Looking for a fun time in your city for less than R150? We’ve scoured Durban, Cape Town and Joburg to find the best budget-friendly things to do this October.
Explore the Moses Mabhida Stadium
Stamford Hill, Durban
A variety of cost-effective touring opportunities are available at Moses Mabhida Stadium. We’d recommend
a ride in the SkyCar, or the Adventure Walk, both of which will take you to the top of the stadium’s 106 m-high arch.
Stadium tours: R25–R50 pp
SkyCar: R30–R60 pp
Adventure Walk: R80–R90 pp
031 322 9955
Ride on a gondola
Point Waterfront, Durban
Zulumoon Gondolas take visitors on serene trips along the Point Waterfront Canal. Your cheapest
options are a 15-minute ride in the daytime or a beautifully lit 30-minute ride at night.
Day ride: R60 pp; Night ride: R120 pp ‘Sweets in a Bottle’ day/night ride:
R280 for two people
084 730 8784/081 706 7289
Wander through Kirstenbosch garden
Rhodes Drive, Newlands
The Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden is truly one of Cape Town’s most idyllic places. Free guided tours are on offer, as are shuttle car tours at an additional fee of R75. Then there’s the Boomslang, a tree canopy walkway that winds through the garden’s arboretum.
R15–R65 per ticket
021 799 8783
Rent and ride a bike
Beach Road, Sea Point Pavilion, Sea Point
If you’d love to cycle on Sea Point Promenade but find yourself without wheels, then Up Cycles has you covered. Rent a bike for a short while (helmets and locks are at no additional cost) and ride along one of Cape Town’s most scenic strips.
One hour: R70; Two hours: R100;
Three hours: R130
074 100 9161/076 135 2223
Discover your origins
Origins Centre, Wits University, Braamfontein
A self-guided tour of the Wits Origins Centre will take you through 80 000 years of human history in Africa.
Explore rock art, ancient artefacts, and various aspects of San culture.
011 717 4700
Go rock climbing
Soweto Towers, Orlando East, Soweto
The Soweto Towers team promises plenty of outdoor thrills at what was once the Orlando Power Station, and is now a vertical adventure centre. If you’re on a budget, however, then we’d recommend braving the 25m climbing wall at this high-adrenaline spot.
R48 online, R60 onsite for groups of 10+
071 674 4343/064 681 8478
For more fun, budget-friendly activities, grab your October issue of Escapes.