Picture perfect picnic places

2015-02-08 09:15

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Want to take your loved one out for a romantic picnic? We’ve looked into the best spots around the country.

Joburg

The Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden, Malcolm Road, Roodepoort

With its lavish flora, one can’t help but be taken in by this beautifully relaxing environment. It has open and private areas, making it a perfect place to have a wonderful Valentine’s Day picnic.

»Admission from R35. Open from 8am to 6pm

Pretoria

Rietvlei Nature Reserve, opposite R21, Nellmapius and Olifantsfontein

Rietvlei Dam is a lovely picnic site and historical homestead. The bird life is plentiful in the wetland habitat. The typical highveld grassland also offers visitors rhino, buffalo, brown hyena, springbok, eland and waterbuck. It is a nature lover’s fantasy.

»Admission from R40. Open from 7am to 6pm

Durban

Paradise Valley Nature Reserve, Pinetown

Situated along the Umbilo River, this stunning reserve covers about 100 hectares and offers a number of graded trails and picnic and braai sites on the banks of the river. This coastal gem has become one of the most visited reserves in the world.

»Admission from R13. Open from 7.30am to 5pm

Cape Town

Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands

In 2011, this wonderful location was voted one of the world’s top picnic spots by National Geographic magazine. Spend the day surrounded by 36ha of cultivated gardens showcasing indigenous South African plants such as fynbos, proteas and cycads.

»Admission from R50. Open from 8am to 7pm

Port Elizabeth

Addo Elephant National Park, off the R335, Addo

This is the third-largest national park in South Africa. It covers 180?000ha – from the semiarid Karoo region in the north, to the coast between the Sundays River mouth and the Bushman’s River mouth in the south. Day trippers have access to picnic and braai spots, which are close to a watering hole at the rest camp.

»Admission R200. Open from 7am until 7pm

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