Feel like doing something fun this weekend?
It’s true that Jozi (Johannesburg) is not nearly as scenic as our coastal cities but we’re a world-class city filled with many sites worth exploring. Here are a few ideas of things to do around the city, even if you’re on a tight budget.
Montecasino Bird Gardens
“Arguably the Best KIDS’ outing-Montecasino Bird Gardens – get back to nature and experience so much more.”
This is a great idea for a family outing. It’s the only bird park of its kind in Africa and “Jo’burg’s best kept secret”.
Here, you can wander along enchanted walkways within magnificent gardens and marvel at a variety of colourful birds, mammals, reptiles and unusual animals from around the world.
Entry into the Montecasino Bird Gardens is R 53 for adults and children over the age of 10 years, and R30 for pensioners and children under the age of 10 years.
For more information call the Montecasino Bird Gardens on (011) 511-1864.
Adventure Golf at Brightwater Commons
Adventure Golf at Brightwater Commons in Randburg, Gauteng, has 3 courses, consisting of 9 holes each.
Your approach to the first tee takes you through a pergola tunnel covered in an array of brightly coloured flora and magnificent overhanging bougainvillea, and continues on through thick lush vegetation, palm trees and cycads. On your way to discovering the longest putting hole in the world of 68m, and playing through the many hidden nooks and crannies, your adventure takes you across log bridges and ravines, through caves, past waterfalls and estuaries, and ponds with Koi fish lazing amongst the reeds and the ever present bird life.
Come along and enjoy yourself at your destination for fun. And remember it’s more than a game … it’s an adventure.
Game tickets are always valid, can be used at any of our courses and can be saved for another day. The game is played in groups of 4 players (max) and takes approximately ½ an hour per game.
The cost is R 59 for adults, R 53 for children under 16 years and under 7’s and pensioners pay R 43. These costs are per 3 game ticket (per person – no booking required).
Other branches include:
Adventure Golf at the Fourways Mall Shopping Centre in Sandton.
Adventure Golf at Park Meadows Shopping Centre in Kensington (opposite Eastgate Mall), is the newest and best!
Adventure Golf at the Stoneridge Centre next to Greenstone Shopping Centre (off Modderfontein Road).
For more information call Adventure Golf (011) 788 -3282.
Bensusan Museum of Photography and Library
The Bensusan Museum of Photography is named after Dr AD Bensusan, a former mayor of Johannesburg and a man who has devoted himself to promoting the art and science of photography in this country. It was donated to the city in 1968.
The collection includes rare and valuable precision-made photographic equipment. For example, a very early Daguerre camera – bought by his English rival, WH Fox Talbot, in 1839, the year that the invention of photography was announced to the world – is on display. The collector’s gallery shows how, one-by-one, seemingly impossible obstacles to photography’s evolution were solved by ingenious engineering solutions.
The museum also collects the pictures made using this equipment – from the earliest wet-plate prints, to experiments in 3D such as stereoscopic views and holograms, to digital images. The museum also specialises in preserving the work of South African photographers. Along the way interactive toys, darkrooms and multimedia shows teach basic lessons in the principles of optics, light and the moving image, and the fundamentals of photography.
Entry into the Museum is free.
For more information call (011) 833-5624 or (011) 833-5624. Open: Tuesdays to Sundays 9am to 5pm.
PS: The extensive library has works on everything about photography and photographers and lends books to amateurs, students and professionals. Take your ID to register. Leading photographic magazines are always on display. The library is open Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 10am to 2pm Wednesday 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday 9am to 1pm
Yale Road (off Empire Road), University of the Witwatersrand, Milner Park
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.
Space Travel Show
Travel with Thomas the astronomer in his giant rocket, to the game reserve, then on to the Moon and beyond!
Age Group: 5 to 8 years
Tickets: R23 per person
Sky Tonight Show
A tour of the stars and constellations of our current evening skies.
Duration: about one hour
Tickets: R 36 per Adult . R 23 Children / Scholars / Students / Seniors. R 23 Groups (20+) Please book to get rate. R 130 Family ticket. [Max two adults with their dependent children (scholars or full-time students), and grandparents]
For more information call (011) 717-1390.