South Africa’s dreamiest picnic spots

“Dinner and a movie, forget that, I’d rather have a picnic and a waterfall.”

How many picnics has your mother made you over the years? It’s time to picnic it forward; treat your mom to a slice of the great outdoors with generous helpings of food and wine, of course.

Johannesburg: Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

The Garden covers over 300 acres and is a mosaic of manicured lawns, natural veld, lovely streams and a wild flower area. The highlights of any visit to the Garden are the magnificent Witpoortjie (“white gate”) Waterfall and a chance to spot the pair of local Black Eagles that have made the park their home. The Eagles Fare Restaurant offers the option to pick and choose from their menu to create your own unique picnic basket – be sure to check out their Cake of the Day for dessert. Another option is to bring your own picnic and find a shady spot on the lawns – don’t forget the bubbly! Info source via:

Cape Town: Warwick Wine Estate

Disappear into Warwick’s magical grounds and prepare to be enchanted. There are plenty of spots to choose from; relax on the lush lawn with the kids’ jungle gym nearby, or tuck your party away in a private picnic pod with the birds for company. Expect gourmet picnic fare created by the estate’s executive chef as well as of course, the award-winning Warwick Wines. Go to for more info.

Durban: Makaranga Gardens

In the rolling hills of KwaZulu-Natal, just fifteen minutes from Durban you will find the Makaranga Garden Lodge. Explore the incredible 30 acres of indigenous and botanical gardens, which incorporate 18 ponds, meandering streams as well as a waterfall. Enjoy all this natural splendour with a picnic basket stocked from the on-site deli, expect locally produced charcuterie, cheeses, breads and homegrown culinary delights. Go to