The sun is shining, and there are adventures to be had! Pack your blanket, your favourite snacks and start making your way to one of these beautiful picnic spots. South Africa is known for the seemingly endless range of diverse landscapes, scenery and beautiful wildlife. So, whether you’re keen for a day on the beach, tracking up the mountains or a picnic in the Karoo veld, chances are you won’t have to travel too far to find it. Have a look at our list of the best summer picnic spots in South Africa.

1. Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens, Gauteng

Founded in 1982, the Walter Sisulu Gardens have been a popular venue for outdoor outings ever since. The garden has also been voted the ‘best place to get back to nature in Gauteng’ for nine years in a row, which is why it was clear to put it first on our list. The most iconic feature of the garden is the majestic waterfall, rolling over the rocks as the perfect backdrop while you enjoy finger foods and good company. The garden also consists out of grasslands, savannah and trickling streams. For more info, visit.

2. Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek

Spend a relaxing afternoon, sipping on some magnificent wine and overlooking the sea, mountain and vineyard views. This picnic spot should surely fall on anyone’s bucket list of things to do when in Cape Town. Cape Point Vineyards also offers a vibrant Thursday market, boasting a variety of iconic food and award-winning wines. For more info, visit.

3. James and Ethel Grey Park | Johannesburg

Locals claim that the park offers the best sunrise view in the city. What better way to soak in the summer sun and start the weekend off right? For those early-risers, this is a great opportunity to pack a breakfast and start your day with some fresh air. Alternatively, enjoy the Sandspruit River winding its way through the 36-hectare park on a lazy Sunday afternoon. If you’re interested in stretching your legs, enjoy the various walkways through beautiful scenery, landscapes and vegetation. For more information, visit.

4. Signal Hill, Cape Town

Set up the ideal picnic spot as you watch the Mother City drenched in golden sunlight. Signal Hill wins best sundowner spot, hands down, with Table Mountain to your right and the Atlantic Seaboard to your left. This picnic spot is also perfect for those who prefer not to hike all the way up the mountain with their food and drink, allowing you to drive up to where you want to be.

5. Cumberland Nature Reserve, Durban

This picnic spot offers braai and picnic facilities in the serene nature reserve. For those wild at heart, the reserve is full of plant and animal life. Waterfalls and streams are also scattered along the reserve, allowing visitors to cool off on a hot summers day. For more info, visit.

If you enjoyed this article, take a look at our blog for the top five birdwatching spots in South Africa here.