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Top picnic ideas in Durban and surrounds

With the sun staying up a little later these days, it can only mean that picnic season is upon us. Grab a blanket and head to one of these picnic spots around KZN.

Afro’s Chicken (Umhlanga Ridge)

The Umhlanga branch of the extremely popular Afro’s Chicken offers locals a chance to chow down on their favourite chicken burger and tjips at the picnic space at Chris Saunders Park. Simply place an order for a picnic basket, blanket and bottle of vino at the Afro’s counter, and have them pack you a delicious park picnic. Enquire at the counter for prices.

The picnic setup at Afro’s in Umhlanga. Photo supplied.

The Deli at Makaranga (Kloof)

Guests are invited to hire picnic blankets, baskets and umbrellas then recline in the lush subtropical gardens for which this lodge is renowned. The current spring picnic costs R440 for two people and includes fresh bites like a Caesar salad, a cold meats selection, Babybel cheese, avo-and-feta dip with melba toast, a BLT ranch chicken wrap, fruit, and milk tart for dessert. There are also options of a breakfast basket (R290), a veggie basket (R340), the classic deli basket (R480), a deli mini (R360), a deli lite for one (R150), and a mon petite chouchou basket for the little ones (R70).

A picnic basket at Makaranga. Photo supplied.

Dial-a-picnic (city and surrounds)

Dial-a-picnic, a national franchise, offers picnics for every occasion. Whether you’re planning to propose, taking the kids out for a fun day or organising a company team-building event, they have you covered. All you have to do is either collect the basket and head off to your spot of choice, or they can set the scene for you, finding the perfect décor for a themed or personalised experience. (R120 to R215 per person)

Piggly Wiggly (Lions River)

Head to the Piggly Wiggly’s farm stall, The Pantry on 103. This little foodie haven is an ideal picnic pitstop where you can stock up on unique relishes, sauces and pickles as well as cold meats, cheeses and freshly-baked breads before heading off to your favourite Midlands picnic site. There’s also a biltong bar and a fridge offering handmade ice cream by the scoop. If the choice is too daunting, grab one of the pre-packed picnic boxes.

A pre-packed picnic from The Pantry on 103 at Piggly Wiggly. Photo supplied.

Rain Farm Game & Lodge (Ballito)

This private game reserve on the North Coast offers great gourmet picnic options. For an intimate weekend date, opt for the romantic picnic for two (R350 per adult). This includes a game drive or horseback trail through the beautiful reserve, followed by a scrumptious picnic beneath the trees at the edge of the Umhlali River. The cost includes the game drive, the picnic box filled with goodies, bottled water, bubbly, and the picnic set-up. Alternatively, enjoy a standard game drive picnic for R180 per adult and R90 per child. The picnic baskets come filled with breads and crackers, dips and relishes, veggie crudités, cheeses, cold meats, and chocolate brownies.

A picnic spread at Rain Farm Game Lodge. Photo supplied.

Swissland Cheese (Balgowan)

This wonderful cheese farm has long been a popular picnic destination. The offering features a picnic basket for two to four people for R400. The contents include a variety of Swissland cheeses, meatballs, chicken strips, salads, olives, crackers, melba toast, and two preserves. There is also a veggie version for R380. Booking is essential.

Have we missed your favourite picnic spot in KwaZulu-Natal? Let us know in the comments below.

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