In 2021, we'll still be celebrating Father's Day a little differently. So, until Dad feels comfortable going out and enjoying himself, these experience gifts will give him something amazing to look forward. We went in search of a few awesome experience gift ideas for every kind of dad. These vouchers are valid for up to three years depending on where you purchase from, so there's no rush to use these experiences (especially during the pandemic).

Please note: Experience gift prices are subject to change at any given time. These product prices were correct at the time of writing (May 2021). 

For Dads Who Love Cars

BMW Off-Road Experience

Is Dad a huge BMW fan? Does he love the thrill of off-road driving in the great outdoors? Then head over to Celestial Gifts and purchase the BMW Off-Road Experience. He will definitely get a good thrill out of this exciting adventure at the BMW X Lifestyle Park in Waterfall, Midrand.

Let Dad test the X-series BMW's abilities on a controlled 1.3 km off-road track under the watchful eye of seasoned instructors. The experience costs R3 549* and the e-voucher is instantly sent to your desired email address upon payment. Click here to find out more about this thrilling experience.

BMW Defensive Driving Course

Sure, Dad is a great driver. He has been doing it for many years. Longer than you've been alive. But why not sharpen his driving skills and reflexes with an adrenaline packed BMW Defensive Driving Course? Not only is this experience an exciting training program which expands driving knowledge and teaches how to keep your vehicle superbly under control in a variety of situations, but it's also loads of fun!

This course takes place at Zwartkops Raceway over a six week period, after which Dad will be presented with a certificate once passed. Click here to get this experience gift voucher at R2 100*.

Supercar Driving Experience

Perhaps Dad would love to experience what it feels like to drive an Audi R8, Lamborghini Gallardo, Ferrari 430, Nissan GTR or Porsche GT3? Get him a Supercar Driving Experience and let him take his pick from a fleet of amazing supercars. Once he is inside the car, the instructor will talk him through the controls as well as track etiquette. Once that's all covered, he can start the engine and drive three laps around the track. That's plenty of time to get a feel for the car, feel the power at the pedal and appreciate the superb handling and plush interior.

You can get this experience from Experience Days for R2 999*.

dash board of a car with lit up speedometer

For Dads Who Like Adventure

Zip Lining Adventure

There is only one way to get the best views of the Muningi Gorge, and that's by going on a breathtaking zipline adventure! This two-hour thrilling experience covers four slices crossing over the gorge, giving Dad the chance to get the best views imaginable while also getting that adrenaline pumping! And to ensure his utmost safety while he flies through the sky 75m above the ground, professional guides lead the way.

Click here and get this exciting experience for R650 per person*. Why not make it a great family outing for all to enjoy and experience with Dad?

Quad Biking Experience

Does Dad love nature and getting outdoors? Then why not plan an exciting two-hour quad biking trek through the bushveld? Don't forget to keep an eye out for all the local wildlife, which includes zebra, kudu, wildebeest and more. Also, don't forget the camera and sunscreen! Dad (and yourself if you want to make it a fun day out with him) will cover about 25km of game farm during his experience, led by professional instructors and guides.

Sounds like something your dad would love? Click here and buy this experience gift for R850 per person*.

Archery Experience For Two

Spend some quality time with Dad while trying your hand at archery. This is the perfect opportunity to learn something new and get a little competitive with the old man. For one full hour, you and Dad will learn how to recurve bows, all taught and shown to you by the professional instructors. They'll also let you in on a few secrets and tips to hit the target every time.

Click here to get this one-hour archery experience with Dad for R500 per duo*.

quad biking on dirt road wearing a helmet

A Few More Ideas For Good Measure

T6 Harvard At Swartkop

This is definitely considered a once-in-a-lifetime experience that Dad will never forget, especially if he is a big history fan. Treat Dad to a 30-minute flight in a classic, American WW2 advanced trainer over Johannesburg.  Taking off from Swartkop, take to the skies in a T6 Harvard and see the world as the World War II aviators did.

With this gift voucher, keep in mind that all flights are subject to ideal weather and the availability of pilots and aircraft. Please inquire before purchase to avoid disappointment. Click here to purchase this experience at R4 415 per person*.

The Ultimate Grooming Experience At Hines & Harley 

Send Dad off for a relaxing pamper session at Hines & Harley with their range of treatments developed especially for men. He'll spend his grooming experience sipping on a complimentary whiskey or cold-drip coffee while enjoying a selection of treatments for his hair, beard, face, hands and feet. This Full House package includes a facial, a shave, haircut, a man-icure and a sports pedicure.

This experience gift will cost R1 585 per person* and can be redeemed at Hines & Harley in Parktown North once the lockdown restrictions ease off. Click here to get your gift voucher now.

barber shop with a barber chair

Dates are supposed to be creative and fun, which is why we have come up with this list of local date ideas to get you out and about and exploring the city. Now that the research has been done, take your pick, mix-n-match activities and experiences and plan the perfect date for you and your sweetheart. These will all be ideal for evening dates and even daytime excursions.

Dine In the Sky At Higher Ground

For a unique and unforgettable dining experience like no other, be sure to book your romantic date night at Higher Ground at St Stithians College in Bryanston. Here, you and your date will get to enjoy your choice of either a breakfast, lunch or dinner, 30.48 metres in the air, surrounded by stunning panoramic views of Sandton and the Johannesburg skyline in the distance. These Sky Dining experiences are available over the weekends and booking is essential. Click here for more information and to find the perfect date and click here to make your booking.

Higher Ground Restaurant

An Exciting Date Night In With DateFactory

We came across this exciting concept not too long ago, and we highly recommend you give it a try! DateFactory brings you and your partner a complete date night in a box, delivered right to you door anywhere in South Africa, for you to enjoy in the comfort of your own space. And best of all, there's a wide range of options to choose from, whether you're both in the mood for the ultimate pamper session with your sweetheart to unwind after a long week or are looking to spice things up a bit with on of the sexier variations. Click here to take a look at what you can expect from DateFactory.

DateFactory

Be Adventurous At Soweto Towers

Why not do something you've both never done before? Like bungee jumping at the Soweto Towers? We know, it sounds absolute crazy, but we promise you, it is loads of fun and will be a memory you'll hold on to for a lifetime. Who can say that they did a bungee jump? Not many people, so why not add it to your date to-do list? They offer a selection of other adventure activities is the bungee jumping is a little too much for you — choose from a session of paint balling, SCAD free fall, base jump, or try making your way up the a 25m climbing wall. Booking is essential!

Arrange A Romantic Picnic

Ever gone on a picnic in the city? Not? Then make sure you plan a wonderful gastronomic outdoor adventure. First things first – you need to decide where you’re going to set up your feast. In case you didn't know, Dial-a-Picnic offers picnic experiences that'll definitely delight. Whether you're in Cape Town, Sandton, Alberton, Durban or Pretoria, there is an option for you. But, if you're looking to plan your own location — whether it’s in your backyard, in a park or in the middle of your lounge inside a blanket fort — Dial-a-Picnic also offers a selection of lovely picnic baskets filled with delicious delights for you to choose from and have delivered. Planning a romantic picnic give you the opportunity to get creative and custom create something you and your partner will love and enjoy!

Champagne and Gin picnic

Trade The Sneakers For Skates

Kick off the sneakers and pull on a pair of skates for a laughter-filled date at Roll Egoli roller skate rink in Bryanston. Not only will enjoy some quality time together, but you will be shrieking and laughing with all the tumbling until you finally find your feet (or would that be 'skates'?) Once you get the hang of it and had a bit of a workout, you might need a break. So grab your partner and a bite to eat at their onsite restaurant, which serves pizzas, hot drinks, cold drinks, slush puppies, gelato, hot drinks and snacks. The venue also has a jungle gym, trampoline, a scooter track, a four-hole putt putt course and a big screen for sporting events.

Keep It Simple With Adventure Golf

Why not keep the date simple and spend the afternoon (or evening) play a round or two of Adventure Golf? Sure, it sounds rather boring and plain, but it gives you both the perfect opportunity to get a little competitive and strike up some conversation. You can find Adventure Golf courses at Fourways Mall, Ferndale on Republic, Stoneridge Centre and Hillfox Value Centre. All of their branches are open everyday of the week, Sunday – Thursday from 09:00 – 20:00, and Friday and Saturday from 09:00 – 22:00.

Adventure Golfing

Visit Saddle Creek Ranch

So, how about some outdoor adventure? Then be sure to plan, arrange and book something unique and extra exciting at Saddle Creek Ranch in Hekpoort, about an hour's drive from Joburg. Here, you can spend the afternoon enjoying nature, going on horseback rides, perhaps even trying your hand at some archery, go quad biking, do some laser clay pigeon shooting, or even get some of the best Magaliesburg views with a Hot Air Balloon Safari adventure. The options are endless! Click here to see what you and your partner can get up to at Saddle Crrek Ranch. Also, keep in mind that booking is essential.

saddle creek archery

Enjoy A Couple's Cooking Class

As they saying goes, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach”, which is why it might be a good idea — or a bonding experience — for couples to take a romantic cooking class together. Taste-Buds Cook Club offers Romantic Couples Evenings that’ll delight your taste buds and give your date night a unique twist. Couples will start off with a welcome drink before making their way to the kitchen. There you will prepare a dish which could be a starter, main course or dessert. Once your dish is done, it will be beautifully plated and ready for you to enjoy on the buffet table together with the dishes, prepared by others. So, get ready for a variety of taste sensations. Click here to find out when the next Romantic Couples Evening takes place and book now.

Couple Cooking Class

Catch A Movie At The Bioscope

For a different way of seeing a movie in the city, makes sure you check out the lineup at The Bioscope at 44 Stanley. They screen interesting films every week, offering a unique way to sit back, relax and enjoy a movie with your partner. Visit their site to view their upcoming and current screenings. Every month, they do host a dedicated date night screening, showing a romantic movie paired with a cheesy pizza to share. Visit their Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest date night screenings. Click here to find out more about The Bioscope and why you should pay it a visit in its brand-new home.

The Bioscope

Image from The Bioscope via Facebook.

The Carnival Roadshow at Irene Village Mall

Date: Weekends and public holidays until Sunday, 30 May 2021

For an authentic carnival experience, be sure not to miss out on The Carnival Roadshow, currently at the Irene Village Mall in Pretoria! Plan a road trip the the Jacaranda City and spend the day exploring the area and popping into this fun-filled and exciting carnival. There's plenty of entertainment for the whole family, especially with all of the thrilling new amusement rides! You can enjoy all the fun from 10:00 until late on weekends, as well as school and public holidays. There is no entry fee to the carnival, however, ride tickets may be purchased at the ticket booth if you want to hop onto one of the rides. Strict Covid-19 regulations and precaution do apply. No mask = no entry.

carnival roadshow

Aesop's Fables at the National Children’s Theatre

Date: Sunday, 09 to Sunday, 30 May 2021

Looking to treat the kids to something magical and theatrical? then be sure to not miss out on the National Children’s Theatre's (NCT) second production of 2021, a fresh version of the beloved classic Aesop's Fables, to be performed in their brand-new and safe outdoor Imagination Theatre. This exciting production will take families on a trip through Aesop's most well-loved stories, including The Fox and the Grapes; the Tortoise and the Hare; The Boy Who Cried Wolf; The Lion and the Mouse; and The Ant and the Grasshopper.There are 725 fables in total, but these will be the five this production will include at this time. The NCT aims to educate young audiences through the powers of entertainment and imagination. The fables spark conversations about morals, storytelling, and discussions about right and wrong in a risk-free way! Click here to get your tickets now.

Joburg Gin & Tonic Experience

Date: Saturday, 15 May 2021 from 12:00 to 18:00

Have a love for gin and tonic? Then be sure not to miss out on the Joburg Gin & Tonic Experience at the Casalinga Organic Farm in Roodepoort. Supported by Hall & Bramley, this exciting and refreshing event is going to be an unforgettable day out and about in the city, offering guests only the best gins and mixers, along with fantastic live performances keeping you entertained. Tickets to this experience includes entry as well as a complimentary Festival Gin glass. This is the perfect place to enjoy and sip on Saturday sundowners, overlooking picturesque lawns. Please note tickets are limited to 500 so get yours early to avoid disappointment. They cost between R180 and R200 per person on Webtickets. This event is strictly over 18s only. No under 18s allowed.

jhb gin and tonic exp

Paint & Pizza

Date: Saturday, 15 May 2021 from 12:30

Looking to do something different on your Saturday afternoon? The book your spot at the delicious and oh-so fun Paint & Pizza event, which will be held at The Courtyard by Vera Vita Restaurant in Haddon, Johannesburg. Here, you'll get to enjoy some painting while tucking into some tasty pizza and having a good time. Tickets cost R480 per person and includes all thr art supplies as well as a small pizza, pasta or salad from their set menu on the day. Click here to purchase your tickets now.

sip wine paint

Jack Parow Live at Railways Cafe

Date: Friday 21 May 2021 from 18:00 to 22:00

Spend the evening at Railways Cafe in Irene, Pretoria! On this particular evening, you'll get to catch the one and only, Jack Parow, LIVE! But be sure you hurry and get your tickets now, as there will be limited entry and tickets for sale for this live performance. The show will take place inside the theatre. Do keep in mind that this is a card only venue, with good vibes only. No under 18s will be permitted. ROAR. Click here to get your tickets now.

The Linden Market 2021

Date: Saturday, 29 and Sunday, 30 May 2021

The Linden Market is back for their next installment! And in celebration of South Africa's diverse culture and range of makers, the theme and inspiration for their first 2021 market is Winter Wander. Here, you'll get to experience an eclectic celebration of ideas, styles and tastes, a mix of old and new, classic and modern, rough and polished, and much more. Tickets cost R30 per person (kids under 12 get in FREE). You four-legged companions are invited too, as long as they're on a leash. There is secure parking available at Roosevelt High School at R20 per vehicle. NO MASK = NO ENTRY. Strict COVID-19 protocols will be followed. Click here to get your tickets now.

Copper Bar Relaunch

Date: Saturday, 29 May 2021 from 16:00 to 23:00

The ever-popular Copper Bar in Sandton is refreshing the look of their venue, and they're excited to announce that they'll be doing a relaunch with the talented local music sensation, Rubber Duc. In 2015, Rubber Duc opened up Copper Bar at their official launch party and they are once again sharing another awesome event at Copper Bar's relaunch. Be sure to get your tickets ASAP at spacing is limited.

copper bar

Proudly Coloured Comedy presents Andrew Hughes - Broke & Famous

Date: Saturday, 29 May 2021 from 19:30

Looking for a laugh? then be sure not to miss Andrew Hughes, straight from the dusty streets of Ixopo in KwaZulu Natal, who will finally be bringing his one-man show to Johannesburg. Famous and Broke is a simple summary of what he has been experiencing since the pandemic. The comedian has decided to write some stories and find humour in these trying times, being Famous and Broke. Click here to get your tickets now.

Stand Up Comedy Night At Victoria Yards

Love Sarah

Date: 07 May 2021
Genre: Drama

If you're looking for something that's touching, inspiring, and just all-round delightful just in time for the Mother's Day weekend, then be sure not to miss Love Sarah this month. The movie is about a young woman who wishes to fulfill her late mother's dream of opening her very own bakery in the heart of Notting Hill in London. To make this dream a reality, she enlists the help of an old friend and her estranged grandmother.

Those Who Wish Me Dead

Date: 07 May 2021
Genre: Action Thriller

Angela Jolie is back on the big screen with her latest action thriller, Those Who Wish Me Dead, based on the 2014 novel by Michael Koryta. The movie follow Hannah Faber (Jolie), an expert smoke jumper, who is haunted by a past mission that went horribly wrong. She keeps watch at an isolated fire tower when she comes across Connor, a traumatised teenage murder witness, who is being stalked by two killers in the Montana wilderness. Together, Connor and Hannah are isolated in the wild, trapped between assassins and Mother Nature.

Peter Rabbit 2: The Runaway

Date: 14 May 2021
Genre: Family/Animation

Looking for a fun-filled adventure to watch with the kids? Then be sure not to miss the second installment of Peter Rabbit: The Runaway! If you haven't seen the first movie yet, then be sure yo see that before you see this one. This time, the lovable rogue, Peter, is still up to his old tricks. Despite his efforts and how hard he tries, he can't seem to shake his mischievous reputation among the other rabbits. He soon ventures out of the garden and finds himself in a world where being mischief is appreciated and accepted. When his family notice that he hasn't come home, they go looking for him to bring him home. You can definitely expect plenty of chaotic antics in this adventure, too.

Barakat

Date: 14 May 2021
Genre: Drama

How about a local movie? Something Proudly South African? Then be sure not to miss Barakat, an Afrikaans movie based on the lives of a Muslim family, where they navigate their lives after the death of a father and husband. How does a family move on after the death of a father? This is the question at the heart of the Davids Family. Aisha Davids, the widowed matriarch for the family, aims to bring everyone together over Eid-al-Fitr to break the news about her new romance.

Spiral: From The Book of Saw

Date: 14 May 2021
Genre: Horror

Who's ready to play a game? If you enjoyed the Saw movie series, then you most definitely don't want to miss the ninth installment : Spiral: From The Book of Saw. This time, you'll find Chris Rock, Max Minghella, Marisol Nichols, and Samuel L. Jackson casting this movie. Detective Banks (Chris Rock) and his partner, investigate the grisly murders that are eerily reminiscent of the city's gruesome past. Entrapped in a deepening mystery, Banks finds himself at the centre of the killer's morbid game.

This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection

Date: 21 May 2021
Genre: Drama

This Is Not A Burial, It’s A Resurrection is based amongst the mountains of landlocked Lesotho. An 80-year-old widow ties up all of her loose ends and make arrangements for her passing. But when her village is threatened with forced resettlement due to the construction of a reservoir, she finds a new will to live. This ignites a collective spirit of defiance within her community against the resettlement and building of the reservoir. In the final moments of her life, her legend is made eternal.

Cruella

Date: 28 May 2021
Genre: Live Action

Are you a fan of the classic Disney film, 101 Dalmatians? Ever wondered how Cruella became so... cruel and evil? Then you most definitely don't want to miss the live-action feature film, Cruella, starring Emma Stone, following the evil exploits of a young Cruella de Vil. Set in the 70s amidst the punk rock revolution in London, a young grifter, Estella, is determined to make a name for herself in the fashion world with her designs. She befriends a pair of young thieves, and together, they build a life and reputation for themselves on the streets. One day, Estella’s flair for fashion attracts the attention of Baroness von Hellman, played by Oscar® winner, Emma Thompson. But, their relationship sets various events and revelations that will cause Estella to embrace her wicked side and become the raucous and revenge-bent, Cruella.

A Quiet Place Part 2

Date: 28 May 2021
Genre: Horror

For a movie that'll have you sitting right on the edge of your seat, be sure to catch the second installment of A Quiet Place. Following the previous events at home, the Abbott Family now face the terrors of the outside world. They're all forced to venture out into the unknown. They soon realise that the terrifying creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats that lurk beyond the sand path. Get ready to jump right out of your seat!

The Secret Tea Garden

Set in the tranquil gardens of Norscot Manor in the heart of Fourways, The Secret Tea Garden offers you a lovely quiet escape from the rush of everyday life. It’s a fabulous, affordable venue for a leisurely family breakfast or an afternoon tea with friends. Relax on the beautiful terrace overlooking the manicured garden and distant views while your little ones amuse themselves in the impressive play park, which is guaranteed to give parents a much-needed break over the busy weekend!

Details: www.secretteagarden.co.za | 011 467 1191 | [email protected] | 16B Penguin Drive, Norscot Manor, Fourways, Johannesburg.

Montecasino Bird Gardens

If you haven’t yet visited the incredible Montecasino Bird Gardens, why not pay the place a visit over the weekend? There are beautiful walkways past countless exotic birds, an impressive cycad garden, a frog room as well as the longest snake in the world… how cool is that? Plus, you’ll also find other unusual mammals like sloths and lemurs in the bird gardens; it’s an outing that’s sure to thrill the whole family! After your stroll, you can rest your feet at the onsite Flamingo Café that overlooks the Flamingo Pond.

Details: www.montecasino.co.za | 011 510 7000 | [email protected] | Montecasino Boulevard, corner William Nicol and Witkoppen, Fourways. Johannesburg.

Melt Chocolates at Nicolway Shopping Centre

Pretty much everyone likes chocolate, right? And you can trust us when we say that there’s no better place to get your chocolate fix than Melt Chocolates! The family-owned chocolatier offers an extensive variety of chocolates for you to taste and shop, as well as a delightful little café if you're looking to rest your feet after a little bit of retail therapy. At the café, you can order up some of the very best chocolate milkshakes and cupcakes that we’ve tasted in Joburg — just be prepared for a sugar rush of note after your visit.

Details: meltchocolates.co.za | 011 463 1578 | [email protected] | Nicolway Shopping Centre, William Nicol Drive, Bryanston, Johannesburg.

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

If you’re looking to spend some time in the great outdoors this weekend, the gorgeous Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens sure is the place to go. One of SA’s eight botanical gardens, you can snack on sarmies while taking in the sights of the waterfall while watching the Verreaux’s Eagles perched at the very top with your binoculars. Or you could walk through the breathtaking rocket and fern garden and breathe in some real fresh air. Otherwise, if you prefer, you can organise yourself a guided tour of the gardens.

Details: www.sanbi.org | 086 100 1278 | [email protected] |Malcolm Road, Roodepoort, Johannesburg.

Walter Sisulu

The Living Room

If your idea of a great weekend goes hand in hand with breathtaking Joburg skyline views and some refreshing cocktails, then there’s no place to be than at The Living Room in Maboneng. The uber-trendy rooftop venue overlooks the fabulous city and feels as if you’re sitting in a lush plant nursery, hence its name. Lounge around snacking on tapas and sipping on sundowners with some good company, and then get ready to see the city light up and twinkle by night.

Details: www.livingroomjozi.co.za | 082 370 9284 or 084 529 9006 | [email protected] | 20 Kruger Street, 5th Floor Main Change Building, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg.

27 Boxes

27 Boxes in Melville is undoubtedly one of the city’s most innovative retail and restaurant precincts.  Created from recycled shipping containers, this shopping destination offers one of the most unique shopping experiences, housing many local brands and creators, and their craft. To keep the kids entertained in between shopping, they can enjoy the outdoor children’s park. There's also open air amphitheatre and the rooftop nursery to explore. Don't forget to sample and indulge in a few delicious delights available at this mixed-use precinct, including decadent cronuts from the X&O Patisserie.

Details: www.27boxes.co.za | 011 712 0000 | [email protected] | 27 Boxes, 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

Hennops Hiking Trail

If nature is your thing, you’ll absolutely love spending your weekend walking in nature on the fantastic Hennops Hiking Trail, which is a short 40-minute drive away from Sandton. There are four different hikes to choose from, ideal for all experience and fitness levels. All trails boast wonderful scenery and there’s even a swimming pool to splash in post-hike at the Hennops Picnic Spot. The range of landscapes and sights are enough to get the soul stirring... trust us on this!

Details: www.hennopstrails.co.za | 082 825 9205 | [email protected] | R511, Pretoria.

Fourways Farmers Market In Modderfontein Reserve

Who doesn't enjoy strolling through a market over the weekend? It's one of our favourite things to do, which is why we recommend you visit the most beautiful outdoor market in the city — the Fourways Farmers Market, now located at Modderfontein Reserve, just 10km away from Sandton. Here, you'll find it all: unique and beautifully crafted items handmade by local creators; delicious foods and treats to delight your taste buds; stunning scenery from the surround reserve; and of course, plenty of entertainment perfect for the whole family. This market is open every Saturday and Sunday, so why not pop in over the weekend?

Details: www.ffmarket.co.za | 011 465 0877 ( Wednesdays and Fridays only ) or 010 534 6622 ( Monday to Friday during office hours ) | [email protected] | Taroko Farm (Modderfontein Reserve) Norfolk Lane, Klipfontein 12-Ir, Lethabong.

Sky Dining at Higher Ground 

For a dining experience like no other, why not visit Higher Ground in Bryanston and enjoy a morning, afternoon or evening of Sky Dining. It's exactly what you think it is: dining in the sky! Enjoy a delectable meal while being suspended 30.48 metres in the air, surrounded by gorgeous panoramic views of the Sandton skyline. They host breakfast, lunches and dinners every weekend. Click here to take a look at the upcoming dates so you can book your experience now! It's an absolute must for visitors and Joburg locals alike.

Details: www.sky-events.co.za | 084 449 6040 | [email protected] | Higher Ground Restaurant, St Stithians College Property, 40 Peter Place, Bryanston, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Sky Dining

Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind

Get away from the city and head to the place where it all began — Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind. Here, you and your family can spend the day exploring and experiencing the majesty of the 4-million year old Sterkfontein Caves; and travel back in time at the Maropeng Visitor Centre that showcases all of the interesting fossil and excavation discoveries that have been made in the area over the years. If you're looking to make a full weekend of your adventure out to this side of the city, then why not book accommodation at the onsite Maropeng Boutique Hotel for a well-deserve getaway?

Details: www.maropeng.co.za | 014 577 9000 | [email protected] | R400, Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng.

Sterkfontein Caves

The Sterkfontein Caves. Image from Maropeng.

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

Nobody

Release date: Friday, 02 April 2021
Genre: Action

Nobody is just the movie if you're looking for gunfire, action, fistfights and more. Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk), an underestimated father and husband, takes life’s indignities in his stride and never pushes back. When two thieves break into his suburban family home one night, he declines to defend himself or his family, hoping to prevent serious violence. The aftermath of the incident strikes a long-simmering rage in Hutch, triggering dormant instincts and propelling him on a brutal path that will surface dark secrets and lethal skills.

Come Away

Release date: Friday, 02 April 2021
Genre: Adventure

Come Away is a lovely must for the whole family. Before Peter became Pan and Alice visited Wonderland, they were siblings living in an idyllic country home with their parents and their older brother, David. In this magical place, they are free to play and let their imaginations run wild as they romp around the nearby forest. However, change is in the air as their priggish aunt, Eleanor, who is extremely critical of how the children are being raised, has arranged for David to attend a prestigious boarding school. As the family strives to accept David’s imminent departure, a deadly accident shatters their wondrous lives. With their family falling apart both emotionally and financially, Alice and Peter decide to find a solution. They travel to London to sell a family heirloom and soon find themselves in a dark, mysterious, and dangerous underworld that propels them on an adventure that will change the course of their lives.

Extinct

Release date: Friday, 02 April 2021
Genre: Animation

If you're looking for something fun and animated to enjoy with the kids, then be sure to book your tickets to see Extinct! Op and Ed are two adorable, doughnut-shaped, fluffy animals — FLUMMELS — who somehow accidentally time-travel from the year 1835 to modern-day Shanghai. There, they discover traffic, trans fats, and worst of all, that flummels are now extinct. It's up to this bumbling pair of fluff balls to save themselves, save their species and just maybe change the course of history.

Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train

Release date: Friday, 09 April 2021
Genre: Animation

If you're an anime fan, then you definitely don't want to miss the release of Demon Slayer The Movie: Mugen Train. Just remember to take along your reading glasses because this movie will be scened with the original language with English subtitles. After his family was brutally murdered and his sister turned into a demon, Tanjiro Kamado's journey as a Demon Slayer began. Tanjiro and his comrades embark on a new mission aboard the Mugen Train, on track to despair.

Mortal Kombat

Release date: Friday, 09 April 2021
Genre: Adventure/Action

If you're a huge fan of fighting movies, then Mortal Kombat is a must-see to get your adrenaline pumping. MMA fighter, Cole Young, is unaware of his heritage — or why Outworld's Emperor Shang Tsung has sent his best warrior, Sub-Zero, an otherworldly Cryomancer, to hunt Cole down. Fearing for his family's safety, he finds himself at the temple of Lord Raiden, who grants sanctuary to those who bear the mark. Here, Cole trains with experienced warriors as he prepares to stand with Earth's greatest champions against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe.

Every Breath You Take

Release date: Friday, 16 April 2021
Genre: Thriller

Enjoy searing psychological thrillers? then Every Breath You Take is a movie you need to see. The movie is about a psychiatrist, whose career is thrown into jeopardy when his patient suddenly takes her own life. But when he invites his patient’s surviving brother into his home to meet his wife and daughter, his family life gets thrown upside down and is suddenly torn apart.

Judas and The Black Messiah

Release date: Friday, 16 April 2021
Genre: Drama

Judas and The Black Messiah is a movie based around the betrayal and assassination of Fred Hampton, the Chairman of the Black Panther Party. In 1968, a charismatic activist named Fred Hampton became Chairman of the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party, who were fighting for freedom, the power to determine the destiny of the Black community, and an end to police brutality and the slaughter of Black people. Hampton was 21 years old when he was assassinated by the FBI, who coerced a petty criminal named William O’Neal to help them silence him and the Party. But they could not kill hiss legacy. 50 years later, his words still echo, louder than ever. “You can murder a revolutionary, but you can’t murder a revolution."

Nomadland

Release date: Friday, 16 April 2021
Genre: Drama

For something humbling and thought provoking, Nomadland is the movie to watch this April. The story follows a sixty-something year old woman named Fern, goes on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad after losing everything in the Great Recession. Keep in mind that this movie can get a bit dark at times, but offers an uplifting message.

Voyagers

Release date: Friday, 16 April 2021
Genre: Adventure

Voyagers is about a crew of astronauts on a multi-generational mission, who eventually descend into paranoia and madness, not knowing what is reality or an illusion. Set in the near future, the odyssey begins with 30 young men and women who are sent deep into space in search of a new home. As the mission commences, the crew reverts to their most primal state, not knowing if the real threat is what's outside the ship or who they're becoming inside it.

Maya The Bee - The Golden Orb

Release date: Friday, 23 April 2021
Genre: Animation/Family

For another family-friendly movie, Maya the Bee is off on another adventure with this latest movie — Maya The Bee: The Golden Orb! When Maya, a headstrong and daring little bee, and her best friend, Willi, rescue an ant princess, they find themselves in the middle of an epic bug battle that will take them on interesting journeys to strange worlds while testing the limits of their friendship.

Wrath Of Man

Release date: Friday, 30 April 2021
Genre: Action Thriller

Need something and exciting that'll get the adrenaline pumping and have you sitting right on the edge of your seat? Wrath of Man ticks all those boxes. Starring the legendary Jason Statham, and multi-talented Post Malone, the movie follows H, a cold and mysterious character working at a cash truck company who is responsible for moving hundreds of millions of dollars around Los Angeles each week.

The Courier

Release date: Friday, 30 April 2021
Genre: Thriller/Drama

Enjoy spy movies that included references of wars from our past? Then be sure to get your tickets and grab some popcorn to watch The Courier, releasing later this month. This movie is about the true story of a British businessman, recruited into one of the greatest conflicts in history. Cold War spy, Greville Wynne, forms an unlikely partnership with a Soviet officer, in an attempt to prevent a nuclear confrontation and provide the necessary intelligence to defuse the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Vanquish

Release date: Friday, 30 April 2021
Genre: Action

Starring Ruby Rose and Morgan Freeman, the action-packed film Vanquish is sure to get your heart racing. The story follows a mother, Victoria (Rose), who is trying to put her dark past as a Russian drug courier behind her and start a new life. But retired cop, Damon (Freeman), forces Victoria to do his bidding by holding her young daughter hostage. Now, Victoria go back to the life she left behind, must use guns, guts, and a motorbike to take out violent gangsters — or she may never see her daughter again.

Grab These Easter Krispy Kreme Treats Now!

Easter is here, and there is an abundance of delectable and oh-so decadent festively themed goodies found around every corner! And if you're a big fan of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, then you most definitely don't want to miss out on their limited-edition Happiness Hatching range! But hurry, this range is only available until Sunday, 11 April 2021 in-store and via Uber Eats and Mr D Food, and from Monday, 29 March 2021 until Sunday, 04 April 2021 at participating Engen garages and Pick ‘n Pay stores. Go on, treat yourself and your loved ones with a dozen (or two) of these delightful rounds! Click here to fins out more about this scrumptious range.

Krispy Kreme Happiness Hatching

April 2021's Movie Releases

A new month means there are a brand-new selection of movies for you and your loved ones to enjoy on the big screen! There's something for everyone. If you're looking for something animated and family-friendly, you can catch Come Away, Extinct and Maya The Bee - The Golden Orb. Craving a little bit of action? Get your heart racing with Nobody, Mortal Kombat, Wrath Of Man, or Vanquish. And there are also some thrillers hitting the circuit including The Courier and Every Breath You Take. Click here to find out more about these movies and more.

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Enjoy tashas Revamped Classic Menu

If you're a big tashas fan , then you'll be excited to hear that they have recently updated their Classic Menu! Other than this exciting news, they have also added six brand-new dishes to the mix, as well as a delicious homemade hot drink and four tasty new smoothies. To give you a little taster and whet your appetite, we'll name a few of the new additions: Butternut Zucchini Rosti; tashas Comfort Quinoa Bowl; Barley and Broccoli Salad; Honeybush Chai; the Green Goddess Smoothie; and the Peanut Protein smoothie. Click here for more information about their updated Classic Menu, available at all tasha branches countrywide, as well as their new dishes.

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Experience Treetop Adventures At Acrobranch

From treetop zip lining excursions to interesting and fun-filled outdoor obstacle courses, Acrobranch is just the place to be if you're looking to get your loved ones off of the couch, away from all the gadgets and electronics, and out and about in nature getting active! Wondering what to expect to find at Acrobranch? Click here to see all the information you need and how to book your outdoor adventure. Best off all, it's affordable fun! From as little as R190*, you’ll enjoy two hours of treetop thrills. That’s a great deal if you ask us.

Acrobranch

Get Lost At Honeydew Mazes

For even more outdoor fun, why not visit the a-maize-ing Honeydew Mazes? This destination offers plenty of fun and excitement for all ages. Depending on the time of year, there are a variety of mazes for you to explore and experience, each with their own unique theme and feel. And if you're looking for something interesting for your next team building or for that upcoming birthday bash for your little one or a fun-filled school outing, Honeydew Mazes offers a selection of packages to suit your needs.

honeydew mazes

Image by Honeydew Mazes.

Relax & Hike At Rustig

Fresh air, nature, hiking trails for all fitness and experience levels, what more do you need to relax and unwind than everything the stunning and oh-so peaceful Rustig has to offer. Whether you're planning a weekend escape or a day visit to explore the various hiking trails, this is a lovely spot to reconnect with nature, get active and enjoy the beautiful sights and features along the way. For more information about what Rustig has to offer, click here.

There is an almost never-ending list of activities for all ages in Hartbeespoort. Whether you are looking for an outdoor adventure or a relaxed day out with the family, there should be something around Harties to keep you busy. Let's take a look at some of the most popular attractions in the area, shall we?

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Family-Friendly

Strawberry Picking 

Bring the little ones along to Tangaroa Strawberry Farm next spring to do some strawberry picking. Around mid to late September the fields here bloom with the juicy, red fruit. Bring a few wicker baskets with you to help carry off your pickings. You can also book a family picnic to enjoy along the banks of the Skeerport River. Tangaroa Strawberry Farm is one of our top family-friendly destinations in Hartbeespoort, so don't hesitate to pay them a visit as soon as spring rolls in.

Visit Tangaroa Strawberry Farm.

Cheese Tours

Van Gaalen Cheese Farm offer guided tours for schools and families. Bring the kids with to learn all about the cheese making process. Van Gaalen has been in the business of making premium Dutch cheese for over two decades. If there was anyone to learn about cheese from, it's these guys. You can also enjoy a family-style picnic complete with assorted cheeses, fruits, sweet Dutch biscuits and wine or fruit juice. It's the perfect family fun day out in the lush Hartbeespoort outdoors.

Visit Van Gaalen Cheese Farm.

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre 

Are your little ones besotted with big cats? Take them on a trip to the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre in Hartbeespoort. Book yourself an early morning guided tour to see a breath taking high speed cheetah chase. The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre offers an unforgettable experience for both young and old, so be sure not to pass it by the next time you're in Harties.

Visit the Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre.

Chameleon Village 

Chameleon Village is the family-friendly destination in Hartbeespoort. This mixed-use retail, restaurant and entertainment centre offers a range of activities to keep you and the kids having fun all day long. Come and try your hand at 18-hole put-putt, paintball, human foosball, archery or go-karting. Chameleon Village is also home to the Harties Lion & Tiger Park and the Snake & Reptile Park. Don't be surprised if the kiddies nag you to come back here weekend after weekend.

Visit Chameleon Village.

Nightlife

Laurentina Portuguese Restaurant 

Laurentina Portuguese Restaurant is the heart of good food and entertainment in Hartbeespoort. Sip on a traditional Tipo Tinto cocktail while you enjoy the sounds of the restaurant's resident band on a Saturday evening. The restaurant is also available to book out for birthday parties and private functions.

Visit Laurentina Portuguese Restaurant.

Heart Rock Café

Heart Rock Café is the centre of entertainment in Harties. Stop by on a Sunday afternoon to enjoy laidback live music and entertainment, good food and discounted drinks. Heart Rock Café also offers Free Friday Braai Nights and Super Sokkie langarm evenings! If you've ever wondered what the nightlife in Hartbeespoort is like, this is as fine an example as you'll get.

Visit Heart Rock Café.

heart rock cafe hartbeespoort

Heart Rock Cafe in Hartbeespoort

Outdoor & Adventure 

Elephant Sanctuary 

Come and walk trunk-in-hand with a majestic African elephant at the Elephant Sanctuary in Hartbeespoort. This dedicated conservation park offers visitors the opportunity to interact and learn about their resident elephants with careful guidance from their expert handlers. The Elephant Sanctuary also provides overnight accommodation for up to 12 guests sharing.

Visit the Elephant Sanctuary.

Van Gaalen Trails 

Outdoor adventurists simply adore the trails that start at Van Gaalen Cheese Farm and extend over 30 private properties over a distance of 100 kilometers. Whether you're an avid hiker, mountain biker, trail runner or bird watcher, these trails are sure to challenge your endurance. Collect your maps at the Farm Shop and head out for a day of exploration and exhilaration.

Visit Van Gaalen Trails.

Arrow's Rest 

Looking to test your golf swing? Stop by Arrow's Rest in Hartbeespoort to practice your skills. This outdoor adventure centre also offers archery, quad biking, paintball, bass fishing, mountain biking trails and a 3D walk and stalk target practice range. It's a thrill a minute!

Visit Arrow's Rest.

Harties Aerial Cableway 

One of the biggest outdoor attractions in Hartbeespoort is the Harties Aerial Cableway. Take a leisurely trip up the cable car to reach the summit. From here you can go on a number of exciting adventures, including hikes, paragliding, horseback rides and mountain biking. Harties Aerial Cableway also offers relaxing boat cruises along the Hartbeespoort Dam for the not quite so adventurous.

Visit Harties Aerial Cableway.

 

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Catch The Latest Movies

An easy entertainment option is to gather the family, grab a few snacks and slushies, and get your tickets to see one of the latest movies on circuit at a cinema near you. Wondering what's showing at your nearest movie cinema? Click here to take a look at March's latest releases. There's something for everyone, ranging across a variety of genres including animations for families and children, comedies to tickle your funny bone, sci-fi movies that'll teleport you into another world, thrillers that'll have you sitting on the edge of your seat.

Movies

Go Glamping Near The City

In need of a well-deserved break that's not too far away from home? Then why not consider going glamping near the city? We know if a few lovely places where you can enjoy the sights and sounds of nature while camping without giving up the luxuries such as a hot shower and a super comfy bed! All destinations are within driving distance from our beloved city, all you have to decide is how far you're willing to drive to enjoy a quick escape away from the bustle of everyday life.

Glamping images from Marataba Luxury Lodges

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Visit Lifestyle Garden Home Centre

Enjoy gardening and have a Green Thumb? then why not visit the Lifestyle Garden Home Centre in Randburg? There are so many things to see and do at this lovely and lush centre on a sunny Sunday afternoon. Their annual Lifestyle Garden Design Show is currently on, offering visitors the opportunity to view and get inspiration from eight different and beautiful garden spaces and setups throughout the centre. You can view this show from March through to the end May, and entry is FREE. Other than that, there's plenty of retail therapy, foodie spots, entertainment for the little ones and more.

Lifestyle

Experience Sky Dining

There is nothing better than enjoying the stunning views of the city while dining with your loved ones. If this sounds like the perfect way to spend time with your family and friends, then be sure to book your seats for Sky Dining at Higher Grounds Restaurant in Bryanston! This is a unique dining experience that you most definitely do not want to miss. You can book either a champagne breakfast or a divine plated lunch or dinner while sitting high up in the sky and admiring the panoramic views of Sandton and beyond. Click here to view their upcoming dates for the months of March, April and May 2021.

Higher Ground Restaurant

Celebrate Human Rights Day

In case you missed it, Human Rights Day takes place on Sunday, 21 March 2021. That means that Monday is a public holiday! So, if you're looking for something to do to honour and commemorate this day, take a look at this handful of Human Rights Day events for 2021. Do keep in mind that we are still in the middle of a pandemic, so be sure to practice all COVID-19 safety protocols and precautions where necessary.

Human Rights Day

Explore Maropeng - Cradle of Humankind

Joburg offers plenty of gems to explore and experience, and one of the many that you most definitely need to add to your to-do list this March is visiting the World Heritage Site of Maropeng – Cradle of Humankind. Other than the Sterkfontein Caves that are millions of years old and the interesting and educational Maropeng Visitor Centre filled with ancient artifacts and fossils, this centre offers accommodation perfect for the quick weekend getaway, dining with a few, and more.

Maropeng

Image from Maropeng via Facebook.

Have A Family Day Out At The Big Red Barn 

Offering a wealth of activities for each and every member of your family, the Big Red Barn is a must-visit if you happen to be visiting Centurion, Pretoria, during the month of March. Here, you can spend the afternoon tackling an obstacle course at the on-site Acrobranch, taking in the scenic tracks through a forest at the Cycle Park, tuck into a delicious brunch at the Red Barn Café, and even take a stroll and shop up a storm at the Irene Village Market (every first and last Saturday of the month). Click here to find out what else you can do at this fun-filled destination.

Big Red Barn

27 Boxes is undoubtedly one of Joburg's most innovative retail and restaurant precincts. Fashioned from recycled shipping containers, this ultimate shopping destination houses fashion boutiques galore. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor children's park, an open-air amphitheatre and the rooftop nursery. At just a short distance from the ever-bustling 7th Street, 27 Boxes is usually a hive of activity over weekends.

Now that life has returned to some form of normalcy, 27 Boxes is up and running, welcoming in visitors with a number of health and safety regulations in place. Here's what you can expect to find at this bustling spot in the middle of Melville and why you should visit the next time you're in the area.

Unique Local Stores

The majority of stores at 27 Boxes offer shoppers locally crafted goods. Whether you're on the lookout for winter warmers, new fashion staples or a custom jewellery piece, you're sure to find what you are after here. Fashion boutiques Wishes Boutique, Ara Emporium, and Loulou Regal Style are also selling funky face masks to keep you looking stylish while staying safe. Also be sure to visit Book Circle Capital for curated African books, Krag Drag The Strong One for fun and quirky South African products perfect for gifting, and Microgram that offers secondhand CDs, DVDs and LPs for all tastes on a budget.

Click here to view their store directory.

Scrumptious Eateries & Food Stores

27 Boxes is home to some of our favourite bakeries and foodie hangouts in the city. If you have a little bit of a sweet tooth and are craving something tantalising and absolutely delightful, indulge in some decadent coffee and cronuts from X&O Patisserie. Or why not get your fill of freshly baked artisanal bread from Baker Brothers. Flavourz of India and Infernoz Chilli are open and ready to fulfil all of your spice and chilli needs. For your weekly fresh produce shopping, take a stroll through Jolida Foods. And if you find gin, then be sure to visit Urbanite Distillery, offering a locally and consciously made gin experience.

Click here to view other food stores and eateries.

They Host Various Markets

Who doesn't love spending a morning or afternoon strolling through a market, shopping up a storm and exploring locally made items and goodies? We know we do! And lucky for us, 27 Boxes hosts a number of markets that's sure to delight all walks of visitors and their tastes. They host their Wasala Wasala Market, the Vegan & Vegetarian Market, and Trader Markets often and sometimes if we're lucky, there's a splendid night market or two. There's even a Global Food Fair to delight your sense and taste buds!

Click here to see the dates of the next few markets taking place at 27 Boxes.

They Also Offer Events

Other than the markets, they also host a selection of interesting events for you to enjoy. Coming up, they'll have Live Indian Cooking Classes that'll inspire you to get experimental with spices in the kitchen as well as Peo Literature Sessions that are sure to get your creative juices flowing. Be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook page as well as their events page on their website to keep up to date and in the loop with the latest events and news.

FREE Parking!

The last thing you want to worry about after shopping up a storm is ensuring you have some change on you to pay for parking. Well, you'll be happy to hear that at 27 Boxes, parking is mahala! That's right, parking is FREE! They know that you have better things to spend money on other than parking, such as a decadent cronut, some locally made and oh-so unique fashion, interesting crafts and fresh produce.

For More Information

For more information about 27 Boxes, visit www.27boxes.co.za

You can also contact them on 011 712 0000 or [email protected]

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest events, information, products, vendors and news.

Trading hours: Monday to Saturday from 09:00 to 17:00 | Sunday and Public Holidays from 09:00 to 15:00.

Address: 27 Boxes, 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg.

The Vaal Triangle was once the industrial hub of South Africa, however, in recent decades it has become an entertainment and hobby mecca. Joburgers flock to the Vaal over weekends and holidays to indulge in an array of fun activities. From peaceful fishing to intense river rafting, there is always something on the go in the Vaal. Let's take a closer look at what's on offer, shall we?

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Family-Friendly

Aquadome 

The Aquadome at Emerald Resort and Casino is an indoor water park and adventure centre. Bring the kids along to have a day of fun in the water. The Aquadome is climate controlled so you can splash about all year round. Plus, there are pools and slides to accommodate both young and old. Whether you're looking for a laidback lazy river experience or an adrenalin-filled slip and slide, the Aquadome has it all. Be sure to book a day out on your next trip to the Vaal Triangle to spend at the Aquadome. It might just be the highlight of your stay.

Visit the Aquadome.

Adventure Golf

Nothing beats a day of competitive putt-putt with the kids. The 18-hole course at Emerald Resort and Casino is sure to challenge both you and the little ones. The animal kingdom-themed course takes you on a journey through Ancient Egypt, making the outing even more fun. The course is only open from Friday to Sunday, so be sure to bring the kiddies along over a weekend. It's family-friendly fun at its very best!

Visit Adventure Golf at Emerald Resort and Casino.

Pins Bowling Alley

Emerald Resort and Casino is undoubtedly the home of family-friendly entertainment in the Vaal Triangle. Visit Pins Bowling Alley situated at the casino to have a good, old-fashioned game of ten-pin bowling with the kids. You can also let them have their fun while you play a game of pool and watch your favourite sports team go for the win at Pins Bar. Either way you're sure to have a grand tine at Pins Bowling Alley.

Visit Pins Bowling Alley.

Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site 

If you and your family have an interest in science, history or geography, this is the place to visit while you explore the Vaal Triangle. The Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site is the oldest impact crater found on Earth to date. It is also the largest meteorite impact site discovered by geologists! If you are the type of parent who likes to teach and learn as you explore with your family, this is a definite must-visit site on your travels through the Vaal Triangle. Who knows, you might just discover something groundbreaking.

Visit the Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. 

Sylviavale Heritage Village

Travel back to a simpler time by visiting Sylviavale Heritage Village in Vanderbijlpark. This vintage village is home to a number of tenants, including Windmills Restaurant and the Rotary Club Bookshop. Bring the family to Sylviavale Heritage Village on a Friday night for the best pizza in town, live bands and a nifty craft market. This quaint village is without a doubt one of the best family-friendly venues to visit while you're in the Vaal Trianlge, so don't miss out.

Visit Sylviavale Heritage Village.

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Sylviavale Heritage Village.

Nightlife

Emerald Casino

Epic thrills await you at Emerald Casino. Come and play your hand at the casino's 22 prestigious Roulette, Blackjack, Poker, and Baccarat tables alongside more than 385 slots. Emerald Casino is where dreams are made, so don't miss your opportunity to win big. Celebrate your good fortune at High Stakes Restaurant afterwards, where you can dine on premium steaks and an exquisite wine menu. All in all, your night spent at Emerald Casino is set to be one for the books.

Visit Emerald Casino.

Gas Monkey Pub & Grill

Cocktails on tap, signature burgers and great entertainment. That's what Gas Monkey Pub & Grill has to offer. One of the anchor restaurants at Emerald Resort & Casino, this biker-bar style pub is the place to be on a Friday night out in the Vaal. Come and enjoy their famous Monkey Juice - an alcoholic slushie known for its potency and flavour. If it's a party you're looking for, it's one you'll get at Gas Monkey Pub & Grill, so come prepared to have a great time!

Visit Gas Monkey Pub & Grill. 

Outdoor & Adventure 

River Fishing

There are tons of fishing spots along the Vaal River. One of the best places to cast a line is Emerald Resort & Casino. Here you can test your patience and endurance as you also enjoy the serene outdoors. This is a wonderful spot to bring the whole family for a day out in nature. Set up a picnic along the banks of the river and let the little ones have a go at reeling in your catch of the day. The Vaal River boasts a diverse offering of fish species, including carp, yellow fish, muddies, grass carps and catfish. How many do you think you could catch?

Explore River Fishing at Emerald Resort & Casino.

Wall Climb

If you're in the mood for a real physical challenge, get yourself harnessed up to climb the 8m high rock wall at Emerald Resort & Casino. There are four different routes you can attempt to scale the wall, ranging from beginner to advanced difficulty. Come and test your strength, agility and perseverance here. It's a great challenge for kids and adults, so get the whole family to give it a try. You might be surprised at who reaches the top of the wall first!

Visit the Wall Climb at Emerald Resort & Casino.

River Rafting with Tapimanzi Adventures

Calling all adrenalin junkies and thrill seekers. Tapimanzi Adventures in Three Rivers, Vereeniging is the place to be this weekend/holiday season. They offer a range of exhilarating outdoor activities to get your blood pumping. Their top attraction is white river rafting - a daring and challenging activity for even the bravest outdoorsman. Join Tapimanzi Adventures for team-building days, birthdays and family vacations. You won't regret it for a minute.

Visit Tapimanzi Adventures.

Golfing

Golf is the past time of choice in the Vaal Triangle. With numerous award-winning courses situated in the area you'll be spoilt for choice. Take your pick from the area's top three golf courses - Maccauvlei Golf Course in Vereeniging, Vaal de Grace Golf Course in Parys and Emfuleni Golf Course in Vanderbijlpark. Or, give all three a try! You'll certainly leave the Vaal Triangle with a better handicap than you arrived with.

Explore Golfing in the Vaal Triangle. 

River Cruises

End off your tour of the Vaal Triangle by embarking on a leisurely boat cruise across the Vaal River. There are numerous boating companies that offer luxury trips across the river. On board you can enjoy fine dining dinners, cocktail parties and private events. The Vaal River Meander Wine Route takes place annually along the tranquil waters of the Vaal River. Book yourself a spot and come and learn all about wine tasting, pairings and palate cleansers.

Explore River Cruises in the Vaal Triangle. 

The Vaal River Meander Wine Route

You needn’t travel far outside of Johannesburg to find some truly unique entertainment experiences. Just an hour and a bit from the CBD lies a lush rural expanse that plays home to numerous outdoor adventure parks, game farms, and hiking trails. The next time you find yourself with a free weekend head out to Muldersdrift or Magaliesburg to stretch your courage and have a whole lot of fun.

What Are You Looking For?

Family-Friendly Fun
Outdoor Adventures

Family-Friendly Fun

Happy Island Waterworld

Nothing beats a day at the water park to cool off from the heat of summer. Bring the kids along to Happy Island Waterworld in Muldersdrift for an epic adventure. With over 15 slides and the biggest wave pool in Africa, this is a water park unlike any other in Gauteng. So, get on your cozzies and grab your floaties because it’s time to make a splash!

Visit Happy Island Waterworld.

Walkhaven Dog Park

Walkhaven Dog Park is one of the best outdoor spaces in Muldersdrift. If you’ve never taken your four-legged buddies for a trip to Walkhaven, now’s the time. This vast park sits on 22 hectares of land and boasts two dams perfect for a quick wash up after a roll in the mud. There is also an on-site restaurant and loads of space to set up a family-size picnic blanket.

Visit Walkhaven Dog Park.

The Cradle of Humankind

The Cradle of Humankind is undoubtedly Muldersdrift’s biggest attraction. A UNESCO world heritage site, the Cradle of Humankind is an absolute must-visit. Come and explore the state of the art Maropeng Visitor’s Centre before taking a journey back through the ages in the Sterkfontein Caves. If you’re little ones are interested in science, history, or geography, this is the perfect school holiday outing.

Visit the Cradle of Humankind.

Bothongo Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

Who knew that all it took to find the big five was a short drive to the Rhino and Lion Reserve in Muldersdrift? Take the kids on a wild adventure through the park to see how many animals they can spot. There is also a fantastic bike track and play area to keep the kids busy while you enjoy a sundowner at one of the four on-site restaurants. You’ll feel like you’ve totally escaped the city for the day.

Visit Bothongo Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve.

Ngwenya Glass Country Market

Ngwenya Glass Village is a crafter’s paradise. Their expert glass blowers use an array of recycled materials to make corporate gifts, trophies, and trinkets. The main attraction, however, is the Ngwenya Glass Country Market which takes place every Sunday. Local traders pitch up their stalls to sell a variety of arts and craft goodies, home-baked goods, preserves and much more. Bring the family for a relaxed Sunday afternoon out in the tranquil Muldersdrift countryside.

Visit Ngwenya Glass Country Market.

Outdoor Adventures

Saddle Creek Adventures

Saddle Creek Adventures is situated in the picturesque Hekpoort Valley at the foot of the Magaliesberg Mountains. Just a short 45-minute drive from Johannesburg, this is the perfect place to test your courage and get the adrenalin pumping. Saddle Creek offers horse riding, quad biking, go-karting and archery. After a long work week come and blow off some steam at Saddle Creek Adventures. They’ve got an on-site spa as well, so you can sit back and relax after all the fun.

Visit Saddle Creek Adventures.

Magaliesberg Canopy Tour

This one is for real adventure seekers. Get on your climbing gear and come explore one of the oldest mountain ranges in the world! The Magaliesberg Canopy Tour is an experience you’re not likely to forget. Featuring ten slides and eleven platforms, it’s a definite thrill. Keep an eye out for the resident Impala, Blue Wildebeest, Zebra and Duiker as you whizz down the mountainside.

Visit the Magaliesberg Canopy Tour.

Cradle Moon Lakeside Lodge

Cradle Moon Game Lodge offers a variety of outdoor activities, including game drives, guided walks, boat cruises, fly fishing and mountain biking. Whether you are a nature enthusiast or just after the thrill of an outdoor escapade, Cradle Moon is sure to have an activity to keep you entertained. Looking for a romantic weekend getaway? Cradle Moon offers hot air balloon rides, too! Book in advance to avoid missing out.

Visit Cradle Moon Lakeside Lodge.

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Photo sourced from Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge on Facebook.

View The Change In Season

Other than the sudden chill in the air and the oh-so obvious darkness in the mornings, the trees are starting to change colour and lose their leaves! From bright and vibrant green to beautiful, deep and rich shades of brown, auburn, red and orange, the city it transforming into an autumn wonderland! And what better place to view this seasonal change than by visiting one of the city's parks and taking a leisurely stroll through the leaves? Don't forget to take your phone along with you to snap a few shots for Instagram! A few parks to definitely visit during this season is the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and the Water Sisulu Botanical Gardens.

Declutter Your Wardrobe & Space

A change in season means a change in wardrobe. This is the perfect time to start packing away all those summer shorts, flowy sundresses and sandals and replace them with warm jerseys, bulky jackets and stylish boots. But while you do the wardrobe switch up, why sort through all your clothes and donate the items you no long want to the less fortunate? Not only will you be doing something kind but you'll also be making room for new seasonal fashion must-haves! We all know how cold our city can get during the chillier months, so why not do something nice and donate your old clothes and other pre-loved items you no longer need or use.

Pamper Yourself 

Now, just because you will be wearing cozy boots doesn't mean it's time to neglect the toes and not enjoy a well-deserved pedi! Any season is the right time to have a spoil and get your toes done so that they look amazing when they do come out of those new fashionable boots you bought for the upcoming chilly season. And not to worry, you don't need to bust the bank to enjoy beautiful toes! Here's a few spots in Johannesburg where you can get a pedicure for under R350!

Start Prepping Your Garden

Although we are embracing the new season and everything that comes along with it right now, there's no harm in planning and thinking ahead, especially when it comes to our gardens! It's tome to start prepping your garden for spring! To get your started and to get the best advice on what to plant when and where in your garden, visit one of the city's plant nurseries and garden centres. One garden centre we highly recommend you visit is Lifestyle Home Garden Centre in Randpark Ridge. Not only will they have plenty of inspiration for your garden, but they're also currently hosting their 2021 Lifestyle Garden Design Show.

Make Your Home Cozy

A change is as good as a holiday, so put away all of those brightly coloured scatter cushions and vibrant decor and replace them with items with a more autumn colour palette and feel. Think soft rugs on bare floors, throws over couches to cuddle in when the evenings get colder, and perhaps a little heater in the corner of your living room. But if you're looking to save on electricity during the colder months (because let's face it, we use more electricity to keep us warm during winter, resulting in sky high electric bills), then here are a few tips and easy changes to keep you warm without the heater this winter. Be sure to visit your nearest homeware stores to shop for some chilly night essentials!

Visit Joburg's Top Markets

Before the cold hits, why not enjoy the cool yet still warmer days of autumn by visiting one of the city's top markets? Not only will you get to enjoy the fresh autumn air and enjoy the scenery, but you'll also just to shop for some lovely, locally made items, tuck into some delicious season treats and even get a few steps in along the way as your wander through all of the stores. This makes for a lovely autumn day out and about in the city. We suggest a trip to the Fourways Farmers Market at Modderfontein Reserve, just 10km from Sandton.

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Image from Fourways Farmers Market.

Why Not Start A New Hobby? 

Since you will be spending a little more time indoors as the seasons change and the weather gets chillier, why not pick up on a brand-new hobby to do in the comfort of your own home? This one isn't only fun but it'll most definitely keep you warm! If you don't know how to knit, now is the chance to learn! You can make your own scarf, beanie, quilted blanket, and if you become a knitting master, even a few jerseys for you and your loved ones! Here's where you can get started on your winter knitting journey. Trust us, it's easy to start!

knitting wool in various colours with knitting needles

Catch A Movie!

A new month means there's a bunch of new movie releases at a cinema near you! So, what are you waiting for? Head to your nearest cinema, buy some snacks and a ticket to a movie of your choice and enjoy! No matter what you're in the mood for, be it something hilarious that'll leave you laughing yourself silly or something for the entire family to enjoy, you're bound to find the right movie at the cinema. Wondering what's on the big screen this April? Click here to see what films will be released throughout April 2021.

How About An Indulgent Treat?

We don't know about you, but when the colder months arrive, we're always on the hunt for something decadent and indulgent to make us feel all warm and good on the inside! A great place to start, is by visiting 27 Boxes and heading straight to X&O Patisserie for amazing cronuts that'll most definitely hit the spot! Another must-visit for sweet delights is L’atelier Bakery in Rosebank if you're looking for a taste of Paris in the heart of Joburg (their rich and oh-so decadent Chocolate Tart is a must with some coffee). And of course, let's not forget to mention the beloved Belle's Patisserie for a slice of their iconic Rainbow Cake!

You Need To Check Out The New Venue 

For a over decade, The Bioscope Independent Cinema has advertised itself as Joburg's only truly independent cinema. Situated within the heart of the Maboneng Precinct, The Bioscope has offered Jozi film fundis the very best in local and international independent cinema. Not to mention their quirky repurposed car seats and legendary combo boxes, all of which have made a trip to The Bioscope a must on city explorers' bucket lists.

The Bioscope has also been the host of many a film festival, promoting student work and independent artists throughout their 10 years in Maboneng. And, in case you missed it, in celebration of their 10th anniversary, The Bioscope has moved out of Maboneng and into a new home - 44 Stanley in Milpark!

If you have ever visited The Bioscope in Maboneng, you will know that their space has superbly limited. The move to 44 Stanley marks an evolution of the cinema, which will soon be offering bigger and better events, such as private screenings, parties and conferences.

There's A Cute Little Gift Shop!

While you're paying The Bioscope a visit, be sure to stop by their little gift shop, where you'll be able to browse and buy an assortment of trinkets and mementos. You'll be able to find an ever-growing collection of classic film posters for sale, as lets not forget to mention a special handpicked selection of cinema-themed Funkos Pops! Their sister company, Limited Edish has also set up shop too, right inside the lobby of The Bioscope.

Grab A Snack At The Bioscope Cafe

Before catching a movie, what is the one thing you do? That's right — grab a bite to eat or stock up on a few snacks to take along with you into the cinema. This is where The Bioscope Café steps in for all of your yummy and delicious needs. This café specialises in pizza and toasted panini sandwiches, perfect if you're looking to grab a full lunch or dinner before your movie. Also, they have a full bar, offering guests refreshing drinks ranging from ice-cold Slush Puppies to hot java. And best of all, no matter what you order from The Bioscope Café, you can tuck in and enjoy it inside the cinema atop the conveniently placed tables in front of you. They can also deliver food and drinks to you while you're in the cinema, so you don't have to miss a single second of the movie screening!

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It's Perfect For Date Night

Tired of the same old date night and are looking for something different to do with you sweetheart? then be sure to take a look at what The Bioscope Independent Cinema has to offer! They have just recently launched a brand-new signature event at their cinema — Date Night Movie Screenings! Each month, they will be screening a date night movie for you and your partner to enjoy together. March 2021's date night movie was Baz Luhrmann's 1996 adaption of the Shakespeare romantic tragedy, Romeo + Juliet. For the month of April, you and your significant other can watch the Beatles-inspired musical, Across The Universe (2007), on their big screen. Your R250 ticket covers you and a partner, and includes any pizza on their menu to share.

To keep up to date with the latest Date Night Movie Screenings, be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook events page of visit their website to view their current and upcoming attractions.

They Host A Variety Of Events

Other than a selection of movie screening series, such as the above-mentioned Date Night, and their Classic Movie Sundays and Classic Movie Kids, they do host some live events to keep their entertainment lineup diverse and exciting. During the month of April 2021, they're be hosting live sessions from Celeste Ntuli, Ross Learmonth and Robby Collins. There will also be some stand-up comedy a little later this month with Talk That $h!t, featuring Mojak Lehoko, Shanray Van Wyk, and Lindy Johnson.

To keep up to date with the latest live sessions and shows happening at The Bioscope Independent Cinema, be sure to keep an eye on their Facebook events page and their current and upcoming attractions page on their website.

For More Information

For more information, visit www.thebioscope.co.za.

You can also contact them on 061 900 4457 or [email protected].

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news, events, offers, information and upcoming screenings.

Please note: All Covid-19 safety protocols and precautions need to be practiced at all times. Please contact venues and organisers for further information about their safety practices and precautions, as well as entry fees. Wearing a face mask is absolutely necessary. Don’t forget to carry hand sanitiser with you and wash you hands regularly. Also note that these events may be cancelled and/or postponed at any given time. 

Click here for 2021 Easter Egg Hunts In Joburg.

Killarney Mall Feaster Market

Date: Thursday, 25 March 2021 to Thursday, 01 April 2021

There's plenty of festive fun going on at Killarney Mall this Easter! Don't miss their seven-day long eggs-travaganza! Experience and indulge in all things chocolate at their Feast Market, while also delighting your taste buds with everything from your favourite deli meats to Mediterranean cuisine with artisan breads, and a little bit of something in between. And other than all of the thrills and tasty treats, they're also giving away a Bluetooth headset and speaker sponsored by Huawei! To stand the chance of winning, all you have to do is check-in at Killarney Mall during the Feaster Market, that's it.

Junction 21 Easter Chocolate Festival

Date: Friday, 26 March 2021 to Saturday, 03 April 2021

If you're out in Boksburg during the auspicious season, then be sure not to miss out on The Junction 21 Easter Chocolate Festival at the Pepper Square Value Mall. This festive festival will have it all: top chefs demonstrating some delicious Easter Egg making and chocolate showpiece creations; a balloon sculptor and magic shows to wow the kids; plenty of delicious food to delight the taste buds; a fun-filled play area with arts and crafts to keep the little ones busy; as well as vibey and festive atmosphere. Click here to keep up to date with the latest news and information regarding this event.

Easter Market at Ludwig's Roses

Date: Friday, 02 April 2021 to Monday, 05 April 2021

How about spending your long weekend enjoying some fresh air and perhaps even stopping to smell the roses? Quite literally. Well, then be sure not to miss out on Ludwig's Roses Easter Market, out in Pretoria. They will be hosting an indoor market in the Rose Shed, which will be filled with plenty of interesting and unique stalls, featuring and displaying a wide variety of products.And best of all, entrance is free.

Easter Egg Hunts

The Virtual Easter Bunny Challenge

Date: Friday, 02 April 2021 to Monday, 05 April 2021

Stay active over the Easter weekend with the Easter Bunny Challenge! This event will having your hopping around faster than the Easter Bunny himself! Hosted by AdventureRun, the challenge will be taking place at various  AdventureParks around Pretoria, including the Big Red Barn, Busstop and Monte de Dios, perfect for a long weekend of fun and exercise. Click here to register now before it's too late! And if you're looking for some family entertainment, there will be fun for the kids and dogs who visit for the day. Spoiler: it involves hunting for Easter Eggs! Also, each of the venues mentioned have facilities and a restaurant, perfect for some post-race quality family time.

Easter Weekend Extravaganza

Date: Friday, 02 April 2021 to Monday, 05 April 2021

Treat the kiddos to a fun-filled weekend at the beautiful Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden in Roodepoort. Throughout the long weekend, they'll be hosting their Easter Weekend Extravaganza, which will be offering plenty of egg-citement for both young and the young at heart. Be the opportunity to meet the Easter Bunny, join in on all the fun with the abundance of kiddies activities and indulge in a selection of treats including candyfloss, popcorn, slushies and ice-cream. And last but certainly not least, there will be an Easter Egg hunt.

Eggs-Hilarating Easter Party at Chicago’s Piano Bar

Date: Saturday, 03 April 2021 from 18:00

This one is for the grownups! Looking for something to do over the Easter weekend? then why not book your spots at Chicago's Piano Bar's Eggs-Hilarating Easter Party? Other than fantastic live entertainment including two-piece live band and two DJs, there will also be prizes for the best dressed (think Easter colours and bunny ears), SPECKLED face paint on arrival to get you into the festive spirit, and much more. Do keep in mind that space is limited due to Covid-19 safety regulations and precautions. Bookings advised, call 063 542 2355 to book now.

Easter Market

Easter Market & Adoption Day

Date: Saturday, 03 April 2021 from 08:00 to 16:00

Make a fur-babies day and give them their fur-ever home! Visit the Critter Rescue SA Charity Shop as they host their Easter Market and Adoption Day, where you will be able to meet many of their beautiful critters who are up for adoption. Not able to adopt? That's alright, you can still spend the day enjoying a wide range of fun activities for the kids, including an Easter Egg Hunt. There will also be over 30 vendors joining this event, offering a selection of crafted trinkets and delights.

Egoli Easter Weekend Family Market

Date: Saturday, 03 April 2021 to Sunday, 04 April 2021

Head to the Egoli Waterworld & Funpark and join in on all the festive fun with their Easter Weekend Family Festival! This exciting and fun-filled event is just the thing to keep your kids entertained over the long weekend! Expect plenty of fun under the sun, including a thrilling carnival, lots of water fun to keep you cool, a lovely petting zoo, an egg-citing Easter Egg Hunt, as well as a festive market for everyone to enjoy. Click here for more information as to what will be happening at this Easter event.

Easter Local Country Faire

Date: Sunday, 04 April 2021 from 10:00 to 15:00 

Grab the family and visit Misty Hills for their Easter Local Country Faire. Being hosted on the lawns of the onsite  Carnivore Restaurant, there will be plenty of egg-citement in the air at this lovely, family-friendly market. It will be a great day out for the whole family! Spend the afternoon strolling through and shopping from some of the finest local retailers, offering a wide range of dleights including arts, crafts and delicious treats and refreshments. And to keep the children busy, there will be great kids entertainment on the day, as well as live music by talented local artists.

Easter Sunday Faire

Easter First Sunday Market at Victoria Yards

Date: Sunday, 04 April 2021 from 10:00 to 16:00

Join Victoria Yards for their April First Sunday Easter Market! This will be a fun-filled day filled with plenty of thrills for the entire family. at 11:30 sharp, the delicious Easter Egg Hunt for the kids will begin. There will also be a magic show performed by Stevie The Magician that'll wow the little ones at 13:00 on the terrace. And as for the grownups, spend the day strolling through the gardens, listening to live music, and exploring the various food and market stalls in their undercover market upstairs. Their studios will be open on the day, so be sure to play them a visit, expect art galleries, ceramists, sculptors, painters, bakers and coffee makers.

Easter Market at Black Horse Brewery

Date: Monday, 05 April 2021 from 10:00 to 16:00

Round off your long weekend with a day in the countryside at Black Horse Brewery's Easter Market. There will be plenty of entertainment that's sure to keep the whole family thrilled. You can expect everything from live music, wine, craft beer and gin for the adults to lots of great arts and crafts and activities for the kids. Also, there will be helicopter flips on the day! Entry is free.

The Joburg Zoo is open to the public seven days a week, 364 days a year – including Christmas, New Years and Easter holidays. It houses over 320 species of animals, totaling about 2 000 animals. They offer a number of different tours and you can even explore the zoo's active nightlife by taking the night tour. Bring along your family and a picnic basket, and enjoy the scenery.

They Have A Variety Of Exhibits

From feathery and scaly, to animals from Madagascar to the Amazon, you're bound to find a wide variety of strange, beautiful, unique and majestic creatures at The Joburg Zoo. Here, you'll be able to find and explore the follow exhibits:

Reptile House

Located on the Western side of the zoo, this newly built enclosure houses many species of scaly reptiles, such as the Green Mamba, the Puff Adder, and the Dwarf Crocodile. This is the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with these critters safely.

AngloGold Lion Enclosure

Experience the majesty, power and beauty of Africa's beloved lions at the Joburg Zoo. The zoo is home to 11 lions with three magnificent males and their pride females. The zoo is also home to rare white lions. You can find the AngloGold Lion Enclosure towards the war museum in the northern side of the zoo.

Madagascar Enclosure

At the Madagascar Exhibit, you'll be able to see and meet some of the worlds most interesting primates, that are only found in Madagascar. Species that you'll find at their renovated enclosures includes the Black and White Ruffed Lemur, the Crowned Lemur, the Ring-tailed Lemur, the Red Bellied Lemur, as well as the Mongoose Lemur. Visitors can find the Madagascar enclosure just off Lemur Trail, in the central areas of the zoo.

To view what other enclosures you can expect to see at the Joburg Zoo, click here

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Keep An Eye Out On Their Events

Often, the Joburg Zoo hosts a wide range of events, perfect for the entire family. From something special for mo  around Mother's Day and something to get your heart racing, to nighttime strolls through the zoo, there's something to intrigue all. Keep reading to see what sorts of events are held at the Joburg Zoo throughout the year (pandemic permitting, of course).

Mother’s Day Concert

The Joburg Zoo is known for hosting a lovely event to honour Moms everywhere! Although this event hasn't been hosted in 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic, this annual Mother's Day celebration is usually an exciting must for families. The Mother's Day Concert at Joburg Zoo brings you a fab lineup of live music performances, which are sure to delight moms and all other guests on the day. To see when the next Mother;s Day Concert will be hosted, visit their Facebook events page.

Zoo Trot

Lace up your running shoes, get active and up that heart rate with the Zoo Trot! Here, you can enjoy an early morning run around the zoo while seeing all of the interesting and unique animal residents along the way. So see when the next Zoo Trot will take place, be sure to follow the Joburg Zoo on Facebook and keep an eye out on their events page.

Open Moonlight Tour

Ever wondered what the zoo is like by night? then don't miss their Open Moonlight Tours. Experience the nocturnal animals waking up for the evening while also enjoying a lovely picnic under the stars. This is usually a lovely experience during the warmer months of spring and summer, but this event runs throughout the year. To fins out when the next one will be taking place, follow their Facebook events page.

rhinos at the zoo

School Holiday Programmes

Looking for something to keep the kids entertained during the school holidays? Then look no further than the Joburg Zoo and their exciting school holiday programmes. Every year, they host something special for the kids when school is out, ensuring they stay out of mischief while having plenty of fun. To see when the next Joburg Zoo Holiday Programme will take place, keep an eye on their Facebook events page.

Festival of Lights 

During the December festive season, the Joburg Zoo goes all out with the Christmas cheer! The zoo becomes a busy and merry destination to visit if you're looking to see some beautiful twinkling festive lights by night to get you into the holiday spirit. To find out more about this event, click here.

There's Educational Programmes

Perfect for school outings and to education the kids during the school holidays, Joburg Zoo hosts a range of education programmes that's sure to be exciting and fun.

The Zoo School programme is included in the school entrance fee of R35 (Monday to Friday) per learner and educator with bus parking at R20.

The Johannesburg Zoo-to-You is a living classroom concept, showcasing a variety of animals, birds, reptiles, insects and small mammals. The presentation is based on various topics and includes conservation, animal defense and general information on the animals and their habitats.

Click here for more information on their educational programmes.

educational programmes

Entrance Fees & Trading Hours

Here are the little details to keep in mind before you visit the zoo. From entry fees and trading times at The Joburg Zoo, we've got you covered. Don't forget to take some additional cash along to grab a few refreshments during your visit.

Entrance Fees: 

Trading Hours: 

The Joburg Zoo is open 364 days a year.

Please note: On special occasions, opening and closing times of the zoo will vary.

monument at zoo

Some Fun Facts About The Joburg Zoo

monument at zoo

For More Information

For more information about The Joburg Zoo, visit www.jhbcityparksandzoo.com.

You can also contact them on 011 646 2000 for more details.

Don't forget to follow The Joburg Zoo on their social media platforms — Facebook, Instagram and Twitter — to keep up to date with the latest news, information, events and more.

Address: Corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and Upper Park Drive, Parkview, Johannesburg.

playground at zoo

Lotto is betting on the result of the official lottery draw like SA lotto, SA Powerball and several other lotto draws available, when you are betting on lotto, you must pick the numbers that you think will be drawn and if those numbers are drawn, you will win yourself prizes. Lucky Numbers on the other hand is betting not on the actual lotto, but rather you will be betting on the outcome of the lottery draw. It is important to note that Lucky Numbers betting is hugely reliant on Lotto draws.

Despite the fact that punters may not truly understand what lucky numbers are, the popularity of lucky numbers in South Africa is amazing and that is the reason why almost all bookmakers in South Africa like Hollywoodbets Lucky Numbers and several others are offering this product. This article seeks to investigate what really makes LuckyNumbers so popular.

Opportunity To Bet On International Lotteries

If you are into betting, you will understand that it is very difficult to bet on international lotteries like the US Powerball, Megamillions and other popular international lotteries, that is where lucky numbers come in because they give you an opportunity to bet on those lotteries in a way. While it is true that when you are betting on Lucky Numbers, you wouldn't be betting on the actual lotto, at least you get the feel of betting on these lotteries.

More Betting Markets

When you bet on lucky numbers, you will have access of a number of betting markets because with lotto, you just have to predict the numbers to be drawn and you will win prizes based on the amount of numbers you would have guessed correctly, however, with lucky numbers, there are several betting markets namely; (these vary with the draw):

Set Odds

Very few people want to share money and that is the reason why people enjoy betting on lucky numbers because unlike most lotteries which are parimutuel, lucky numbers payouts are not determined by how many people win because lucky numbers uses fixed odds and therefore the payout is fixed.

Affordability

With most South African bookmakers, you will be able to place a Lucky Numbers bet for as low as R1 and this is great especially considering the financial challenges people are facing at the moment. As a result people are opting to bet on the cheaper option than betting on lotto draws even if lotto draws offer huge potential payouts.

Please note: These Mother’s Day events are valid for Mother's Day weekend 2021 ONLY. Events are subject to be cancelled/postponed/change at any time. Event dates were correct at the time of writing (April 2021). Please contact the event organisers directly for further information and confirmation. All Covid-19 safety protocols and precautions must be upheld. No mask = no entry. R.O.A.R. 

The Castle Market: Mother’s Day Edition

This Mother's Day is a little earlier than the rest of the other events, but it truly does sounds like an absolute goodie! On Sunday the 2nd of May, don't miss The Castle Market: Mother's Day Edition at Chartwell Castle. Expect everything from lovely live music, beautiful hand selection stalls showcasing a wide range of items for purchase, kids entertainment to keep the little ones busy, as well as delicious food. Now doesn't that sound like a lovely day out and about with the family?

Mother's Day Market at Country Market

Located at the Country Market at the Country Pub in Midrand, the Mother's Day Market is another early event to attend if you're looking to go all out and make the most of that special lady in your life. Join them for a wonderful day of shopping, fun and live entertainment outdoors in the fresh air. Here, you'll be able to cherry pick the perfect gift for Mom while supporting local entrepreneurs and artists. This market offer free parking and entry, and is family and pet friendly. Spend the afternoon browsing stunning stalls, unique products, and even savouring some delicious treats.

Sky Dining On Mother's Day

How about a dining experience like no other, in celebration of that wonderful motherly figure in your life? Sky Dining at Higher Ground Restaurant on the grounds of St Stithians is an absolute must if you haven't experienced it yet. Not only will you get to enjoy a delightful meal 30 some metres in the air, but you'll also get to see some of the best views of the city. You can book either a breakfast, lunch of dinner. Click here for more information and to make your booking now.

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Mother’s Day Paint Experience

Spend some quality time with mom with Lillian Gray Art School's Mother’s Day Paint Experience! Here, you and mom can spend the afternoon painting up a storm while having a blast. And best part is, you both don't need to be the reincarnation of Picasso or Van Gogh, all you have to do is pitch up, bring along a sense of humour and have some fun getting creative. Spacing for this experience is limited, so be sure to book your spots well in advance to avoid disappointment. Click here to book now. Cost includes a rose for mom, cookies, coffee, tea and all art supplies. Please note children need to be 5 years and older.

Mother's Day Family Market at The Italian Club

There is nothing more relaxing than taking a stroll through a delightful market, shopping for unique and interesting trinkets while sample some of the tasty spoils on display. Be sure to not miss the Mother's Day Family Market at The Italian Club in Bedfordview. Over the weekend, you can expect to enjoy a beautiful market in the main hall dedicated to celebrating moms everywhere. Also, Settebello will be open offering their delicious menu and bar services. Friday will be a lovely night market to start off the weekend on a high note and Saturday will be a day market, perfect for enjoying the last sunny days of summer.

Randpark Ridge Mother's Day Craft Market 

Start off your Mother's Day celebrations with a visit to Randpark Ridge Shopping Centre to stroll through their lovely Mother's Day Craft Market. You'll find a selection of handcrafted items that's both unique and interesting, some vegan skincare to add to mom's beauty regime, as well as delightful nibbles and food to indulge in. Be sure to pay them a visit and take a look at what they have in store in celebration of moms everywhere.

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Mothers Day Painting at Olive 'n Twist

Visit Olive 'n Twist this Mother's Day for their first ever dedicated event — Painting & Pizza! They will guide you through the process of painting an acrylic painting from scratch, and each person gets a delicious pizza! No artistic experience is required. What could possibly be better than having fun with mom this Mother's Day while getting a little creative? Booking is essential, click here to find out how to book now.

Mother's Day Secret Sunrise Dance

Start off your Mother's Day celebrations with something rather unique on the Killarney Mall rooftop. Don't miss out on the fun and excitement at the Mother's Day Secret Sunrise Dance. You and mom are welcome to dress up, dress down, or rock up in your pajamas, and enjoy a morning of simple dance routines that are easy to follow and make for a fun workout. Limited tickets are available, social distancing will be practiced. Your ticket will include a Mugg & Bean cappuccino and croissant.

Mother’s Day Virtual High Tea & Paint Party

Celebrate mom AND support a wonderful cause with SA Guide Dogs Association for the Blind's Mother’s Day Virtual High Tea & Paint Party. The best thing about this event is the fact that you don't need to leave home to enjoy it and have a great time. You can join in the comfort of your own home. Order for your Mother’s Day High Tea Box and have your spoils delivered straight to your door by one of their friendly S A Guide-Dogs staff (only available in Cape Town, Joburg and Pretoria). The box includes a delicious high tea, a bottle of Miss Molly bubbly, filter coffee, doggy treats for the furbabies at home, a template to create your very own Guide Dog Artwork along with step-by-step instructions, as well as the link to a follow-along online tutorial by Yaymaker on how to paint you Guide Dog Artwork.

Personalised Jewellery from Silvery

Spoil mom with a sentimental piece of jewellery from Silvery this Mother's Day! There's nothing that shows your love for your mother more than a piece of jewellery personalised just for her. It makes the gift unique and different from everything else. Take your pick from their collection of necklaces and bangles and get a special message engraved onto your chosen piece of jewellery. It could be anything from the names of her children to a special message that will mean the world to her. There's a two to three day handcrafting time (not to mention delivery time). Although orders for personalised Mother's Day pieces are now officially closed, there are still many other stunning options to gift and delight mom with!

Silvery

NetFlorist Has Great Personalised Ideas

If there is one place you need to visit for personalised gift ideas, it's definitely NetFlorist! Visit netflorist.co.za and check out all the sweet and unique options available in store (and when we say store, we mean online!) All you have to do is choose your favourite, personalise the piece with your mother's name or a special message and click "order". It's that simple. It'll be delivered right to your door, just in time for Mother's Day. We love all the personalised stationery, kitchen utensils, purses, cosmetic bags, phone coversvintage mirror vanity trays and so much more. Even better, why not create your own personalised pieces and make your own hamper? We like that idea!

Mothers Day Gifts

Photo Puzzles For Some Family Time

Why not take your favourite photo with mom or a family portrait and turn it into a photo puzzle? Not only is it something different and unique, but it's also a great way to get the family together to spend some quality time. At Puzzles 4 Africa, you can get your picture printed and cut into a 500 or 1000 piece puzzle. And once the puzzle has been completed, you can frame it and hang it up somewhere for everyone to see and admire. Definitely makes a unique alternative to the usual canvas portraits.

 

Capture Your Fondest Memories In A Photobook

Photographs hold a lot of sentiment and memories, so why not take some of mom's favourites and create her very own photobook? Basically, you're putting together a hardcover book filled with years of memories into one unique, beautiful and meaningful gift. What's not to love ? Check out Canon South Africa Photobooks - hardcover photobooks printed on 200gsm satin-coated paper for great image quality and durability with laminated, fine-art quality covers. You can also opt for a softcover photobooks printed on 150gsm satin paper stock and saddle-stitched. And the price... a lot more affordable than we thought!

Mothers Day Gifts

Gift Mom With An Unforgettable Experience 

One of the best things money can buy is the experience of a lifetime, so why not treat mom to an experience that she'll never forget? Whether she's a sports lover, a foodie, a pamper bug or a thrill seeker, Gift Experience South Africa will have just the experience for her! Choose something fun and exciting like a delectable gourmet experience, sublime spa pamper treatments and photo shoots, or fantastic adrenaline junkie experiences.

Mothers Day Gifts

Book A Family Photo Shoot

Get beautiful and professional pictures taken as a family. Not only is it a fun experience for everyone, but it's also a great way to capture those wonderful moments forever. Just think, you can use these pictures from the photo shoot to create that photo puzzle! All you have to do is find a photographer, order your photo shoot package and you're all set. We really love the look of Elke Engelbrecht's family portraits.

Mothers Day Gifts

Get Crafty With Some DIY

The beauty of a DIY gift is the fact that you put a lot of energy, love and time into creating something beautiful and thoughtful for your special mother. It definitely carries more meaning. For flowers, why not put your crafting skills to the test and make mom a bouquet of origami flowers? Best of all, they don't need water or sunlight - they last forever! Click here for a few origami flower tutorials.

Forget buying a card and rather make a special one from scratch. This is the perfect idea if you're looking to get the kids to do something for mom or grandma. Keep it simple: make one out of cardboard and decorate it with cute scrapbooking elements. Or you can go all out and add more of a creative twist to it. You can make anything from pop-ups to chandelier/hanging-type cards. If it sounds like too much admin, don't be alarmed, visit this site for ideas and how-tos.

And one last idea for good measure... and guess what, it uses photographs too! Photographs are something we all treasure. A unique gift is to make your mom picture frames to house her treasured photographs or a heartfelt letter you've written for her. For ideas and tips on how to make your own, visit this site.

Mothers Day Gifts

2021 Freedom Day Events

Although we are still within the midst of a pandemic, there are still a handful of events taking place throughout the city this Freedom Day. Even though there isn't much, you can still celebrate, commemorate and enjoy this day doing other things (which we have listed below if you're not keen on leaving the house).

Freedom Day Celebrations at The DOORS Nightclub

Date: Monday, 26 April 2021 from 15:00 – 23:30

If you enjoy your rock music, then be sure to make your way to The DOORS Nightclub in Strydom Park in Randburg for some Freedom Day Celebrations. There will be good food, pool tables where you can sink a few balls, great music by the DOORS Rock Radio DJs as well as live bands and a www.rockio.co.za stall where you can grab some band tees and merch. Be sure to book your spot for this music filled day out. Cost is R50 per person online from www.thedoors.co.za or R60 per person at the door. Enjoy a Linkin Park tribute with TRIZ & JJ, as well as performances by A Nameless Dread and Therapyne.

Freedom Day Party at Chicago's Piano Bar

Date: Monday, 26 April 2021 from 16:00

Kick off the Freedom Day fun at Chicago's Piano Bar in Randpark Ridge. Watch as their DJs battle it out on double decks in both bars. Upstairs you'll find Paul Angel VS Itz Knobby, and downstairs will be Andre VS Vern D. There will also be drink specials (but do remember to drink responsibly). And ensure that you wear your mask. Patrons not following the law will be asked to leave. No guests under the age pf 18 will be allowed.

Freedom Day Celebration at Malagueta Edenvale

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021 from 14:00 – 17:00

Join Malagueta family restaurant and lounge in Edenvale for a Freedom Day celebration! Not only will there be great food to tuck into and delight your taste buds, but there will also be lovely live music performed by talented artist, Eli Amor Ada. The first 100 guests to visit Malagueta during this afternoon celebration will receive a complimentary Castle Lite or glass of house wine. To book in advance, call them on 011 609 4910/2793 or email [email protected].

Altitude Beach

Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2021

Why not enjoy the last of the sunny days at Altitude Beach in Fourways? Enjoy the day dipping on refreshing cocktails, nibbling on some fresh sushi and enjoying some lovely sunshine while listening to the great music from a lineup of hot DJs including Focalistic, DJ Toy, Siya, Tsi Tso, DJ KaymoWorld, Mohamed, Nel, MC Zane Gulston, all hosted by Saigon. Be sure to book your spots.

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Go Out & Explore

Explore Soweto & Vilakazi Street

Take me to Soweto! You have to head to this symbol of the nation one of these good days people, especially on this special day. It is regarded as one of the most famous urban areas in Joburg and it holds a ton of our history. So, we suggest you grab the family and friends, and head to the most visited street in this urban area. We think you'll love it.

Click here to explore Soweto.

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Constitution Hill

The remnants of an old fort and holding cells for political prisoners has been turned into the domain of South Africa's Constitutional Court and proclaimed a national heritage site. Constitution Hill is in Braamfontein, just up the road from the train station, and deserves your attention. And you know what's even more exciting on this day?

Click here for more information.

Freedom Park

Though it's not in Johannesburg, it still deserves our attention – besides, Pretoria is pretty much Joburg's little brother anyway. Freedom Park celebrates South Africa's heritage as a centre of knowledge aimed at deepening the understanding of the nation. It strives to accommodate all of the country's experiences and symbols to tell one coherent story.

Click here for more information.

Please note: Lilliesleaf Farm and the Apartheid Museum are still closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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Staying In

Movie Marathon

Hollywood is in love with our stories of trials, tribulation and success. And why shouldn't they be? We've got a very rich history. Why not rent Invictus, Mandela: a Long Walk to Freedom and Cry Freedom and have yourself a little movie marathon. Don't forget the popcorn! We'll take extra butter, please.

Braai

If there is one thing which unites us more than when the Springboks win a match, it's the fact that we love our braais and make a big deal out of them. So, in spirit of Freedom Day, why not invite your buddies over and celebrate the day which shaped our nation?

Books to Read

Why not skip the movie marathon and grab one of these books for your reading pleasure: Steve Biko's I Write What I Like, Breyten Breytenbach's The Confessions of an Albino Terrorist or Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom. It's a good excuse to curl up in bed as the April weather takes a turn.

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