How to spring when your bank balance doesn’t bling

Illustration: Lene Stroebel

If you are anything like the current temperatures in Pretoria, then you didn’t get the memo that spring will have sprung on 7 September. Perhaps you don’t want to spend your Spring Day with the rest of the student population, or maybe your bank balance is as empty as Springboks on a Tuesday night, but fear not, because help is on the way. Whatever your cup of tea, there is something out there for you.

If you usually spend your days cooped up in a student flat, then you might want to visit Pretoria’s National Botanical Gardens. The entrance fee will set you back R30 (or R18 on the presentation of a valid student card). All you need to bring along is a blanket, some snacks and a camera to capture your Spring Day memories. Just remember to clean up your picnic site before you head home. No one likes a litter bug.

If you’re searching for a garden that’s even further away from the student hub of Hatfield, stop by the Austin Roberts Bird Sanctuary and spend the day with South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane. The entrance to the park is free but a guided walk will set you back R55.

St Lorient’s annual Rooftop Sculpture Exhibition is taking place until the end of September. This is an unconventional way to spend Spring Day if you’re trying to spend it indoors. The exhibition takes place atop the roof of the art building next to the Brooklyn circle.

No matter what time of the day or night a picnic at the Union Buildings is a sure-fire way to impress your spring date or take some time off from the rest of the world. Revel in the architecturally impressive buildings, the striking gardens or indulge in a bit of nostalgia at the foot of the Madiba statue with your picnic basket and sun cream in tow.

However, if at the end of the day you’re feeling generous then head down to Aandklas for the Barbosa experience. Aandklas is running drink specials all night to ensure your budget stays on track, and entrance to the event is R20.

Written by: Carolyn Hughes

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