Cape Town

Vergelegen Gardens

Channel the Huckleberry Finn in you and head to Vergelegen for the day. You can wander through the gardens for hours – ideal for energetic toddlers.

Vergelegen gardens

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– Claire Barnardo

Kirstenbosch Gardens

“It may be unoriginal to say so, but it’s still the most beautiful part of Cape Town.”

Kirstenbosch

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– Patrick Cairns

The Beaches on Langebaan Lagoon

“Located within the West Coast National Park, this spot is perfect for safe, family beach play and unspoilt fynbos landscapes.”

beaches on Langebaan lagoon

langebaanlagoon.co.za/beaches.html 

– Kit Heathcock

Boulders Beach

“Ever since I was little, I’ve been kind of obsessed with penguins. I love heading to Boulders Beach to watch them waddle about.”

Boulders_Bay

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– Charis Le Riche

Johannesburg

The Cradle

“Book a gourmet picnic down in the shade of an old river bed and laze the afternoon away on blankets.”

The Cradle JHB

thecradle.co.za

– Belinda Mountain

Delta Park

“Take the dogs for a long walk and then enjoy breakfast at Delta Cafe.”

Delta Cafe

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– Belinda Mountain

Nirox Sculpture Park

“An outdoor gallery near Krugersdorp showcasing land art in situ. Lovely for a wander, and worth visiting when a concert is on.”

Nirox

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– Georgina Guedes

Emmarentia Rose Gardens

“Beautiful rose gardens, meandering bike paths, terraced picnic spots, landscaped gardens, the Emmarentia gardens have it all in the heart of the city.”

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– Georgina Guedes

Pretoria

Hazelwood Food Market

“Sit and socialize at the long tables where friends can have a cosy get-together and sample the dishes.”

hazel food market

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– Zena Le Roux

Irene Farm

“Make sure to buy some certified raw milk produced on the farm and enjoy the tranquil dam rich in bird life.”

Irene Farm

irenefarm.co.za

– Zena Le Roux

Pretoria Boeremark

“This market is for the early birds among us. The market starts at 5.30am every Saturday. It promises to be a tasty and enjoyable experience.”

pretoriaboeremark

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– Zena le Roux

Durban

Swim

“Christmas Bay in Ballito is a sacred quiet Agatha Christie type cove for swimming and scraping mussels off the rocks for a beachy lunch.”

Salt Rock

Salt Rock

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– Suzy Bell

Kayak

“Hire a beach kayak from one of the many uShaka surf shops to ocean kayak on a windless day from uShaka Pier to North Beach and back. You may spot the resident dolphins.”

– Suzy Bell

Durban Botanical Gardens

“It’s one of the places that I can confidently say stays as beautiful and kempt throughout the seasons, so take a picnic blanket, a few snacks and go while away some Sunday hours under the trees.”

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durbanbotanicgardens.org.za

– Jenna Kelly

Kloof Gorge

“Just a little drive into the leafy suburbs will have you exploring waterfalls, braaing next to streams or taking a short hike through the forest.”

Kloof Gorge

– Jenna Kelly

Port Elizabeth

Horse trails

“Trails explore the spectacular landscapes of wide-open beaches or secluded valleys and cliffs in the Eastern Cape bush.”

Horseriding in PE

beachcomberhorsetrails.co.za

– Karen van Rooyen

King’s Beach

“It is ideal for safe swimming, body surfing and sunbathing. There are a host of other facilities nearby including a supertube, skate park, stalls and a funfair during the festive season.”

Kings Beach PE

– Karen van Rooyen

Bloukrans Bungy

“Said to be the world’s highest commercial bungee bridge and jump, this site – about 200m above the Bloukrans River valley – also has a number of world records associated with it, including 19 jumps in one hour.”

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– Karen van Rooyen

 

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