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Though relatively small in size, the Koppies pack quite a punch both in terms of the abundance of wildlife and in good ol' outdoor fun. There's lots of hiking to be had, plenty of plants and animals to see, and much pristine greenery to enjoy, as picnics are not permitted here. So keep to the paths to minimize your ecological footprint and commune harmoniously with nature. No dogs allowed.
Let the little ones run free at this fantastic playground and activity center located in Rosebank. Children frolic in the outdoor play area with a host of games or can create masterpieces of their own at The Artists Corner. There's a dress up area where the kids can put on interesting costumes and bring their imagination to life. The center also has a gift shop offering toys as well as costumes. A selection of cakes and light bites keeps the children as well as the parents on their toes. Facilities for hosting kids parties are available. Check website for more.
A lovely family attraction in Bloemfontein that ensures a variety of wildlife and its local habitats. Enjoy learning about our furry, feathered, and scaly friends in a picturesque environment that blurs the boundaries between human civilization and the natural world.
The Johannesburg Botanical Garden is an expansive green space that proves to be a respite to the local population in the busy city. Located close to Emmarentia Dam, the gardens pose great scenic potential. Apart from that a great variety of indigenous flora is also displayed in a well-organized manner. Of the different gardens inside The Shakespeare Garden and The Rose Garden attract most number of visitors. The large lawn area is used by local joggers and picnickers, and there might be an occasional concert as well.
Experience the forest from a whole new angle with Acrobranch, one of a number of outdoor adventure parks, which offers a number of exciting activities like canopy walks, bungee jumping and zip lines. Located in the James and Ethel Gray Park, this particular facility has one of Africa's longest zip lines which makes its way through the forested canopy of the park. Zip down the rope from tree to tree across their various zip lines or show off your climbing skills on their various obstacle courses which include everything from monkey bars to Tarzan swings. Separate obstacle courses are also available for kids and teenagers.
This corner of multi-cultural Johannesburg has, over the years, attracted immigrants from the Far East who have introduced a colourful array of restaurants and shops to the area. From hair salons to gift shops, supermarkets and grocers, Chinatown offers an exciting selection of exotic shopping alternatives to Johannesburgers. Browse around for silk purses and kimonos and be carried away to a different part of the world with the sounds of oriental languages and music. An educational experience for all children, it is also pleasurable for parents.
A veritable showcase of the horticultural industry of South Africa, this nursery is far above average. Show gardens, imported ceramics, tea gardens and restaurants as well as numerous other retail stores ensure that there is something for everyone. Wrought iron and steelwork furniture and topiary structures are always on show. This center is nirvana for anyone interested in gardening or outdoor living. A miniature farm and a playpen for the kids ensure that everyone has something to do. Train rides are also popular with the children. There is no entry fee.
Skyview Helicopter Charters allows you to charter a private helicopter to any customized location of your choosing. You could surprise a special someone with a tour of the city from a unique vantage point for a birthday or anniversary. Take a flight to a remote heritage site which can only be reached by air or fly above wild life reserves to see the famous Big Five of Africa. Promising stunning views of cities and wildlife, this is definitely one of the best ways to explore the Johannesburg region.