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3 places in South Africa to enjoy a picnic before summer ends

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Blue skies and sunshine make for perfect picnic conditions. As the weather slowly changes and before we lose summer entirely, here're our top three South African places to enjoy a picnic in style.

spier wine farm, stellenbosch

Little can beat the pleasure that dining alfresco can bring. The scent of flowers, the call of birds and a bottle or two of Spier Wine Farm’s excellent Chardonnay Pinot Noir all add to the experience. This popular estate offers day visitors the option of ordering a bespoke picnic basket from their Farm Kitchen. Containing a selection of breads freshly baked on site, salads, cheeses, preserves and an excellent French-style chicken liver pâté, the picnic comes packed with goodies in their own straw basket. Guests are invited to lounge on the lawns overlooking the lake or agapanthus fields, and indulge in an afternoon of slow eating. Cost: From R580 per picnic basket for two, including a bottle of wine Open: Monday-Sunday, with picnic baskets to be collected between 12-2pm Where: R310, Stellenbosch, Western Cape Visit: picnics.spier.co.za for picnic basket options and to book

budmarsh lodge, magaliesburg

If it's wide open spaces you’re after, then the five-star Budmarsh Lodge in the heart of the Magaliesburg makes an ideal location for a bite to eat. Order one of their gourmet picnic baskets packed by executive chef Vincent Bals, and stretch out on the sprawling lawns that overlook the former farm and trout dam. You can expect an array of locally sourced cheeses, charcuterie, breads, salads and home bakes that serve as dessert. Patrons can also order a bottle or two of bubbly from the lodge’s wine cellar and spend the rest of the afternoon bird-watching, as Budmarsh Lodge is home to the elusive golden oriole as well as a few resident African fish eagles. Cost: R450 per picnic basket for two, excluding drinks Open: Monday-Sunday, 8am-5pm Where: T1 Magalies Meander Rd, R96, Magaliesburg Visit: budmarsh.co.za/picnics to book your basket

the deli at makaranga garden lodge, kloof

Situated in lush subtropical greenery, the Makaranga Garden Lodge in Durban’s Kloof has a range of picnic options on offer. Nibbles include cheeses, charcuterie, Caesar salads, nachos, chicken salsa wraps, mini fish cakes, fruit skewers and chocolate brownies, all from the lodge's famed deli. Guests are able to hire blankets, baskets and umbrellas, and add items of their own choosing to their picnic. Cost: From R290 per picnic basket for two, excluding drinks Open: Monday-Sunday, 8am-5pm Where: 1A Igwababa Rd, Kloof, KwaZulu-Natal Visit: makaranga.com/thedeli for picnic basket options and to book