When I think of summer in Durban I always think of heat, humidity and long gentle evenings outdoors, sharing food and drinks with family and friends.
I also think of picnics and outings to the beach or the park or even just a drive up or down the coast to get out of the city.
One thing that all these summer activities have in common is food and drink. Somehow it is always a major part of the outing.
Because this is 2021 and we are all trying to be healthier – and we do not have much money to spend on eating out and on fast food, we make a plan and pack delicious meals to enjoy outdoors. Of course, we braai too when and where we can.
Because it is very hot in summer, don’t forget to make sure you have protection from the sun and plenty of hydration.
Before you even start planning your picnic, come to one of our Five Household Plastic branches and have a look at everything we have to offer you – from sealed containers and picnic baskets, to paper serviettes and melamine and plastic dishes, cups, tumblers and jugs.
Here are four articles to get you going:
- Handy Tips for an Awesome Summer Holiday Picnic
- Fresh Summer Lollies – Perfect for Picnics
- Boerwors Braai – The Best Ways to Cook this Classic South African Sausage
- What are your Favourite Gravies, Marinades and Sauces for a Braai?
Picnic and Braai Spots
Here are a few suggestions of picnic and braai spots in and around Durban:
Because of the Chemical spill in July and a recent E. coli outbreak you need to check which Durban beaches are open before you plan your outing.
This animal farm in Sheffield Beach is home to over 1000 Rescued animals, birds and reptiles. They offer a real farm experience where you will be able to love and cuddle so many beautiful animals. They also have activities and shows, a water park and prayer room facilities. Own picnics and braais are welcome and there is also a coffee shop.
It’s one of the few sites where you can fish for your supper, and braai it. Remember to bring your own braai grid if you’re planning to use the cooking facilities. Set up a picnic spot near the dam for a spectacular view near all of their facilities, some of which include toilets and a jungle gym.
This gorgeous picnic spot in is 253 hectare protected area in the suburb of Yellowwood Park, accommodating for all types of people. It’s home to a handful of walking trails, cycling routes, a wide variety of bird life and even a trail for differently-abled guests wanting to experience the reserve.
There is a designated braai area in the park fitted with braai facilities. You can also enjoy exciting tours of the castle on the reserve.
For a more laid-back experience, visit Palmiet Nature Reserve in Westville. This site is excellent for solitude experiences because of the constant sounds of the stream in the distance. Braai facilities are available on request, and picnic sites are available around the reserve.
This botanic garden is a great place to enjoy a traditional picnic. It is currently Africa’s oldest surviving botanic garden. With well-kept lawns and walkways, it’s a great experience for any picnic.
So, pack the picnic basket and get ready for a summer of fun and family.