Here are some of South Africa’s best picnic spots; some where you can bring your own food and others where you can buy a pre-packed basket.

(Article by Desiree Haakonsen, first published on

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1.      Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden

In Roodepoort has large open lawns, great facilities, and a beautiful Witpoortjie waterfall backdrop. Contact +27(0)86 100 1278

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2.      Emmarentia Dam

Has open spaces, shady arbours, walkways, and a rose garden with ponds and a fountain. Rent a canoe or go jogging, angling, and cycling. You’ll find it hard to believe you’re so close to the city centre! Contact +27(0)11 782 7064

3.      Walkhaven

Is a dog-friendly park near Muldersdrift and Lanseria. There are several picnic and braai areas, and braai packs and picnic baskets can be ordered in advance. Contact +27(0)71 212 9955