan.co.za/

  • 24) Visit Spier wine farm

    Free
    per person

    Spier is a favourite among locals and for good reason, the farm is situated in the heart of South Africa's wine-growing region. Offering panoramic views of the Helderberg mountain range as well as the Eerste River, the scenery is simply enchanting... and the food and wine are a perfect fit. Pack the picnic basket and prepare for some down time.

    Contact: 021-809-1100

  • 25) Visit company gardens

    Free
    per person

    The Company Gardens is a botanical garden which is open to the public and frequented by locals working within the heart of the CBD during lunch times. The Gardens are incredibly beautiful and relaxing, and many a Capetonian or visitor has spent a quiet hour simply throwing seeds to pigeons and squirrels. It features a rose garden, Japanese garden, fish pond and aviary.

    Contact: Simply arrive

  • 26) Visit the V&A Waterfront

    R20-R100
    per person

    What is there to say about the V&A that hasn't been mentioned before? Probably nothing, but for those who've passed life in a vacuum, this is most likely the Cape Town location for tourists and possesses a massively wide variety of shopping and dining opportunities. The beautiful views certainly don't hurt and neither does the spirited vibe of live, free performances, ferry rides and people who simply get lost looking for the parking lot.

    Contact: Simply arrive

  • 27) Visit the Tygerberg Zoo

    R40-R60
    per person

    A zoo is a zoo right? Not quite. This one sets itself apart by, firstly, by being the only major zoo in the Western Cape and, secondly, by also being a breeding camp for particularly rare or endangered species. Although they don't keep larger mammals, they do have everything in size up to zebra and, due to the rarity of some of their residents, there are always a few surprising sights to behold.

    Contact: 021-884-4494

  • 28) Get arrested at Butterfly World

    R43
    per person

    Just kidding - I don't think you can be arrested at Butterfly World since it's too peaceful. This majestic environment has one of the most amazing collections of butterflies in the country. And to maintain this, they import 500-800 butterfly pupae per week, all year round. Play safari explorer and climb through the ferns and Amazon style foliage to discover the mysterious hidden blue butterflies beneath... just don't step on anything pretty.

    Contact: 021-875-5628

  • 29) Visit the Scratch Patch

    R10
    per person

    Situated near the Simon's Town Waterfront, the scratch patch is an iconic part of the area. If you have little ones with you, let them rummage through the precious stones and take home their favorites. Afterwards why not take them for a game of cave golf next door.

    Visit: http://www.scratchpatch.co.za/

  • 30) Indoor Sport at the Stadium on Main

    R40
    per person

    Play action cricket, netball or soccer at the indoor sports arena. It's not called action sport for nothing, so be prepared for some intense sporting action. After the game, have a drink and snack at the Action pub and meet the local action sports nuts.

    Contact: 021-671-3665

  • 31) Hout Bay Market

    Free
    to browse

    Take a drive to Hout Bay along the scenic coastal road until you stumble upon this hidden gem. The Hout Bay market is filled with craft stalls, but go deeper and you will find live entertainment as well as a multitude of food stores.

    Contact: N/A

Johannesburg Things to Do

The City of Gold - Johannesburg offers a variety of activities that cater for people of all ages. Many parts of the CBD have undergone major transformation, which has again made it a world-class city worth exploring. The friendly people in this city will also make your trip memorable, whether you are hitting the clubs, exploring one of the many lakes or browsing a local market to get the true taste of South Africa. The landscape may not be as scenic as many of the coastal cities, but a Highveld thunderstorm in the middle of summer will surely take your breath away. Here are some of the things you can look forward to in Jozi, and for R100 and under to boot:

  • 32) Adventure Golf Randburg

    R33-R49
    per person

    Putt-putt is one of South Africa's favourite family activities and this Randburg course takes it to the max. Test your skill, and luck, on the elaborate par three, four and five courses for fun, or even join in the "Golf League" for a more competitive experience. Situated at the Brightwater Commons centre, you can expect a great day out for people of all ages.

    Visit: http://www.adventuregolf.co.za/adventure-golf-brightwater-commons.php

  • 33) Afronova Art Gallery

    Free
    per person

    View the spectacular modern and contemporary artwork that has been created by Henri Vergon. Situated in the lively Newton precinct of Johannesburg, visitors can experience the city as well as true African creativity. The gallery also boasts a bookshop that has a wide range of publications on art from Africa.

    Contact: 083-726-5906 or Visit: http://www.afronova.com/

  • 34) Bensusan Museum of Photography

    Free
    per person

    If photography is a passion of yours, then you need to head to the Bensusan Museum of Photography. Here you will find a rare and valuable collection of photographic equipment. The museum also boasts prints of moments that were captured by the equipment. An informative and interactive experience awaits.

    Contact: 011-833-5624 or Visit: http://www.joburg.org.za/culture/museums-galleries/bensusan-museum

  • 35) Killarney Antique Fair

    Free
    per person

    Discover forgotten treasures, collectables or even unique African souvenirs at this event. The fair takes place at the Killarney Mall on the first Saturday of each month, so head out to the next event and you may just find exactly what you have been searching for.

    Contact: 011-646-4657 or Visit: http://www.killarneymall.co.za/Home/

  • 36) Breakfast at Nelson Mandela Bridge

    R15-R100
    per person

    Enjoy a rich premium coffee with a freshly baked breakfast while looking at one of Johannesburg's most famous landmarks - Nelson Mandela Bridge. The City Bakery is perfectly placed in a magnificent heritage building and is the perfect place to start you day of exploration.

    Contact: 011-339-3932

  • 37) Bryanston Organic and Natural Market

    Whatever
    you decide to buy

    This excellent market has been running in Johannesburg's northern suburbs for over 30 years and boasts a marvellous collection of natural and organic products. Find everything from hand-crafted jewellery to sauces, coffees and more. There is also entertainment for children on offer to ensure that the entire family is catered for.

    Visit: http://www.bryanstonorganicmarket.co.za/

  • 38) Bunny Park Crafters Market

    Free
    to browse

    The Bunny Park holds fond memories for many Johannesburg residents and with the inclusion of a unique and colourful shopping experience; there is no reason why you shouldn't take your children there. A superb family destination for locals and visitors, be sure to hit the market on the last Saturday of every month.

    Contact: 011-896-3890

  • 39) Craighall River Market

    Free
    to browse

    Every second Saturday, you can head over to this market to find fresh produce, unique crafts, enjoy a supreme cup of coffee or just let your children have some fun. Whether you want to stock up on some organic foods or enjoy the delicious taste of home-baked South African goods, this market will cater for you.

    Contact: 011-465-3413

  • 40) Department of Historical Papers

    Free
    per person

    Established in 1966, this is one of the largest independent archives in South Africa. An essential destination for scholars and researchers, but it is also great for people who want to learn a little more about the historical heritage of South Africa.

    Visit: http://www.historicalpapers.wits.ac.za/

  • 41) Visit Die Boekhuis

    Free
    per person

    Translating to the "house of books" in English, this is a perfect escape for bookworms and has been named in the top 50 most unique bookshops in the world by the International Booksellers Federation. Whether you want a good read, or would just like to enjoy a cup of coffee at this amazing site - it's up to you.

    Contact: 011-482-3609

  • 42) Try Babotie at Gramadoelas Restaurant

    R79.95
    per person

    If you've already had breakfast while overlooking Nelson Mandela Bridge, then you need to have dinner in the spectacularly revamped Newtown. Gramadoelas Restaurant is the perfect venue for this as it has been in the area since 1967 and boasts a tremendous history - with a number of famous guests having come through the doors. Oh yes... there is also the superb South African cuisine to look forward to.

    Contact: 011-838-6960 or Visit: http://www.gramadoelas.co.za/

  • 43) Gilroy Beer Tasting (Muldersdrift)

    R80
    per person

    A humorous and entertaining journey through the world of beer - from the mind of Steve Gilroy himself. Sample Gilroy's award-winning beers while smelling the hops and tasting the grains used in the fascinating brewing process. If you are over the age of 18 and love hand-crafted natural beer, be sure to head to Muldersdrift.

    Visit: http://www.gilroybeers.co.za/

  • 44) Hike through the Northern Farm Nature Reserve

    R30
    per person

    Enjoy a brisk hike through the scenic 1600 hectares without having to be a fitness fanatic. The area is also perfect for horse riding, bird watchers or mountain biking. Get out into the great outdoors with the entire family at the Northern Farm Nature Reserve.

    Visit: http://www.northernfarm.co.za/

  • 45) Honeydew Mazes

    R60-R80
    per person

    This magnificent Elemental Maze is ideal for groups or families. Explore the reed passages in search of the secret gardens and take part in the general knowledge quiz. The maze takes around 90 minutes to get through, but there are also other smaller mazes and activities in the courtyard.

    Visit: http://www.honeydewmazes.co.za/

  • 46) Johannesburg Zoo

    R34-R55
    for a one day visit

    Established back in 1904, the Johannesburg Zoo boasts a wide variety of animals. It is also one of the few places in the world to have white lions and is the only zoo in SA to have had success with breeding Siberian Tigers. This massive zoo provides hours, even days, of entertainment for the whole family.

    Visit: http://www.jhbzoo.org.za/Default.asp

  • 47) Run off to the circus

    R20-R100
    per person

    Chances are, at one point in your life you wondered about how amazing it would be to join the circus. Well, just outside Meyerton you will find the Boswell Wilkie Circus canopy, which has become something of landmark. The Boswell Wilkie Farm ensures that you don't have to travel around to find the entertainment as it is permanently situated here.

    Visit: http://www.circus.co.za/index.html

  • 48) Josephine's Tea Room (Pretoria)

    Depends
    on your thirst and sweet tooth

    Why should coffee fanatics be the only ones to savour unique and premium blends? At Josephine's Tea Room, you can expect a cup of the highest quality. Teas are brewed using real tea leaves and are best enjoyed with a delicious piece of cake. Get that pinkie finger flexing at Josephine's Tea Room.

    Contact: 012-809-2023

  • 49) Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary (Midrand)

    R35-R55
    per person

    If you are tired of the hustle and bustle of city life, head to the Lory Park Animal and Owl Sanctuary to view the wide variety of birds and animals on display. Public feedings are also done (usually between 13:00 and 14:00) while guests can also get up close to some of the tamer residents. The tea garden also provides drinks and snack.

    Visit: http://www.lorypark.co.za/

  • 50) Montecasino Bird Gardens

    R25-R45
    per person

    The only facility of its kind in South Africa, families and nature fanatics are welcome to see the 142 different species of birds that call the gardens home - as well as the largest private collection of African cycads. The Flight of Fantasy display is also worth seeing and only takes around 40 minutes.

    Visit: http://www.montecasino.co.za/entertainment/family/bird%20gardens/pages/default.aspx

  • 51) Museum of Military History (Saxonwold)

    R11-R22
    per person

    If you love the battlefield and all of the history that goes along with it, then this museum will definitely be your cup of tea. See some of the tanks and aircrafts of old (including a Messerschmitt Me-262, which is one of two survivors) as well as weapons and medals from both World Wars.

    Contact: 011-646-5513 or Visit: http://www.joburg.org.za/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=254&Itemid=51

  • 52) National Children's Theatre (Parktown)

    R70-R90
    per person

    Allow your children to experience the magic of the theatre with a number of adapted classics, contemporary plays and educational theatre on offer at the National Children's Theatre. This is the perfect place for your child to have a fun-filled day while still learning some valuable lessons.

    Contact: 011-484-1584 or Visit: http://www.jyt.co.za/

  • 53) Pretoria Art Museum

    R4-6
    per person

    Specialising in South African art, you can expect quality exhibitions and works that showcase true local creativity. There is also an information centre that provides a variety of books and clippings from South African artists that are both inspiring and educational.

    Contact: 012-344-1807/8 or Visit: http://www.tshwane.gov.za/Services/ArtsCultureandHeritage/The%20Pretoria%20Art%20Museum/Pages/default.aspx

  • 54) Sci-Bono Discovery Centre (Newtown)

    R10-R20
    per person

    The Sci-Bono Discovery Centre aims to support education in maths, science and technology with a number of hands-on exhibits that make the trip both fun and informative. It is situated at the old Electric Workshop within the newly revamped Newtown and also boasts a number of interesting workshops.

    Visit: http://www.sci-bono.co.za/home/

  • 55) Ten Pin Bowling at Galaxy World

    R25-R39
    per person

    Ten Pin Bowling has always been a popular activity in South Africa and Galaxy World has one of the most electric options available. With 12 lanes available and some of the coolest UV lighting to set the tone, you can expect a night of fun with your friends or family.

    Visit: http://www.galaxyworld.co.za/functions/functions%20intro.html

  • 56) Croc City Crocodile Farm (Fourways)

    R20-R55
    per person

    Come and see one of Africa's fiercest predators without having to travel into the bush. Croc City boasts over 800 crocodiles of all ages and guests can also look forward to learning more about this ancient predator. The main feeding sessions on Saturday and Sunday should not be missed!

    Visit: http://www.croccity.co.za/default.asp

  • 57) Kapitan's Oriental (Joburg's oldest restaurant)

    R50-R100
    per person

    If you love traditional curry then nobody can possibly do it better than Kaptian. Despite not being in the best location, this restaurant has truly stood the test of time. The restaurant has been in existence for over a century, with Kapitan having cooked curries there for the last 57 years.

    Contact: 011-834-8048

  • 58) Visit Liliesleaf

    R35-R60
    per person

    This farm is rich in history, having been key in the political and military policies and strategies of the ANC during Apartheid. Many of South Africa's most prominent leaders were provided shelter here and it now offers visitors an informative tour of what happened on the land many years ago. If South African history and politics interests you, this is a must.

    Contact: 011-803-7882 or Visit: http://www.liliesleaf.co.za/index.php

  • 59) Smuts House Museum

    R30-R80
    per person

    Visit the home of Field Marshall Jan Smuts and his wife just outside of Pretoria. The Smuts family lived here until their deaths in 1909 and is a fascinating journey in South African history, and one of its most influential families.

    Contact: 021-667-1176 or Visit: http://www.smutshouse.co.za/index.php?id=1

  • 60) Butterfly Garden at Ludwig's Roses

    R18-R90
    per person

    Walk between the thousands of roses at the magnificent Butterfly Garden, where an awesome amount of butterflies fill the air. It will almost feel as if you have entered a whole new world as you explore this stunning enclosure.

    Visit: http://www.ludwigsroses.co.za/

  • 61) Johannesburg Planetarium

    R20-R40
    (depends on show)

    Learn about our universe and the stars in our skies at this informative outing. The Planetarium attracts thousands of visitors each year, so come and see why it has become so popular.

    Visit: http://www.planetarium.co.za/

Garden Route Things to Do

This popular stretch of South African coastline offers an array of activities and some of the most magnificent scenic beauty. Whether you are sucking down oysters while overlooking the ocean in Knysna, or preparing to ride an Ostrich in the semi desert oasis that is Oudtshoorn – the Garden Route will delight travellers from all corners of the globe. This diverse area blends history, natural beauty and culture perfectly, and no matter which town you end up in, the locals will welcome you with open arms. Here are some of the treats that await you in the Garden Route:

  • 62) Browse the Scarab Craft Market

    Free
    to browse

    Explore the various stalls around the Scarab Craft Market and you may just find some hidden treasures. The market offers everything from jewellery and crafts to clothes and some delicious local foods.

    Contact: 082-737-2655 / 082-864-8367 / 082-653-5696

  • 63) Go Gambling at the Garden Route Casino

    R100
    per person

    Why not try some of the 50c poker machines or try your hand at some of the big-paying slot machines? Should it not be your day, simply wander around or head to the beach for a swim.

    Visit: http://www.gardenroutecasino.co.za/

  • 64) Hartenbos Waterpark

    R30-R100
    per person

    Take a splash in one of the rides at the Hartenbos Waterpark. There are tons of different activities for all ages to enjoy at the Waterpark – and it's an ideal way to have some fun outdoors. From thrilling water slides to relaxing pools, you are guaranteed a good time.

    Contact: 044-695-2083 or Visit: http://www.hartenboswaterpark.co.za/

  • 65) Jukani Wildlife Ranch and Care Centre

    R45-R95
    per person

    Get closer to some of the world's most feared hunters at the Jukani Wildlife Ranch. Run by Jurg and Karen Olsen, a visit to this superb ranch will provide limitless memories and thousands of photographs.

    Contact: 044-698-2004 or Visit: http://www.jukani.co.za/

  • 66) Outeniqua Transport Museum

    R10-R20
    per person

    The Outeniqua Transport Museum showcases some of the most historic steam locomotives in our history. Car enthusiasts are also catered for as there is a stunning collection of vintage cars.

    Contact: 044-801-8288

  • 67) Plett Puzzle Park

    R45-R100
    per person

    Find your way around the life-size 3D maze in the entertaining Plett Puzzle Park. There are a range of different mazes for people of all ages, including a rope maze for younger visitors.

    Contact: 044-534-8853 or Visit: http://www.plettpuzzlepark.co.za/

  • 68) Take a Ride on a Choo Choo Train between Mossel Bay and Hartenbos

    R80-R100
    per person

    Take a ride on the last fully operational steam train in South Africa. Enjoy some of the best views of the Garden Route coastline from this historic Choo Choo Train!

    Contact: 044-801-8288 or Visit: http://www.outeniquachootjoe.co.za/

  • 69) Timberlake Farm Stall and Organic Food (Sedgefield)

    Free
    to browse

    Enjoy some organic food from Timberlake Farm Stall. The food is supremely fresh and gives you a healthier taste for life. Prepare for some amazing bargains and tasty treats.

    Visit: http://timberlakeorganic.co.za/

  • 70) Cango Caves - Oudtshoorn

    R33-R90
    per person

    Possibly one of the most popular attractions in Oudtshoorn - the Cango Caves are a must. Take an adventure tour through the caves and experience amazement and adrenalin all at once.

    Contact: 044-272-7410 or Visit: http://www.cango-caves.co.za/

  • 71) Mitchells Knysna Brewery

    R50
    (booking is essential)

    Visit Mitchells Brewery and taste one of their great draught beers. It is low in alcohol but high in taste, which ensures that you can still continue your trip down the Garden Route refreshed and sober.

    Contact: 044-382-4685 or Visit: http://www.mitchellsbrewery.com/

  • 72) Bloukrans Bridge walking tour

    R100
    per person

    Take a walk on the Bloukrans Bridge in Plettenberg Bay. You can look at the fantastic views and watch some brave people do the highest commercial bungee jump in the world.

    Contact: 042-2811-458

  • 73) Pick strawberries at Redberry Farm

    R15-R25
    per person

    Pick some of the finest Strawberries from the Redberry Farm along the Garden Route. The friendly staff will be more than willing to answer your questions and the farm is surrounded by some magnificent scenery.

    Contact: 044-870-7123 or Visit: http://www.redberryfarm.co.za/

Bloemfontein Things to Do

A place of cultural and historical significance for many reasons, Bloemfontein is a popular tourist destination for locals and global travelers. It's the birthplace of Lord of the Rings creator J.R.R. Tolkien and the founding place of the ANC - and it also offers a host of beautiful sights and things to do:

  • 74) Visit the Anglo Boer War Museum and Battlefields

    R10
    per person

    Learn more about South Africa when visiting the one-of-a-kind Anglo Boer War Museum. A good day out for anyone interested in history as there's a lot to learn and see as the story unfolds.

    Contact: 051-447-3447 or Visit: http://www.anglo-boer.co.za/contact/

  • 75) Visit an iconic building

    Free
    per person

    Before British forces seized Bloemfontein in March 1900, Fourth Raadsaal held the last ever session of Parliament for the old Boer Republic of the Orange Free State. It's an interesting sight to see, as the building is one of the most historical in the city – if only walls could talk...

    Contact: No need to contact anyone - visit it on President Brand Street, Bloemfontein.

  • 76) Enjoy nature at Free State Botanical Gardens

    R15
    per person

    Chill out with a picnic, hike up the koppies and spend time exploring this lush natural setting which is home to about 400 species of plants – the ideal day out if weather is good.

    Contact: 051-436-3530

  • 77) Get a 360 degree view at Naval Hill

    Free
    per person

    Smack bang in the centre of Bloemfontein you'll find the flourishing Franklin Game Reserve. Inside you'll find Naval Hill, a large mound from which you can get an awesome 360 degree view of the city. Take in the sights from a different perspective and view the wild surrounds from the top of this startlingly beautiful perch - perfect spot for a picnic too.

    Contact: 051-405-8786

  • 78) Visit the Emily Hobhouse memorial

    R10
    per person

    Visit this women's memorial in honor of Emily Hobhouse, a brave and intricate woman who exposed the horror of the Anglo Boer War concentration camps and left a legacy in her wake.

    Contact: 051-447-0079

  • 79) Explore the Bloemfontein National Museum

    R5
    per person

    Ancient culture, giant beasts and rare insects – these are just a few of the things you can expect to encounter at the museum. Learn more about natural science, culture, astronomy, history and more – and there are some fabulous exhibitions to see too!

    Contact: 051-447-9609 or Visit: http://www.nasmus.co.za/

  • 80) Enjoy a cold one at the Mystic Boer Pub

    Under R100
    for a couple of beers and a game of pool

    Mystic Boer is where to head if you're in the mood for good grub, a few drinks and good vibes. The quirky pub boasts live music, DJ's, pool tables and a whole lot more.

    Contact: 051-430-2206

  • 81) Visit the Rugby Museum

    R10
    per person

    Fans of this great sport will froth at the mouth during a tour of this museum - the largest private one of its kind in the world. The signed pictures, various jerseys, memorabilia and more are a must-see. Go Bokke!

    Contact: 082-492-1600 (by appointment only)

  • 82) Encounter big cats at The Cheetah Experience

    R100
    (game drives are R150)

    The aim of this non-profit organisation is to create awareness and fund conservation. You'll be able to get up close and personal with these majestic animals while venturing into enclosures – exciting stuff.

    Contact: 072-905-3457 or Visit: http://www.cheetahexperience.com/index.php

  • 83) Visit Loch Logan Waterfront

    Free
    window shopping and sightseeing

    Get your walking shoes on, because exploring Loch Logan Waterfront is worth an entire day. There are more than 100 shops to visit plus restaurants, entertainment and everything else you could possibly desire.

    Contact: 051-448-3607 or Visit: http://www.lochlogan.co.za/about.htm

  • 84) Bloemfontein Zoo

    R35
    per person

    Visit this city attraction and see a host of magnificent creatures. There are more than 65 mammals, a variety of birds and other animals to learn about and marvel at. This is the famous home of Charlie the chimp, who developed a smoking habit and had to be rehabilitated by the zoo.

    Contact: 051-405-8483

  • 85) Visit the SA Armour museum

    Free
    per person

    Situated on a military base, the museum exhibits items like apartheid era riot control vehicles, Soviet tanks and more – manly man paradise really! There's also a reference library and fascinating exhibitions that take place from time to time.

    Contact: 051-402-1777

Durban Things to Do

One of the busiest ports in South Africa, Durban is a premium holiday destination thanks to its coastline, weather, entertainment options and cultural vivacity – it is well known for its large Indian population. Home to a variety of festivals and exhibitions, Durban boasts a variety of things to do for people of all ages, as well as a picturesque landscape that will rival most. Whether you strut down the famous Golden Mile or just relax on the beach, Durban will not disappoint you. Take a look at some of the things on offer:

  • 86) Visit Mini Town

    R15
    per person

    Take a trip to the Durban beachfront and visit Mini Town. Established more than 30 years ago, Mini Town displays an interesting impression of some of Durban's famous landmarks. Fun for all ages - so let your imagination run wild.

    Contact: 031-337-7892 or Visit: http://www.durban-tourism.com/Mini-Town.html

  • 87) Walk along Vetch's Pier

    Free
    per person

    Close to the entrance of Durban Harbour, take a walk along the scenic pier and watch the ships as they enter and leave one of South Africa's leading ports. The recently upgraded pier is a hotspot for people enjoying the beautiful Durban coastline.

    Contact: N/A

  • 88) Visit the Fitzsimons Snake Park

    R25
    per person

    This sanctuary is not just home to 200 different snakes, but also iguanas, tortoises and some crocs as well. There are demonstrations and feedings as well as snake encounters that will be sure to get the heart racing.

    Contact: 031-337-6456 or Visit: http://www.durban-tourism.com/Fitzsimons-snake-park.html

  • 89) Walk over the Moses Mabhida Stadium

    R80
    per person

    Arguably the best of the 2010 World Cup stadiums, you'll be able to take a walk over the arch of this state of the art building. Safety equipment is provided, and the rush is undeniable.

    Contact: 031-582-8242 or Visit: http://www.mosesmabhidastadium.co.za/attractions.aspx?id=3

  • 90) Umhlanga Beach Blue Flag beach

    Free
    per person

    A Blue Flag beach, Umhlanga is one of the world's premier destinations. Enjoy a swim in the warm Indian Ocean, feel the sand between your toes and chill out. An entire day of fun can be had on this beautiful beach, and the best part is it won't cost you a cent.

    Contact: All your friends

  • 91) Visit the family funfair at Gateway Mall

    R7-R17
    per person

    As one of the biggest shopping entertainment venues in the Southern Hemisphere, Gateway is definitely worth a visit. While there, check out Mr. Funtubbles Fabulous Family Fun Fair with its rides and tombola games.

    Contact: 031-584-6645 or Visit: http://www.gatewayworld.co.za/funfair.htm

  • 92) Ride the Wave at Wave House Durban

    R100
    per person

    The D-Rex is an artificial wave that brings people from all around Durban to master its endless barrel. With a skate park and water rides also available, you can expect a day of fun in the sun.

    Contact: 031-584-9401 or Visit: http://www.wavehouse.co.za/price-list

  • 93) Home of the Sharks - Kings Park

    R100
    per person

    The Sharks rugby team are iconic in Durban and if you ask anyone there, they will tell you that the home of rugby is Kings Park. So why not catch a game while you are down and see what all the hype is about - you won't be disappointed.

    Contact: N/A

  • 94) Visit Japanese Gardens

    Free
    per person

    Looking for some Zen? Then visit and walk through the beautiful oriental gardens of bamboo reeds and Japanese blossoms. Traditional ponds are home to Japanese Khoi Carp and arching bridges. The gardens are able to relax even the most stressed visitors and are open to all.

    Contact: 031-903-7498

  • 95) Walk through Umgeni River Bird Park

    R25
    per person

    Visit a bird park that has delighted visitors for years as you walk through the aviaries that are surrounded by green vegetation and waterfalls. Open daily from 09h00 to 17h00 - if you are in Durban this is not to be missed.

    Contact: 031-579-4600

  • 96) Take the kids to Mitchell's Park Mini Zoo

    R4
    per person

    A long standing park in Durban and a superb place to take the kids for the day. Relax in the gardens or check out raccoons, wallabies, bushbabies and more – there's also a jungle gym for the kids to work off some energy.

    Contact: 031-303-2275

  • 97) Take a ride in a Rickshaw

    From R20
    for a 1km ride

    The Iconic "taxi service" of Durban beachfront, climb in and allow one of Durban's locals to take you on an enjoyable ride down the promenade.

    Contact: 031-311-4500

  • 98) Try your luck gambling at the Sun Coast Casino

    R50
    or whatever your wallet allows

    This stylish destination is definitely worth a visit as the bustling casino offers a place where anyone could become the next big winner.

    Contact: 031-328-3000 or Visit: http://www.suncoastcasino.co.za/Pages/default.aspx

  • 99) Shop for spices at the Bangladesh Market

    From R20
    per person

    Choose from a variety of spices and produce. Durban boasts the world's second highest population of the Indian people, so the culture is vibrant and colourful. With more than 170 stalls, there is plenty to do and see at this community run hub.

    Contact: 084-565-9693 or Visit: http://www.bangladeshmarket.co.za/

  • 100) Visit the Mangrove Swamps

    Free
    per person

    On the north bank of the Umgeni River you'll be able to explore a trail through the magnificent mangrove swamps, encounter real sea snails and see how the tide floods this forest on a daily basis.

    Contact: 031-251-1271

  • 101) Visit the Durban Natural Science Museum

    Free
    per person

    Dedicated to the earth - its past, present and future - the museum holds its collections in the interior of Durban City Hall, which is Historic on its own. See the heritage of the world in the many displays and discover a love of history.

    Visit: http://www.durban-tourism.com/Natural-Science-Museum.html

  • 102) Sharks Board visit

    R30
    per person

    Learn all about the predators of the sea, you will soon find out that they are not just killers, but one of the most majestic animals on the planet. The only organisation of its kind in the world, the Sharks Board will offer you an insight into what they do every day.

    Contact: 031-566-0435 or Visit: http://www.shark.co.za/

  • 103) Spend the day at Hazelmere Dam

    R20
    per person

    Take a relaxed (or not so relaxed if you like water sports) day at one of Durban's nature reserves. Have a braai, relax, fish or enjoy one of the many boating opportunities as you soak up Durban's famously beautiful weather.

    Visit: http://www.nature-reserve.co.za/hazelmere-nature-preserve.html

  • 104) Try fishing off the end of North Beach pier

    Free
    (unless you don't have a rod)

    Head off to Durban beachfront and take part in a favourite past time of the locals. Fishing off the pier is an educational and fun experience as the local fisherman will be happy to show you the ropes - and maybe you'll get lucky with a great catch.

    Contact: N/A

  • 105) Visit Sibaya Entertainment World

    R20 for parking
    and try your luck with R50

    Set in the theme of a large African palace, Sibaya offers a variety of entertainment. From its world famous casino, dining and bars to events, entertainment and accommodation, Sibaya has something for everyone and impresses every time.

    Visit: http://www.suninternational.com/Destinations/Casinos/Sibaya/Pages/default.aspx

  • 106) Have a cocktail at Joe Cools

    R60
    per person

    Situated at the heart of Durban beachfront, this venue is most famous for its nightlife vibe. It also boasts a relaxed and casual atmosphere during the day with a pub-lunch menu. Whether you just want a drink or are ready for a real party, Joe Cools is a must.

    Contact: 073-200-3180 orVisit: http://www.joecools.co.za/site/default.asp

  • 107) Eat a real curry

    R20-100
    per person

    Durban is known for having a huge Indian community - thus making it the only place to enjoy a perfect curry outside of India. If you haven't experienced one yet, what are you waiting for?

    Contact: Just ask any local they will direct you to a place that serves epic curry

  • 108) Climb The Rock at Gateway

    R50
    per person

    One of the highest indoor climbing walls in the world at 22.5 m tall - see if you can tackle The Rock and make it to the very top. There are more than 30 routes to the top, all with a varying degree of difficulty to keep adventure-nuts on their toes.

    Contact: 031-584-9400 or Visit: http://www.wavehouse.co.za/rock

  • 109) Watch a game of cricket at Sahara Stadium Kingsmead

    From R25
    depending on the game

    This is the home of the Dolphins cricket team. Cricket is one of Durban's favorite past times and on game day the stadium is sure to be packed. Head on over and enjoy a day of fun for the whole family.

    Contact: 031-335-4200 or Visit: http://www.dolphinscricket.co.za/

  • 110) Catch a concert at the Botanical Gardens

    From R60
    depending on event

    Walk in the breathtaking gardens, picnic or check out their monthly concerts and events ranging from rock concerts and orchestras to tea and a tour.

    Contact: 031-309-1170 or Visit: http://www.durbanbotanicgardens.org.za/events.html

  • 111) Litchi Picking festival

    R70
    per person

    Journey past Durban up the north coast to Cane Cutter Resort for their litchi picking festival. Pick litchis and eat as many as you can, or enjoy the famous litchi shots. There are plenty of festivities to cater for the whole family.

    Contact: 032-947-0851 or Visit: http://www.canecuttersresort.co.za/leechee.html

  • 112) Travel the Golden Mile

    Free
    per person

    The collective name for the beaches sprawled along Durban's coastline, The Golden Mile is a journey of sunshine, surf and serious beauty. There are restaurants, places for kids to play and more along the way, but mostly just travel it to see the sights and enjoy the beaches, which are especially quiet off season.

    Contact: N/A

Port Elizabeth Things to Do

Whether you call it the friendly city or the windy city, Port Elizabeth is a definite must-see for anyone travelling the famed and breathtakingly beautiful Garden Route. Superb for water sport enthusiasts and nature lovers - the beaches are spectacular - there are also some noteworthy historical attractions - and the scenery is phenomenal. Here are some of things adventures that await you in PE - for R100 and under!

  • 113) Bird watching opportunities at Settlers Park

    Free
    per person

    See more than 100 species of South African birds at Settlers Park Nature Reserve. This venue is also home to various other animal species including meerkat, rabbit and mongoose. There are various hiking trails on offer for you to explore.

    Contact: 041-373-6794

  • 114) Visit Cape Recife Lighthouse

    R14
    per person

    Visit the Cape Recife Lighthouse, situated in Cape Recife Nature Reserve, a place where many sailors have succumbed to the rough ocean. The architecture alone is worth the trip, and at night it looks spectacular.

    Contact: 021-449-2400 or Visit: http://www.transnetnationalportsauthority.net/NPA_lighthouse_cape_recife.html

  • 115) Catch some sun at Hobie Beach

    Free
    per person

    Spend a day at the most popular beach in Port Elizabeth, which is perfect for swimming and tanning. There are also a lot of entertainment options and restaurants nearby.

    Contact: N/A

  • 116) Visit the Nelson Mandela Art Museum

    Free
    per person

    Admire some of the beautiful artwork at The Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Art Museum. The museum houses lots of great work from South African pieces to Oriental Art. The museum has been standing since 1956 and is a treat for serious art lovers.

    Contact: 041-506-2000 or Visit: http://www.artmuseum.co.za/

  • 117) Tour Port Elizabeth Museum at Bayworld

    R25
    per person

    The third oldest museum in South Africa has loads to offer. View cultural and natural history displays including dinosaur artifacts from thousands of years ago. Must-see attractions include the 15m skeleton of a Southern Right Whale and a life size reconstruction of an Algoasaurus.

    Contact: 041-584-0650

  • 118) See the view from Donkin Lighthouse

    R5
    per person

    Port Elizabeth's first lighthouse, built in 1861, is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. The climb to the top is a little daunting, but well worth it as the view is spectacular. There is also a stone pyramid built next to it.

    Contact: 041-582-2575

  • 119) Hike through Van Staden's Wild Flower Reserve

    Free
    per person

    Take a day out and explore this 500 hectare flower reserve, which is thriving with indigenous flora and plenty of natural fynbos. Enjoy spotting a variety of bird species and head down to the river gorge and enjoy a picnic in this serene setting.

    Contact: 041-956-0155

  • 120) Drive around Kragga Kamma Game Park

    R50
    for self drive

    Offering visitors the chance to see plenty of different animals, a drive around this park will allow you to see White Rhino, cheetah and buffalo, among others. The roads are well maintained and the picturesque landscape is sublime for photographers.

    Contact: 041-379-4195 or Visit: http://www.kraggakamma.com/content.asp

  • 121) Grab some coffee at Greenacres Shopping Centre

    Under R100
    per person

    No need to spend a fortune, as a cup of coffee and a walk around Greenacres Shopping Center will provide some great afternoon distraction. Check out mall exhibitions and entertainment - and indulge in some window shopping.

    Contact: 041-363-0791 or Visit: http://www.greenacres.co.za/

  • 122) Visit pristine Sardinia Bay beach

    Free
    per person

    Visit a somewhat hidden and undeveloped beach in Port Elizabeth. People normally come across this beach by accident, as it is a well kept secret by the locals. Enjoy a quiet and beautiful day at this magnificent stretch of coastline.

    Visit: http://www.sardiniabay.co.za/

  • 123) Visit the Snake Park

    R25
    per person

    If you find snakes intriguing this attraction will definitely hold your attention. The snake park in Bayworld is home to famous indigenous snake species. It houses the longest species in the world and also the species responsible for the most deaths in the continent - intriguing stuff!

    Contact: 041-582-2515 or Visit: http://www.bayworld.co.za/content.asp?pageID=11

  • 124) Check out Seaview Game and Lion Park

    R45
    per person

    South Africa is known for its superb wildlife viewing opportunities and the Seaview Game and Lion Park does not disappoint. With more than 40 species of wildlife living in the park, you are able to view lion, zebra, antelope, baboon and more as they roam in the natural surroundings.

    Visit: http://www.wildlife4africa.com/seaview_lion_park.htm

  • 125) Watch a dolphin show at Bayworld

    R25
    per person

    Encounter these majestic creatures in a dolphin show at Bayworld in Port Elizabeth. The venue is sometimes incorrectly referred to the Dolphinarium, which is due to the fact that these dolphins are the most popular attraction.

    Contact: 041-582-2515 or Visit: http://www.bayworld.co.za/content.asp?pageID=49




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