This spot provides a quiet escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and it’s a perfect braai destination with excellent facilities. There are also walking trails and recreational areas to keep children busy the whole day. Apart from more than 50 bird species, the farm also has a large man-made lake, which is home to a number of fish species.
Entrance fee: Free. For more information, call 011 453 8066.
Pines Resort is the perfect place to spend a hot summer’s day with the family. They are a day resort only. The number of guests are limited on each day. To avoid disappointment, tickets must be booked through Computicket or any of their outlet stores before the time which guarantees your entrance for the day.
Take your own picnic baskets or enjoy a braai. Braai stands with grids are provided. They also sell charcoal and fire lighters to lighten your load. No restaurant facilities are available, but you can take your own food and soft drinks. No alcohol or glass/ glassware is allowed.
Entrance fee: Adults R120; Kids 1 to 2 years, R20; kids 3 to 7 years, R80.
For more information, visit www.pinesresort.co.za.
Suikerbosrand Nature Reserve
Suikerbosrand is a wonderful destination for hiking, cycling and braaing. There are a variety
of hiking trails to suit everyone, or you can choose to relax and enjoy an al fresco lunch at one of the braai spots. The nature reserve is home to a wide range of wildlife, including zebra, black wildebeest, red hartebeest and brown hyena, as well as 200 bird species.
Entrance fee: R25 for adults; R25 per car. For more information, call 011 439 6300.
Fountains Valley Resort
Head to Pretoria south for a day of braais and outdoor fun. Pretoria is known for hot summers, and Fountains Valley is a popular place to cool off in the resort’s large, modern swimming pool. Smaller children can splash in the kiddies’ paddling pool, or play in the two designated areas.
Entrance fee: R14 for children under six, R22 for children under 12 and R35 for adults. For more information, call 012 440 7131 or click here for more info.
Inanda Dam and Resort
A couple of kilometres outside the Durban suburb of Hillcrest, you will find the Inanda Dam and Resort. Relax by the water’s edge at one of their picnic sites complete with family-friendly jungle gyms and a well-maintained toilet facility. There are plenty of braai points to choose from on the water’s edge, just remember to bring your own grid.
Entrance fee: R25 for adults and R12.50 for children and pensioners. For more information, visit msinsi.co.za.
Animal Farmyard and Tea Garden
This farm is ideal for a family braai day and the little ones will love petting the animals. While you’re getting the braai started, there’s a lot to keep your kids busy. Children can milk the Jersey cow, touch and feed the animals, go on pony or tractor rides, and play on the jungle gyms.
Entrance fee: R30 per person. For more information, visit www.animalfarmyard.co.za or call 031 765 2240.
Nkutu Picnic Site
Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Durban
On the coastal ridge between Pinetown and Hillcrest is the meeting place of two river valleys. Although the forested reserve is best known for the picnic area at Kloof Falls, the spot at Nkutu Falls is quieter. Braai facilities are provided at both picnic sites.
Entrance fee: R40 for adults and R20 for children under 12 years. For more information, visit kknr.org.za.
This gorgeous oceanside spot lies between Clifton and Glen beaches and has great views of the sea and mountains. There is also a grassy area and various braai places available to the public. Catch a tan on the boulders around the cove while the kids splash around in the tidal pool, or watch the sunset from Maiden’s Cove.
Entrance fee: Free. For more information, call 021 438 8212.
Perdekloof Picnic Area
Cape Point, Cape Town
If you’re looking for a quiet place to have a braai in some of the most spectacular surroundings that Cape Town has to offer, then Perdekloof is perfect. There are concrete tables and braai spots, so all you need to do is to bring wood, braai grids and all the necessary gear to get a fire going.
Entrance fee: R16 for adults and R8 for children. For more information, call 021 780 9204.
Kogel Bay, Gordon’s Bay
Klippies Bay boasts braai sites, great views, and the sound of the sea slapping over the stones just metres from the stands. Klippies Bay is situated near another popular spot, Sparks Bay, on Clarence Drive towards Rooi Els, about 11km from Gordon’s Bay harbour. This stretch of the coastline is also popular among fishermen.
Entrance fee: Free. For more information visit www.capetown.gov.za.
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