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Picnic Guide
Picnic Places in and around Gauteng/Pretoria area
I have tried to add as many contact numbers as possible, but do not have these details for all. If you need directions please contact them directly.

Union Buildings
The buildings are closed to the public, but the spacious terraced gardens command fine views of the city

Pretoria Zoo
Boasts Over 7000 individual animals, boasting breathtaking gardens and picnic areas, take a ride on the cable way or rent a cart to drive through the zoo.

Wonderboom recreation resort (Entrance fee)
Lavender Road, Wonderboom
Contact 012 543 0918

Derdepoort Recreation resort(Entrance fee)
Baviaanspoort Road, East - Lynne
Contact: 012 808 0829

Rooihuiskraal Terrein (Entrance fee)
On Rooihuiskraal Road, Rooihuiskraal. The terrain features a variety of animals including free roaming reindeer, large park and playground, braai facilities.

Loerie Park Zoo (Entrance fee)
Variety of bird species, and animals including tigers can be viewed

  Gauteng Province
Witwatersrand Botanical Gardens (Entrance Fee)
Malcolm Road,
Contact: 011 958 1750

Gillooly's Farm (No entrance fee)
Boeing Road, Bedfordview

Horwoods Farm (No entrance Fee)
Horwood Road

Sandton Field & Study Centre (Entrance fee)
Louise Road Parkmore
Contact 011 783 7407

Braamfontein Spruit Hiking Trail
Runs along the Braamfontein spruit through Johannesburg, Randburg and Sandton as far as the Kleinjukskei River.

Bezuidenhout Park
A farm dating from the gold rush days.

Cartonville, Westonaria
Nearby the Abe Bailey Nature reserve.

Carousel Casino & Entertainment World
A day tripper resort offering fun for the whole family.

Willem Prinsloo Agricultural Museum,
Centred around a farmstead dating from 1880, includes a blacksmiths shop, dairy, water mil and peach brandy still. Traditional farming activites are demonstrated. Open daily, annual events include the prickly pear festival in February. Mampoer festival in April, and agricultural museum show in August.

Fountains Valley Nature Reserve
Includes a restaurant, swimming pool, caves, fountains a miniature railway and open air theatre.

Coronation Park includes a pool and playground, with grand old steam locomotives on display at Randfontein estates Gold Mine just outside Krugersdorp, train rides offered once a month.

Offers many diverse attractions from yachting, waterskiing on hartbeespoort dam. Cable way , aquarium, zoo, snake park and tea garden. Hot air balloon flights, Makalani Bird Park. Zanadi pleasure resort noted for wide indigenous trees. Olympic size skating rink and swimming pools. Many pleasure resorts and country inns abound In the area, quaint craft shops invite a leisurely browse. On Sunday's the Magaliesburg express steam train leaves Johannesburg Station at 08h45 for Magaliespoort. (a Journey in just under two hours) arriving back in Johannesburg at 17h45.

Melville Koppies
A once stone age African village and iron smelting works. A small nature reserve, guided tours available.

Riebeeck Lake, where angling, picnicking and swimming are popular diversions. Over 120 species of birds identified, paintings by South African artists on display at the Con Joubert art gallery.

Rietvlei Nature reserve
Notable for 73 grass types, 147 herbs, large numbers of game and of 140 bird species, open Sundays and public holidays from 9h00 to 17h00

Roodepoort Museum. Walks and trails through Kloofendal Nature reserve. Kloofendal ampitheatre popular for entertainment events.
Witwatersrand national Botanic garden featuring a high waterfall. Open daily.

Leisure options at Florida Lake include boating and angling a play park, swimming pool, barbecue and picnic spots. Hosts annual events such as Johannesburg pops in April, & lake festival in October.

The city of parks and industries. There is a gamepark on the banks of the Klip River in Peacehaven, leisure activities include golf, water skiing, swimming, picnicking, hiking, horse-riding and bird watching.

Tours of factories such as ISCOR, USCO and Premier Milling can be arranged. A historical tour includes a trip on a raft on the Vaal River. Annual events include art festival in August/September and air show during the first weekend in September.

Gold reef City
Gold reef city amusement park, rides included in the entrance fee. Johannesburg. Victorian style buildings.

Santarama Miniland
Wemmer Pan
A miniature version of a city complete with airport, railway docks a soccer stadium, game reserve and a race course. Miniland depicts many of South Africa's most impressive buildings, and Van Riebeek's sailing ship, the Dromedaris. Explore on foot or take a mini train trip Open daily 10h00 to 16h30.

Zoo Lake
A park sourrounds Zoo Lake which is frequented by breeding bird colonies, includes rowing boats for hire, swimming pool.

Delta Park and Environmental centre
A large park with shady trees, open all day. Displays of animals and birds and a model railway.

Emmarentia Dam
Ideal for swimming, boardsailing, canoeing picnicking and cycling.

Johannesburg Botanical Gardens
Gardens are the setting for bonsai trees, herbs, a medical and literary garden and 24 acre rose garden reputed to be the largest in the world. Open 7h00 to 16h00.

Johannesburg Zoo
Close to main freeways, the jhb gardens support more than 300 species of Mammals birds and reptiles, including rare exotic species, mainly from other parts of Africa.

Klein Paradys
Camping and Caravanning site, Day visitors welcome, braai & picnic facilities abound, includes swimming, canoeing, paddle boats. Take a walk through the "Garden of Eden"