Don’t be a prisoner within your four walls because you’re under the illusion that you’re too broke to go anywhere! There’s a whole range of activities out there, get out and live and do it all for under R200!

Enjoy a mouth watering Thai meal

Phone a friend, be daring and try something new, if you’ve never indulged in truly mouth watering Thai experience, there are numerous restaurants cooking up delicious meals for under R200. One is ‘2 Thai 4’ where you can decide from a variations of Thai soups, main courses comprising, amongst others, Chicken Satay, deep-fried pork ribs or fish cakes with a difference that are deep fried and spicy, not to mention the Queen Prawns in coconut milk with red curry and satisfy your sweet tooth with rice and mango with coconut milk to end off a great economical evening. ‘2 Thai 4’ are located in Illova.

Choice for Eastern cuisine in Kempton Park

Another choice for Eastern cuisine in Kempton Park is ‘Fu Li Hua Asian Cuisine’ located at Emperor’s Palace, one the largest Chinese restaurants in South Africa and serving satisfied customers since 2000 says it all! ‘Fu Li Hua Asian Cuisine’ cooks up a variety of authentic dishes from Singapore, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.

Morningside get to the Gwefey Asian Cuisine

If you’re in Morningside get to the ‘Gwefey Asian Cuisine’ an upmarket, trendy restaurant where you can order a starter platter and try out bite-sized pieces comprising duck wraps, fish cakes or the King Prawn tempura. You may have a problem deciding on your main meal with delectable dishes like Peppered Steak in Black Bean Sauce, Crusted Tuna, Thai Curry Prawns and if you’re into Sushi, order a platter with virtually everything you crave on one plate!

Go to Headquarters Restaurant & Bar in Sandton, if you love meat

If it’s a good piece of meat your body desires the ‘Headquarters Restaurant and Bar’ in Sandton is your answer with meat being their main focus. On the menu is their popular ‘salad, sirloin and chips’, made up of an iceberg lettuce base, parmesan shavings and pine nuts covered with a drizzling of mustard vinaigrette, free-range sirloin (from Namibia and Botswana) covered with HQ’s signature ‘Café de Paris butter’ and double fried, crispy, light salted chips. A great price from R101 to R200 for a superb steak that will see you returning again!

Experience high tea & biltong & peppadew tartlet

Take a drive to ‘Rosemary Hill Farm’ only 20 minutes from Menlyn and eight minutes from Silver Lakes (N4 east, Boschkop exit) for High Tea and experience your first ever biltong and peppadew tartlet or a salmon crumpet with crème fraiche or just dig right into something decadent and sweet. Booking is essential with tea being served only on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays.

Get to Sandhurst’s ‘Art Afrique

Exercise your legs and eyes and get to Sandhurst’s ‘Art Afrique’ where you can meet and chat with over 50 artists displaying their works. Take a daily Art tour through three of the Legacy Group hotels that house some of the finest collections of South African art. So popular, booking for this tour is essential.

You’ve always had a creative streak in you but the thought of taking on an art course is just too daunting, ‘Artjamming’ is your solution where you won’t feel intimidated. Based at the Blubird Shopping Centre off Corlett Drive in Sandton, for your entrance fee you’ll be provided with a blank piece of canvas to splash on, sponge or spray colours in any manner that your heart desires, you may just be the next Picasso!

City tour in an open-top double-decker bus

Take advantage while enlightening yourself at the same time and treat your visitor to the very popular ‘Red City Tour and Soweto Combo Tour’ in an open-top double-decker bus departing from the Gautrain Park Station in Braamfontein travelling in a circular route with 11 bus stops where you can get off and back on again in your own time. Get a bird’s eye-view of the city from the ‘Roof of Africa’ at the Carlton Centre and if the heat’s getting a bit much, get off at the ‘World of Beer’ to quench your thirst. Safe and reliable, this service operates from 09h00 every day, all day.

Go to the Gold Reef City Theme Park

A load of fun and especially a good stress releaser is ‘Gold Reef City Theme Park’ where you can scream your heart out from a 30 exhilarating rides, take in the only 4D theatre in Africa and a ‘Heritage Tour’ (all about Jo’burg’s gold), stop for a refreshment or bite at one of many restaurants and view Tribal Dancers.

Visit Soweto

The majority of overseas visitors want to experience the pulsating energy of Soweto, the largest township in South Africa with over two million inhabitants, rich in history and culture it was developed for black people under the apartheid regime. There are numerous Soweto day trips to choose from and well priced.

Take a tour of ‘Jacaranda City’, Pretoria

Impress your visitor with a day tour of ‘Jacaranda City’, the city of Pretoria, well known for many years for its street lined trees covered with eye-catching purple flowers. One of three capitals in the country, Pretoria has many old buildings, museums and of course the famous Union Building and Voortrekker Monument and many more for anyone interested in history.

For adventure seekers wanting to escape the city and suburbia, there’s something for everyone from hiking, water skiing, boating plus much more and all reasonably priced.

It’s advisable to check on prices, bookings and time schedules to avoid disappointment.

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