A Cheap, Easy Way to Have Fun in Joburg

This past Saturday, I was invited along with a few other bloggers and Instagrammers to spend the day having fun around Joburg. The day was sponsored by the Entertainer, and the idea was that we would go around town taking advantage of various special offers through the Entertainer app.

We participated in three different activities, none of which I had done before, and ate at two restaurants. It was one of the funnest days I have ever spent in Joburg. (This is saying something because I have spent many, many fun days in this city.)

I can’t recommend the Entertainer app highly enough, but I’ll get to that at the end of the post. First, here’s a quick recap of what we did.

9:00 am: Bounce Inc.

Bounce Inc. is a giant building in Midrand, filled with trampolines and various squishy, bouncy things that people can jump on. You pay by the hour and jump. And jump and jump.

I don’t think I need to explain why this is fun.

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I could have jumped for hours. (Photo: Deborah Rosbergen)

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I shot this photo of Deborah, who works for the Entertainer, while we were both jumping.

I jumped and laughed so hard at Bounce. I also worked up a decent sweat and left feeling like I’d had a legitimate workout. I wish I could go there every day.

10:30 am: Enmasse

I had read a few positive reviews of enmasse but really didn’t know what it was about before Saturday. “Spa” is not the right descriptor for it, nor is “massage parlour”. The website calls it a “massage concept”.

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Ready for my massage.

Here’s how it works: You show up at enmasse and change into a loose-fitting white tunic and pants. Then you go into a comfortable white cubicle with your therapist and get a Thai massage.

I know what you’re thinking, you pervert, and I assure you it’s nothing like that. Thai massage is all about stretching and pressure points; there is no oil involved and I remained clothed the whole time.

I’ve received many massages of late (see my “Four Day, Four Massages” Mauritius post). My enmasse massage was the best I’ve had. I finished it feeling like I’d just been born. It was the perfect follow-up to our jumping frenzy at Bounce.

After our massages, we enjoyed relaxing in the enmasse lounge and drinking exotic tea.

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Andrew (of we-are-awesome.com) and Lulama (Instagrammer and fashion maven at large) shoot a post-massage selfie.

1:00 pm: Le Vie En Rose

I was starved after all the jumping and massaging. Fortunately our next stop was La Vie en Rose, one of my favourite Jozi restaurants. I’ve written about Le Vie en Rose before so I won’t go into too much detail. We enjoyed a fantastic lunch in the garden.

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Parmesan-crusted salmon.

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Anna-Belle of shesaid.co.za enjoys a post-lunch cake pop.

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This, my friends, is a deep-fried Oreo. We also had a deep-fried Toblerone bar.

3:00 pm: Acrobranch

Acrobranch, I cannot believe you sat under my nose for five years before I discovered you.

Acrobranch is part of James and Ethel Gray Park in Melrose. It’s in a grove of tall trees and the trees are crisscrossed by ropes and ladders and zip-lines. There are easier courses for kids and harder courses for adults. We did the hardest course and finished with the 200-meter zip-line.

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Ready to Acrobranch.

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Acrobranch is crazy fun but the course we did is not for the faint of heart . You should be reasonably fit and not afraid of heights.

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Zaahirah from Complete Disbelief takes off on a zip-line.

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Anna-Belle looks chilled but she says she was screaming inside.

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Zaahirah just crossed between two trees while balancing on a ridiculously narrow wire. I think she is ecstatic to still be alive.

6:00 pm: Piza e Vino

Piza e Vino is a big chain restaurant. Chains aren’t normally my vibe but there are a couple of South African restaurant chains that I like. Pizza e Vino is one of them. (I included Piza e Vino in a recent “best pizza in Joburg” article that I wrote for the Johannesburg In Your Pocket Guide.)

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Pizza with zucchini, bacon, and gorgonzola from Piza e Vino.

Piza e Vino was a great way to finish our crazy day and celebrate the fact that we didn’t die at Acrobranch.

The Entertainer

Here’s how the Entertainer app works. First, you download the app onto your smartphone. You can browse the app for free but in order to take advantage of the offers you have to buy the yearly package, which costs R345 ($25). Once you’ve bought the package, which runs annually from 1 Jan. to 30 Dec., you can access buy-one-get-one-free offers at restaurants, hotels, spas, and entertainment venues all over Joburg and Pretoria. When you open the app, you can search by venue or see all the offers available in the area where you are at that particular moment.

If I had done all of these activities with Ray, and taken advantage of the buy-one-get-one-free offers at each place, Ray and I would have saved about R900 ($67). At enmasse alone we’d have saved R350, which pays for the Entertainer package in one go.

There are tons of great businesses signed up for the Entertainer, all over Joburg. Since everything we did on Saturday was in the northern suburbs, I initially assumed that most of the offers were concentrated in that area. But then I looked through the app and noticed quite a few cool offers in the Jozi CBD.

I feel like an idiot for not getting this app sooner. As someone who likes to have fun in Joburg, not using the Entertainer app is like throwing money away. If you’re a fun person (and if you’re reading this blog then I’m sure you are), get it.

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Get the Entertainer and jump like a maniac. The end.

My fun day in Joburg was courtesy of the Entertainer. Opinions expressed are my own.

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6 Comments

  • Reply Roxanne Reid September 15, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Ooh, that bouncing sounds soooo good; time to be a kid again!

    • Reply 2summers September 15, 2015 at 11:17 am

      I think they might have one in CT…If not I’m sure it’s coming soon

  • Reply Di Brown September 15, 2015 at 2:30 pm

    I want to do this whole itinerary. Great post as always Heather

    • Reply 2summers September 15, 2015 at 2:31 pm

      I wish you’d been there! You would’ve loved it.

  • Reply Sine September 16, 2015 at 5:45 am

    I’ve done Acrobranch! But never blogged about it for some reason. Or you would have known about it:-) Also, have you tried JoziX? Also a lot of fun. My favorite there was swinging from a gigantic swing like Tarzan, and trying to push people off a giant foamy beam. Fun!

  • Reply zimbo64 December 11, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    We just got this as a work gift with a VIP code! So we have Joburg, Cape Town and Durban! Yesterday we went to Bounce and I took 4 kids for the price of 2! The 2 for 1’s in Cape Town are awesome. There are many wine tasting and lots of great thing that we are going to try and do while we are there for Christmas and New Year.

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