The great outdoors: Perfect He

Perfect picnic spots for Heritage Day
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The great outdoors: Perfect Heritage Day picnic spots in Johannesburg

Let nature be your heritage! Celebrate the Heritage Day long weekend by heading out with your picnic basket, good friends and family to one of these idyllic spots in the City of Gold?

The great outdoors: Perfect He

Perfect picnic spots for Heritage Day
Image : Pixabay

With brighter and warmer days finally upon us, there is no better way to spend Heritage Day but to enjoy a hearty picnic in the great outdoors.

So why not pack a basket with some of your favourite eats and drinks and get out there on Friday 24 September? And to top it off, most of these picnic spots are absolutely free to use.

Residents in Gauteng are spoilt for choice with several spots to choose from for the perfect picnic. Here is a selection of spots well worth considering for your picnic this Heritage Day.                                 


Named after the early Johannesburg historians, James and Ethel Gray, this little park snuggled in the affluent suburb of Birdhaven, just south of Melrose Arch, was originally a bird sanctuary. It is still home to a range of feathered residents, and after a R5 million upgrade, the park should become a favourite of Joburg residents.

Area: Melrose, Johannesburg

Entry: Free


Set On the western shores of Emmarentia Dam, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens is one of the city’s best parks.  The green space is located in the middle of Joburg’s northern suburbs – with over 30 000 trees, a large rose garden, with over 4 500 rose varieties, and a space through which residents can stroll or enjoy picnics.

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens has one of the finest plant collections in the world that include indigenous trees and succulents, and its herb garden contains a surprising collection of traditional African medicinal herbs, culinary, medicinal and cosmetic herbs.

Area: Emmarentia, Johannesburg

Entry: Free


Tucked away on the cusp of Blairgowrie and Victory Park, about 10km north-west of the city centre, lies Delta Park, a peaceful and spacious area of some 104 hectares – one of the city’s biggest ‘green lungs’.  There are a number of benches placed around under shady trees, allowing visitors to lounge around.

Delta Park is also pet-friendly and dogs don’t need to be kept on a leash. A 7.5 ha area has been enclosed and devoted to the Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary, the oldest of its kind in the city.  

Area: Victory Park, Johannesburg

Entry: Free


Hidden in the West Rand of Gauteng where beautiful nature welcomes visitors and the rushing water of the Witpoortjie Waterfall, gushing from a height of 70m, soothes and revitalises visitors.

The garden is home to a pair of breeding Verreaux’s Eagles (Black Eagles) which have become proud symbols of this majestic garden. Walking, hiking, picnics, exercising, bird watching, relaxing, nature appreciation, are some of the popular activities of visitors to the garden.

Area:  Poortview, Roodepoort  

Entry: Adults: R65; Pupils: R20 (grades 1 to 12); Children under six years: Free


Not far from Johannesburg’s northern suburbs is this delightful organic farm providing outdoor eating options.  With both a la carte dining and picnic pizza menus this place is a delight – serving wholesome meals made with organically produced ingredients that are grown onsite.                                                                               

Leafy Greens keep things fresh by changing their menu as the seasons change, ensuring fresh, seasonal produce which comes out of its vegetable garden. The farm’s pizzeria offers mouth-watering pizzas which can be enjoyed while sitting under the trees on the large grounds at Casa Linga Organic Farm.

Area: Muldersdrift, Johannesburg

Entry: Free but meals costs as per menu