25+ Things to Do Under R150 in Johannesburg

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If you’re on a strict budget, there are still some great things to do under R150 in Johannesburg. Here at What’s on in Joburg, we know there are bargains to be found if you know where to look in our beautiful city. It’s true: you can plan a night out, do a day trip, and much more with little more than the change in your pocket.

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1. The Ferris Wheel at Waterfall City

The Ferris Wheel is a beacon of fun and a great activity option when the weather is good. Enjoy stunning city sights of the Waterfall area from the top of the wheel. Standing at an incredible height, this observation wheel is now permanently positioned in the space with 26 gondolas that seat up to 6 people. Multiple rides on offer will keep the little ones busy such as the Crazy Wave, Bus, Tilt a Whirl, Carousel, Mini Ferris Wheel, Teacups, Candy Train, and many more. READ MORE

Cost: 1 ticket costs R20pp. Small Rides at the park require 1 ticket, big rides require 2 tickets, Dodgens 3 tickets per car, and the Giant Ferris Wheel costs 3 tickets. Full Day Passes are available at R250 per person. Tickets can only be bought at the gate

When: Tuesday to Thursday, from 9.30am – 4pm | Wednesday & Friday, from 10.30am – 5pm | Saturday & Sunday, from 8am – 5pm
Where: Waterfall Park, Cnr Karkloof Cres & Lisbon Ln Entrance 26, Mall of Africa, Waterfall City, Midrand

Website: waterfallcity.co.za/play/venture-outside | Email: lolets81@gmail.com | Tel: 072 376 9667

2. RollEgoli Roller Rink

RollEgoli Roller Rink Bryanston is a roller rink in Johannesburg that offers unlimited skating throughout the day. The owner’s love for roller skating inspired the opening RollEgoli in 2015.

Beginner skaters can regularly make use of skatemates (marshalls) to help them around the rink and provide support and confidence until they can skate unsupported. Rollerbladers can rent skates. The sizes range from junior size 10 up to adult size 13 including adjustable rollerblades that range from a junior size 9 to an adult 9.

In addition to the roller rink, the garden equipped with a wooden jungle gym, a trampoline, and a smoother scooter track provide an enjoyable experience for all ages.  The roller skating entry fee includes all the activities in the rink and outside in the garden.

Cost: Entry fee R105pp, skate rental R40. No booking is required, pay at entrance

When: Monday to Thursday, 9am to 6pm | Friday & Saturday, 9am to 9pm. Sunday, 9am to 6pm
Where: RollEgoli, 296 Main Rd, Bryanston, Sandton

Website: rollegoli.co.za | Email: info@rollegoli.co.za | Tel: 083 232 9861

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3. Adventure Golf

Experience the challenge of Adventure Golf in tranquil surroundings with caves, water features, magnificent greens as well as professionally laid-out putting courses. This family-run activity in Johannesburg brings the ultimate putt-putt experience at each of their four venues in Stoneridge, Randburg, Hillfox and Fourways.

Each of the venues boasts well-maintained courses, maintained and hands-on staff to make sure our experience is effortless. And all venues form ideal places to entertain clients, do team-building activities or arrange kids’ birthday parties.

Cost: R140pp for Adults | R110pp for Students and kids | R80pp for Under 7s & Pensioners

When: Sunday to Thursday, from 9am to 8pm | Friday & Saturday, from 9am to 10pm
Where: Randburg, Fourways, Stoneridge and Hillfox. Refer here for addresses

Website: adventuregolf.co.za | Email: info@adventuregolf.co.za | Tel: 010 442 9600

4. Montecasino Bird Gardens

The bird and wildlife park at Montecasino is a perfect place for a memorable family outing in Johannesburg. Wander along enchanted garden walkways and marvel at the variety of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world.

In your walk-through Aviary, you’ll find over 60 species of birds including Scarlet Ibises, and Nicobar pigeons, reptiles and small mammals, with smaller antelope wandering freely in the undergrowth. There’s also a bird show running on selected days and public holidays.

Cost: R105pp for adults, R70pp for pensioners and kids 2-12yrs, pay at venue

When: Mon – Tue: 10am – 4pm | Wed – Fri: 10am – 9pm | Sat: 9am – 9pm | Sun: 9am – 6pm
Where: Montecasino Bird Gardens, Cnr William Nicol Dr and Montecasino Blvd, Fourways, Johannesburg

Website: tsogosun.com | Email: montecasino.contactus@tsogosun.com | Tel: 011 511 1864

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5. Plan a picnic in Johannesburg’s parks and gardens

There’s a beautiful range of botanical gardens and parks to explore regardless of the season. Joburg is known as a city of art lovers, a buzzy nightlife, and popular neighbourhood locals, but sometimes you want a little break from all the noise and to fill your lungs with fresh air and your eyes with the sight of some gorgeous greenery. When you’re craving a little Mother Nature, head to one of these lush urban oases.

Click here to see our full guide to gardens and parks in Johannesburg 

6. Sci-Bono Discovery Centre

Sci-Bono Discovery Centre is a world-class science centre that supports maths, science and technology education with innovative, dynamic learning experiences that contribute to building South Africa’s science, engineering and technology capacity.

With events, school programmes, live experimentation and high-tech displays, it aims to create an interactive learning experience to develop an interest and understanding of how science translates into our daily lives.

Cost: R60pp for adults, R40pp for children 3-16 years. Excludes climbing wall rates

When: Monday to Sunday, 9am to 4:30pm
Where
: Cnr Miriam Makeba & President St, Joburg

Website: sci-bono.com | Email: info@sci-bono.co.za | Tel: 011 639 8400

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7. Head out to one of the many food markets in Johannesburg

To some, markets are a means of catching up with friends, trying different craft beers, or spotting local musicians and makers. To others, it is a reminder of being in primary school and setting up a stall to sell your parents’ homemade sweets, cotton candy, or bits and bobs of undesirables you need to get rid of. Take a look at some of these markets in Johannesburg to find the next best local product.

Click here to see our full guide to markets in Johannesburg

8. Friends of Kloofendal guided nature walks

Friends of Kloofendal have increased their popular walks and excursions at Kloofendal Nature Reserve to help keen hikers and nature lovers explore our environment and its weird and wonderful creatures.

A number of walks are scheduled each weekend where hikers can get an opportunity to ask questions on the subjects of venomous animals, envenomation, conservation, and our collective values and beliefs towards venomous animals. 

Karin Spottiswoode spotlights some of our many indigenous plants and interesting facts about them, as well as a variety of alien invasive species of plants that are a threat to indigenous plants for the Conservation Leadership Walk. Spottiswoode also touches on the work being done in Kloofendal to remove these problematic plants. See here for the full list of walks.

Cost: Starting from R50pp. Book via Quicket

When: Saturday and Sunday, various times
Where
: Kloofendal Nature Reserve, Galena Ave, Kloofendal

Website: kloofendalfriends.org.za | Email: kloofendalfriends@gmail.com | Tel: 011 674 2980 or 079 693-5608

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9. Axe-Static Axe Throwing

Channelling real Viking energy, Axe-Static Axe Throwing is the go-to spot for axe-throwing in Johannesburg. They have different experience options, but the budget-friendly express session is a good starting point if you’re completely new to the sport. Every Saturday and Sunday between 10am-12pm, you get a short intro and safety briefing into axe throwing before you try your own moves set to Viking Metal rock tunes.

Cost: R150pp for a 30-min session, book via Activitybridge

When: Saturdy and Sunday, from 10am to 12pm
Where: 19 Webber Street, Selby, Johannesburg

Website: axe-static.comEmail: info@axe-static.comTel: 061 864 2659

10. Rest Ur Ass Donkey Sanctuary

The Rest Ur Ass Donkey Sanctuary is a haven for up to 93 loving donkeys, most of which have been rescued from illegal skin trade and slaughter. Visitors to the sanctuary are able to interact with these gentle, often underestimated creatures. You can spend time with the donkeys and pet, brush or even feed them healthy donkey treats available for purchase from the sanctuary.

There is a tuckshop on site with snacks and drinks for sale. For anyone who loves animals and being one with nature, this is a tranquil, relaxed space to enjoy, love, and be loved.

Cost: R50pp

When: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10am to 2pm
Where: 784-782 Cypress Rd, Zonnehoewe AH, Roodepoort

Website: resturass.co.za | Email: lloreen@resturass.co.za | Tel: 084 611 0089

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11. The Fun Company

Located at Fourways Mall, The Fun Company is a family entertainment centre offering a range of arcade games, tenpin bowling, bumper car rides, a 4D theatre and even a sports bar. The venue is all set to hold your children’s birthday party event on-site.

Cost: From R20pp to R85pp, pay at gate

When: Monday to Thursday, 11am to 10pm; Friday to Saturday, 10am to 11pm, Sunday, 10am to 10pm
Where: Venues are in Fourways, Rosebank, Greenstone, Nelspruit, Pretoria, and Vanderbijlpark. See full details here

Website: thefuncompany.co.za | Email: fourways@thefuncompany.co.za | Tel: 061 561 6882

12. Bounce INC

With so many fitness activities in Johannesburg, it’s hard to find one that kids and teens can genuinely enjoy and want to partake in. Not simply because you feel as though you need to keep fit, but rather because you have fun whilst exercising. Bounce Inc. is exactly the sort of venue that caters to this desire.

Their venues in Midrand and Fourways feature 3000 square meters of interconnected trampolines surrounded by padding and airbags, and additional adventure features placed around the playground.

Whether you come to perfect your backflip, learn new skills, get silly and have fun, or simply hang out with friends and family, it’s the ideal venue to ‘get a taste of Freestyle.’

Cost: From R80pp, book online

When: Fourways Mall – Monday to Thursday, 12pm to 6pm | Mall of Africa – Monday to Sunday, 8am to 9pm
Where: Fourways Mall – Lower Level, Cnr William Nicol & Fourways Bvd, Fourways, Johannesburg | Mall of Africa – Shop 2025, Mall of Africa, Lone Creek Crescent and Magwa Crescent, Waterfall City, Midrand

Website: bounceinc.co.za | Email: enquiries@bounceinc.co.za | Tel: Fourways Mall – 011 517 2500; Mall of Africa – 011 517 2500

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13. Acrobranch

Acrobranch is a Tree-top experience dedicated to offering children and adults alike a unique adventure as they move from tree to tree in lush, green forests. Obstacles consist of awesome tree-top high ropes and tricky crossings (with ladders, tunnels, walkways and bridges).

They also offer spectacular zip lines to top it off all aerial adventurists are strapped securely to two carabiners – offering both security from injury or harm and the advantage of being able to test one’s strengths without the fear of falling. Booking is not necessary, but highly recommended as harnesses are limited.

Cost: From R100pp, book online

When: Wednesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm
Where: Modderfontein, Casalinga, and Melrose in  Johannesburg

Website: acrobranch.co.za | Email: bookings@acrobranch.co.za | Tel: 086 999 0369

14. Air360 Rooftop Skate Park

Joburg entrepreneurs continue to think out of the box when it comes to repurposing urban spaces for unique experiences, Air360’s skate park on the rooftop of Eastgate Shopping Centre in Bedfordview is proof.

The space is safe with a range of exciting, action-packed activities for adults and youth. From a stunning pump track, various ramps, and a skate shop, there’s something for skateboarders and bike riders of all levels.

They’re open from Tuesday to Sunday, and day passes are going at R100pp.

Cost: From R100pp, pay at venue

When: Daily, from 10am to 6pm
Where: Rooftop at Eastgate Shopping Centre, 43 Bradford Rd, Bedfordview, Germiston, Johannesburg

Website: air360.co.za | Email: sales@air360.co.za | Tel: 076 833 2770

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15. The Bioscope

Previously based in Maboneng, The Bioscope is Joburg’s very own independent cinema currently situated at 44 Stanley. Watch a range of curated cult classics, local film productions, and new releases at this intimate cinema.

The Bioscope isn’t limited to one purpose though. It also acts as a stage for stand-up comedians every Sunday night from 6:30pm, live music, and inspirational or educational talks. We recommend following their Instagram page to remain clued up on the latest news, events and gatherings happening throughout the months to come.

Cost: R100pp, book online

When: Mon – Tue: 10am – 4pm | Wed – Fri: 10am – 9pm | Sat: 9am – 9pm | Sun: 9am – 6pm
Where: 44 Stanley Ave, Milpark, Johannesburg

Website: thebioscope.co.za | Email: info@thebioscope.co.za | Tel: 061 900 4457

16. Take on one of Johannesburg’s hiking trails

Many are not aware of the great hiking trails that can be found within a short driving distance from Johannesburg. On offer is everything from easy walks where you can take beginners or the kids along to rugged, challenging hikes that will take you through peaks and troughs for a proper workout. All of them offer gorgeous views of our country’s epic attractions.

Click here to see our full guide to hiking trails in and around Johannesburg

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17. Wine tasting at Gerakaris Family Wines

Founded in 2009 by Kath Gerakaris, this boutique winery sources its grapes from a farm in the Swartland, Western Cape, and then completes the wine-making process in Craighall Park.

The winery focuses on five types of wines. These are two Chenin Blancs and three Syrahs. Guests can taste these five wines on their visit to the Gerakaris Family Wine Farm for as little as R100 per person. In addition to the tastings, the guests are served cheeseboard platters constructed to complement the wines and accent the flavours. The cheeseboard platters also serve as a showcase for four local cheese producers and a bowl of Cape Olives to boot.

The venue houses a small garden to ensure a cosy and intimate setting. So, we highly recommend that visitors book in advance to claim their space and avoid looking silly in front of their dates.

Cost: From R100pp for a wine tasting. Pay at venue

When: Wednesday to Friday, 12:30pm – 5pm | Saturday, 11am – 4pm | Sunday, 11am – 2pm
Where: Marlborough Ave, Craighall Park, Johannesburg

Website: gerakaris.co.za | Email: info@gerakaris.co.za | Tel: 072 638 7636

18. Breakfast buffet at SetteBello

At SetteBello, breakfast is not just a meal; it’s an event. Their breakfast buffet, which takes place every Saturday and Sunday morning, is a feast of tasty options. A wide menu is on offer which includes fresh pastries, cereals, fruits, sandwiches, hot breakfast options, sweet treats, fruit juices and so much more.

Every so often, the breakfast buffet options are themed. Whether you’re an early bird or prefer a leisurely brunch, this buffet’s got something to kickstart your day. READ MORE

Cost: R155pp for adults and R70pp for kids. Book via call 010 035 5207 or email eat@settebello.co.za

When: Every Saturday and Sunday, from 8am to 11am
Where: SetteBello Restaurant, The Italian Club, 7 Marais Rd, Bedfordview, Johannesburg

Website: settebello.co.za | Email: eat@settebello.co.za | Tel: 065 856 3319

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19. Gin tasting at Ginologist Gin Distillery

Joburg’s most underrated distillery tour explains the science behind crafting gin, rum, and vodka. Visitors can also browse through the library of herbal and botanical extracts that include three distinctive flavours; Citrus, Floral and Orient.

If your thirst for knowledge isn’t quenched after this, a team of well-informed bartenders, prepare all their tasting boards and drinks in front of the guests to share pairing ideas.

Cost: Tasting board starts at R80pp. Book via email or call

When: Saturdays, from 12pm to 3pm or 3pm to 6pm
Where: 1 Fox St, Ferreiras Dorp, Johannesburg

Website: ginologist.co.za | Email: information@ginologist.com | Tel: 082 464 3515

20. Try fruit picking in Johannesburg and surrounds

There are a few spots for fruit picking in Johannesburg that are suited to keep both kids and adults entertained. Plus you don’t need to drive too far out of town and pick your own berries and other fruits at urban farms in Gauteng.

Click here to see our full guide to fruit picking in Johannesburg 

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21. Wine tasting at Eighteen13 Wine Shop and Tasting Room

Based in Fourways, Eighteen13 Wine Shop and Tasting Room is passionately growing wine tourism in South Africa through its tailor-made, world-class wine offerings. The Eighteen13 team has a passion for wine and is considered one of the top experts in Joburg.

They host daily wine tastings in Johannesburg as well as weekly events. The aim is to provide enough information, without the pretentious elements wine sometimes brings along with it. Instead, they want clients to have a fun, relaxed experience.

The wine selection on offer is the best boutique, non-commercial wines South Africa has to offer and products are priced to allow the consumer to hold on to a luxury experience that will not break the bank. Tastings must be booked at least 24 hours in advance on their website – no walk-ins are accepted.

Cost: Tasting sessions start from R100pp for a Standard Wine Tasting and R150pp for a Cheese and Wine tasting, book online

When: Monday to Saturday, 10am to 7pm | Sunday, 10am to 3pm
Where: Cedar Square Shopping Centre, Cnr Cedar & Willow Rds, Fourways, Johannesburg

Website: eighteen13.co.za | Email: cezanne@eighteen13.co.za

22. Vodka, rum and gin tasting at Johannesburg Distilling Company

Johannesburg Distilling Company was founded in 2016 and formally went into research and development in 2020. The result of more than a year’s worth of dedicated experimentation shines in the distillery’s gin, vodka and much anticipated rum-based spirit range.

This distillery in Johannesburg was founded by journalist and digital agency head, Brett Haggard who has a penchant for fine wine, craft beer and expertly distilled spirits. On offer are tasting of their artisanal gin, vodka, rum and bitters. 

Cost: Tasting sessions start at R150pp including a distillery tour, book online

When: Thursday & Friday, 4pm to 7pm. Saturday, 11am to 7pm. Sunday, 11am to 3pm
Where: Shop 1, 102 Corlett Drive, Birnam, Johannesburg

Website: joburgdistilling.coTel: 069 599 1833

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23. Go for waffles and coffee at Crispy Waffles

This gem of a cafe in Randburg dishes up the most impressive-looking and yummiest waffles in Johannesburg. And their prices are easy on the wallet too. Whether you prefer your waffles basic with cinnamon sugar and cream or drizzled in Nutella and sprinkled with flaked almonds and all the works, you can’t go wrong with Crispy Waffles!

When: Tuesday to Friday, 10am to 6:30pm. Saturday, 9am to 6:30pm. Sunday, 9am to 5:30pm
Where: Greenroots, 1159 John Vorster Rd, Randpark Ridge, Randburg

Website: crispywaffles.co.za | Email: caren@crispywaffles.co.za | Tel: 079 709 4772

24. Harvest table at Fresh Earth Cafe

At Fresh Earth creating a new understanding of health and sustainability so that a fresher earth becomes our reality is the desire that drives the business.

The menu at Fresh Earth Cafe is created, tried and tested by owner and nutritional chef Matthew Ballenden who loves to create the best quality meals from scratch. The team believes that food in its purest form, untainted by artificial additives, sweeteners, colourants and preservatives, is the best-tasting and most nutritious food there is.

They serve a daily harvest table from 11:30am with fresh wholesome bakes, healthy curries, wild rice, beautiful salads, fritters and sides.

Cost: R149pp for a buffet-style harvest table

When: Monday to Saturday: 8am to 5pm | Sunday: 8am to 3pm. Harvest Table is served daily at 11:30am
Where: 103 Komatie Road, Emmarentia | 74 Hillcrest Ave, Blairgowrie

Website: freshearth.co.zaEmail: support@freshearth.co.zaTel: 011 646 4404

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