Citiliner’s best picnic spot picks in South Africa

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Want to go on a picnic with a couple of friends or even with your family, but have no idea where to go?

Let Citiliner show you some of the best picnic spots for you and your family.

Swissland Cheese, KwaZulu-Natal

Surrounded by the Greenhills of the Natal Midlands and amongst 70 Saanen goats, is where you will find Swissland Cheese and their pick of cheese for every occasion.

In your picnic basket, your taste buds will be greeted by cheeseboards decorated with six (6) swissland cheeses, midlands cold meats, chicken liver pate, olives, pickled eggs and two preserves. Your picnic basket for two will cost R160 and for a group of four, it will cost R320. Alternatively, you can feed the goats with food, provided at the shop, whilst you’re at the shop what don’t stock up cheese of your choice from their full range? They have cheese like the following: Chevre, St. Maure, Chevin, Isinyani, Drakensberg, Cream Cheese, Brie, Feta, and Pecorino.

This is the ideal picnic spot for cheese lovers.

The Brewery & Two Goat’s Deli, Cape Town

Citiliner has taken many passengers to Cape Town and it’s a holiday favorite among our passengers for a good reason. Located in a tiny Karoo town where time stands still, you’ll find this lovely retreat as well as artisan coffee in the shade of the pepper trees. Many people visit the Town of Nieu Bethesda for its blossoming artists, studios and of course Helen Martin’s owl house, but when the clock strikes noon, hop over the river to this brewery and deli which serves picnic baskets of a range of cheeses, venison salamis, preserves and freshly baked bread. And when you’re there, do us a favor and order a cup of their roasted coffee or home-brewed beer (this all depends on what you like most between the two) and find your spot at an outdoor table or on the grass. You will also have the opportunity of watching the goats being milked at 8 am and 4:30 pm in season. Expect delectable stews, soups, and curries during the winter season.

Riet Vlei Nature Reserve, Pretoria

Enjoy a picnic or braai at the largest reserve within the borders of a city-Riet Vlei Reserve.

Famous for its game viewing, you will get see animals such as the: Cheetah, Lion, Wildebeast, Hippo, Eland and the latter (there are a couple of exceptions), you can also head to a bird hide spot which features over 272 species of birds.

Toilet and braai (yeah you read right, braai) facilities are available near the dam and inside the coffee shop. If you happen to be accompanied by a large group, you can book the lapa, bear in mind of the cost: adults pay R48, scholars pay R27 whilst children between the ages of R2-5 years pay R6. For that amount of fun, it is such small price to pay… What do you say?

Addo Elephant Park: Jack’s Picnic Site, Eastern Cape

Besides being busy enjoying game drives, horse trails, hikes and Marine Ecotours. You will need to eat.

If you have your picnic basket filled with edible goodies, head to Jack’s Picnic Spot and nibble what’s in your picnic basket, and if you have forgotten your lunch… No worries they have restaurant and curio shop at the main camp.  Oh, and they have a holiday programme for children, during July and December. This will cost you R58 for adults and R29 for children.

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Zoo Lake, Johannesburg

A favorite outdoor space among Johannesburg locals, Zoo Lake is positioned around a manmade lake right across from the Johannesburg Zoo. Here you will be able to enjoy your picnic on the grass, walk your dog, row your boat on the lake or even go on a jog. If you happen to go there on the first week of the month, why not peruse the ‘Artists under the Sun’ exhibition. They also have Moyo Restaurant, Zoo Lake Sport’s club, and an information center. Citiliner offers a variety of routes to and from Johannesburg! Have a look at our route map. 


There you have it guys; here are our top 5 picnic spots. How about you book your Citiliner ticket through our customer care department on 011 611 8000 | 087 352 0352 and let us take you somewhere special. Happy picnicking!

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