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Picnic Spots Around The Country

Daydream about spending the day outdoors with the family at these idyllic picnic spots.

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With our most recent issue celebrating time spent with family surrounded by an abundance of delicious snacks , we have compiled a list of picnic spots to head to around the country, once it is safe for us all to do so again. Prepare an al-fresco meal and bring along a few board games and enjoy a leisurely afternoon out and about.

 

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Cape Town 

Cellars Hohenort

Unwind in the sun and spread out your picnic blanket at the well-manicured gardens of Cellars-Hohenort. Filled with a number of flower species, the five-star property is also home to the second-oldest camphor trees in the country. There are three picnic basket options available, so you are spoilt for choice.

Picnic basket option one includes tapas, fresh homemade ciabatta with farm butter, free-range roast chicken, artisanal house salads in a jar with vinaigrette, carrot cake with cream cheese icing, bottled water and freshly pressed juice – priced at R185 per person. Menu options two and three include all the abovementioned foodie treats, as well as additional items, and are respectively priced at R200 and R285 per person. Bookings can be made via email to restaurantres@cellars-hohenort.co.za.

Address: 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town

Cost: R185–R285 per person, plus drinks

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Labeled as one of the most beautiful botanical gardens in the world, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is nestled in a thick of thriving greenery under the eastern slops of Table Mountain. The grounds are home to the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway – better known as the Boomslang – a bridge structure located on the upper part of the grounds, which creates a feeling of swinging in the trees.

The pristine gardens cater to all with wheelchair-friendly areas in certain parts of the garden.

Address: Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

Cost:  Entry to the gardens is R75 per adult, South African students (with proof of ID) R40, learners aged 6-17 years R20, kids under 6 years enter free of charge, and pensioners have free access on Tuesdays (excluding public holidays).

 

Johannesburg 

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

Founded in 1982 the garden is home to 600 naturally occurring plant species and the popular and well –known waterfall, Witportjie.  Spread out a picnic blanket at the thriving gardens and enjoy the birdsong - there are over 220 bird species that have made the garden their home. With a few trails available, you are able to head out on a hike with your family before enjoying a spread of snacks.  The lookout points of these trails offer panoramic views of the garden.

Address: Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort

Cost: Entrance to the gardens costs R55 per adult, R15 per scholar, R30 per student (with a valid student card), children under the age of six enter free of charge and pensioners enter for free on Tuesday. Visitors are advised that entrance fees may change when the gardens host concerts or events.

Gillooly’s Farm

With 44 hectares of rolling green grass to camp out on for an afternoon, the Gillooly’s Farm offers the ideal family picnic spot. There are wide-open spaces for the kids to frolic and a number of braai-friendly spaces and walking trails.

This farm is known for its family-friendly offering. Visitors must note that if you intend to braai, you must bring their own braai-stand with.  There are over 50 bird species that can be found on the farm, making it a must-visit for bird watchers.

Address: 47 Boeing W Road, Bedfordview

Cost: Entrance to the farm is free of charge.

 

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Durban 

Durban Botanical Garden

As the continent’s oldest surviving botanic garden, Durban Botanical Gardens was originally established to grow vegetables, fruit and other agricultural crops.  Now as a lush and densely green garden, the Durban Botanical Garden offers a family-friendly escape from the city.

Various active games are not permitted at the park such as ball games, rollerblades, Frisbee and more. This is due to the safety of all visitors and the garden encourages parents to find more garden-based activities such as informative plant walks.

Dogs are welcomed to the garden, but must be kept on a leash at all times, making this is an ideal space for the whole family including our four-legged friends.

Address: 9A John Zikhali Rd, Berea, Durban

Cost: Entrance to the botanical gardens is free of charge

Japanese Gardens

Located in Durban North, the Japanese Gardens are a Zen-themed escape that also offers a playground area for kids to explore. With an oriental theme, the garden features a number of structures that allude to a Japanese-style park.

The garden is immaculately kept with the finest attention to detail as the rolling hills mimic the Japanese countryside. It is a quiet venue that offers respite from the daily hustle and bustle.

Address: Tinsley Road, Durban North, Durban, KwaZulu Natal.

Cost: Entrance to the gardens is free of charge. 

 

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