A springtime picnic in the great outdoors, beneath the shade of a beautiful tree, or a wintertime picnic in a warm sunny spot, the Garden Route, with its extensive destination options as well as all of its interesting attractions, is home to multiple stunning spots to throw down your blanket and settle in for a lazy snack.
The Garden Route is one of the most visited places in South Africa. And along with its amazing sights, its beautiful little towns, and its natural surroundings, it is home to plenty of picnic spots.
And here are our top 5 picnic destinations.
- Jubilee Creek
This is the ultimate, kind of stereotypical, but absolutely gorgeous picnic spot. It has stunning greenery and trees, a grassy bank, and a peaceful creek that babbles away happily, giving the spot that picnic vibe. Basically, this is the ideal place to have a picnic and the spot has its own wooden picnic tables as well as an ablution block. Although the spot looks like it is a bit out of the way, it is incredibly popular, especially over the weekends, so you’ll want to get there as early as possible if you want to grab a place.
- King Edward VII Picnic Site
Based in the Outeniqua Forests, this place is a bit of a magical one and it is just perfect for a morning or afternoon picnic. The site has some wooden picnic tables as well as a braai facility, and it is surrounded by tall green trees and whimsical forest ferns. Some of the trees in and around the picnic site are more than 650 years old and some stand at over 40 meters! There is a hiking trail nearby and guests will have access to ablution facilities as well as fresh water.
This is the quintessential picnic spot complete with benches and tables, a nearby indigenous forest, and an unforgettable coastal landscape. The site is also home to 2 hiking trails, so if you grow bored or if you are looking for more than just a lazy day, you can explore the local nature and scenery by hitting a trail.
- Wilderness Picnics Company
Wilderness is without a doubt one of the most unforgettably beautiful places to visit when you find yourself exploring the Garden Route. It is a holiday hotspot and a great place to have a picnic. This listing is not a picnic spot, instead, it is a company that will arrange and pack a picnic for you, allowing you to just grab your bag and go on an adventure. This company of picnic pros will make sure your trip will be one for the memory books!
- Krisjan-se-Nek Picnic Spot
Looking for a smaller, perhaps more intimate picnic site? The Krisjan-se-Nek picnic spot is one that is full of ambiance and offers some of the most unforgettable views. The spot has various facilities such as tables, ablution, and places to have a braai. There is a lovely big green lawn to be lazy on and there is also a hiking trail and mountain bike trail to enjoy.