Picnic Spots in Pretoria


Whether you need to entertain the kids, impress your special someone or spoil your grandparents with a special outing, a picnic is always a good idea. Pack some finger foods, a fluffy blanket and try out one of these picnic spots in and around Pretoria. Don’t forget the sunscreen!

Jan Cilliers Park Jan Cilliers Park, also known as the Fairy Park or Protea Park, is a beautiful and well-maintained park in Groenkloof. The park has a lake, water features, indigenous plants, and a tree-filled sanctuary that is ideal for picnics. Dogs on leashes are permitted in the park. Entrance to Jan Cilliers Park is free of charge.

Details: Corner of Wenning and Broderick Street, Groenkloof / http://www.tshwane.gov.za/sites/Tourism/Parks-and-Horticulture/Pages/Parks.aspx

Burger’s Park Burger’s Park, adjacent to Melrose House, is the oldest park in Pretoria and now a national monument. Designed by botanist James Hunter and established in the 1870s, it’s still one of the best examples you’ll find in all of Pretoria of a Victorian-style park. Pack a basket, grab a blanket and enjoy a picnic under the enormous trees of this historic park. Entrance is free of charge.

Details: Corner of Andries and Jacob Maré Street, Pretoria Central / 012 358 0524 / http://www.tshwane.gov.za/sites/tourism/Arts-Culture-and-Heritage/Pages/Heritage-Site-Listing.aspx

Venning Park Venning Park, also known as Rose Park, is the second oldest park in Pretoria. The beautiful sunken garden and rosarium (that showcases more than 30 species of roses and nearly 3 000 rose bushes!) are well worth a visit. If you haven’t packed a basket of munchies but feel like a picnic, Rosies Restaurant is tucked away among the roses and Harrie’s Pancakes is just across the road. Entrance to Venning Park is free of charge.

Details: Corner of Schoeman and Eastwood Street, Arcadia / 012 358 0495 / http://www.tshwane.gov.za/sites/tourism/Parks-and-Horticulture/Pages/Parks.aspx

The Voortrekker Monument The picnic site at the Voortrekker Monument Heritage Site offers an open, safe and clean environment with a wonderful view. Situated inside the nature reserve boundaries where game drink at the watering hole across the road and with both the Voortrekker Monument and Fort Schanskop within a stone’s throw, this is an idyllic picnic spot.

Details: Eeufees Road, Pretoria / 012 326 6770 / http://www.vtm.org.za/

Wonderboom Nature Reserve The Wonderboom Nature Reserve is located in the northern part of Pretoria straddling the Magalies Mountains. This 200-hectare reserve is famous for a magnificent 1 000-year-old fig tree that grows within its boundaries. There are picnic and braai spots, walking trails and a large variety of animals inside the reserve.

Entrance to the reserve is R31 for adults, R19 for children between ages seven and 12, and R11 for children under six.

Details: 012 543 0918 / http://www.tshwane.gov.za/sites/tourism/NatureConservation/Pages/Wonderboom-Nature-Reserve.aspx

Anja’s Tea Garden Surrounding the picnic lawn on this farm is the main farmhouse that has been converted into a tea garden, and the outbuildings that are now little shops selling gifts and clothing.

Anja’s Tea Garden offers a breakfast picnic at R110 per person that is available from 9am to 12am. Picnic goers are provided with picnic blankets and pallet tables with fresh flowers and charming crockery. The picnic breakfast includes strawberry Rooibos ice tea on arrival, bottomless coffee and tea, muesli with yoghurt and fruit, filled croissants and Hertzoggies. The lunch picnic, priced at R145 per person, is available from 1pm to 6pm and includes the same beverages served with cheese bread with butter, basil pesto, mature cheddar, smoked beef, hickory ham and a jar salad.

Details: Graham Road, Zwavelpoort / 072 153 6732 / www.anjasgarden.co.za

The National Botanical Gardens The Pretoria National Botanical Gardens is a true botanical tapestry. Boasting the presence of 50% of the entire country’s tree species, a picnic in this urban oasis is a great idea. Adults pay R33 entry and children R15. Kiddies under the age of six can enter the Botanical Gardens, and run wild, for free.

Details: Cussonia Avenue, Brummeria / 012 843 5071 / http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/

By Jana van der Linde