For an enjoyable day out with the family this Easter, head to Rietvlei Zoo Farm. Families can opt to braai under the shade of the lapas, burn off some excess energy exploring the vast grounds or view the farm's many animals. The park also offers a variety of recreational activities, including tractor rides, swings, steam train rides, a picnic area, a mini zipline, paddle boats and ziplining. Entrance is *R40 per person and you'll need to book a lapa and activities at the Farm Office.
There are few places as perfect for Easter celebrations as Bokkie Park. Located in Boksburg, this park offers lush gardens on the water banks, braai facilities, a play ground for the little ones and many farm animals. Spend a day at the park picnicking, braaing or walking around feeding carrots to the goats, sheep, rabbits, donkeys, cows, geese and pigs. There are ample hiding spots for an exhilarating Easter egg hunt and plenty of space for the kids to run around and burn off that sugar rush. Entry to the park is free but you'll need to book a lapa or braai facility beforehand.
Contact details: 011 899 4141 | 38 Southvale Rd, Leeuwpoort 113-Ir, Boksburg
Trees Eco Park is a park and function venue located in Rynfield, Benoni. The facility offers a park that's safe for kids, a swimming pool, braai facilities, trees and even a few goats. Here, kids can climb trees, explore tunnels, enjoy a magical fairy garden, take on an obstacle course, practise their balancing skills, play in a sandpit and learn about trees, planets and birds, all in one beautiful setting. Bookings need to be made in advance and entry costs *R50 per person for the day.
Contact details: 082 559 8504 | 2 Totius Road, Rynfield AH, Benoni | trees-eco-fun-park.business.site
If you're looking for a quiet spot away from the hustle and bustle of the city, then look no further than Kloofendal Nature Reserve. This fully enclosed, secure nature reserve offers a scenic outdoor location perfect to spend with family and friends. The reserve has a few hiking trails where a lucky few may get to see a few animals such as duiker, dassie, mongoose and hedgehog. After the long walk, enjoy a picnic on the lawn or book a lapa to get cover from the sun. Entry is free.
Contact details: 011 760 9143 | Veronica St, Roodepoort
If you're looking for an effortless Easter celebration where you can sit back, relax and have everything taken care of for you, then look no further. Under The Oak Tree will plan out all the details, from the catering to the entertainment. All you have to do is enjoy the tarred race track, barnyard animals, fairy garden, jungle gym, tree house and sandpit. The quirky themed decor at this venue is the perfect background for all the family photos. Booking is essential.
After a long weekend lazing about the house on their iPads, the kids need to get out and experience the sunshine and fresh air. There is no better way to do this than with an early morning hike at Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve. Kids can view zebra, red hartebeest and black wildebeest while they trudge along. Afterwards, have yourselves a thrilling bushveld Easter egg hunt and family picnic. This is a great way to get out and explore your city while having some holiday fun.
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This park, located in the aptly named Parkview, has been a favourite among Joburg residents for many years now. And we can see why. The park boasts boat rides, a fountain, restaurant and a sports club and pub. Spend the afternoon paddling away in a boat watching the ducks go about their day. Or have a picnic under one of the shady trees for a getaway right in the city.
Contact details: 011 483 1017 | Cnr Jan Smuts Avenue and West World Street, Parkview
Based in Randburg, this 55 ha park is perfect for spending the day out with family, kids and the pooches. Spend the day fishing, braaing, picnicking or hiking. It has many dwindling paths as well as a pristine lake, making it the perfect location for a day out with the dogs. Nature lovers will love all the indigenous bushveld and resident water fowl.
Contact details: 011 712 6600 | First Avenue, Northgate
Tucked away in Birdhaven, James & Ethel Gray Park is what remains of a bird park. As such, this park is home to many species of birds, and makes a great day out for birdwatchers. The park features grass, lawns, walking paths, ablution facilities and water bodies. Dogs will love running through the park, swimming in the streams and rolling around in the mud.
Contact details: 011 435 4727 | Atholl Oaklands Road, Abbotsford
This big park in Edenvale is home to luscious green lawns, park benches under leafy trees, a kids play area and jungle gym and lovely walkways, all rounded off with safe, ample parking and clean bathrooms. The park also plays host to the Horwood Family Farm market once a month. Spend the day out in the serene surroundings enjoying yummy food and drink while the kids and dogs burn off extra energy.
Contact details: 011 999 3140 | 1 Homestead Road, Edenvale
The Wilds Municipal Nature Reserve is a park in Houghton, crowned with koppies and indigenous vegetation. The park features water falls, fountains and evergreen nature making for a leisurely respite from day to day life. The park also has many lovely finds such as the sundial, red aloes, shaded benches and amazing views. With stone paths and meandering walkways, this location makes the perfect destination for a hike or power walk.
Contact details: 011 643 2313 | Houghton Drive, Houghton
Kloofendal Nature Reserve is a 128 ha park in the middle of Bankenveld, Drakensberg and Savana ecosystems. This park offers both education and entertainment with the early gold mining remains, informative plaques and amphitheater. The reserve also has several species of flora and fauna, which can be viewed while hiking on one of the hiking trails. Followed by a relaxed picnic under one of the many lapas.
Contact details: 011 760 9143 | Galena Avenue, Kloofendal, Roodepoort
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