They say that the best things in life are free, and I’m sure you would agree that when it comes to beauty, nature seldom disappoints. Let us emphasize again how much we are looking forward to summer and spending more time outside with our loved ones, especially considering the scenic views that South Africa has to offer. This time of year is perfect for relaxing mid-day picnics.
Get your picnic baskets and blankets ready…
Cape Point Vineyards (Noordhoek)
Breathtaking views and perfect sunsets describe the Cape Point Vineyards aptly. The location is perfect for romantic outings coupled with a wide array of wines or a day of solitude. The Deli offers delicious picnic baskets which one must order 24-hours and have delivered straight to your picnic setting. cpv.co.za/restaurant-noordhoek
Paradise Valley Nature Reserve (Pinetown)
Gorgeous waterfall and small bridges that cross the Umbilo River. The Nature reserve has great historical significance, The Umbilo Waterworks, which were built in 1887. If you enjoy hiking, then you will love this game reserve, all four trails lead to the picnic area and the views are well worth it. This one is definitely more for the adventurous types so make sure to pack your libation and eats. paradise-valley.co.za
The Rose Kitchen at Ludwig’ Roses (Pretoria)
The Rose kitchen is the ideal place for a day of summer festivities. If you are looking to plan an elaborate tea party, a picnic date or throwing a party for your child then you will definitely appreciate their selection of home-made goods that include rose dishes, hearty breakfasts, freshly baked cakes, divine quiches, salads, gourmet burgers and more. The Rose Kitchen also has a small boutique shop which sells rose goodies. ludwigsroses.co.za
Le Pique Nique, Boschendal Wine Estate (Franschhoek)
More than just a patch of grass under a tree, this popular hotspot is ideal for a full day of relaxing whilst you munch on delicious, healthy picnic baskets from the estate with the dietary options being: Banting, Vegetarian and a kiddies basket. There are two picnic areas to choose from, both equally beautiful with unmatched views, Rhone Classic Picnic area and Werf Garden Picnics, the latter being better suited for families with children. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chairs, tables or blankets. Booking is essential. boschendal.com
Emmarentia Dam (Johannesburg)
This pet-friendly place is ideal for the Joburg dweller who wants to escape the hubbub of the city. Visitors can do a variety of water activities such as canoeing and sail small boats or if you are more inclined to relax while feeding the geese, then you are more than welcome to. There is a café on the premises which serves light meals and refreshments, however, you may bring your own basket.
Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden (Johannesburg)
The Botanical gardens offer a lush escape from the inner-city, much like Emmerentia dam. One can set-up a braai area or a spot to put up your camping chair under one of the many shaded areas whilst you take in the sites of the greenery and the waterfall. Bring along your own refreshments and enjoy a day of fun with your family and friends. www.sanbi.org/gardens/walter-sisulu
With a wide array of gourmet food, expansive lawns and plenty of shade, there is no doubting why Spier wine farm’s picnic areas are so popular. You can bring your family along to taste and experience a true farmhouse dining experience. We highly recommend that you book you online in advance so that you can select your picnic package, and yes, there is a vegetarian option. One can bring their own pillows and blankets but you can hire at the venue too. picnics.spier.co.za
Found this useful? Discover more outdoor dining ideas in our November Slow Living issue. On-shelf now.