Summer will soon be coming to an end, so take advantage of the long days and perfect weather. A great way to do this while enjoying quality time with your family is to pack a picnic basket, grab a blanket and head out of the house. Here are the top free picnic spots you can enjoy in SA.

1. Durban Botanic Gardens – Durban

An institution amongst Durbanites, the Botanic Gardens make the perfect backdrop for a lazy Sunday picnic with the family. Surrounded by ancient trees and plenty of beautiful foliage you can sit back and relax while your kids explore and play. Perfect for kiddies is the lake where they can feed the ducks and watch the water birds play.

2. Saunders Rock – Seapoint, Cape Town

If you are wanting to spend a summers evening picnicking on the beach but can’t handle the bustling crowds of Camps Bay and Clifton, then head on down to Saunders Rock. This gorgeous little beach is the perfect place to spend a summer’s evening with friends and family. The grownups can unwind;enjoying Cape Towns famously breathtaking sunset while the kids can paddle in the many rock pools on the waters edge, watch the sea gulls play and build sandcastles to their hearts content.

3. Zoo Lake- Johannesburg

Zoo Lake Park offers one of Johannesburg’s best daytime picnic spots. For the family looking to combine a picnic with some fun activities, this is the spot for you. Not only does it provide a gorgeous space to picnic surround by lush vegetation and budding trees there are also plenty of activities for kids. Your family can enjoy feeding the ducks, hiring one of the brightly coloured boats and rowing around the lake or even a game of tennis for those feeling very energetic. All in all a great outdoor venue for the whole family to enjoy.

4. Cape Recife Nature Reserve- Port Elizabeth

One of Port Elizabeth’s most picturesque settings, Cape Recife Nature Reserve is a really gorgeous place to spend some time.This is a great spot for a romantic picnic for two or an outing for the whole family. As well as being a great picnic location you can also enjoy some hiking, exploring the bird hide or just a stroll along the unspoilt beaches.

5. Oliewenhuis Art Museum

Apart from being of great historical importance Oliewenhuis is also a beautiful venue for a picnic. The museum gardens offer ideal spots for a summer afternoon spent lazing with your family or friends while munching on some delicious goodies. If you feel the need to work off some calories afterwards Oliewenhuis, which is surrounded by 12 hectares of natural vegetation on Grant’s Hill, offers access to four marked walking trails through unspoilt natural surroundings. The walking trials are easily accessible to young and old and offer a unique opportunity to experience the beauty and tranquillity of the area.

6. Zita Park – Pretoria

This park is a must go to when picnicking with your family. Not only does it offer great picnic spots but it also boasts a splash pool, playground, and a water slide for children. If you don’t want to leave your fur kids out , don’t worry you don’t have to, the park is dog friendly . Cost: R5 for adults, R3 for scholars and pensioners, free for pre-schooler.

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