Holidaying with teenagers can be tricky but fortunately Joburg has plenty of activities to satisfy any demands. Whether you are spending one day or a few, we have put together a crowd-pleasing itinerary.
Start the day in Rosebank with hot chocolate at Motherland Coffee Company in The Zone. There's free wifi so the teens can get in that all-essential online time. Shop for souvenirs at Rosebank Art and Craft Market before catching the Gautrain to Park Station to board the open-top City Sightseeing Bus. For a panoramic city view, get off at the Carlton Centre and ride the lift to the 50th floor Roof of Africa.
Hop off the bus at Main Street in historic Marshalltown to visit Chancellor House, once Nelson Mandela’s legal practice, and the impressive Shadowboxing statue, a perfect selfie stop.Do a graffiti walking tour with Past Experiences (advance bookings required).
At The Zone@Rosebank, the pizza-pasta menu at Piza e Vino will please everyone, after dinner compete to win at The Fun Company’s bowling alley (also located in The Zone@Rosebank).
Eat breakfast al fresco at Salvationcafe in 44 Stanley, a boutique complex of 1930s industrial buildings. Head to Soweto for a cycling tour with Lebo’s Soweto Bicycle Tours. Learn about the township’s 1976 youth uprising at Hector Pieterson Memorial, meet the locals and round off with a homemade bunny chow and a rest in the hammock at Lebo’s Outdoor Restaurant.
Soweto’s iconic Orlando cooling towers are a hub for thrill-seekers. Daredevil teenagers might insist on a bungee jump or a tower swing and nearby at Soweto Outdoor Adventures you can try rock climbing, go-karting and paintballing. Back in Joburg stop in at Melville’s 27 Boxes, a shopping centre made from shipping containers, for Paul’s Homemade Icecream and cool locally made gift items and clothing.
For a lively family dinner of traditional Greek fare book a table at Greek taverna Parea. Afterwards treat the family to a night at the theatre or a comedy show.
Start the day with breakfast croissants at Fournos bakery and also pick up some deli goodies for an afternoon picnic. A 40-minute drive north is the Unesco-protected Cradle of Humankind, where you can tour the Sterkfontein Caves to learn about our earliest ancestors.
Enjoy a lazy picnic and a walk through the magnificent Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens. Follow one of the hiking trails and look out for rare black eagles. Back in Joburg the teens will love Acrobranch aerial adventure obstacle course in James and Ethel Gray Park.
Dine at the African-themed Moyo restaurant in nearby Melrose Arch. Choose from typical South African grilled items, or exotic specialities such as crocodile pie or mopani worms. Afterwards drop the kids off to enjoy the latest blockbuster in style at Ster-Kinekor Prestige cinema in The Zone@Rosebank while you relax over whisky and jazz at Katzy’s bar around the corner.