Explore these picnic spots in Johannesburg

March 9, 2024 (Last Updated: March 8, 2024)
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An outdoor picnic is one of the best ways to enjoy a warm day. Relaxing on manicured lawns with your favourite food and drinks while the birds chirp cheerfully is indeed a lovely experience. In the City of Gold, there are a number of spots where you can relax by yourself or with your loved ones. At various parks, you can grab the opportunity to enjoy not only the delightful goodies in your picnic basket but the beauty and serenity of nature too.

Here are some of the best picnic spots to try:

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens

Founded in 1969, the Johannesburg Botanical Gardens consist of large and grassy open spaces scattered with trees. Amidst the natural beauty, you can enjoy a lovely picnic. Plus, there are also exotic plants and the 7,5 hectare Emmerentia Dam which is home to many aquatic birds.

Address: Olifants Rd, Emmarentia, Johannesburg

Contact: 011 712 6600

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

The expansive Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden provides the opportunity to enjoy a lovely picnic as you relax in its lushness and serenity. It boasts over 600 plant species, 220 bird species, as well as reptiles and some small mammals. Who knows? Perhaps you might spot some honey badgers, hedgehogs or even some Verreaux’s eagles nesting on the cliffs near the waterfall.

Contact: 086 100 1278 or [email protected]

Delta Park

Delta Park

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Delta Park has three beautiful tree-lined dams, as well as extensive grasslands and woodlands. Thus, it is ideal for those who seek to unwind in nature while enjoying their favourite eats and treats.

The park’s south-east corner is said to be one of its most tranquil areas. It has dedicated picnic spots. When relaxing on the spacious lawns, you’re also likely to spot various species of beautiful birds.

Address: 77 Craighall Rd, Victory Park, Randburg

Zoo Lake

Zoo Lake is a firm favourite amongst nature lovers. It boasts well-maintained walkways and a beautiful lake. As such, it is a popular spot for picnics.
After your picnic, you can also enjoy a tranquil walk. So, pack your basket and head out to enjoy the beauty which the park has to offer.

Contact: 011 712 6600

The Wilds Nature Reserve

The Wilds Nature Reserve

Image:The Wilds Nature Reserve/ Facebook

Located on the outskirts of Houghton, The Wilds Nature Reserve offers calming natural beauty. It also boasts green manicured lawns which are perfect for a picnic.
Moreover, there are stunning running waterfalls and fountains, making the atmosphere more refreshing. When at the reserve, you can also enjoy gorgeous views of the city.

Address: Houghton Dr, Houghton Estate, Johannesburg

Contact: 011 674 2980

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Article originally written and published by Nomvelo Masango for Getaway Magazine.

Feature image: Unsplash

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