When on holiday expenses for activities can quickly add up causing you to take a dip into your budget. This doesn’t have to be the case as the Global Travel Alliance (GTA) team has compiled a perfect guide to allow you to see amazing attractions without breaking the bank.
Whether you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, searching to meet your cultural quota fix or keen to take the entire family for a day out, we have the ideal, inexpensive itinerary for you.
Before deep-diving into these fantastic deals, we feel that given the current COVID-19 climate in the country, we encourage you to freshen up on and practice the necessary safety precautions when adventuring or travelling for the safety of you and your family.
Here are the 10 top tourist attractions in Cape Town and Johannesburg for under R150:
Cape Town has a wide variety of indoor and outdoor activities that will allow you to explore the Mother City without requiring a ton of cash at hand. These are 5 cheap, charming adventures in the City bowl and Western Cape province:
- Hike Lions Head
For travelers staying at the Fountains Hotel Cape Town, your accommodation puts you in a prime location to start your mornings off with an invigorating hike. This short hike is worth doing with the kids and dogs to all bask in 360 views of Cape Town at its peak. This hike is not only fun but completely free! It is still best to prepare before hikes, so you might want to bring snacks and a jacket along for the journey.
- Watch a movie at the Labia Theatre
Take the entire family for an evening of fun at the Labia Theatre which is the oldest independent Art-Repertory Cinema in South Africa. For R70 you could get a ticket to a variety of old classics mixed in with latest movies in this eccentric theatre. Be sure to bring some extra cash as this theatre sells popcorn, homemade delicacies, and alcohol to enhance your viewing pleasure.
- Enjoy a Waterfront Harbour cruise
For members staying at the Aha Harbour Bridge Hotel and Suites in the V & A Waterfront area, this next aqua activity will be in walking distance from your accommodation. For R50 for adults and R30 for children you could enjoy a scenic harbor cruise while learning about the history of the Cape
- Whale watch in Hermanus
If you are staying at the Whale Coast Hotel in Hermanus or enjoy a short day trip up the coast, we recommend stopping at Hermanus to spot the whales. July to September is when whales are guaranteed to be visible from a boat or free from the coastlines.
- Wine tasting in Franschhoek
The Franschhoek Valley is world renowned for being a premium wine tasting destination. For between R40 – R80 you could enjoy a mature experience of wine and gourmet foods at different tasting venues. To avoid drinking and driving we recommend staying at the lovely Protea Hotel by Marriott.
Johannesburg is the biggest city in South Africa meaning that there is so much to be explored. The sheer magnitude of the city means that there are plenty of inexpensive gems for people of all ages just waiting to be discovered. These are our top 5 budget-friendly activities in the City of Gold:
- Visit the Locrate Market
This local market is a hub where local poets, artists, designers, and chefs all congregate to share their work. Entry is free which opens some budget to buy some handmade gifts, clothing, and delicious food.
- Ride through Jozi on a bicycle
For just R50 you can rent out a bicycle to cycle the streets of Joburg. This allows you to make pitstops along the way or choose your own route for your adventure. We recommend using some money from the kitty on water, cycle snacks and maybe a cappuccino at a local café.
- Overlook the city at Melville Koppies Reserve
At this nature reserve you can see the entire northern suburbs of the city right through to Magaliesberg. This experience is completely free and is regarded as a must-see for its unique vantage point. For safety purposes it is best to gather your friends, and all make the trip up to this lookout.
- Eat at the Neighbourgoods Market
What would a trip to Jozi be without visiting the Neighbourgoods Market? This iconic market is free to enter every Saturday and offers delicious foods according to whatever your dietary needs may be. This is the ideal place to be for good food and good times!
- Climb the Orlando Towers
Thrill-seekers can test their limits by climbing the wall of the Orlando Towers for a mere R48. These distinct landmarks in Soweto will give you a view of Joburg from a completely different angle. They also offer other activities such as paintball and bungee jumping if your budget and nerves will allow.
Allow our experienced reservations team at Global Travel Alliance will be able to help you find accommodation near to these attractions. Contact us today for advice, travel specials and peace of mind when making a booking.