Parks, Sports & Outdoors

Parks, Sport and Outdoors


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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 Sports

Driving 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.


For 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 Cycology (for electric bikes), Lebo's Soweto Backpackers or Mulaudzi ‘s Alexandra Bicycle Tours.

Safety tips
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 Rooms

A 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.

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