I love picnics. You get to be out in nature and eat delicious food, which usually includes cheese (I love cheese. Mmmm…cheese). It’s important to get out every now and then to get some fresh air and realize that work isn’t everything. Picnics are one way to do this and as mentioned you get to eat cheese. In no particular order, here are my top picnic spots in Johannesburg.
Walter Sisulu Botancial Gardens
The waterfall is the main feature. You can spot some birds (if twitching is your thing – there are always dudes with camera lenses that probably cost more than some houses on the lookout for some lesser spotted bird). There are often concerts on, so be sure to check the schedule. Even if there is a concert on, you can avoid it and go to the waterfall part and still have a great time. R20 per person and theyhave card machicne facilities. There are people to help you carry yourstuff if you really don’t feel like lugging it around.
Emmarentia Dam & Joburg botanical gardens
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Make sure you get their early to claim your shady spot as this place can get busy. This is the perfect spot to read a book or play boardgames with friends. I have yet to do this, but the last time I was there a group was playing 30 Seconds and I really liked the idea. It’s nice to take a walk through the Bot Gardens, and the water feature is really cool. Free to get in (the last time I was there). Cheese to take with: camembert with berry jam on crackers.
Brookwood Trout Farm
If you like fishing, this place is probably for you. I don’t like fishing so I wouldn’t really know. But there were lots of people fishing. The lush green grass along the river is the perfect spot. The willow trees are amazing and you feel like you are in a far away place. There are braai facilities and chairs available. R70 per adult and the have a shop that sells ice. Cheese to take with: brie.