Popular picnic spots across South Africa

South Africa


Zoo Lake:

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Zoo Lake in Johannesburg. Picture: InstagramParadise Valley waterfalls in Durban. Picture: InstagramPicnic at the Paradise Valley Nature Reserve. Picture: InstagramThe perfect view of Table Mountain from the Company Gardens. Picture: InstagramA stroll around the Company Garden will prove to be therapeutic. Picture: Instagram

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 zoological garden. If one does not feel like a picnic, there are popular African themed restaurants to satisfy the biggest of appetites.

Where: Cnr Jan Smuts Avenue and West World Street, Parkview.

Price: Free.

Contact: 011 483 1017.

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Paradise Valley Nature Reserve

When I was a child, Paradise Valley Nature Reserve was a spot where we loved to picnic.

Spanning more than 100ha of coastal and remnant grassland, it 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.

Contact: 0317023443.

Cape Town

Company’s Garden:

The oldest garden in Cape Town, Company’s Garden 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.

Contact: 0214261357.


Polokwane Bird Sanctuary

The 43ha sanctuary just north of the city boasts 320 species. If you are planning on 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.

Contact: 015 290 2332/2317.

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Polokwane Game Reserve

Another great picnic spot, 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: Along the R37, near Meropa Casino and Entertainment World

Contact: 0152902331.

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