Johannesburg is South Africa’s largest and most populous city. The busy metropolis is full of creativity, culture and nightlife.
“Jo’burg” or “Jozi”, as it is often called, has historically been known for its precious stones and minerals including an abundance of gold and diamonds.
The city is home to some of South Africa’s tallest buildings and skyscrapers, but also offers an abundance of green space to retreat to. So grab your blanket and fill up your basket, for an urban oasis picnic.
1. Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
Johannesburg Botanical Gardens offers several special gardens for visitors to enjoy. There is a sweet Rose Garden, Shakespeare Garden, Herb Garden and Hedge Garden. Other attractions include an off-leash dog area, arboretum, pond and fountain for you to explore. The park also has a large lake dam, called the Emmarentia Dam. Enjoy your picnic on one of the park benches, or lay out a blanket. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see a concert or kite-flying competition.
2. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden
Who wouldn’t enjoy a picnic with a view like this! There are nine botanical gardens in the country, and Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden is one of the most perfect for an afternoon getaway. With grassy greenland covering over 300ha, there is a rare collection of plants and animals. The magnificent waterfall is a spectacular sight, and the park also hosts a series of outdoor musical performances.
Price: Adults R45.00, Student R30.00
3. Delta Park
Delta Park is one of the biggest parks in the city. It is comprised of 108ha of grass and woodland, with three dams. Explore the walking trails, sensory trail and bird watching hides. Johannesburg’s oldest bird sanctuary, the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary, can also be found here.
4. James & Ethel Gray Park
This peaceful park is named after former Johannesburg mayor James Gray and his wife, Ethel. The large, grassy plateau overlooks the Johannesburg skyline, and is perfect for picnics. You’ll find many shaded spots for a hot day.
5. Northcliff Ridge Ecopark
Northcliff Ridge Ecopark is one of the highest points in Johannesburg, and promises spectacular views. The Ridge is a great place to watch the sunrise, or view the Jo’burg cityline. Ecopark access has a bit of a challenging summit, requiring a steep climb through the Northcliff suburb. However, the rewards for making it to the top are worth it!
6. Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve
Klipriviersberg is the largest nature reserve in Johannesburg. The Klipriviersberg trail is an advanced-level trail. It’s easy to spot zebra, black wildebeest, antelope and many birds while making your way through. If you’re not interested in hiking, simply relax and enjoy the view.
7. Johannesburg Zoo
The Johannesburg Zoo is a 55ha zoo with over 2,000 wild animals on-site. Spend a full day exploring over 320 unique species, and then relax in a cozy green space, such as the Bandstand, for a picnic.
Price: Adults R81.00, Children R41.00
8. Cradle Moon
This hidden gem is a fantastic venue for the active picnic’er. The ‘Yellow Route’ trail is renowned among outdoorsmen and cyclists. Cyclists make their way through farmhouses and past giraffe, wildebeest, zebra, antelope and rhino as they travel the single-track bike trail. Game Lodge group activities are varied including a boat cruise, game drive and trail runs. Outside food is not allowed in, so be prepared to purchase picnic supplies on site. If you stay at the Cradle Moon Lodge pricing will vary based on accommodations.
9. Monte Casino Bird Park
Montecasino Bird Gardens are a magical place for a picnic! Explore the enchanted walkways to view a colourful display and variety of birds. Over 60 species can be found in the walk-through Aviary. Reptiles and other small mammals can also be seen here. Retreat to the magnificent gardens afterwards for a family-friendly picnic.
10. Your Own Backyard
What better place to host a family picnic than in the comfort of your own home? You don’t need to go far to find a peaceful retreat, or outdoor space to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Your backyard can be transformed into the perfect picnic area with a little help from Easigrass. Artificial grass is the perfect alternative to create a lasting green space for your home. Contact us for a free quote.