Johannesburg may not have the beach or mountains, but it does have some great picnic spots! Summer is here and it’s time for picnics with family and friends before the great max exodus that happens in Gauteng come mid-December.
We get so caught up with our lives in the big city, that we forget to breathe, take in the fresh air and enjoy chill time. Picnics don’t always have to be elaborate affairs. If the sun is out, why not just pick up a pizza, take a picnic blanket and you’re good to go…
Here’s a list of my top picnic spots in and around Jozi that are prefect for a spontaneous summer picnic.
I’m a little biased towards Emmarentia Dam as its 5 minutes away from my house. Even if you don’t go for a picnic, it’s a great place for a jog, cycle or walking the dogs, and they even have a snazzy new outdoor gym. The area is huge and there plenty of shady spots to lay out your spread – the banks of the dam, the rose garden or the big open spaces, which are great if you want to play cricket, soccer or volleyball.
Another favourite amongst Joburgers, you can also braai here! Zoo Lake can get a little too hectic over weekends and holidays but it has a fun vibe nonetheless. If you’re feeling romantic, hire out a rowboat to impress your girl. There’s a great playground area to keep the kiddos busy too.
Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
I love these gardens and their fantastic range of plants, the lovely waterfall, and range of educational walks. You can even spot black eagles nesting atop the waterfall, and take a little hike. Just be sure to check the weather before you go. We took a long walk the one time we went there and ended up being drenched by a thunderstorm that took us by surprise! Note that there’s an entrance fee to the gardens.
Delta Park is the green lung of Jozi and comprises over 100ha of woodlands, grasslands and dams to explore on foot. There are also bird hides, the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary (the oldest in Jozi) and the Delta Environmental Centre. Walk along the Braamfonteinspruit Trail, you can even find some secret graffiti spots if you take the time to explore. The best spot for picnic is the chilled south-east corner of the park.
Northcliff Eco Park
You can’t beat Northcliff hill for 360 degree panoramic views of Joburg! You can see everything from Sandton to the CBD and Pretoria on a clear day. Sunset picnics are the best, as you watch the sun setting over the City of Gold! This is also a dog friendly spot, so take Spot along too!
Picnic with FREE pizza from Debonairs!
On Monday 28 November, each Debonairs Pizza will give away 100 free pizzas in celebration of it’s 600th restaurant opening in its 25 years. The first 100 customers of each restaurant who purchase a Real Deal Pizza will receive a second promotional Real Deal Pizza and a 500ml coke free (valid for in-store purchases only).
Did you know that Debonairs Pizza was started by two students in Pietermaritzburg in 1991, and now produce over 37 million pizzas a year? That’s a lot of pizza! In 2012, Debonairs started its “Doughnation” CSI initiative, where all fresh leftover dough is baked into pizza breads and donated to local charities, with over 30,000 pizza breads donated monthly.
Grab a pizza, find a picnic spot and enjoy the summer sun!
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