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If you are an early riser you can't help but notice the cyclists, joggers and walkers moving through suburban streets. With this many days of sunshine it's no surprise that Joburgers love to be outdoors and South Africans share a strong sporting culture. If you are more of an armchair sports-person then head to What's On for the top upcoming sports events you are going to want to attend.
Adventure SportsDriving behind a mini-bus taxi, on the highway, in the rain (or being a passenger inside one for that matter) is certainly one way to set your pulse racing...but, there are a lot more fun ways to get your heart rate up in this city.
CyclingFor avid cyclists you have come to the right place, the city has a large cycling community and the surrounding area has lots of interesting cycle routes. For the ultimate cyclist's guide to the city read our feature from Crispian Olver, an environmental activist, entrepreneur, and passionate cyclist who is campaigning to make Joburg more cycling-friendly. If you are looking for cycling tours try Lebo's Soweto Backpackers or Mulaudzi ‘s Alexandra Bicycle Tours.
Wear a helmet. Try to anticipate what motorists will do, and don’t assume that they have seen you. Indicate your intentions by signalling. And, of course, always be courteous and help other cyclists.
Escape RoomsA cross between a game show and a Sherlock Holmes novel, at an 'Escape Room' you and your team are locked inside a mysterious room and tasked with solving a number of clues and puzzles to escape and complete your mission.
The escape room craze started in Japan, marketed at stressed city dwellers looking to relieve the pressures of urban life by becoming the fantasy heroes of their own real-life video game. The game has since gone global with hundreds of escape room challenges, with themes ranging from Harry Potter to Star Wars, operating in major cities around the world, including Joburg.
GolfJoburg is golfers' paradise with more golf courses in one city than probably anywhere else in the world. Just within a a 10km radius of Sandton there are 15 courses. Factor in year-round sunshine and highly competitive pricing and it's no wonder this town has a major share of golfing fanatics.
Clubs are mostly closed on a Monday and open on every other day at 06:00 or 06:30. Smart-casual golf attire is required, although you are allowed to play in shorts. Courses generally have 3 tiers of prices - members, affiliated visitors and non-affiliated visitors. Affiliation means being in possession of a South African official handicap. If you are planning on more than a couple of games during your visit, it may be worth getting an official handicap. See www.golfclub.co.za for details. A caddy is virtually always available - you’ll have to pay R15 to the caddy foundation, for his lunch and a tip, as well as the caddy fee. Usually your tip should be 50% higher than the amount the caddy master will tell you is the minimum.
Booking tee times If you have left it late try lastminutegolf.co.za for a booking.
- Copperleaf Golf and Country Estate
- Ebotse Links
- Glendower Golf Club
- Houghton Golf Club
- Huddle Park
- Observatory Golf Club
- Parkview Golf Club
- Pretoria Country Club
- Royal Johannesburg and Kensington Golf Club
- Serengeti Golf and Wildlife
- Silverlakes Golf Estate
- Sun City: Lost City and Gary Player Course
- Wanderers Golf Club
Gyms and fitness centresThe two major gym brands are Virgin Active and Planet Fitness with. Both have luxury flagship branches in Sandton and all of these gyms offer a variety of fitness and yoga classes.
Parks and Nature ReservesIn this most treed of cities there is no shortage of scenic green spaces for picnics and long walks. While generally safe it is worth being mindful by not bringing valuables, walking the paths less travelled or being in any park after dark. For a list of all the city parks see www.jhbcityparks.com.
- Delta Environmental Centre
- Garden of St Christopher
- George Hay Park
- Hennops Hiking Trail
- Hyundai Mushroom Farm Park
- James and Ethel Gray Park
- Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam
- Kingston Frost Park
- Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
- Melville Koppies Nature Reserve
- Modderfontein Reserve
- Mofolo Park
- Mulligatawny Farm
- Northcliff Ridge
- Norwood Park
- Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
- Rosefield Polo Club
- Sandton Field and Study Centre
- The Wilds
- Verity Park
- Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
- Westcliff Steps
- Zoo Lake
Running clubsJoburg has a number of running clubs – and you don’t need to be a member to join in the weekly time trials (usually 5km to 8km runs). You can find a full listing of central Gauteng clubs at runnersguide.co.za.
Good social running clubs to try include: Pirates Sports Club, the Rand Athletic Club, the Wanderers Club or Randburg Harriers. The Nike Running Club leave from the Nike store at the Zone @ Rosebank and attracts a young, fast crowd. Registration starts from 17:00 and the run usually starts by 17:30 (every Wed). Choose a 3,5km or 7km (double lap) route. For aspiring trail runners, there are weekly 5km Park Run events at parks around the city.
Sports centresJoburgers are sports mad and you can get involved in everything from 5-aside football and street basketball to action cricket and bowls.
- Action Sports
- Chinese Martial Arts and Health Centre Parkhurst
- Killarney Country Club
- Marks Park Sports Club
- Parkview Squash Club
- The Wanderers Club
SwimmingOutdoor public swimming pools are generally open between September 1 and March 31. They generally operate between 10:00–18:00 daily, providing relief from all those hours of sunshine.
- Blairgowrie Recreation Centre
- Brixton Swimming Pool
- Ellis Park Swimming Pool
- Linden Pool
- Mapungubwe Hotel pool
- Roosevelt Park Recreation Centre
- Sydenham Swimming Pool
- Verity Park Swimming Pool
- Zoo Lake Swimming Bath