Winter is finally behind us, so bring in the change of seasons and welcome the country’s most spectacular season with some exploration of the countryside. Hunt down the best display of the flowering Namaqualand daisy, find your new favourite picnic spot for the summer, discover local wine routes or ear mark a tranquil forest walk for the warmer weather to come and celebrate spring!
- Western Cape
For the perfect picnic spots in Cape Town, head to Eagles Nest Winery in Constantia or Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek – here you can enjoy some of the most peaceful scenery and enjoy an afternoon of wine tasting at the same time.
If you are on the hunt for a truly spectacular display of the iconic Namaqualand daisy, take a drive up the West Coast to Darling, Yzerfontein and the Postberg region of the West Coast National Park where a kaleidoscope of sprint-time colour awaits you.
Magical scenery and awaits in the verdant province of Mpumalanga – packed with numerous picnic spots at the foot a waterfall, walking and hiking trails, opportunity for games drives at the nearby Kruger National Park and even a spot of wine tasting.
Picnic at the foot of the cascading Lisbon Falls, hike the popular Escarpment Trail in Machadodorp or discover the Kruger National Park on foot with a guided walking safari. For a more tranquil, sophisticated pursuit, head to Rottcher Wineries in White River for delicious orange wine tasting.
Despite Durban’s pretty consistent year-round weather, spring is a particularly gorgeous time in the sunny province, and provides a multitude of opportunities to get outdoors! Head to Durban Botanic Gardens, Africa’s oldest surviving botanic gardens, for a sublime picnic in the sunshine, or spend the day on the city’s golden shores at Ushaka or Umhlanga.
Alternatively, head in-land to the Midlands Meander and enjoy the many quirky stalls, cafes, chocolate, cheese, wine and beer tastings to be found.
- Eastern Cape
The Eastern Cape is also one of those provinces which is a joy to visit most months of the year, but, it’s a particular treat during spring. This evergreen, tropical part of the country is an outdoor lover’s paradise – from the Wild Coast down to the Garden Route, you will be spoiled for choice to make the most of spring. If you are holidaying near Port Elizabeth, take a trip to Addo Elephant Park, here you can picnic or braai overlooking the waterhole – all day visitors welcome.
Stay at: Kowie River Chalets in Port Alfred
Spend the day at the Featherbed Nature Reserve when visiting Knysna and enjoy a lagoon cruise, 4×4 drive to explore the peninsula, optional 2.2 kilometre trail walk and buffet lunch under shady milkwood trees to end the day.