SkyCar at Moses Mabhida stadium. Photo: File
SkyCar at Moses Mabhida stadium. Photo: File
The Table Mountain cableway.
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The Table Mountain cableway. Photo: File
(170523) -- GAUTENG, May 23, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Visitors walk past a structure displaying the origins of humankind, in Gauteng province, South Africa, May 7, 2017. The Cradle of Humankind is a paleoanthropological site about 50 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa in the Gauteng province. The Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng Exhibition Centre are situated in the Cradle of Humankind and represent one of the world's richest fossil sites. (Xinhua/Gao Yuan)
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(170523) -- GAUTENG, May 23, 2017 (Xinhua) -- Visitors walk past a structure displaying the origins of humankind, in Gauteng province, South Africa, May 7, 2017. The Cradle of Humankind is a paleoanthropological site about 50 kilometers northwest of Johannesburg, South Africa in the Gauteng province. The Sterkfontein Caves and Maropeng Exhibition Centre are situated in the Cradle of Humankind and represent one of the world's richest fossil sites. (Xinhua/Gao Yuan) Photo: File
People enjoy a ride at Gold Reef City's popular amusement park. Picture: Karen Sandison
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People enjoy a ride at Gold Reef City's popular amusement park. Picture: Karen Sandison Photo: File
Robben Island where many political prisoners were kept. Photo: Facebook
Robben Island where many political prisoners were kept. Photo: Facebook

DURBAN - As World Tourism Day is celebrated on the 27th of September, we look at the top tourist places to visit on a budget:

Moses Mabhida Stadium SkyCar:

The SkyCar gives tourists the opportunity to view the city Durban from a 106 metre vantage point. On one side of the platform at the top of the stadium, looks out to the Indian Ocean that lies along the coast of Durban and on the other side of the platform you see the bustling city of Durban.

Price: 

Adult: R60 per person

Pensioners: R55 per person

Children under 12: R30 per person

Children under 6: Free entry

Table Mountain Cableway:

While at Table Mountain there are many things to do including visiting the Table Mountain Cafe, where you can grab a bite to eat or to indulge in some retail therapy at the curios that are there. But the main attraction is the Table Mountain cableway.

It is a five minute trip to the top of the mountain with a cable car and the mountain is 1089 meters above sea level. The cableway opened in 1929 and has attracted more than 25 million people since it opened. From the top the mountain you can see a variety of sites like Clifton Beach, the Cape Town Stadium, and Robben Island.

Prices:

Adult: R255 return, R135  one way

Child (4-17): R125 return, R65 one way

SA senior citizens (Fridays only): R100 return, R53 one way

Students (Friday): R130 return, R70 one way

Sterkfontein Caves:

Situated an hour away from Johannesburg and Pretoria, the Sterkfontein Caves are known for their famous fossils and are a popular tourist destination. The caves are home to walkways and a boardwalk that gives the tourist a perfect view of the sites where the world's acclaimed fossils have been found.

Sterkfontein is a World Heritage Site and famous fossils like the “Mrs. Ples” and “Little Foot” and an almost complete Australopithecus skeleton, that dates back 3 million years, have been discovered at the caves.

Prices: 

Adults: R65

Children(4-17): R97

Children under 4: Free

Pensioners: R85, upon presentation valid SA ID

Students:R100, upon presentation of valid student card

School groups: R90


Gold Reef City:

Gold Reef City is one of Johannesburg’s top attractions with the theme park being ranked amongst the best in South Africa. The theme of the park relates to the gold rush of the Witwatersrand in the late 1800’s, which led to the founding of Johannesburg.

The park is filled with Africa’s biggest, fastest and tallest thrill rides. But there are other more tame family rides. There is also an interesting mine museum with an underground mine tour and a 4D theatre.

Prices: 

Thrill Rider, per person above 1.3m: R190

Non Riders Per person above 1.3m: R110

Per person under 1.3m: R120

Per pensioner 60+ years (incl. thrill rides if physically safe): R160

Per student, upon presentation of a valid student card: R160

Family ticket (2 Adults and 2 Children under 1.3m) This package excludes children under 3 years: R485

Children under 3 years are admitted free of charge


Robben Island

The ferry to the island is a 4 hour journey with two ferry trips. While touring the island, you can visit the Blue Stone Quarry where many political prisoners endured hard labour and were forced into building a dyke or a wall using grit, sand, and stone.

Other places are the Ou Tronk where Nelson Mandela was imprisoned for a few weeks before the Rivonia Trial and for a few weeks after the trial with the six other comrades. They stayed at the Ou Tronk until the isolation section of the Maximum Security Prison was built.

Tourists can also visit the Maximum Security Prison that was built by political and common law prisoners in 1960’s. The prisoners used materials from the Jan van Riebeeck and Bluestone quarries to build the prison. The prison held many Black Consciousness Movement and Umkhonto we Sizwe cadres. Prisoners that were also held at the prison include Nelson Mandela, Robert Sobukwe and Walter Sisulu.

Prices: 

Adults: R340 

Children under 18: R190

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