It’s officially 2020 and now that the festive season has come and gone, it may be quite daunting to look at the figures in your bank account. Even if you happened to have gone a little over budget in December, there are still ways to have fun in January without breaking the bank. Sure January may feel like it spreads over four months, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the rest of your summer, and you don’t have to live on tinned baked beans and water either! Here are a few frugal ways to enjoy weekends in Jozi this month.

Sylvia’s Market

If you love great street food, upbeat live music, a delicious craft brew and colourful crafts for your home and family, then Sylvia’s Market is the place to be. This pup-friendly venue boasts wide-open spaces, many stalls to choose from, shady benches under stretch tents and a fantastic play area for the little ones to enjoy. Once you have browsed the fantastic stalls, hop on over to the Bunny Hop and interact with the cute farmyard animals. Visitors are able to enter the pens and feed the rabbits, goats, pigs, ducks, and tortoises as well. If that’s not enough to get you in the Sunday chill mood, there is also a quaint nursery and restaurant for visitors to enjoy.

When: Every Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm

Where: Observatory Sports Club, Frederick Street, Observatory, JHB

Entrance Fee: Free (cover charge may apply during special events)

Hennops Hiking Trail

If getting fit is on the resolution list for 2020, then why not get in shape while admiring the beautiful landscape that Pretoria has to offer. The Hennops hiking trail boasts 11.3kms of scenic views and exciting features the whole family will love. There is a cableway across the river, an old mine, and a suspension bridge for all to enjoy. Visitors can also hire a tube and float down the river to enjoy the incredible landscape from a different perspective. There are a few hiking trails to choose from ranging from 2.5km to an impressive 10kms. The venue also offers mountain bike trails ranging from 5 to 38km as well as a thrilling off-road trail for 4×4 enthusiasts to enjoy. Take a little breather during or after the hike at the tranquil Hennops picnic spot and pool. 

When: Weekdays: 07h00 – 13h00 | Weekends and Public Holidays (November – February) 06h00 – 13h00 and 07h00 – 14h00 (March – October)

Where: Hennops Trails is located 30km from Pretoria and Fourways on Road R511 to Hartbeespoort Dam.

Entrance Fee

  • Hiking Trails – R80 for adults and R40 for children.
  • 4×4 Trails – R250 per vehicle which includes 2 persons, additional visitors will be charged R50 per adult.
  • MTB Trails – R50 for adults and R40 for children. 

Ultra Pre-Party 

What better way to get into the spirit of one of the hottest events of the year than with an amazing pre-party. The Ultra Music Festival will be kicking off on the 29th of Feb, 2020, but in the meantime, party lovers get to enjoy the anticipation with a mindblowing Ultra pre-party. Phase one tickets have gone on sale for R100 so don’t miss out on this amazing price. The line up is still to be announced but if one thing is for sure, it’s certainly going to be an amazing lineup that will keep you on the dance floor all night long! Don’t miss out, get your tickets here!

When: Friday 24 January at 20:00 until 2:00 25 January 2020

Where: Huula Beach Club, Dakota Crescent, 1419 Germiston

Entrance Fee: Phase 1 – R100 | Door Before 9 PM – R100 | Door After 10 PM – R150 

V.I.P Table Bookings – R1400 Includes:

  • Entrance for 4
  • Reserved Seating & Table
  • Premium bottles with mixes
  • Express Que

Book a shuttle for this event. 

Brookwood Estate Trout Farm

Just an hour drive from JHB, this epic picnic and fishing farm feels like you are thousands of kilometres from the city. There is a stunning picnic spot overlooking the Blaauwbank Spruit River and is perfect for swimming in during the summer months. Avid fishers can enjoy 5 stocked dams that hold some of the largest Rainbow Trout in Gauteng. The dams also house fish such as Yellows, Bass, Carp, and Bream. If you don’t own a rod, don’t worry, you can hire one at the venue for a small fee. There are tackle shops, chalets and cabins available for guests who want to spend the night. There is plenty of shade, braai’s, and magnificent views for everyone to enjoy. 

GPS Coordinates: S25′ 58.605 and E27′ 48.558 

Entrance Fee: R80 for adults and R50 for children under 12 | Contact Brookwood Estate Trout Farm to find out about mid-week specials)

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