We’re lucky to live in a country with so much natural beauty everywhere. From rivers and dams, to wide open veld, flat mountains and panoramic ocean views – Mzansi has it all! And the best part, it doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg to enjoy a day out in the sunshine.
Pack a picnic basket, gather the squad and head out into the fresh air! We have put together a list of our favourite picnic spots around the country.
Cape Town: Ou de Kraal
Ou de Kraal is one of Cape Town’s favourite, hidden picnic spots. A real local gem, where you can picnic or braai and take a dip in the ocean. There are braai areas dotted around, so bring a bag of charcoal and throw some Lucky Star pilchards on the fire for the perfect summer, seaside lunch! (http://luckystar.co.za/recipes/grilled-pilchards/).
Ou de Kraal is managed by SAN Parks, and is open from 8:00 to 18:00.
Entrance is R30 for adults, and R15 for kids.
Joburg: Emmarentia Dam
The dam is in the northeast section of the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, which sits just outside of the city, the perfect quick retreat from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Pack a blanket and a basket of snacks, and prepare to spend the day lounging on the grass and watching the canoes on the water. And, amazingly, there’s no entry fee!
Check out this recipe for pilchard and bean wraps http://luckystar.co.za/recipes/pilchard-bean-wrap/. Tasty, delicious and easy to pack!
Durban Botanic Gardens
The Durban Botanic Gardens are the oldest of its kind in the whole of Africa, and well worth a visit. Pick a quiet spot next to the lake or under a leafy tree, and let the peace wash over you. The Gardens are open 365 days a year, and entrance is free.
Pack a picnic to last you a whole day, with snacks like Lucky Star Fish Frikkadels (http://luckystar.co.za/recipes/fish-frikadels/). Delicious!
Nelson Mandela Bay: Addo Elephant Park
Get in touch with your wild side, and spend a day picnicking in the Addo Elephant Park, surround by the Big 5! There are 18 picnic sites in the Botanical Reserve, and gates are open from 8am to 5pm every day. Each site has a braai and a grid, tables and benches, and a small shade roof. Keep an eye out for predators!
The park also has a strict No Bin policy – whatever you take in, you must take out. Pre-prepare a tuna rice salad in a large Tupperware (http://luckystar.co.za/recipes/tuna-rice-salad/#), so you don’t have too much to carry home later.
Remember to take your South African IDs along, as entrance is only R62 for locals.