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Free Things To Do In Johannesburg

The biggest city in South Africa, Johannesburg (often nicknamed Joburg), is home to a plethora of fun things to do.

While it might not be as common of a holiday destination as Cape Town or Kruger National Park, Johannesburg has plenty of attractions, activities and free things to do in the city.

This guide includes a list of the best free attractions in Johannesburg, including the top museums and art galleries, as well as the best places to get a good view of the city. We’ve also included the top 10 rated paid attractions in Johannesburg too, so you can plan your ultimate trip there!

Free Attractions in Johannesburg

Top Rated Johannesburg Attractions


Northcliff Hill

For unparalleled views of Joburg, make sure to head to Northcliff Hill where you’ll be greeted by the most spectacular scenic viewpoint of the city and beyond.

Northcliff Hill is best visited at sunset, when the whole city becomes shrouded in a mystical, sunset glow.

This free attraction gets very busy at the weekend, so it’s probably best to avoid the climb on Saturdays and Sundays, and instead make your way up to...

Full-Day Pilanesberg National Park Safari from Johannesburg and Pretoria

clock Duration: 12 hours
  • This is a safari tour to Pilanesburg National park from Johannesburg and Pretoria, which gives the tourists insight into wildlife very closely
  • Tourists are transported in a comfortable air-conditioned vehicle
  • This tour is guided by a former park ranger, who makes the tour more intricate and knowledgeable
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Multiflora Flower Market

For a chance to see Africa’s largest flower market in all its glory, get up early in the morning and head to Multiflora Flower Market in Johannesburg.

Here you’ll find the biggest collection of flowers, plants and a myriad of species of flora.

It’s the perfect place in the city to head to and take some truly beautiful pictures; they’ll be so good; you’d be hard pressed not to share them with...

Full - Day Pilanesberg National Park Safari

clock Duration: 10 hours
  • This is a full day safari of Pilanesburg National Park
  • The main attraction of the tour is that the tourists get to see the Big Five
  • The park is completely safe and malaria free
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The Goodman Gallery is one of the oldest contemporary art galleries in South Africa, therefore, it’s the perfect place for art connoisseurs to visit!

It’s free to visit and wander around so you can check out top works of art from world famous artists, as well as more local talented creators too.

If the Goodman Gallery doesn’t satisfy your need for the arts, then head down the road and pay a quick visit to...

Private 3 Day Kruger Park Safari from Johannesburg

clock Duration: 3 days
  • This is a 3 day Kruger park Safari tour
  • This is a completely guided tour
  • The main attraction is the open vehicle used for the safari which makes for a more intimate connection with the wildlife
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Melville Koppies Reserve

What you need to know:

For an alternative place in the city to enjoy some of the best views of Johannesburg, hike up to the top of Melville Koppies Reserve.

While it’s not the easiest trek to the top, it’s still worth it for the stunning views of the Joburg skyline below.

Kids will love running through the long grass with wild abandonment, and you can keep an eye on them while admiring the...

Johannesburg City , Apartheid Museum And Soweto Tour Including light lunch

clock Duration: 8 hours
  • From your hotel, your guide will take you on a journey of discovering and understanding the lives and times in the City of gold , Soweto Township pas and present. We shall witness the story of Africa;s largest , most vibrant and mythical township called Soweto. A visit to the Apartheid Museum , where the will illustrate the rise and fall of...read more

Zoo Lake

What youneed to know:

For a more peaceful and tranquil side of Johannesburg, pay a visit to the beatific Zoo Lake where you’ll enjoy spectacular views over the water and plenty of open space for an afternoon stroll.

You can even take a boat ride out across the Lake to soak up even more of the loveliness that it has to offer.

If you still didn’t get your fill of art at the...

Innercity Walking Tour

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  • The Inner City Urban Hiking Tour combines walking and the use of safe public transport to provide a structured tour of the City’s best kept secrets. The tour passes some of the City’s most magnificent heritage sites, offering a complete cultural mix and in doing so, exposes parts of the city that most people are reluctant to...read more

James Hall Transport Museum

The James Hall Transport Museum is the largest transport museum in the whole of Africa, so it’s the perfect day out to add to your Johannesburg itinerary!

Car fanatics, and in particular, antique car lovers, are sure to enjoy a trip to the James Hall Transport Museum.

Full of old, classic vehicles, including cars, motorbikes, steam engines and carriages, this free attraction in Johannesburg is truly one of a...

The Windybrow Heritage Tour

clock Duration: 1 hour
  • The Windybrow is a heritage site not to be missed while in Johannesburg!

    The Windybrow Centre of the Arts (also known as the Windybrow Theatre) is one of the oldest buildings in Johannesburg. Being over 120 years old, the building has one of South Africa’s unique stories. Starting off as a family mansion that appeared in 1979 edition of...read more

Neighbourgoods Market

What you need to know:

If you want the chance to soak up some truly quintessentially African culture in Johannesburg, then make sure to add the Neighbourgoods Market to your travel itinerary.

Without a doubt one of the best free activities in Johannesburg, you’ll get the chance to wander around the dozens of market stalls where local vendors sell everything from fresh produce to flowers to treasures and...

The Cradle of Humankind Experience

clock Duration: 7 to 30 mi
  • Being a Member and an Ambassador at the Cradle, we are fully qualified to offer this experience! We guarantee customer satisfaction during the this...read more

Constitution Hill

What youneed to know:

Another place in Johannesburg that’s perfect for history buffs is Constitution Hill.

Here you’ll find the Constitutional Court of South Africa; where some of the country’s biggest and most important political decisions have been made.

There’s also an old fort that you can walk around, as well as some remnants of an old prison cell block that...

Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre

clock Duration: 4 to 5 hou
  • Cheetahs are the fastest land animal in the world. They are also one of the most endangered big cats due to, among other factors, loss of habitat.

    The Ann van Dyk Cheetah Centre (formerly De Wildt Cheetah Centre) prides itself on its proactive approach to the research and conservation of these beautiful animals. Daily guided tours take...read more

Museum Africa

If you want to experience a true Johannesburg gem and visit a museum that proudly houses African influenced art, made by Africans, for the citizens of Africa, then look no further than Museum Africa.

It’s a place that takes great pride in its work and shows a national appreciation for the country of South Africa.

It’s a truly astounding place to visit in Johannesburg and culture lovers and art fanatics will...

Apartheid Museum

clock Duration: 3 to 4 hou
  • Situated within the Gold Reef City complex, the Apartheid Museum takes visitors into the dark heart of South Africa’s past.

    Opened in 2001, this one-of-a-kind museum documents the rise and fall of Apartheid. Exhibits including film footage, photographs and artefacts take visitors on a dramatic and emotionally charged journey from...read more

Nan Hua Buddhist temple

Open every day of the week apart from Mondays, the Nan Hua Buddhist Temple is the largest Buddhist Temple in the whole of Africa.

You don’t have to be religious or spiritual in any way to find Nan Hua beautiful or interesting and it’s a place that you’ll definitely want to visit while in Johannesburg.

Unfortunately, there is a ban on photography that’s often enforced within the temple grounds, but even if...

Canopy City Tours

clock Duration: 6 to 8 hou
  • Description
    Between the Hartbeespoort and Rustenburg lies the 120km Magaliesburg mountain range (the oldest mountain range estimated to be 2500 million years old) and a breath-taking scenery less than 2hours drive from Johannesburg.

    If you are a fan of heights, then this is a tour you do not want to miss as zip lining is the order of the...read more
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FAQs about Free Things to Do in Johannesburg

There are many things you can do for free in Johannesburg like booking free entry into some Johannesburg museums, joining locals to do some free activities and others. This allows you to have fun and relax on a budget or save for further experiences on your trip.

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