Free things to do on your birthday across South Africa

February 27, 2024

Take advantage of a little me-time and treat yourself to the greatest birthday freebies South Africa has to offer! Whether you’re taking the cableway up Table Mountain or watching silver-screen magic under the stars, enjoy a budget-friendly week of sights and thrills to celebrate your birthday.

Free things to do on your birthday across South Africa:

1. Table Mountain Aerial Cableway

Whether you’re a local or a visitor, ascending the Table Mountain Aerial Cableway is always a delightful experience. While it may not be budget-friendly for locals at R420 per adult for a morning departure, there’s a silver lining – once a year, you get to enjoy the ride for free.

During the entire calendar month of your birthday, you can present your proof of ID and receive a complimentary return ticket to the summit. The beauty of this offer is that you can use the free birthday ticket on any day within that month, even if it precedes your actual birthdate. Unfortunately, this birthday perk is exclusive to South Africans. Additionally, it’s important to note that children must accompany an adult when redeeming their birthday tickets, and the complimentary ticket is valid solely for the individual celebrating their birthday.

Address: Tafelberg Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001


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2. Harties Cableway

Why not savour breathtaking views from exhilarating heights at Harties Cableway on your birthday? Simply bring your ID to confirm your special day, and you’ll receive a complimentary cable car ride! It’s a delightful way to start your birthday on a high note. Once you reach the summit, you’ll discover a host of other adventures and attractions to ensure your visit is truly memorable.

Address: Plot 3, Melodie Melodie Agricultural Holdings, Hartbeespoort, 0260


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3. Two Oceans Aquarium

Residents can enjoy special perks at the Two Oceans Aquarium in the V&A Waterfront, receiving complimentary admission on their birthday and the subsequent six days. Regrettably, this offer is exclusive to South African residents and is not extended to tourists.

To claim the free ticket, the birthday celebrant needs to visit the Aquarium’s ticket office, presenting valid proof of identification. This offer is applicable to individuals aged four and above. It’s important to note that tickets cannot be obtained in advance and must be utilised on the same day they are collected.

Address: Dock Rd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002

4. Gold Reef City Theme Park

Celebrate your birthday at the always-popular and adventure-packed Gold Reef City Theme Park! Secure your group’s tickets online and bring proof of your birthday, such as your ID or driver’s license. Immerse yourself in the joy of over 50 thrilling rides and attractions on your special day.

In the event that your birthday coincides with a closed day for the theme park (currently Monday to Wednesday), take advantage of the free birthday entry offer by visiting on the closest Sunday to your birthdate. Please note that this offer is valid exclusively for the nearest Sunday. While no prior online booking is necessary for the birthday person, it is essential for family and friends accompanying you on the day.

Address: Northern Pkwy & Data Cres, Johannesburg, 2159


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5. The Cape Wheel

Perched in its new position with a scenic backdrop of Granger Bay, the Cape Wheel offers mesmerizing vistas of the Waterfront, city center, and Table Mountain. Complete the straightforward online form, and upon your birthday, receive a complimentary ride voucher valid for the next 30 days. Just print out the voucher and, along with proof of ID, present it at the Cape Wheel ticket booth.

In case you miss the advance sign-up, fret not. On your actual birthday, you can effortlessly show up with proof of ID to redeem your free ride.

Address: The Lawns, Breakwater Blvd, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001


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6. Bothongo Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve

On your special day, Bothongo Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve are offering you the present of adventure with a free Self-Drive experience at the reserve! The complimentary entry ticket is applicable solely on your birthday, so remember to bring your ID for ticket validation.

Address: 520 Kromdraai Road, Kromdraai, Krugersdorp, 1739

7. Ster-Kinekor Movie

While there’s a bit of administrative work involved, if you’re a movie enthusiast, the effort is worthwhile to snag your complimentary movie ticket at Ster-Kinekor Theatres. To get started, you’ll need to apply (at no cost) and become a member of the SK Club, which you can do here.

After a few simple clicks, you can then login online or drop by your nearest Ster-Kinekor box office to claim a free 2D or 3D birthday movie ticket. Keep in mind that the ticket is only valid for movies released a week before and up to seven days after your birthday.

Address: Branches across South Africa

8. SKY-HI Ride

Conquer a 35-meter tall tower! Experience a free-fall at nearly 100 km/h. Endure 4Gs of force on your body. If these numbers don’t deter you from the exhilarating SKY-HI Ride atop the Hotel Sky in downtown Cape Town, then seize the opportunity to claim your complimentary birthday ticket for this unique ride, the only one of its kind in Africa.

To secure your free ticket, make an online reservation using this link. Fortunately, the ticket is valid for any day throughout the month of your birthday.

Address: 28th Floor, Hotel Sky, 9 Lower Long St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8001


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9. Galileo Open-Air Cinema

This outdoor cinematic experience, widely embraced throughout Cape Town, features screenings at selected venues in the city and across the Cape Winelands.

During the Galileo summer season, spanning from November to April, you can avail yourself of the Galileo Birthday Special within your birthday week, commencing on a Monday and concluding on a Sunday. Simply present proof of ID or birth during your Birthday Week at the entrance to enjoy complimentary entry, a backrest, and a blanket.

Even if a show is sold out, Galileo ensures accommodation for the birthday person. However, individuals accompanying the celebrant are advised to pre-book tickets to avoid disappointment, as no on-site sales are permitted when a show is sold out.

Check out their venues here.

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