How to find fun entertainment with a limited budget in the big city…

When I moved to Johannesburg last year I was all ready to enjoy the highlights that the big city had to offer. However, with a junior salary, I found that Johannesburg often offered a little more than I could afford.

With a group of friends, I set out to find some entertainment for ourselves that wouldnâ??t necessarily break our budgets.

Melville Koppies Nature Reserve

Living in Johannesburg can be tough when youâ??re used to living in large, open spaces. Sometimes you just want to get back in touch with nature. Melville Koppies Nature Reserve, which is situated close to the city centre, offers guided hikes every Saturday for R30. Melville Koppies is a Johannesburg City Heritage Site and its geology dates back three billion years.

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The guided tour includes a discussion on the vegetation of the Koppies and an exploration of the Stone and Iron Age histories of the site. 

Soweto

Soweto was a township that was built for black people during apartheid. Soweto holds so much of our apartheid history and remains one of the crucial tourist destinations for any person who would like to know more about our history. It is the birth place of the Freedom Charter, the former home of Desmond Tutu and Nelson Mandela, and the death site of Hector Pieterson.

In Soweto you can visit, for a nominal price, the Apartheid Museum, the beautiful Hector Pieterson Memorial, Kliptown, Mandelaâ??s Family Museum and Soccer City. Thereâ??s much more for you to enjoy in Soweto and it might take you a couple of trips to explore everything.

Arts on Main 

For the food and art lovers out there, Arts on Main happens every Sunday. Itâ??s situated in the Arts on Main building in the Maboneng Precinct. It offers a chilled, relaxed atmosphere to hang out with your friends, grab a quick lunch and explore some of the cool art that Johannesburg has to offer.

Neighbourgoods Market

Neighbourgoods market takes place every Saturday in the increasingly trendy area of Braamfontein. The food is gourmet and ridiculously expensive but, with a wide array of tasters on offer, you can afford to be picky about what you eat. The double-storey market has a great vibe, offering a creative space to chill with your friends on a Saturday afternoon and bump into old acquaintances.  

Nanhua Buddhist Temple

The Nanhua Buddhist Temple is a surprisingly little-known site in Gauteng. It is situated just outside Johannesburg in Bronkhortspruit.  You will have to pay for petrol and toll charges but entrance to the temple and museum is free.

Johannesburgâ??s fast-paced lifestyle can take its toll and the temple provides a refuge for some much needed tranquillity. If Buddhism is not your thing, the site is still truly one of the most beautiful places I have ever visited. It is the largest Buddhist temple in Africa and its architecture is elaborate and breathtaking.

Weekday Cocktails at The Office 

The Office is a trendy bar in Greenside which offers a wide array of delicious cocktails for half price from Monday to Thursday from 16h00-19h00.  Itâ??s a wonderful venue for a quick after-work cocktail with some friends after a long day. Make sure you try their delectable candy flip margarita! 

 

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