In Jozi over the festive season? 8 great things to do with the fam

From steam train rides to cooking classes for kids, there's no shortage of fun to be had in and around the City of Gold these holidays

01 December 2019 - 00:00 By Elizabeth Sleith
The Orlando Towers in Soweto.
The Orlando Towers in Soweto.
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1. BUNGEE JUMP OFF THE ORLANDO TOWERS

The colourful murals of the Orlando Towers in Soweto form the backdrop for this 100m bungee jump. A suspension bridge linking the two towers is where the jump happens, giving you incredible views of Jozi. R550 per person. See sowetotowers.co.za/bungee-jump

2. THE ANN VAN DYK CHEETAH CENTRE

Take an early morning drive out to Brits and visit the cheetahs and wild dogs and other small mammals who call the centre home. See dewildt.co.za/tours

3. GO TO THE PANTO

Jack and the Beanstalk is veteran theatre producer Janice Honeyman's annual pantomime extravaganza. At Joburg Theatre until December 22. Tickets R115 - R395. See joburgtheatre.com.

WATCH | Meet the cast of 'Jack and The Beanstalk'

4. KAMERS/MAKERS PRETORIA

The Kamers/Makers market is all about quality, ethical home-made and locally crafted products from fashion to art to food. Until December 8. Cornwall Hill College, Irene ( R70 online, R100 at the entrance). See kamersvol.com 

While you're in the area, also make time to visit the Smuts House Museum, Jan Smuts' old home. See smutshouse.co.za.

5. EXPERIENCE HISTORY

The Reality Check exhibition is an animated virtual-reality experience about Walter Sisulu, based on the sound recordings of the Rivonia Trial. Apartheid Museum, now until March 2020. R100 for adults. See apartheidmuseum.org.

6. STEAM TRAIN TO IRENE

Beat the traffic and travel on the Reefsteamers' train from Joburg to the village market at Irene on December 7 and 14. The train departs from Gautrain's Rhodesfield station at 10am, returning at around 3pm. The iron horse on both trains will be "Susan", who turned 100 this year but can gallop as fast as she did back in 1919. A family ticket for two adults and two kids over four costs R1,045. See reefsteamers.com.

7. COOKING FOR KIDS

Discovery Vitality is running a Frozen 2-themed holiday cooking camp for kids aged eight to 12. The course takes place at the Healthy Food Studio in Joburg. It's a pilot project which, if successful, will be rolled out to other cities as well. 1 Discovery Place, Sandton. December 10, R195 per person. See healthyfoodstudio.co.za.

8. JAGUAR LAND ROVER FESTIVE XL EXPERIENCE

Land Rover is offering night drives on the Kingsley Holgate Trail from December 9-15. Kids can test their off-road driving skills in one-quarter-sized electric-powered Defenders. Tickets are R1,000 and include the night drive and a family dinner for up to five people at TLC On the Track restaurant. See landrover.co.za