Spring is fast approaching and the weather is warming up. The trees are slowly coming back to life and the soft chirps of birds are starting to fill our ears again. Why not take advantage of this by getting out there and experiencing what nature and the great outdoors have to offer? There are a number of things to do in and around Johannesburg to get your family active.
The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens situated at the end of Malcolm Road in Roodepoort offers a great escape from the city without having to travel too far. With over 200 species of birds and over 600 naturally occurring plant species, the Botanical Gardens offers ample space to just lay down a picnic blanket with treats and let the kids run around while you get to unwind and take in the beautiful scenery around you.
Fancy a hike into history? Left untouched for hundreds of years, the Melville Koppies Nature Reserve gives you a chance to do just that. Being one of SA’s heritage sites and also the location where early Stone-Age man camped well over 100 000 years ago, this place has been left undeveloped and some of the tools and structures can still be seen today. Home to a variety of birds species, small animals, trees and flowers as well, the Koppies offer a great escape right near the city centre.
If you’re not interested in site seeing but would still like to get outside with family and feel the sun on your skin, then getting lost in the Honeydew Mazes might just be for you. The tasks and quizzes set inside the mazes are really fun and can be challenging, which allows for a little bit of that competitive factor should you choose to challenge another team.
Another great way to just hang around with your family, especially if you don’t mind doing some exercise at the same time is to take your family out to the Acrobranch Adventure Park. Make use of zip lines, nets, bridges, Tarzan swings and other obstacles to traverse from tree to tree. Perfect for both kids and adults and situated in the magical James and Ethel Grey Park in Melrose, you just can’t miss out.
Nothing brings excitement and gets the blood flowing more than seeing a wild cat face-to-face. Situated near the Cradle of Humankind area, the Lion & Safari Park gives you just that. For the brave at heart there are Lion & Wild Dog Tours, Night Feeding Tours, Cheetah and Lion Walks. For the not so brave, this facility offers a Self-Drive safari and even Giraffe feeding. They even have a kiddies play area and restaurants on site.
Spoil yourself! Spoil your family! Get out there!