Things to do in Joburg

Written by on October 3, 2011 in Travel


A list of Family outings compiled by Muaz Mahomed in and around Jozi, with reviews, websites, entrance fees,  halaal food info etc.

No Place Address Description  Entrance Fee (Approx)  Halaal Food Comments
1 Lola Park
Apparently closed down 
152 Viewpoint Road East, Bartlett A.H, Boksburg, 1459 Theme park with rides aimed at kids upto 12 years old. Entrance fee includes  all rides R75 Kids, R60 Adults No food allowed and no halaal food available Decent place – if you don’t like crowds. Facilities have been declining over the last few years but are still of decent quality. The circus has been getting better though. The pools are not the best.
2 Lory Park 180/1 Kruger Road Animal Park, Big game, Reptiles and birds R35 Kids, Adults R55 None Mini Zoo. Feeding times are nice to see. Not a bad place
check Nanima review on lory park zoo 
President Park
3 Yeesh Woodmead and Bryanston Indoor playgym for kids upto 12 years R45 per hour per kid – No Charge for Adult None Nice but a bit pricy. quality of service and equipment is good.
(Bachoo and poiroo really enjoy it here)
4 Jimmys Jungles Shop 60, Stoneridge Centre Indoor playgym for kids upto 12 years R49 for 2 hours None Nice and cheaper than yeesh. A good place for a few hours on a sunday afternoon
5 Rhino and lion park Krugersdorp (Cradle of Humankind) /Muldersdrift Rhino and lion park. R100 adults, R70 Kids Can take food inside as well as braai areas Nice to see lion, rhino and other animals. Decent braai areas. More driving compared to lion park though. Feeding times are great
6 New Turkish Mosque Off Old Pretoria Road (Between Allandale and new road offramp)Midrand Biggest mosque in southern hemisphere- free tour. Amazing architecture Free N/a Really nice to go see. Climb up the minarets, and if you get a chance meet uncle Ali (the sponsor) – a man that will inspire you
check Nanima Review on the masjid 
7 Lion Park Cnr Malibongwe & R114 Lanseria Johannesburg South Africa Lion park, cheetas and other animals.Play with lion cubs and Giraffes. Salaah facilities behind restaurant. R130 adultds, R70 Kids – Discounts apply Can take food inside This place is an all time favourite. Sundays feeding time is great (park in the white lion enclosure during feeding time- enclosure 2). Play with the cubs and take photos with them. Feed the giraffe ( they sell food but rather take veg scraps from home- the giraffes love it). Picnic areas as well as salaah facilities
8 Footloose Trout farm William Nicol Drive, Fourways (9 kms pass monte casino) Trout fishing (take small rods or hire from them), as well as flyfishing R55 Adults, R45 Kids – plus pay for fish you catch Can take food inside as well as braai Nice place for dad and kids (mom take a book or handle the braai). Winter months are good for trout, and better to go when they stock the dams (call to find out). However, just beware that too many fish can land you with a hefty bill!
9 Santa Rama Mini Town 183 Rosettenville Rd Mini Town with Kids Kazoo (indoor Play gym). The park is in a poor condition but the indoor playgym is good- provided there are not many school kids (Bus loads) R35 Adults, Kids R30 No food allowed and no halaal food available Park is in a really poor condition compared to my young days, but the train ride is ok and the kids kazoo (indoor playgym area) is nice and good fun. just beware of bus/taxi loads of “wild” kids – they can spoil your time there
Pioneer Park
Rosettenville South East Johannesburg
10 Sci- Bono Discovery Centre Cnr Miriam Makeba and President St Science centre- decent kids outing R20 Adults, R10 Kids None Nice place for slightly bigger kids
Newtown Central Johannesburg
11 Planetarium Wits University Kids 5 and older. R17 to R30 pp None Nice place for slightly bigger kids, especially when there are special events
Yale Rd
Braamfontein Central Johannesburg
12 Gold Reef City 14 Shaft Theme Park – An all time favorite R150 Adult, R100 Kid Halaal Food available in side An all time favourite – no comment needed
Northern Parkway
Ormonde South West Johannesburg
13 JHB Zoo Jan Smuts Ave Zoo R55 Adult, Kids R35 None An all time favourite – no comment needed
Parkwood Central Johannesbur
14 Croc City Crocodile Farm Plot 59, Nietgedacht 535 See Crocodiles R55 Adult, R35 Kids Nice place, particularly feeding times
or Plot 97 R114
Nietgedacht North Johannesburg
15 Monte Casino Bird Garden Montecasino Boulevard Bird Sanctuary R38 Adult, R22 Kids None Bird park and gardens are a good outing for the family
Cnr William Nicol and Witkoppen
Fourways Johannesburg
16 Rietvlei lifestyle centre Swartkoppies Rd, Mini Zoo and picnic R25 Adults, R15 Kids, Plus R30 Car Can take food inside as well as braai Nice place for a family outing with braai
Between Alberton and Mulbarton
Alberton R554
17 Brookwood Estate Trout farm Portion 30 Farm Rietfontein Trout fishing (take small rods or hire from them), as well as flyfishing R50 Adult , R30 Kid plus pay for fish you catch Can take food inside as well as braai Although more for fly fishing, nice place as a getaway for dad and kids.
Krugersdorp Johannesburg
18 Bokkie park Southvale Rd Bunny park – including braai areas and some other animals Can take food inside as well as gas braai Nice bunny park
Boksburg East Rand/Ekurhuleni
19 Bunny Park Pretoria Road, Benoni, Johannesburg Bunny park – including braai areas and some other animals Free Can take food inside as well as gas braai Average place, nice and cheap rides as well as outing
20 Danielsrust Horse Trails Danielsrust Game Farm District (cradle of humankind at Rhino and Lion park) Horse trails R200 pp minimum age 9 and minimum 2 people N/a Horse riding can be real fun. More for bigger kids though
21 The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre – De Wildt Near Hartebeespoort Cheetah centre -runs and tours from R180 Adult, R90 per kid N/a Specialised place, but really nice if you want a close encounter with cheetas
22 Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens Gardens and park. Picnic but no braais R25 Adults, R10 Kids Can take food inside Nice outing, crowded at certain times. Perfect for a hike, no braais though
End of Malcolm Road,Poortview
Roodepoort Johannesburg
23 Gautrain JHB Train Ride Various but Marlboro to Sandton R19 per trip per person over 4 years (R38 Return), Add once off R10 for card PP. Strict no food policy Really nice for the kids, they love trains
24 Bush Babies Near Hartebeespoort Monkey Sanctuary R195 Adult, R90 Kid None Avergage place but close encounters
25 Elephant Sanctuary Near Hartebeespoort Elephant Sanctuary- Walk with Elephants R425 Adult, R295 Kid None Really nice but expensive. walk with elephants- close encounters
26 Aquadome Emerald Casino- Vanderbijlpark Indoor water resort R65 Adult, R45 Kids None, but food allowed Nice warm indoor water. Not that many slides etc though.
27 Adventure golf Greenstone (Sanridge), Randburg, Fourways and Eastgate (Park Meadows) Putt Putt 3 Games : R49 Adults and R43/R33 kids N/a All time favourite
28 Honeydew Mazes Randburg Giant mazes- good fun R80 Adult, R60 kid None but picnics allowed- no braais Nize family fun. The small kids dont really understand but have fun though
29 Wild Waters Boksburg Water resort R100 adults, R60 Kids No, But can take food inside Nice summer fun, but can get crowded on event days
30 Reef Steam Trains JHB/ Germiston Various Steam train trips Depends- see timetable. R200 Adult R140 Kids over 4 to magaliesburg No Halaal food available Really nice steam train trip to magaliesberg for lunch picnic (carry your own foods as no halaal foods there). Kids love trains
Nanima Reviews
31 Soccer City  Soweto Tour of stadium R80 p/p. Pensioners pay R70 p/p. Children under the age of 6, attend for free. A family ticket of R160 is valid for 2 adults and 3 children under the age of 16. No halaal food available – fordsburg closeby For a tour must book in advance Went to a few stadiums during world cup matches and soccer city was the most cosiest and my favourite.

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  1. zakiyya says:

    Lola Park has subsequently closed down …

  2. Yoho says:

    There has halal food in zoo

  3. luke says:

    Thanks Muaz This is highly appreciated 🙂

  4. BlueMoon Riding & Livery Stables are open right through the holiday season so come join us for pony rides, horse rides, horse riding lessons. Children’s Pony Camps in January and Adult ‘day’ camps on 26 & 27 December for those wanting to know how to care for and look after a horse of their own.

    Entrance is free, separate men’s and ladies salaah facilities available. Halaal catering included in the cost of the Pony Camps and Adult day camp.

    If you don’t want to join the Pony Camps but just want an outing you are most welcome to spend the day or part there of with us under the trees in the country air. Braai facilities for anyone wanting to just come spend the day with a picnic blanket.

    Visit our face book page or contact Aishah Hartmann for more details.

  5. Zeyn says:

    Gold Reef City, excellent but no halaal food available inside. Long ques. Free entrance if birthday.
    Montecasino bird Garden, quite good.
    Gautrain, went from Rosebank to Midrand for R27 enjoyable experience.

  6. Muaz says: – Outdoor fun, climbing, fuffi slides etc -Very nice place for the kids (3y+) and adults to have some safe fun. A bit pricey (R80+per kid & R160 per adult for around an hours+ course), but very enjoyable. Its in Melrose at the James and Ethel Grey park around the corner from Melrose Arch. Be sure to book and pay during weekdays as they generally don’t answer on weekends when its full. No Halaal foods but can picnic in the park.

    Mini Steam Trains – – mini steam train rides for kids on 1st and 3rd Sunday of each month. Cnr Louis Botha Ave and Golf Club Terrace Florida Park Johannesburg. Entrance free, rides R5 per ride. no Halaal foods but picnic area available.

  7. kabira says:

    I don’t see Jungle Rumble which is a cool indoor playground in the south of jhb. And The Apartheid Museum?

  8. Mia's Mom says:

    Awesome list – thanks guys !!
    The Brightwater Commons in Randburg is also a relaxed shopping place where kids can hang out and relax or play in the park.