11 Things You Can Do in Pretoria for under R300
Ever thought it possible to have fun in Pretoria for R300 or less?
Well, here are a couple of ideas you could try out with your family, friends or on your own…
1. Carlton Café
They have delicious macadamia blondie brownies to try out. The Carlton Café hosts “Delicious The Food Shop”, where you can get all sorts of deli food and speciality food items like TWG Teas such as the: Luxury French Earl Grey, Chamomile and the Grand Wedding Tea.
Cost: About R100* for a meal and drink. Oh, be sure to make a reservation on the day that you want to visit them.
2. Camera Obscurer: Pretoria University
An awesome invention allowing you to view the whole of Pretoria as you keep changing the direction of the lenses, the view is projected in a darkened room. We suggest that you visit in the mornings to see the best views of the city centre when it’s adorned by the sunlight from the East.
The opening hours are 8am-4pm on weekdays, they are open two Saturdays a month for certain educational projects. Though entrance is free, you are encouraged to place a donation in the Science-Enza Vortex Exhibition. There is a cost for groups (This includes a science show and the hands-on exhibits in the science centre) There will be R20* for a group less than 10 and for a group that is 20+, it will be R10* per person.
3. Park Acoustics
They present live music shows which take place inside Fort Schanskop which is located on the same property as the Voortrekker Monument. The fort has great acoustics and has an astounding 360 degrees view of Pretoria. The monthly outdoor music festival takes place on the last Sunday of each month.
Tickets cost R120 online and R150* by the gate.
4. Climbing Barn
A well-established climbing spot with over 450m squared of climbing walls. It has a great atmosphere and has a range of climbers from newbies to professional climbers. No worries if you don’t have climbing gear, they do hire out gear. And they do have beginner’s classes for the inexperienced.
The day pass for adults is R70* and R60* for scholars
5. Groenkloof Park
Do you like mountain biking? Well why don’t do you do it at the Groenkloof Nature Reserve, it is the first and oldest game sanctuary in Africa. There happens to be a 20km mountain bike trail to explore and you might catch a glimpse of some curious giraffes and zebra as you tread through the reserve. Guided horse trails are also available with the minimum of 4 horses and a maximum of 6 horses. If you’re bringing along the little ones, pony trails are also available. The entrance fee is R25*. Talk about affordability and adventure.
6. Not A Dead Poetry Society
This society was established four years ago by Andries De Beer; it was formed as a casual platform for creative writers, poets, musicians, composers and songwriters to perform and network. It is now an important part of the Pretoria social network. The open mic/ poetry starts at 8 am, followed by the band than the more open mic. Entrance costs R30* and it is held at Die Proviand, every last Thursday of the month.
7. Pretoria Banting Market
The Banting Market is set in the serene and beautiful setting in the National Botanical Garden. It is one the best places to get a fix of healthy high-fat and low-carb products while taking a light stroll through the Botanical gardens. Open from 9am-1pm on the first Saturday of every month.
8. Ditsong National Museum of Natural History
If you’re a fan of museums and, of course, history, this museum is for you, it houses the famous Mrs Ples (A humanoid skull believed to represent a distant relative of all humankind) they also have specimens such as skins, mounted specimens of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, reptiles and mammals. All this view for a cost of R25* for adults and R10* for children.
9. Meet on Milner: Waterkloof
Meet on Milner is great for both children and adults. Adults can enjoy a glass of wine, with a succulent fillet steak. They have live music and a jovial atmosphere while children are entertained with various activities. You can call them on 083 627 8172 for more info or alternatively check them out on Facebook.
10. Acrobranch, Pretoria
Acrobranch is a treetop experience devoted to offering children and adults alike, a unique adventure as they move from tree to tree in exuberant green forests. They have different obstacle courses in each of their parks. Obstacle courses are made up of the incredible treetop, high ropes and tricky crossings (they have ladders, tunnels, walkways and bridges). This is a great outing for you and your children.
It costs R290* per person; you can take younger children for R80*.
11. Wonderboom Fig Tree
If you’re in touch with nature, you should go see the Wonderboom Fig Tree. The tree is over a thousand years old; it grew in such a way that that thirteen daughter trees sprung up around it forming an enormous shaded area that spans 50m that can shelter up to a thousand people. There are also fascinating Iron Age discoveries made near the tree as well as a fort for protection against the British.
The costs are as follows: Adults and children older than 13 years pay R25*, Children younger than 6 years pay R9*, pensioners pay R16* and children from 7-12 years pay R15*.
There you have it guys, your eleven reasons why you should hop on a Greyhound bus to Pretoria, and if you’re a student, why don’t you make use of Greyhound’s 5% student discount? Contact our customer care department on 011 611 8000 | 087 352 0352 to book.
*Prices mentioned in this article is subject to change.