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Must-Do Unique Experiences Within & Near Johannesburg

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Are you looking to do something out-of the-ordinary, unusual, unique and different in and around the city? There are a variety of interesting experiences you can explore and do within and near Joburg, the trick is just to find them! Here's a few that we suggest you add to your weekend to-do list!

Greensleeves Medieval Kingdom

If you'd like to experience the bygone era of knights, damsels in distress, Barons and Medieval feasting, then be sure you make a booking and visit the Greensleeves Medieval Kingdom in Sterkfontein. This restaurant offers guests an exciting and unique dining experience, which includes a delicious five-course meal with lively and bawdy fun, plenty of loud singing, and of course audience participation with the Baron and his Troubadours. And the best part – you can even dress the part, they do have costume hire where you can take your pick from over 550 outfits, ranging from King's attire, something a Friar would wear, apparel fit for a Baroness or even a Peasant costume.

Details: www.greensleeves.co.za | [email protected] | 083 229 5677 or 082 602 2958 | Hekpoort Road, Sterkfontein, Johannesburg.

The Upside-Down House

So, this one is a little bit of a drive, but we promise it is well worth the visit! Out in Broederstroom, you'll definitely find some strange and unusual – an Upside-Down House. It's quite literally, a house, that is upside down, with it's foundation in the air and the roof on the ground. And as soon as you walk into this strange house, you'll notice all the furniture inside, is now above your head! This is great spot if you're looking to take unique pictures and just experience what the world would be like if it was turned upside down. It is truly something you need to explore and experience at least once if you're out in Hartbeespoort Dam. Also, there is onsite entertainment for the kids as well as a restaurant/café selling takeaways.

Details: www.upsidedownhouse.co.za | [email protected] | 063 100 9858 | R3, Broederstroom, North West, South Africa.

Upside Down House

Sterkfontein Caves

Head out to Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind and experience on of the oldest caves to have ever existed! The Sterkfontein Caves are over 4-million years old, and gives visitors a glimpse into the distant past. And best of all, you can explore these magnificent caves with a guided walking tour that's sure to leave you in awe. These caves are renowned for their fossil discoveries, including Mrs Ples – the most complete skull of a 2.1-million-year-old Australopithecus Africanus ever found in South Africa – and Little Foot, an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton that's more than 3-million years old. This is an exciting and thrilling must for the entire family, click here to find out more about what you can do when you visit Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind. Don't forget to book your tickets online for the Sterkfontein Caves walking tour, as no tickets will be sold on the premises.

Details: www.maropeng.co.za | [email protected] | 014 577 9000 | Off R563, Hekpoort Road, Sterkfontein, Johannesburg.

Sterkfontein Caves

The Sterkfontein Caves. Image from Maropeng.

Lindfield Victorian House Museum

Interesting in seeing what it was like living in the Victorian era? Then be sure to visit the Lindfield Victorian House Museum in Auckland Park, Johannesburg. Here at this living museum, you'll literally teleport back in time from the moment you step into its atmosphere, and experience all of its decor, furnishings and setup, preserved as it would have been in the Victorian era. Tours of this interesting space are made by bookings only, so be sure to contact them using the details below for further information, availability and reservations. This is an absolute must to add to your to-do list!

Details: lindfield.wixsite.com | [email protected] | 011 726 2932 | 72 Richmond Avenue, Auckland Park, Johannesburg.

Lindfield House Victorian Museum

Image from the Lindfield House Victorian Museum.

Collectors Treasury

Are you a bookworm and enjoy finding and reading unique,old and interesting books? Then be sure to visit Collectors Treasury in the Joburg CBD. This eight-story building in the heart of Jozi is absolutely crammed with well over a million items, and is the largest shop selling rare and used books in Africa. Other than an extensive collection of books, they also have old maps, engravings and prints, printed ephemera, periodicals, newspapers and photographica. They also stock records, with over 300 000 vinyl and 78rpm discs. And last but certainly not least, there's also an extensive range of small antiques and collectables, with strong emphasis on the decorative arts between 1870 – 1970. Taking a wander through this spot, packed to the gills with interesting items and history is a must!

Details: Facebook | [email protected] | 011 334 6556 | 244 Commissioner Street, Johannesburg CBD.

Know of any other unique experiences near and within Johannesburg? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

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