• South Africa offers a diverse range of landscapes and natural settings that are perfect for picnics. From coasts to vineyards to mountain ranges, SA truly has a plethora of picturesque picnic destinations to choose from for you and your family.

    Here are some of our top picnic spots across SA:

    1. Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Cape Town):

    This botanical garden is known for its stunning flora, including indigenous plants and trees. There are designated picnic areas against the panoramic backdrop of Table Mountain. ‘Tis the season of Kirstenbosch Gardens’ summer activities such as the Galileo open-air cinema, which offers a picnic experience, while screening Hollywood blockbusters under the stars. The Kirstenbosch summer concert series also offers a musical experience of various local artists in the garden, with a picnic setup.

    2. Table Mountain (Cape Town):

    If you’re up for a bit of a hike, you can enjoy a picnic at the top of Table Mountain, offering panoramic views of Cape Town and the surrounding coastline.

    3. Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve (Mpumalanga):

    This is one of the largest canyons in the world, and there are several scenic spots along the Panorama Route where you can enjoy a picnic with breathtaking views.

    4. Golden Gate Highlands National Park (Free State):

    The park is known for its golden-hued sandstone cliffs. There are various picnic spots within the park where you can relax and take in the beauty of the landscape.

    5. Kruger National Park (Various locations):

    Many rest camps within Kruger National Park offer picnic spots. You can enjoy your meal while observing wildlife in their natural habitat.

    6. Helderberg Nature Reserve (Western Cape):

    Located in Somerset West, this reserve offers peaceful picnic spots surrounded by fynbos and hiking trails.

    7. Company’s Garden (Cape Town):

    Situated in the heart of Cape Town, Company’s Garden is a lush green space with pathways, benches, and open lawns—perfect for a relaxing picnic.

    8. Addo Elephant National Park (Eastern Cape):

    Enjoy a picnic while watching elephants and other wildlife in this renowned national park.

    9. Durban Botanic Gardens (Durban):

    Established in 1849, these gardens provide a serene setting for a picnic, with a variety of plants and trees.

    10. Robberg Nature Reserve (Plettenberg Bay):

    This reserve offers coastal hikes and pristine beaches where you can have a seaside picnic.

    Remember to check local regulations and guidelines, and be respectful of the environment when picnicking in natural areas. Additionally, some parks may have designated picnic areas or facilities, while others may allow picnics anywhere within the park—so it’s always a good idea to plan ahead.

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    Article originally written and published by Marian Volkwyn for Woman&Home Magazine.

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