Maybe you’ve stopped over in Johannesburg for work, or you need a mini-vacation? Whatever the reason, there is much to be seen, done and tasted over a weekend in the City of Gold.
Johannesburg is one of our main destination stops at Mango – below is a quick guide of things to do during your weekend in Gauteng:
The restaurant not only has offerings for carnivores, but also for vegans and vegetarians. Expect fun and unique names such as New Bacon-ings, Get Keen-OA and Is It Brie You’re Looking For? Have a look at the menu and, considering the restaurant is sizzling on the Johannesburg food scene, make sure to book ahead.
Have a drink at Kolonaki. End your Friday with a drink at Kolonaki in popular 4th Avenue, Parkhurst. The Greek restaurant has an extensive cocktail, mocktail, wine, beer, spirits and coolers list. Palm fronds, cushions, wooden furniture and colourful meals bring Kolonaki alive!
Besides this being a great place to end off your Friday, you can also be thankful that the restaurant remains open during bouts of load-shedding. Cue applause for restaurants with generators! Make your booking here.
Do a Parkrun. Yes, you heard us right. We suggest you pack your takkies and work-out gear and wake up early on the Saturday for a Parkrun. This is an excellent way to meet new people, see Johannesburg on foot, and tap into the active side of the city.
There are a few options around the city to choose from, but the Delta Parkrun in Victory Park around the corner from Parkhurst winds through beautiful greenery.
As with other Parkruns around South Africa, the 5km time trial is a race against yourself. Aim to beat your previous time, or maintain your personal best. Before arriving at the event, make sure to register with Parkrun and bring your barcode to the event so it can be scanned as you run, speed-walk or stroll over the finish line.
Visit the Johannesburg Zoo. Need an activity that will keep the family busy for an afternoon? Head to the sprawling Johannesburg Zoo and see animals ranging from South African wildlife such as the black rhino and African wild dog to tigers, lemurs and gorillas.
Feeding times that visitors can observe on weekends and public holidays run from 10am to 2pm. Here’s a list:
|11am (Sundays only)||Vultures|
|11am (Saturday only)||Southern ground hornbills|
|12pm||Wild dogs and cheetahs|
The zoo has numerous activities for young and old that run throughout the day. When the sun sets over the City of Gold, many animals come alive and the zoo howls, barks and chirps with activity.
Book a Sunset Tour from 4pm to 6.30pm, a Moonlight Tour from 5.15pm to 8pm or a Night Tour from 6.15pmto 9pm. Entrance fees, beverages, parking and the tour are all included in the price. It’s essential to book a month in advance. Find more information here.
Relax by the pool: Gaining popularity on the Johannesburg scene is Altitude Beach restaurant in Fourways. The restaurant describes itself as “Joburg’s hottest premier waterfront dining and lifestyle venue this side of the equator”.
Expect lazy Sunday afternoons beside the pool. Pop in to the sushi/oyster bar, enjoy live music during lunchtime sessions or party nights, or book lunch at the main restaurant.
Take a drive out of town: If you have time on your side, drive out to the Nirox Sculpture Park, which is open to the public on Sundays from 10am. Located in the Cradle of Humankind, the 20ha park comprises landscaped gardens and waterways and is a popular venue for picnics, exhibitions and concerts.
At the time of writing, Nirox housed collections by Richard Long, Willem Boshoff, Rebecca Chesney and Priyanka Choudhary, among others. See the extensive list of artists that have been featured at Nirox here. Contact the park for more information or to make a booking for an upcoming event.