Ever in need of an outside adventure after spending most of the year locked inside, now, at last, we can relish the outdoors once again this summer…

What are you waiting for? Go alfresco! Take a look at some of our favourite picnic treats and drinks below. There’s nothing better than a beautiful view, a tasty snack, and a refreshing drink to help you de-stress from a chaotic year.

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Taroko Trail Park

Located in Modderfontein Nature Reserve in Johannesburg, the Taroko Trail Park is beloved by locals who want to enjoy a trail run or cycle. But if you aren’t the active type, there’s plenty more to the reserve.

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As a fantastic green escape from the hustle and bustle of the city (without travelling too far!), it’s the perfect spot to enjoy some sun, fishing and take in the scenery with gin and tonic in hand, and a few nibbles not too far behind.

The park is open every day from 6am to 6pm, but on Wednesday you can join in for their weekly night sessions where the trail’s hours are extended until 9pm. Entrance fees for the reserve start at R30 per adult and R15 per child under 12.

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Shongweni Dam Reserve

Really more than a nature reserve, Shongweni Nature Reserve is a delight for adults and kids alike. With its stunning setting and exquisite mountain backdrop, it’s no wonder it’s a national heritage site. Emerging after a spate of neglect, the dam and reserve offers a wealth of activities to keep the whole family entertained, so get there early.

Shongweni Dam

 

As one of the best birdwatching spots in Durban, there are over 250 recorded species of bird found here, as well as rhino, buffalo, giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, warthog, and kudu. Plus, you can enjoy a spot of rock climbing, fishing, and canoeing, not to mention night and day game drives.

Open every day from 6am to 6pm and entry will cost you just R70 per adult and R50 per child (under 15). Kids under 7 get in for free.

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Addo Elephant National Park

Just an hour’s drive from Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape, Addo Elephant National Park is South Africa’s third-largest national reserve and is open to everyone who wants to bask in the fauna and flora of our country – and spot an elephant or two.

Addo is home to one of the densest African Elephant populations on earth, roughly 550 of them, as well as the rest of Africa’s ‘Big 7’ – rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, and as you head to the coast the southern right whale and great white shark.

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After a day of driving in the park and seeing how many animals you can spot, what better way is there to top it all off by pulling into Jack’s Picnic Site and sipping a Fever-Tree Refreshingly Light Tonic?

South African citizens pay just R86 for adults and R43 per child under 12, and the gates are open from 7am to 6pm but we recommend looking at one of their camping spots and making it a proper getaway.

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Silvermine Nature Reserve

The Silvermine Nature Reserve forms a part of the Table Mountain National Park and can be found just minutes away from Cape Town city centre. The park travels along 221 square kilometres of mountainside and coast, and the Silvermine section is a top pick for Capetonians to enjoy a spot of hiking, cycling and even bird watching – and to stop in at the Silvermine reservoir for a dip.

Pull in, pull out the picnic and settle in for picturesque views of the Southern Peninsula. And, if you have time, be sure to visit one of the many beaches located in hiking distance of the reserve.

Open from 8am to 6pm daily, South African citizens will pay just R35 per adult per day and R15 per child per day.

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