What is better than a long summer holiday? A long summer holiday that doesn’t leave you broke.
Finding things to do to keep the whole family entertained can very quickly become very expensive. But it needn’t be. This year you can enjoy all the fun and all the adventure with your family without going completely broke. We’ve done a little research and found a list of things for you (and the family) under R200 in Cape Town, Durban, and Joburg (and Pretoria).
There’s the sand. There’s the water. And the best part – it’s free. Enjoy the day lounging on the beach, throwing a Frisbee, splashing in a lagoon, or playing amongst waves. Just remember your sunscreen.
There are several gardens in and around Durban, each offering their own unique experience. There are botanical gardens, Japanese garden, rose gardens, and even an amphitheatre garden. Pack a picnic and enjoy some family fun and fresh air. Do a little research on where to go, as the entrance fees at some of these gardens are free.
Put yourself in Godzilla’s shoes and visit Mini Town. This whole town is a miniature replica of Durban situated on Durban’s Golden Mile. Ticket prices range from R15 to R20.
Swim with the sharks, visit fish in the aquarium, make the most of all the water slides, or go and look at all their dangerous creatures. Young or old, they have something fun for everyone. And their prices are quite reasonable too, ranging from R45 to R199 per person.
Don’t miss out on a chance to zorb. What is zorbing, you ask? “It’s the sport of rolling downhill inside an orb, generally made of transparent plastic.” Groovyballs offers zorbing, paintball, go karting and target shooting – lots of outdoor fun for everyone to enjoy (and to blow off some steam, when tempers start rising). This also won’t cost you an arm and a leg, as prices range from R40 to R100 per person.
Once again, you can enjoy yourself and your family on the beach, for free. And during the hot Summer days, the icy water might just be what the doctor ordered to cool you down.
Take the family on a boat ride and experience the sea from a different side. You can even do some fishing (and get dinner out the way) depending on where you book.
You can’t go to the sea and not see a fish or two. So, why not visit the Two Oceans Aquarium? Ticket prices range from R60 to R125 per person, but the tickets are valid for the whole day, which means if you quickly want to grab a bite to eat before you continue your fish-explorations, you can.
Visit these breathtakingly beautiful gardens, situated on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Ticket prices range from R10 to R50 per person. They’ve also added a 130m long walkway, called Boomslang, so that you can walk above the treetops.
What better way to get some family bonding done than playing a game of paintball? Take the whole family: brothers, sisters, cousins, grandparents – the whole lot and make a day of it. Do a bit of research to find a place close to you and that can accommodate the amount of people that you want to take. Some places also offer specials for larger groups of people. Remember to ask about equipment rentals, the playing fields, and the cost of refilling your paintballs.
Located in Fourways, the crocodile and reptile park is a definite must-see. Prices range from R50 to R70 per person, and you’ll be allowed to hold a baby croc as well as other snakes and reptiles. Not to worry, as you’ll be accompanied by one of the guides working on the farm, so everything is completely safe. You can also have a bite to eat at their tea garden or pizza restaurant.
Broaden your mind with a visit to the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, in a repurposed power station. They also host different exhibits throughout the year, so make sure you visit their site to see what’s happening. Ticket prices range between R25 and R40.
The Pretoria Zoo is the largest zoo in South Africa and houses 209 different mammal species, 202 bird species, 190 fish species, 93 reptile species and more. Spending just one day there is definitely not enough – but they have cable cars, food shops, and golf carts to make your visit as comfortable as possible. Prices range from R55 to R85 per person.
Just remember, regardless of what your festive season plans are, make sure that your home insurance is always updated. And if you’re looking for more ways to save money, switch to Budget Insurance where you can save up to R420* per month, when you combine your car and home insurance.
The information provided in this article is for informational purposes only and do not constitute professional advice.
*Based on 2015 independent research conducted by KLA.