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TThere’s no better way to enjoy summer than with a lazy picnic under the trees. Here are some of South Africa’s best picnic spots.
Johannesburg, Zoo Lake
A perfect spot for picnicking, Zoo Lake has something for everyone. From taking the kids for ice cream to a leisurely boat ride, it is a great day destination with minimal cost. It is home to the Coronation Fountain, a Johannesburg heritage symbol. The park was donated by Bait and Co in 1904, with the park being divided into a public park, and a zoological garden.
Where: Cnr Jan Smuts Avenue and West World Street , Parkview
KKwaZulu-Natal, Paradise Valley Nature Reserve
Spanning more than 100ha of coastal and remnant grassland, the Paradise Valley Nature Reserve has one of the two national monuments to be found in Pinetown, the Umbilo Waterworks, built in 1887. The family can go on a hike before a picnic with all four of the trails in the reserve leading to the picnic area. There is also a waterfall, where you can take photographs or just enjoy the beauty of nature.
Where: 10 Oxford Road , Durban , 3610.
Price: R14 for adults, R11 for children.
WWestern Cape, Cape Town Company Gardens
The oldest garden in Cape Town, Company Gardens has beautiful spots for a picnic. There are fantastic views of Table Mountain and it’s close to many must-visit places like the South African Museum, the Planetarium and the South African Art Gallery. While picnicking, remember to watch out for squirrels. Visit if you enjoy viewing history in one of the city’s most remarkable sites.
Where: 19 Queen Victoria Street, central Cape Town
Price: Free entry
Limpopo, Polokwane Bird Sanctuary
The 43ha sanctuary just north of the city boasts 320 species of birds and other wildlife. If you are planning a picnic, what better place than among some of the most beautiful birds in the country? Facilities include a good network of paths, birding view hides, walking trails and braai lapas.
Where: Access is from the R521 from Polokwane to Dendron, Limpopo.
Polokwane Game Reserve
Another great picnic spot, the Polokwane Game Reserve is one of the largest municipal reserves in the country and an ideal place for anyone who wants to spot game while enjoying time and food with family
Where:Silcon Road, Polokwane, 0699
Price: Entrance to the Polokwane Game reserve for a self-drive trip, between 07:00 and 16:00, is free. Other services are offered as well, at a nominal fee, such as guided game drives between 09:00 and 14:00 for 10 people which is R80 per person.
The Tsitsikamma Woodcutters’ Journey on the Garden Route in Western Cape takes you through pristine indigenous forests in one of South Africa’s most beautiful national parks.
Table Mountain National Park in Western Cape: mountain splendour above urban sprawl, from Cape Town to Cape Point – enjoy natural beauty from penguins at Boulders Beach to fynbos at Kirstenbosch.
Aloe ferox – the red or bitter aloe – grows all over South Africa, but Eastern Cape hills are ablaze with orange and red from May to August; the province also produces great aloe health products.
Rock climbers are spoilt for choice in South Africa – Western Cape, Mpumalanga, KwaZulu-Natal and Eastern Cape are all provinces blessed with plentiful mountains and myriad climbing routes.
The Worcester Wine Route in the Western Cape lies at the heart of the Breede River Valley and boasts 12 estates that are open for public tastings.
Stellenbosch and Franschhoek produce some of South Africa’s best wine and boast several of the country’s best restaurants.
The Western Cape offers a rich floral kingdom, pristine beaches, a globally renowned wine industry, award-winning restaurants and a unique history and heritage.
Western Cape highlights include Table Mountain, Robben Island, the West Coast and Whale Coast, the Cape winelands, the Karoo and the verdant Garden Route.