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Posted on: Thursday, 2 May 2013

Boys’ Weekend in Johannesburg (for the active)

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Obstacles in the Trees

Obstacles in the Trees

There is so much to see and do in Johannesburg, Gauteng, that guys planning a fun weekend will have to prioritise and, maybe, make more than one weekend of it to fit it all in. In this piece, we will explore some of the options for a group of friends that wants to stay active during their time without the girls in their lives. This means fun and adventure, and will require a bit of fitness.


This is an obstacle course that is situated in the trees of James and Ethel Grey Park in Illovo. Awesome activities will test your strength, endurance and agility. The adult course includes ziplines, monkey bridges, regular bridges, and jumps that require swinging from a rope (aptly known as Tarzan Jumps). Acrobranch is open every day from 09h00 to 17h00 and has braai facilities so that you and the boys can fire up a real South African fire and enjoy meat straight off the grid after a day of fun in the trees.

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Cycling in Johannesburg

Cycling in Johannesburg

Have a good laugh as you tackle the mini golf course against the backdrop of stunning views. Whether you are accomplished golfers or first-timers, you will enjoy the combination of fun and a little competition amongst friends. Randburg is home to a mini golf course.


One of the best ways to see a destination at a comfortable pace is on a bicycle. It does not require much in the way of fitness, but is sure to get you to work up a bit of a sweat. The Mountain Bike Club of Johannesburg (situated in Irene) organises fun social rides every weekend, and welcomes visitors.

Another very cool cycling option is to explore the historical township of Soweto on a Tour de Soweto cycle trip. Lebo’s Soweto Backpackers offers visitors a guided tour of the township and an opportunity to meet the people of this enormous settlement. The tour includes visits to the Hector Pietersen Museum, a local shebeen and the homes of former-President Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Choose between a half-day tour, 2-hour tour and 4-hour tour.

SCUBA Diving

Learn to Dive

Learn to Dive

Johannesburg may not be an obvious choice for watersports (being landlocked), but Calypso Dive and Adventure Centre in Northcliff provides courses that are ideal for adventurous men wanting to be immersed in the beauty of nature. Lessons are conducted in the heated pool / aquarium. This will enable you to dive off the South African coast to enjoy the stunning marine life and Kelp forests once you are qualified.


Benoni is home to Mount Mayhem, the perfect location for sandboarding. Johannesburg is the ideal site for this adventure sport, since it boasts plenty of sand dunes of various inclines and heights. Mount Mayhem is open every weekend from 10h30 to 15h30 and will give you and the boys a great opportunity to get the adrenalin pumping. All of the equipment and training is provided for a day of awesome fun cruising down the dunes at high speed.

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After a weekend of such exciting and enjoyable activities, you and your buddies will, no doubt, be hungry and in need of an ice-cold beer. Johannesburg is the perfect destination for socialites, and offers a huge variety of places to eat, drink and relax.




Amelia Meyer


Amelia is a freelance writer and editor with a passion for all things travel-related. She is based in Knysna, but has studied, lived and travelled further afield. She studied Film, Media and Literature at the University of Cape Town. She began her solo career in the form of Voxate Writing & Editing in 2008 and loves every minute of it. Amelia believes in silver linings, lessons learnt and the responsibility to do what’s right. When she is not writing, she can frequently be found at the local animal shelter, on the bicycle trails of the nature reserves or sampling new restaurants with her family.

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