The weather is heating up here in the Bay and what better way to spend your sunshine-filled days than by enjoying a picnic with someone special at one of these awesome spots.
Thunzi Bush Lodge
If arriving at a picturesque location where a gourmet picnic basket is already prepared and waiting for you is your cup of tea, then look no further than Thunzi. This country setting is surrounded by indigenous forest, providing the ideal picnic environment. You can bask in the afternoon sun on a blanket and soft cushions, and enjoy the spread complete with napkins, cutlery, crockery and glasses.
The piece de resistance is the actual food, pre-ordered and including items like pepper-crusted beef, salads, cheeses, pates and desserts. There are add-ons – at an additional cost – such as smoked springbok carpaccio and mini quiches.
Alcohol and cold drinks are sold at the lodge, but guests may also bring their own bubbly or wine and pay only corkage.
Picnics are offered from 12pm, Tuesday to Saturday. Booking is essential.
Addo Elephant National Park
Situated in the botanical reserve in the park’s main game viewing area, Jack’s Picnic Site is the ideal stop-over for guests moving through the park from one gate to the other. The site has picnic, braai and ablution facilities and each spot comes with its own undercover table and benches, providing much-needed shade on hot days.
Being the only area in the park where one can braai (other than at units for overnight guests), it is extremely popular, so visitors need to get there early to secure a spot. The other picnic area is at the main camp overlooking the waterhole. It goes without saying there is ample opportunity to see wildlife – including some of the Big 5 if you’re lucky – while making your way to Jack’s Picnic Site.
Guests must adhere to the park’s opening times posted at the gates so make provision to leave the picnic spots in time to reach the gates before they close. Times vary depending on the season.
One of Uitenhage’s most popular weekend and public holiday attractions, Willow Dam is an idyllic family picnic spot.
Just a short drive from the town, it provides a laid-back environment in which to relax and enjoy the surroundings. There is a playground for kids, a skate park, plenty of birds for those who love bird-watching, and ducks to feed.
The dam also hosts the Uitenhage Market on the first Sunday of every month, with live music, children’s entertainment, food and other stalls. And, best of all, entry to this facility is absolutely free.
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Words: Karen van Rooyen