The sophisticated, historical nature of Pretoria belies a fun, family-friendly city that offers an incredible variety of interesting indoor and outdoor activities. Voted by the Telegraph newspaper as the 11th cheapest city worldwide for 2017, visitors and residents will find some really great entertainment in this creative hub, all for under R50. Here are 10 of the best.
Pretoria Entertainment for under R50
1. National Botanical Gardens Parkrun
If you’re looking to get a bit of exercise while enjoying the natural beauty of Pretoria, then take advantage of the free 5km parkrun which takes place every Saturday at the gorgeous Pretoria National Botanical Gardens at 8am. Runners and walkers can sign up at www.parkrun.co.za/register/ ahead of the run for a barcode which allows free entrance into the gardens. Participants also meet up for a post-run coffee.
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2. Picnic in the Gardens
While a run is fine for some, others might prefer a more leisurely picnic among the flowers of the Pretoria National Botanical Gardens, or a walk to the beautiful waterfall. Entrance is free for children under six years, and senior citizens. The cost is R33 for adults and R20 for students. Entrance on Tuesdays if free for all.
3. Montana Family Market
For the minimal cost of R2 entrance, visitors to the expansive Montana Family Market will get to enjoy a full day of shopping, live music on the weekend and children’s entertainment. Situated in the heart of Montana, this permanent and unique market-style shopping complex offers a diverse shopping experience through its 500 stalls which sell everything from electronics and appliances to accessories, children’s toys and everything in between.
4. Groenkloof Nature Reserve
Catch a glimpse of some friendly giraffes and zebras while hiking or cycling through Groenkloof Nature Reserve, one of the oldest nature reserves in the country. For those who prefer horseback, there are guided horse trails for a minimum of four, maximum of six with pony trails available for children. The cost is R25 for entrance with the reserve open to day visitors from 5.30am to 7pm in summer and 7am to 6pm in winter.
5. Look through the Camera Obscura
Pretoria University’s Camera Obscura will give you an incredible view of the city with sightings as far as the Magaliesberg on clear days. The entrance for viewing is free, although a donation to the Science-Enza Vortex Donation Exhibit is encouraged. Opening hours are 8am to 4pm weekdays.
6. Live Music at Montana Family Market
For just R2 entry you can enjoy live music from artists such as Priscilla Smith, Karlien Husselman, Jennifer Zamudio, Rymstoff, EON Groep, Charlene and more. Every weekend there is a new live musical act to enjoy and plenty to keep the kids entertained. There are also plenty of food and drink stalls so this is a really fantastic and affordable way to spend the weekend.
6. Visit the 1000-year-old Wonderboom fig tree
Growing from an original 13 daughter trees, this 1000-year-old wonder of nature spans 50 metres with a height of 23 metres and can shelter up to 1 000 people. It rests within the Wonderboom Nature Reserve and a number of iron-age discoveries have also been made in this area. Entrance is R25 for 13 years and older, R15 for children aged 7 to 12 and R9 for children younger than 6 years. Pensioners pay R16 entrance. The reserve is open from 7am to 4pm in winter and 7am to 6pm in summer.
7. Picnic in front of the Union Buildings
Enjoy the beauty of Pretoria’s outdoors while taking in some of its glorious history by having a picnic in front of the iconic Union Buildings. There is no charge and visitors are also encouraged to visit the incredible 9m stature of Nelson Mandela.
8. Visit Rietvlei Game Reserve
Rietvlei Game Reserve, which is the largest reserve within city borders worldwide, has a variety of game including rhinos. Visitors can make use of the riverside picnic area, spot feathered friends at the birdhide, or enjoy a bite to eat at the café. Entrance is R45 for adults, R25 for 6 to 16 years or pensioners, and R5 for children under 6. Summer hours are 5.30am to 5pm and winter is 6am to 4pm.
9. Visit Mr or Mrs Ples
Take in some seriously interesting history at the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History where you will get the chance to visit Mr or Mrs Ples, the most complete examples of pre-human skulls every discovered. Entrance to the museum is R25 for adults and R10 for children, open from 8am to 4pm daily.
10. A day of Kids Activities
For just R2 entrance at Montana Family Market you will be able to keep your kids entertained with endless activities such as Candle Making (R10), Putt-putt (R10) and Paintball (R10), Calendar making, colouring in competitions and more. The most exciting however is the brilliantly run Holiday Art Program which runs from the 11-22 December between 11 and 1pm and is suitable for kids between the ages of 5-12. Let your kids have a ball getting their creative juices going.
Check out more fun activities for under R50 by visiting Montana Family Market in Pretoria. Situated on the corner of Enkeldoorn Avenue and Sefako Makgatho Drive, Pretoria, just across from Kolonnade Mall, Montana Family Market is a diverse shopping experience promising family fun. Pop in for a quick shop and bite to eat or stay for a full day of family fun at one of Pretoria’s best markets.