Easter weekend is finally upon us. Time to bust out the hot-cross buns and pickled fish. If you’re a bit short on ideas of what to do this weekend, we have your back.
Johannesburg is busting with activity, there’s absolutely no reason to be stuck without plans this weekend. Whether you like the city spaces, a crowded event or some peace and quiet out in nature, there’s something for everyone.
Easter in Johannesburg: What to do this weekend
Visit Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
Address: Malcolm Rd, Poortview, Roodepoort
If you want to spend some fun in the sun, then the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens should be at the top of your To Do list. You can pack a picnic basket and enjoy the snacks while marvelling at the beauty of the waterfall.
Don’t forget the binoculars to get a glimpse at the Verreaux’s Eagles in their nest at the peak, or arrange to go on one of the many hiking tours. Guaranteed fun for all.
The Rand Show
Address: Nasrec Rd & Rand Show Rd, Nasrec, Johannesburg South.
Only the biggest event on the Joburg calender. Gates open at 10:00 on Friday, 19 April through to Sunday, 28 April. The lineup includes something for everyone.
This year, the Rand Show celebrates 125 years of history. Tickets can be purchased from Computicket and range from R80 for children under 17, to R150 per adult.
Some of the highlights to look for this year include the Science Tech Zone, the Zip Zap Circus, the SANDF demonstrations and the Adventure Zone.
Go to Zoo Lake
Address: Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and West World Street, Parkview, 2193.
Situated opposite the Johannesburg Zoo, the lake is an ideal spot for a family picnic or a braai. There is enough space to kick a ball around. There are also rowing boats available for hire.
In addition, the swimming pool is beautifully maintained. Visit the Coronation Fountain, a Johannesburg heritage symbol, or stop by Moyo for a bite to eat.
Bungee off the Orlando Towers
Address: Cnr Sheffield Road and Chris Hani, Orlando East, Soweto
If bungee jumping is too extreme for you, there’s also paintball, abseiling, rock climbing, and more. The Soweto Towers are open from 10:00 on public holidays but they operate on a first-come-first-serve basis.
The water towers were initially built for the Orlando Power Station but have since been decommissioned. They can be seen from kilometres away.
When visiting the towers, you can bungee jump from 100 meters or rappel down the tower’s exterior. Chaf Pozi is nearby, an on-site restaurant where you can buy shisa nyama.
Address: 73 Juta St, Johannesburg
Take a stroll through the Neighbourgoods Market, they’re open on Sunday. The Sunday Edition lineup includes Young Supreme, Luc Veermeer, Jay Me, ScottTheGirl, DJ Doowap and Rosie Parade.
The market is the ideal place to get a taste of all things Joburg – you’ll be spoiled for the choice with the variety of speciality food and drinks on offer. Enjoy the sounds, eat the food and have a merry ol’ time.