5 things to do in Gauteng this festive season



Travelling to Gauteng this festive season?

There are plenty of fun, family-friendly activities on offer in the province, from wildlife adventures and the great outdoors to hands-on interactive museums that will delight young minds.

We’ve picked out a few for you.

1. Acrobranch

Four tree-top obstacle courses featuring ziplines, rope swings and clamber nets will make an adrenaline junkie’s heart race.

Acrobranch has something for all ages and is available across several locations in Joburg and Pretoria, including at Huddle Park and James and Ethel Gray Park.

2. Jozi X adventure centre

Catering for super active kids from 4 to 75 years old, Jozi X offers loads of physical fun for fans of extreme adventures.

Activities include mountain boarding, a slackline park, big wheel drifting, a parkour gymnasium, a “ninja centre” and the star attraction, an extreme wipe-out course.

There’s no entrance fee and prices vary depending on the activities.

3. Johannesburg open-top City Sightseeing bus

Take a break from the adrenaline pumping activities and hop on a bus.

Joburg’s open-top, hop-on hop-off sightseeing red bus route has been designed with families in mind and the kids get their own special commentary to listen to during the tour.

Popular family stops include the Joburg Zoo, Gold Reef City theme park and the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre.

You can also buy tickets that include burgers and fries afterwards at Rocomamas burger bar in The Zone@Rosebank where the tour starts and ends. Book your ticket online and receive a discount.

4. Play Africa

One of South Africa’s first children’s museums, Play Africa provides an educational experience that revolves around creative play exclusively.

It’s a broadly inclusive space designed especially for young families and children with mental or physical disabilities.

The facility provides interactive, artistic, and educational experiences with a focus on engineering, geography, literacy, and the arts as well as ecology.

The museum is opened from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Bookings can be made via Quicket. Entrance is free although donations are appreciated.

5. Joburg’s Nightlife

If you’re planning to venture out at night without the kids, then Joburg is filled with pubs, clubs, bars and bistros.

Once such place is the iconic Hard Rock Cafe, situated at Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton.

The café features a classic set-up with memorabilia such as Shakira’s pants and Madonna’s cone bra on prominent display, plus an all-American style grill menu.

Hard Rock Cafe is the perfect place to eat, drink and unwind.

It opens daily from 11.30am to midnight.

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