Take advantage of the sunny season and head to these places in and around Joburg for great gourmet picnics.
Budmarsh Country Lodge (Magaliesburg)
Enjoy a peaceful afternoon picnic on the lodge’s lush lawns under the trees while keeping an eye out for the beautiful birds in the area. At R550 per basket for two, the picnic package includes blankets, pillows and a menu that usually includes homemade bread, quiches and tartlets; a selection of cold meats, sandwiches, wraps and salads; sweet treats such as scones served with cream and jam, peppermint-and-chocolate tart and assorted biscuits with homemade chutney. Picnics are available from 11.30am on a first-come-first-serve basis, there’s a limit of four to a picnic spot and only children over the age of 12 are allowed.
Stonehaven on Vaal (Vanderbijlpark)
Head over to Stonehaven on Vaal for a picturesque picnic right on the banks of the Vaal River. For R229.90 per person, expect a picnic blanket and a basket filled with chipolatas, barbecue crumbed chicken, petite quiches, local cheeses, bacon-wrapped cheese sausages, kebabs, cold meats, mozzarella and cherry tomato skewers, cheese straws, savoury garnish, French bread with pâtés, crisps, dips and finger dessert delights.
Toadbury Hall (Elandsfontein)
Otter’s Deli, situated at the luxury Toadbury Hall Country Hotel in The Cradle of Humankind, is offering a gourmet picnic basket for R350 per person (including a bottle of wine or grape juice per couple) and a kiddies’ picnic basket for R120 per child (aged five to 12). Highlights from the gourmet picnic basket include rillette of smoked salmon, chicken liver pâtés, caprese salad, roast beef sirloin with horseradish, freshly baked breads, brownies and fruit salad. Included in the price is the option to set up the picnic with either a picnic blanket and cushions or tables and chairs.
Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij (Skeerpoort/Hartbeespoort)
Take in the majestic views of the Magaliesberg Mountain from a picnic spot on the banks of the Skeerpoort river. The picnic baskets (that you get to keep) are packed for one, two and three persons (children get a knapsack). They include a cheese platter, cold meat platter, green salad, pickles and olives, bread and biscuits, season fruit and sweet Dutch biscuits. Picnic bookings are essential.
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