Autumn is a perfect time of year to visit the bustling city that is Johannesburg, from about March all through till May the crowds start to disappear and the weather is relatively warm and dry with the regular rain of summer gone. It’s the perfect weather for exploring the city whether inside or outside.
Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
Just 15km from Sandton lies a stunning 680 hectare nature reserve fondly named ‘The Jewel of the South”. Open 7 days a week from sunrise to sunset and with no entrance fee Klipriviersberg is the perfect spot for a hike where you can witness its abundance of indigenous flora and maybe spot a few of the resident wildlife including zebra, red hartebeest, porcupines, black wildebeest, otters, blesbok, springbok, duiker and 170 bird species. The perfect spot for a quick escape from the busy city.
The Living Room
This urban oasis is situated in an exciting up and coming creative area of Johannesburg called Maboneng. The Living Room is a unique rooftop venue that will make you feel as if you’ve been transported to a little garden in the sky with its luscious greenery and outdoor atmosphere. It’s a multi-functional space designed to incorporate the effect of plants, nutritional food, creative design and all things that bring good vibes. The rooftop offers amazing views of the city and the juxtaposition of urban planting and concrete jungle offers a unique atmosphere that peaks on a Sunday afternoon for Sundays in The Living Room where sundowners, rooftop views and a soundtrack provided by DJs make for a phenomenal end to the week.
The Market Theatre
Founded in 1976 and built up in the old Indian Fruit Market that dates back to 1913, The Market Theatre is steeped in history and has earned a reputation of being the ‘Theatre of the Struggle’ as it pushed the limits of censorship by hosting productions of protest during South Africa’s apartheid era. To this day it keeps this tradition and pushes the envelope by hosting important productions that highlight contemporary social issues. Internationally acclaimed and well known for hosting popular productions such as Sophiatown and debuting some of Athol Fugard’s dramas, The Market Theatre is the perfect spot to indulge in the arts for an evening. Find out more about what’s on here.
The Orbit Jazz Club
In the heart of Braamfontein lives a dynamic jazz club reminiscent of social clubs of bygone eras. Open from 17h30 to 01h30 and performances starting at 8pm on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 8:30pm on Friday and Saturday, and 6pm on Sunday. With an array of jazz musicians performing every night The Orbit is the perfect spot for music lovers to eat, drink and enjoy the soothing tones of incredible jazz. The bistro/bar menu caters to all needs whether a big meal or snacks and adds to the relaxed atmosphere. To find out more about upcoming performances look here. Make your bookings via firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning +27(0)11 339 6645.
Picnic at the Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
The Walter Sisulu Botanical gardens boasts a beautiful array of local Highveld grassland vegetation and is a stunning slice of peaceful paradise. At the foot of the Witpoortjie Waterfall is a perfect grassy spot for an autumn picnic. Surrounded by a mixture of rocky cliff face and lush vegetation it’s a stunning spot to spend the afternoon with the family where the kids can run wild. You may even be lucky enough to spot a pair of black eagles that are the only nesting black eagle in Johannesburg that call The Gardens home. Open daily from 08hoo to 17h00. Find out more here.