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A South African Picnic

Imagine this: a gentle breeze whispers through your hair and the sun warms your skin, as you share a delicious spread with loved ones. That’s the magic of a South African picnic, and it’s easier than you think to orchestrate your own culinary masterpiece!

Food to pack:

Cheese: Ditch the boring cheddar and get adventurous with your South African picnic! Brie’s creamy whisper, Camembert’s earthy tango, Mozzarella’s playful bounce, and Cheddar’s sharp bite – let your taste buds do a cheese quartet!

Sandwich Spread: Classics never get old! Whip up some ham and mustard or egg and mayo  – these are South African picnic staples.

Drumsticks: Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside, chicken drumsticks and thighs will have everyone humming with joy and are a staple for a South African picnic.

Fresh & Crunchy: Nature’s symphony on a platter! Crisp salads, vibrant crudités with creamy dips, and a rainbow of fruit – South Africans cleanse their palate with these beauties.

Sweet Treats: Cupcakes end your South African picnic on a high note. Think light and fluffy, bursting with flavour – the perfect encore!

Essentials:

Cool Conductors: Beat the heat with chilled cooldrinks and juice, while screw-top wine adds a touch of sophistication.

Utensils: Paper or plastic plates and cups (wine glasses for the fancy!), cutlery, and a cutting board.

Extras: South African picnic blanket, sun protection, and maybe an umbrella  – set the stage for a perfect performance.

Other: Cushions, fold-up chairs, and maybe even a frisbee – embrace the great outdoors.

Great South African Picnic spots:

Cape Town

Beaches: Clifton, Camps Bay, Noordhoek, Hout Bay, Gordon’s Bay, Seapoint, Milnerton, Boulder’s Beach

Cape Point, Tokai Forest, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Table Mountain, Silvermine, Oudekraal, Lion’s Head, Signal Hill, Wynberg Park, Wine Farms in Stellenbosch, Constantia and Franschoek

Learn more about Cape Town here.

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Sandton Field & Study Centre, Rietvlei Nature Reserve, Fountains Valley Nature Reserve, Walter Sisulu (Witwatersrand) National Botanical Garden, Johannesburg Botanical Gardens, Emmarentia Dam, Delta Park and Environmental centre

Kwa-zulu Natal

Beaches: Southport (Anerley), Banana Beach, Bazley Beach, Beach Terminus, Big Tree Beach, Clansthal, Glenmore Beach, Margate Beach and Marina Beach

Botanical Gardens, Kenneth Stainbank Nature Reserve, Paradise Valley Nature Reserve, Jamieson Park, New Germany Nature Reserve, Krantzkloof Nature Reserve, Nkutu Nature Reserve, Memorial Park, Springside Nature Reserve, Tala Game Reserve

Port Elizabeth

Beaches: Beachview, Bluewater Bay, Hobie Beach, Humewood Beach, King’s Beach, Sardinia Bay, Schoenmakerskop Beach, Van Stadens Beach, Wells Estate Beach

Addo Elephant Park, Bushbuck Hiking Trail, Happy Valley, Seaview Game & Lion Park, St George’s Park, Wells Estate

Remember, the perfect picnic is less about the food and more about the feeling. So grab your basket, gather your loved ones, and let the South African sun conduct your own culinary masterpiece.

About Bronwyn Paxton

Article by: Bronwyn Paxton
on January 18, 2024
Filed under  Africa Blog • South Africa • What to do 
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