Zoo Lake

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

Golden Harvest

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

James & Ethel Gray Park 

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

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Horwood Farm

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

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

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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Visit Johannesburg City Parks to find more parks, nature reserves, flagship parks and parks for hire.

What Is It?

If you love the environment and collect some amazing sustainable goods, come with the whole family to enjoy some time at the Lake with the Sustainable Goods Market.

They will also be trading plastic containers from home for a Consol Curvy glass drinking bottle so you can bring those plastic containers along and get a super cool glass one instead.

Side note: You can pack yourself a picnic basket or you have the option to also indulge in the delicious food from the food trucks.

Come, let's enjoy little gestures that protect our environment together.

Where Is It?

Zoo Lake, Jan Smuts Avenue & West World Street, Parkview, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

When Is It?

Saturday, 08 June 2019 at 10:00

How Much Is It?

Entrance is Free.

For More Information

For more information, visit Here.

Chaplin's Grill

Chaplin's Grill in Hurlingham are known for their high-quality food and wine offerings. However, if you are looking for a no-fuss, home-style soup, they've got you covered. Try out their soup of the day which is served with cream and fresh herbs. If this doesn't quite satisfy your soup craving, inquire with the manager on duty about their pre-cooked dinners supplied by Chalmar Beef. While you dine at the restaurant, you can order a pre-prepared Chef's Soup of the Day for only *R45.

Details: 61 Woodlands Avenue, Hurlingham | 076 564 5979 | [email protected]

Marble

Marble in Rosebank is all about open-fire cooking. Their open-coal inspired menu doesn't end at meat dishes. They cook almost all their dishes over the fire, including fish, poultry, breads and even desserts. Best of all, their soup of the day is coal-roasted overnight to produce a delicious smoky flavour. If grandma's potato and leek soup just isn't doing it for you, try this one out. After all, what better way to celebrate Joburg winter than by enjoying a hot pot of braaied soup!

Details: 19 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank | 010 594 5550 | [email protected]

Soup of the day

Paul

Paul is another Melrose Arch favourite. This bustling bakery and restaurant serves up classic French soups to delight your senses. Take your pick from either their Chef's Soup of the Day, served with the freshest bread or the delightful Paul French Onion Soup served in a bread bowl with melted Emmenthal cheese. Sounds superb!

**Make a booking before you visit Paul, as this eatery is almost always packed at lunchtime and dinner.

Details: Shop 010I3, Corner The High Street & Crescent Drive, Melrose Arch | 010 020 3002 | [email protected]

Thai Cafe

Thai Cafe in Sandton has a separate soup menu featuring the best Thai style broths. Order yours mild, medium or hot depending on your spice tolerance. We recommend the Tom Yum Soup - this Thai classic is made from homemade chicken stock, fragranced with lemon grass, button mushrooms, and Thai spice. Add chicken, prawns or extra mushrooms to your broth to bulk up the flavour and fill your belly.

Details: 17 11th Ave, Edenburg, Sandton | 072 866 4677 / 078 355 6430 | [email protected]

The Fat Zebra

The Fat Zebra in Linden is best known for its scrumptious breakfasts, great coffee, and friendly vibe. That's why, as the cold weather rolls in, they have added healthy broccoli and courgette soup served with bacon bits and toasty bread to the menu. This is the perfect place to catch up with old friends, so invite the gang around for a soup lunch and a chat. If your buddies aren't the soup loving kind, don't worry - The Fat Zebra has loads of other great options to choose from.

Details: 71 7th St, Linden, Randburg | 082 469 5757 | [email protected]

Doppio Zero - Rosebank

Doppio Zero's flagship restaurant in Rosebank offers patrons Mediterranean fusion at its finest. They have two soup options on their menu: Goulash or Roast Butternut (vegan option available). You can order a medium or large portion of their soups. Pair your choice with wood-fired rosemary and garlic focaccia. The smoky, salty bread goes oh so well with these thick soups. Pure heaven, we think!

Details: Cradock Avenue, The Firs, Rosebank | 011 447 9538 | [email protected]

moyo 

Visit moyo for a unique African-inspired dining experience this chilly season. Their soup selection is distinctly South African, drawing inspiration from home-cooking traditions. Plus, both their soup options are vegetarian friendly. Our vegetarian writer is mad about the Free State Sweet Potato Soup - it comes with sweet potato crisps and a pumpkin bread roll, so there will be no chance of going hungry after this. Alternatively, try out moyo's turmeric roasted cauliflower soup. Prepared with a hit of garlic, this soup is packed with cold and flu-fighting nutrients. And, it tastes great too!

Details: Shop 5, The High Street Melrose Arch | 011 684 1477 | [email protected]

Do you know of any other restaurants that serve up soup of the day in Joburg? Let us know about them!

Niki's Oasis

Niki's Oasis in Newtown is one of the oldest jazz clubs in Joburg. The intimate, relaxed vibe of this eatery goes hand in hand with the music that’s made here. Find live upright bass-baritones and authentic South African cuisine at Niki's. What a combo!   

Click here for more information.

Sophiatown The Mix

Sophiatown was the home of jazz during the struggle. Its streets danced to the sound of trumpets and guitars. Today that spirit is being brought back to life at the Mix, a community and creative hub added on to the Trevor Huddleston Memorial Centre. The music sounds so much sweeter if you know its rich history. Read up about Kofifi - Sophiatown's other name - and go watch a show at the Mix.

Click here for more information.

Untitled Basement @ Artivist

Untitled Basement is Joburg’s most exclusive jazz hot spot. Situated right in the heart of Braamfontein in the basement lounge of Artivist, this venue brims with cool vibes and the blues. They regularly feature up and coming jazzists, including Zoe Modiga, Mpho Sebina and Bokani Dyer.  

Click here for more information.

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Radium Beerhall

The Radium Beerhall in Orange Grove is the oldest surviving bar and grill in Johannesburg. With a genuinely historic ambience, good food and foot-tapping live jazz that makes the embossed tin ceiling vibrate in sympathy, the Radium Beerhall is a must-visit. Visit them on the first Sunday of every month for their Jazz on Sunday line up. This event is the longest running jazz show in Johannesburg, hosted at the Radium for over twenty five years.

Click here for more information. 

Katzy’s Live in Rosebank

Katzy’s is all about the music. They host live bands from Tuesday to Saturday, and are home to seven resident bands, including The Jazz Company, FUNK’D Jazz and Dolce Vita. They also offer a stellar Grillhouse menu, wine, cocktails and cigar lists, and more than 100 different whiskeys, fine cognacs and bourbons to choose from. Katzy's is the place to be seen and to see the best in Joburg jazz.

Click here for more information. 

The Marabi Club

The Marabi Club in Maboneng is at the forefront of the contemporary urban Afro-jazz scene. Established in 2017, this jazzy gem is well hidden beneath the Hallmark Hotel in New Doornfontein. What makes this place stand apart from other Jozi jazz clubs is its world class menu. Head Chef, Vusi Ndlovu, has expertly crafted a tasting menu prepared to wow your senses, just as much as the sights and sounds around you. The Marabi Club is reminiscent of a true 1920’s jazz dive bar but with a touch of 21st century Joburg. This is definitely the place where all the cool kids go.

Click here for more information. 

Jazz Hotspots

Alternative Venues

Zoo Lake - Jazz on the Lake

While Zoo Lake may not seem like the place get your jazz on, it has in fact been hosting free jazz concerts for almost 27 years. Their annual Jazz on the Lake event is one of the most popular jazz events in the city, bringing in scores of happy crowd goers every year. Only the best of the best perform at this event. So, take along a picnic blanket and enjoy a day out in the sun listening to some smooth tunes.

Click here for more information. 

Nirox Sculpture Park

Another unexpected jazz hot spot situated just outside of the city is the Nirox Sculpture Park. Located in the Cradle of Humankind, this park is a dedicated arts and heritage venue. They host an annual Jazz in the Cradle festival in collaboration with Gallery MOMO and the Standard Bank Arts Foundation. Relax on their amphitheatre lawn with family and friends and listen to the sweet sounds of contemporary African jazz melodies. 

Click here for more information.

Sibikwa Arts Centre

The Sibikwa Arts Centre is an award winning multidisciplinary holistic arts and culture venue in Benoni. Fostering a love of art and music in the community since 1988, this arts centre regularly hosts both established and up-and-coming jazz artists. These informal concerts often bring together musicians from various backgrounds and skill sets in a lovely mishmash of sounds. If you are looking to find a community of like-minded jazz lovers, pay the Sibikwa Arts Centre a visit.

Click here for more information.

Sandton Convention Centre

The Sandton Convention Centre is the place to be for jazz enthusiasts come mid September. The centre is the official host of the annual Standard Bank Joy of Jazz festival. For three days the venue is transformed into an all out jazz spectacular, as artists from all over the world take to the stage. The 2019 Joy of Jazz festival will be held from Thursday, 26 September - Saturday, 28 September.

Click here for more information.

Jazz Hotspots

By Tarryn Jameson

Do you know of any other great jazz club venues in the city? Let us know about them!

If there is one thing that South Africans do best; it's a braai. So jot down the 11th of May on your diary because the Zoo Lake Family Braai Picnic & Color Festival is under way and it's going to be massive.

With the high hopes of this being one of the biggest braai's we are yet to see, why not take the family and go have a good time.

The Family Braai Picnic & Colour Festival is travelling all over the country and the bug of excitement has got everyone on their toes.

When Is It?

Saturday, 11 May 2019  at 10:00 - 17:00

Where Is It?

Zoo Lake, Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkview, Johannesburg

How Much Is It?

Entrance is R50 - R500 each person, get your Tickets here!

For More Information

For more information about this event, click Here.

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden

The Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden is a vast expanse of stunning flora and fauna. It has a beautiful cascading waterfall, educational walks and even a black eagle which nests atop the waterfall kraans. It is open on weekdays and weekends and will sometimes have a show or event taking place. The Garden also has a mini-train that operates on weekends which is great fun for the kids (and possibly the only operational mini-train in Gauteng).

Tip: Make sure you call before going as sometimes the Botanical Garden hosts events which can be loud and interrupt your idea of a quiet afternoon picnic.

Details: End of Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort

Walkhaven

This one’s for all the dog lovers out there. Walkhaven started in 2006 with the strict purpose of being a safe environment to exercise your pooches. Walkhaven has a restaurant, a kennel and a function venue with hordes of families making the trek to spend the day with their furry best friends. It’s situated in quaint Muldersdrift on a 22-hectare plot of rolling grassland and features a little dam for your dogs’ enjoyment.

Tip: Visit their website for info on getting an annual pass, which also entitles you to other perks.

Details: Plot 77, Zwartkop, Johannesburg

Gillooly's Farm

Gillooly’s Farm is another great picnic venue on the more eastern side of town. This big piece of grassland features everything from braai areas (very rare in parks these days) to conference venues. They even have a restaurant on the property. It’s beautiful, safe and perfect for picnicking with friends as you can braai, play sport or suntan on the soft sprawling lawns.

Tip: Saturdays tend to be a little busy and at times, so there can be a bit of a ruckus (they don’t only allow braaing but alcohol too, which is fun for some… but not for all).

Details: Boeing Road West, Germiston, Johannesburg

Emmarentia Botanical Gardens

This central Joburg contingent is the perfect venue for a picnic. You don’t pay an entrance fee, are exposed to a world of beauty and have a brilliant view of the city. The Emmarentia Dam and Botanical Gardens is known for its dam and, more recently, for the big live music shows hosted there. They also offer paddle boat hire and benches skirting the dam. This is the most popular park in central Johannesburg and is a must for people who haven’t yet visited it, as well as for those who have.

Interesting Fact: The Emmarentia Botanical Gardens is in fact not one of the eight National Botanic Gardens and is run by the Joburg Parks Department. Walter Sisulu, on the other hand, is a National Botanic Garden and is therefore run by the South African National Biodiversity Institute.

Details: Olifants Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg

Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij

A personal favourite is Van Gaalen, which is actually a cheese factory (although we feel that using the word factory when referring to this little slice of tranquillity is blasphemy). They do Gouda and only Gouda as they do it so damn well. From aged cheeses to young, softer ones, their Gouda is immaculate! But enough about their cheeses before we start drooling on our keyboards. The property boasts a restaurant, a small quiet river and, of course, the cheese ‘factory’. They provide tours of the cheese-making process and allow patrons to use their property for picnics.

Tip: If you phone a day ahead they will make you a picnic basket on the banks of the Skeerpoort river. Another tip would be to book ahead for their restaurant if you plan on heading out there because it can get busy.

Details: Skeerpoort off the R512 (turn off towards Magaliesburg). Call or visit their website for more info.

Zoo Lake

As Joburg’s original park, Zoo Lake used to be the place where the Randlords went to have picnics. With 9 hectares of play area and almost nowhere to park, Zoo Lake is one of our favourite spots to check out. If you forget the picnic goods at home, you can pop into Moyo and grab a bunch of stuff to eat. You can also go for boat rides on the lake – at R10 a pop (it’s been R10 since forever, but just make sure as this price can change before we know it).

Tip: The weekends get pretty packed so try and go early to get a decent parking spot. Alternatively, you can park at Moyo but then you have to buy something from the restaurant.

Details: Zoo Lake, Parkview, Randburg, 2122

Ethel and James Grey Park and Bird Sanctuary

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed…” The poet Walt Whitman said that. Though he’s never been to Ethel and James Grey Park and Bird Sanctuary, we’re pretty sure he would have enjoyed walking the path around this beautiful piece of flora and fauna. The soft green grass, the chirping of birds and the sun shining softly on your cheek makes for a great picnic experience. With 36 hectares of land to put your blankie down on, we highly recommend the old Ethel and James Grey Park and Bird Sanctuary.

Details: Edgewood Avenue & Melrose St, Melrose, Johannesburg, 2000

Riversands Farm

Hands down the friendliest park in Jozi, Riversands Farm on the outskirts of Fourways (just past Dainfern) boasts tons of activities. Above and beyond soft grass and a relaxed atmosphere, this picnic hotspot is a great place to take the pups for a walk. There’s also a zipline, cafe, sports grounds and other cool stuff to get up to if the picnic basket runs empty. Riversands Farm is also known for hosting events such as the SA Gin Festival, so it’s worth keeping an eye on their events calendar. Oh, and before we forget, there’s a Sunday market happening, well, every Sunday. Count us in, please!

Tip: Bring sunblock. There’s not that much shade.

Details: Riversands Commercial Park, Rose Road, Knopjeslaagte, Midrand, 2189

Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Just past Pretoria, you will find 4 000 hectares of prime picnic fun. Rietvlei Nature Reserve is home to 404 species of birds, a big fat dam and loads of trees. So grab some blankets and picnic baskets, get the kids in the car and drive on over.

Tip: Don’t take a wee in the water. Rietvlei Dam supplies over 41 million litres of water to Pretoria on a daily basis. Also, if you’re driving through from Jozi, pack a snack to keep your wandering fingers out of the picnic basket on the way.

Details: 14 Game Reserve Ave, Rietvallei 377-Jr, Pretoria, 0181

Your Very Own Back Yard

Yup. We went there. It saves you a drive, you can keep the beer cold, and no one is going to yell at you for making a fire.

Tip: If you don’t have a backyard, check out the other nine venues… just saying.

Venue: Where the Wi-Fi connects automatically.

By Shawn Greyling

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

Fun Activities

Movies

There are some amazing December movies lined up for summer, and we don't want to miss a single one of them. Enjoy the cinema, outdoor movies, or even a drive-in flick. To check out which movies you can watch this summer at the cinema, click here! When last did you go to a drive-in? Gather some great company and check out this Drive-In experience. The Bioscope Independent Cinema is another ideal place if you're looking for a different movie night out. It's a single-screen picture house with a café and bar, presenting indie and world cinema.

Movies

Gold Reef City

What's summer holiday fun without visiting a theme park? Gold Reef City offers the perfect summer adrenaline rush with plenty fun in the sun. Check out their website to see the rides and summer fun that they have in store for you.

Adventure Golf

The holiday season can get really busy with shopping, unexpected visitors and family fun. For the perfect time out, why not try your hand at adventure golf? Click here for more information.

Adventure Golfing

The Outdoors

Hangout In The CBD

This summer, why not try something new? For a great summer experience that's out of the ordinary, head to the CBD. From great nightlife to unique food markets, there's nothing not to love. Check out what's on offer here!

Picnic Spots Around The City

There is no better way to enjoy the warmer weather than indulging in delicious watermelons and frozen popsicles at a picnic with family and friends. Check out our top picnic spots here! For even more thrills, enjoy a picnic in the sky.

Picnic Spots Around The City

Where To View The Best Sunsets

The best things in life are free, and sunsets and sunrises are some of the best things life has to offer. So, visit the top spots to catch the best sunsets in the city.

Hot Air Ballooning

Imagine drinking in the scenic views of the Magaliesberg from above. Allow yourself to be whisked away into the sky while sipping a glass of bubbles. For more information, visit this website.

Hot Air Balloons Trip 

Dinner In The Sky

If you haven't experienced dinner in the sky, now is time! Think awesome views, delicious food and an experience of a lifetime. Sky Dining South Africa brings you this must-try event. Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Flower Viewing

This one is for all the flower lovers. Check out the best spots to watch the flowers bloom in Joburg for the most beautiful summer blooms.

Flower Viewing

Zoo Lake

How about unwinding by the lake? Zoo Lake is a favourite Jozi spot, offering the annual Jazz on the Lake and Carols by Candlelight events. The Zoo Lake Sports Club also has a restaurant and great pub grub. And, of course, you can pack a picnic basket for a leisurely meal under the clouds.

Events To Attend This Summer

The Beach Festival At Silverstar

Date: Thursday, 05 December 2019 - Saturday, 11 January 2020.

If you are looking for something fun to do this summer, Silverstar is just the destination for you. For the last four years, The Square has been transformed into a sandy summer destination. There's no need to pack up half the house and drive for hours for the family to enjoy the sun and sand. This year, you can look forward to a beach festival and a New Year’s bash that will kick start 2020 in style. For more information, click here!

Margarita-ville

Date: Saturday, 14 December 2019 at 14:00.

Who is ready for an epic party at The Beach in Rivonia? Indulge in some summer fun with exciting activities. So, gather some friends and go have a great time. Margarita-ville is bringing amazing entertainment. Click here for more information about this event.

Summer Surge 2019

Date: Saturday, 14 December 2019 at 18:00.

Join in to celebrate the warmer weather and the fashion choices that come with it at Summer Surge 2019. This is where music meets fashion. This event is not to be missed. See you there!

The 12 Pubs Of Xmas

Date: Saturday, 14 December 2019 from 12:00 – 00:00.

Join Jozi's most outrageous Christmas-themed pub crawl. Don your most interesting Christmas outfit, accessories and all, then trek your way to a total of 12 pubs in the 1Fox Precinct. Grab a drink at each and just have a little fun. Click here for more information.

Picnics

Zoo Lake

Zoo Lake offers an escape from the concrete jungle that surrounds it. The willow trees that line the banks of the lake act as a wall against the Park more traffic. What once was a favourite amongst the Joburg Randlords is now a melting pot of different creeds and cultures. Zoo Lake is a public park situated right across the road from the Johannesburg Zoo and hosts lazy boat rides, an African market and the iconic Moyo Restaurant. The park is famed for being dog-friendly and often pooches can be seen chasing sticks and catching balls. It is always busy and often varsity students from UJ and Wits frequent the park to take a break from their studies.

Details: http://www.jhbcityparks.com/index.php/list-of-parks-mainmenu-39/53-zoo-lake

Emmarentia Dam

Set in the heartland of Joburg, Emmarentia Park has two major attractions for visitors. The Johannesburg Botanic Gardens, and Emmarentia Dam. The garden has seven distinct gardens - the Herb Garden, the Hedge Garden, the Succulent Garden, the Shakespeare Garden, the Rose Garden, the Chapel Garden and the Arboretum (a collection composed exclusively of trees). The dam offers rowing enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy their sport within the city. The dam attracts a variety of bird life, while on the wide spaces to the north west of the dam people walk their dogs, picnic, jog along the pathways, or simply chill out.

Details: http://www.jhbcityparks.com/index.php/conservation-contents-95/botanical-gardens-contents-96

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

The gardens are the perfect place to have a picnic, go on a hike or take a leisurely stroll through the vegetation. The area in the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden is known as the ‘Rocky Highveld Grassland’ and consists of a mosaic of grassland and savanna, with dense bush in kloofs and along streams. The variety of habitats accommodates over 600 naturally occurring plant species. The Botanical Gardens are also famed for their abundance of wildlife, including over 220 bird species. The beautiful waterfalls at the bottom of the garden boasts a breeding pair of majestic Verreaux’s Eagles that many a visitor spend a great amount of time watching.

Details: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/walter-sisulu/

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Al Fresco Dining

Moyo Zoo Lake

Take advantage of the warm weather and the sun deck or outside dining section of Moyo Zoo Lake. Have you face painted, enjoy a couple of cocktails and indulge in the best ethnic food in the city. Moyo is best experienced with friends and family, so make sure you load the car chock-full of friendly faces before heading to the restaurant. Enjoy pap en vleis like it's meant to be enjoyd - in good company!

Details: http://www.moyo.co.za/moyo-zoo-lake/

Tasha's Melrose Arch

Grab the gang and head to Tasha's at Melrose Arch for a laid back and relaxed dining experience in the shade. The heart of Tasha's can be split into two section: 1. their food is good. 2. Their service is amazing... and the third bit would be their take on the classic hamburger. At Tasha's Cafe you can grab two 125g homemade mini beef burger patties built up with red onion, tomato, and gem lettuce served with fries... and if you add an extra R5 (at the time of writing) you can change that burger into a... cheese burger! There's a reason why we've included them in the best burgers of Melrose Arch hall of fame.

Details: http://www.tashascafe.com/

Dog Parks

James & Ethel Gray Park

Pretty laid back and relaxed, James & Ethel Gray Park is a great place to take your new puppy as it's not as busy as those mentioned above. The park is patrolled by local security and managed and monitored by the Melrose Rates Payers' Association, owing to a clean and safe environment. Be sure to take your leash with as we're not too sure about leash laws here – we've seen doggies off their leashes but can't confirm whether this is the rule.

Details: http://www.jhbcityparks.com/index.php/list-of-parks-mainmenu-39/122-james-a-ethel-gray

 

Golden Harvest

This park is a stone's throw away from NorthGate and boasts 55ha of walking space and a very special hiking path that goes around the dam. The venue is a local favourite and a popular Sunday braai spot. Be sure to check it out whenever you're in the area. Bring a ball along, and maybe your sausage dog as well.

Details: http://www.jhbcityparks.com/index.php/list-of-parks-mainmenu-39/39-golden-harvest

Walkhaven

A stone's throw away from the Cradle Of Human Kind lies a safe space for dogs to run free, kick it with the cool kids and make new friends. With 22 hectares of awesomeness, your dog will feel right at home at Walkhaven. There are two dams for the dogs to swim in, various hiking trails, braai and picnic facilities that have been spread out to avoid congestion, and loads of maintained space in which to walk, picnic, play and enjoy a day out. The best part is that dogs are not required to be on a leash – in fact, the facility prefers them to run around and play freely. Just be sure to clean up after your dog (poo bags are available in the bar and on the deck area). The park also has a little pub and grub area which serves cold beer and hot pizza, and the restrooms are serviced regularly and remarkably clean. Check the link below to find out about the entrance fee.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Walkhaven/

Public Pools

Zoo Lake Public Swimming Pool

From its Cape Dutch Architecture to its crisp, clean water the Zoo Lake Public Pool is a summer hot spot. Entrance won't break the bank but be sure to take some sun screen and floaties with. For a very, very long time this public spot has served the community to the fullest extend. Crisp clean water fill the main and kiddies pools. This is also where Desmond and the Tutus played a free show for the kids with their faces covered in ice cream and sunblock. If it were up to us we'd label this venue a heritage site.

Details: 57 Lower Park Dr, Parkview, Randburg, 2193

Linden Swimming Pool

With a half Olympic sized main pool indoors, a smaller pool outside, and a baby pool, the Linden Swimming Pool complex is a hidden gem in the heart of suburbia. Visitors are welcome to pack a picnic basket and soak up the sun and go for a splash or three. The entrance fee is kept low and pensioners get in for free. Season passes are also available at a once-off fee. All pools except for the baby pool are heated. The facility is handicap friendly as well, including everyone in the fun.

Details: https://www.jozikids.co.za/listing/linden-indoor-heated-public-swimming-pool/

By Shawn Greyling

 

 

Picnics

Zoo Lake

Zoo Lake offers an escape from the concrete jungle that surrounds it. The willow trees that line the banks of the lake act as a wall against the Park more traffic. What once was a favourite amongst the Joburg Randlords is now a melting pot of different creeds and cultures. Zoo Lake is a public park situated right across the road from the Johannesburg Zoo and hosts lazy boat rides, an African market and the iconic Moyo Restaurant. The park is famed for being dog-friendly and often pooches can be seen chasing sticks and catching balls. It is always busy and often varsity students from UJ and Wits frequent the park to take a break from their studies.

Details: http://www.jhbcityparks.com/index.php/list-of-parks-mainmenu-39/53-zoo-lake

Emmarentia Dam

Set in the heartland of Joburg, Emmarentia Park has two major attractions for visitors. The Johannesburg Botanic Gardens, and Emmarentia Dam. The garden has seven distinct gardens - the Herb Garden, the Hedge Garden, the Succulent Garden, the Shakespeare Garden, the Rose Garden, the Chapel Garden and the Arboretum (a collection composed exclusively of trees). The dam offers rowing enthusiasts the opportunity to enjoy their sport within the city. The dam attracts a variety of bird life, while on the wide spaces to the north west of the dam people walk their dogs, picnic, jog along the pathways, or simply chill out.

Details: http://www.jhbcityparks.com/index.php/conservation-contents-95/botanical-gardens-contents-96

Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens

The gardens are the perfect place to have a picnic, go on a hike or take a leisurely stroll through the vegetation. The area in the Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden is known as the ‘Rocky Highveld Grassland’ and consists of a mosaic of grassland and savanna, with dense bush in kloofs and along streams. The variety of habitats accommodates over 600 naturally occurring plant species. The Botanical Gardens are also famed for their abundance of wildlife, including over 220 bird species. The beautiful waterfalls at the bottom of the garden boasts a breeding pair of majestic Verreaux’s Eagles that many a visitor spend a great amount of time watching.

Details: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/walter-sisulu/

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Al Fresco Dining

Moyo Zoo Lake

Take advantage of the warm weather and the sun deck or outside dining section of Moyo Zoo Lake. Have you face painted, enjoy a couple of cocktails and indulge in the best ethnic food in the city. Moyo is best experienced with friends and family, so make sure you load the car chock-full of friendly faces before heading to the restaurant. Enjoy pap en vleis like it's meant to be enjoyd - in good company!

Details: http://www.moyo.co.za/moyo-zoo-lake/

Tasha's Melrose Arch

Grab the gang and head to Tasha's at Melrose Arch for a laid back and relaxed dining experience in the shade. The heart of Tasha's can be split into two section: 1. their food is good. 2. Their service is amazing... and the third bit would be their take on the classic hamburger. At Tasha's Cafe you can grab two 125g homemade mini beef burger patties built up with red onion, tomato, and gem lettuce served with fries... and if you add an extra R5 (at the time of writing) you can change that burger into a... cheese burger! There's a reason why we've included them in the best burgers of Melrose Arch hall of fame.

Details: http://www.tashascafe.com/

Dog Parks

James & Ethel Gray Park

Pretty laid back and relaxed, James & Ethel Gray Park is a great place to take your new puppy as it's not as busy as those mentioned above. The park is patrolled by local security and managed and monitored by the Melrose Rates Payers' Association, owing to a clean and safe environment. Be sure to take your leash with as we're not too sure about leash laws here – we've seen doggies off their leashes but can't confirm whether this is the rule.

Details: http://www.jhbcityparks.com/index.php/list-of-parks-mainmenu-39/122-james-a-ethel-gray

 

Golden Harvest

This park is a stone's throw away from NorthGate and boasts 55ha of walking space and a very special hiking path that goes around the dam. The venue is a local favourite and a popular Sunday braai spot. Be sure to check it out whenever you're in the area. Bring a ball along, and maybe your sausage dog as well.

Details: http://www.jhbcityparks.com/index.php/list-of-parks-mainmenu-39/39-golden-harvest

Walkhaven

A stone's throw away from the Cradle Of Human Kind lies a safe space for dogs to run free, kick it with the cool kids and make new friends. With 22 hectares of awesomeness, your dog will feel right at home at Walkhaven. There are two dams for the dogs to swim in, various hiking trails, braai and picnic facilities that have been spread out to avoid congestion, and loads of maintained space in which to walk, picnic, play and enjoy a day out. The best part is that dogs are not required to be on a leash – in fact, the facility prefers them to run around and play freely. Just be sure to clean up after your dog (poo bags are available in the bar and on the deck area). The park also has a little pub and grub area which serves cold beer and hot pizza, and the restrooms are serviced regularly and remarkably clean. Check the link below to find out about the entrance fee.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Walkhaven/

Public Pools

Zoo Lake Public Swimming Pool

From its Cape Dutch Architecture to its crisp, clean water the Zoo Lake Public Pool is a summer hot spot. Entrance won't break the bank but be sure to take some sun screen and floaties with. For a very, very long time this public spot has served the community to the fullest extend. Crisp clean water fill the main and kiddies pools. This is also where Desmond and the Tutus played a free show for the kids with their faces covered in ice cream and sunblock. If it were up to us we'd label this venue a heritage site.

Details: 57 Lower Park Dr, Parkview, Randburg, 2193

Linden Swimming Pool

With a half Olympic sized main pool indoors, a smaller pool outside, and a baby pool, the Linden Swimming Pool complex is a hidden gem in the heart of suburbia. Visitors are welcome to pack a picnic basket and soak up the sun and go for a splash or three. The entrance fee is kept low and pensioners get in for free. Season passes are also available at a once-off fee. All pools except for the baby pool are heated. The facility is handicap friendly as well, including everyone in the fun.

Details: https://www.jozikids.co.za/listing/linden-indoor-heated-public-swimming-pool/

By Shawn Greyling

 

 

Please note: These Mother’s Day lunches are valid for Sunday, 12 May 2019 ONLY. Booking is essential. Offers are subject to availability.

Moyo Melrose Arch

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

Celebrate that special lady in your life with the ultimate Moyo experience. Join them for a delicious lunch at their Melrose Arch branch for R379 per adult and R185 per child aged 4 - 12, kids under 3 eat for free. Wondering what's on the menu? Click here to take a quick squizz for yourself. Lunch will be served from 12:00 - 16:00.
For bookings, call Moyo Melrose Arch on 011 684 1477.

Details: www.moyo.co.za | 011 684 1477 | [email protected] | Shop 5, The High Street
Melrose Arch, Birnam, Johannesburg.

Moyo Zoo Lake

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

The Zoo Lake branch also has something special in store for mothers. Treat mom to a breakfast buffet between 08:00 - 11:00 for R185 per adult, R85 per child between the ages of 6 - 11, and children under 5 eat for free. The breakfast also includes a complimentary glass of bubbly. Or you can celebrate this special day with their lunch buffet served from 12:30 - 16:00 from R345 per adult, R260 per pensioner, R185 per child aged 6 - 11, and children 5 years and under eat for free. Cost includes live entertainment, an Avon gift for Mom as well as kid’s activities to entertain the little ones. Click here to check out their menu.

Details: www.moyo.co.za | 011 646 0058 | [email protected] | Zoo Lake Park, 1 Prince of Wales Drive, Parkview, Johannesburg

Mother's Day

The Barn at Irene Farm

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

We know this one is out in Pretoria, but it’s a lovely option if you’re looking to enjoy a Mother’s Day celebration out in the country. The Barn Restaurant at Irene Farm will be hosting a Mother’s Day buffet from 12:00 – 15:00 for R295 per person. Click here to have a look at their farm-style menu for this special day. Booking is essential, so make sure you contact them to reserve your table.

Details: www.irenefarm.co.za | 012 667 4822 | [email protected] | Nellmapius Drive, Irene, Pretoria

Casalinga Ristorante

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

Treat mom by spending Mother’s Day at Casalinga. They’ll be hosting a delectable Sunday lunch in her honour at R695 per adult and R180 per child under the age of 10. The cost also includes a special gift for mom. And to keep the little ones pre-occupied, there’ll be a jumping castle. Booking is essential so make sure you book ASAP. Visit their website to check out the menu for the day.

Details:  www.casalinga.co.za | 087 941 1223 or 011 957 2612/3311 | [email protected] | Plot 328 Rocky Ridge Road, Off Beyers Naude Drive, Rietfontein, Muldersdrift, Johannesburg.

Maximillien Restaurant

Date; Sunday, 12 May 2019

The Maximillien Restaurant at the Da Vinci Hotel & Suites will be serving a sparkling Mother’s Day brunch buffet from 11:00 – 13:00 on the pool deck. This brunch costs R395 per person and includes sparkling wine and a little gift for mom from Jimmy Choo. Booking is essential as space is limited, so be sure to make your reservation as soon as possible.

Details: www.legacyhotels.co.za | 011 292 7111 | [email protected] | Corner Maude and 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.

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Piccolo Mondo

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

The Piccolo Mondo at The Michelangelo will be spoiling moms with a delectable Mother’s Day High Tea between 13:00 – 16:00. This special treat costs R355 per person and includes many delicious goodies to tickle your palate. Booking is essential. For bookings and enquiries on this special event, use the contact details below.

Details: www.legacyhotels.co.za | 011 282 7463 | [email protected] | The Michelangelo Hotel, Nelson Mandela Square, 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.

Rodizio Brazilian Restaurant – Bedfordview

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

Spoil your mother with one of Rodizio Bedfordview’s scrumptious set menus this Mother’s Day. There will also be live entertainment on the day. This Mother’s Day delight will be served between 12:00 to 15:00. And every mom will get a glass of bubbly! As for the menus, here’s what you can expect:

Set Menu 1 - (R255 per person)

Set Menu 2 (R275 per person)

Set Menu 3 (R295 per person)

Set Menu 4 (R335 per person)

Details: www.rodizio.co.za | 011 455 1093 | [email protected] | Shop 35, Village View Shopping Centre, Van Buuren Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

Don’t miss The Fairway Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort’s famous Mother’s Day Sunday Lunch Buffet at their award-winning fine dining Balata Restaurant. Not only will mom be spoilt, but the kids will also have a blast on the jumping castle and getting their faces painted. And moms can relax, as there will be babysitters watching the little ones. Cost is R470 per person and booking is essential.

Details: thefairway.co.za | 011 478 8000 | [email protected] | Setperk Street, Randburg, Johannesburg.

oneNINEone

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

Spoil your beloved mom this Mother’s Day with a thoughtful and divine lunch at oneNINEone. Celebrate her and how much she means to you with a glass of bubbly served with freshly shucked oysters, a cold selection of local well-matured cheeses as well as tacos filled with crusted linefish, whisky-glazed pulled pork and smoked beans with chorizo. And the spoils are not complete without something sweet and indulgent, an opulent dessert counter offering soft flapjacks made to order, a mouthwatering selection of homemade ice creams as well as a variety of sweet tartlets, fruit verrines and chocolate torte. Sounds scrumptious!

Details: onenineone.co.za | 011 280 1188 | [email protected] | 191 Oxford Road,  Rosebank, Johannesburg.

Morrells Boutique Estate

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

Whether you’re looking to start the celebrations early or would prefer tucking into an afternoon delight, Morrells Boutique Estate has just the Mother’s Day celebration for you and beloved mom. Take your pick from their Mother’s Day Breakfast served from 08:00 – 10:30 at R395 per person or the Mother’s Day Lunch from 12:00 – 15:00 at R 520 per person. Bookings are essential so make sure you make your reservation now to avoid disappointment.

Details: www.morrells.co.za | 011 476 9495 | [email protected] | Corner of Weltevreden Road and Scott Street, Northcliff, Johannesburg

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The Kitchen | L'antico Giardino

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

Mom only deserves the best, so why not spoil her with an specially prepared lunch at The Kitchen | L'antico Giardino in Lanseria this Mother's Day? They have something special planned, so make your reservation here. Click here to see what's on the menu for the day. Cost is R320 per person and R170 per child under the age of 12. There's nothing better than soaking up the autumn sun while celebrating and feasting with the family.

Details: theforum.co.za | 011 575 3888 | [email protected] | Portion 17 Farm 543, Nooitgedacht, Pine Valley Road, Lanseria.

Valverde Eco Hotel

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

Celebrate that wonderful lady with Valverde Eco Hotel on Mother's Day! They will be serving a delicious three-course lunch from 12:00 at R325 per person. If you want to find out what's on the menu or to see if there's still availability, simply drop them an email at [email protected].

Details: valverde.co.za | 010 591 6840 | [email protected] | Plot 5, Lammermoor Drive, Johannesburg

Stonehaven on Vaal

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

As always, Stonehaven on Vaal is going all out with the Mother's Day celebrations! They have everything to make this day extra special, from breakfast and luncheon buffets to cruising delights and casual cruises down the Vaal. It's definitely a lovely way to spoil mom. For the full details of what's happening this Mother's Day, click here to get the full programme. Booking is essential.

Detail: stonehaven.co.za | 016 982 2951/2 | [email protected] | Vaal River, next To Baddrift Bridge,
Vanderbijlpark.

The Carnivore

Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019

For a beast of a feast, don't miss out on the Mother's Day celebrations at The Carnivore. They have a Mother’s Day Lunch set menu in store to celebrate those amazing women in our lives. This feast costs R395 per adult and R200 per child under the age of 12. Click here to see the menu for the day.

Details: carnivore.co.za | 011 950 6000 or 0861 732 237 | 69 Drift Boulevard, R114, Muldersdrift, Gauteng.

The Ice Rink

Northgate hosts one of the last ice skating rinks in town and the price to dance about on the ice has never looked better. Skating is now cheaper than a haircut - well, depending which barber you go to of course.

Zoo Lake Public Pool

The best thing about the Zoo Lake Public Pool is the venue's Cape Dutch architectural design which is in keeping with the style of the area and of course the amazing pool. The water is always spotless and the tanning spots well kept. It's a pretty cool place for a picnic as well.

MuseuMAfricA

Just across the road from the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown is the MuseuMAfricA which is not only an important ethnological museum holding artefacts, paintings, photographs, musical instruments and archaeological items, but is also an animated memorial to key phases of Johannesburg’s past. Dig in to the continent's history by paying a visit to this awesome slice of yesterday - the price will please you and your wallet.

Wits Origins Centre

Opened by President Thabo Mbeki in 2006, the Origins Centre is a world-class museum dedicated to exploring and celebrating the history of modern humankind and telling the story of the emergence of human beings and humanity in southern Africa. The centre is kid friendly and the little ones are sure to learn a thing or three about our ancient ancestors.

 

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It's all about the Il Grande, baby. Spoil the kids to lucious big seats, popcorn, and even pizza at the Montecasino. Their Il Grande cinema is cosy and comfy and just the best thing since peanut butter and jam for lunch. The cinema shows movies in both 2D and 3D. We can't wait for the next animated sensation to hit the big screen just so that we can check out the Il Grande... we're kids at heart, okay!

 

City Rock

Indoor rock climbing is all the buzz right now. why not grab the little gang, head to City Rock in Fountainbleu and have them climb to their heart's content. Now, now don't stress too much. It's perfectly safe and there are trained pros who will watch the kids like hawks. Maybe you should give it a whirl as well.

 

By Shawn Greyling

There's an urban myth making the rounds, stating that Johannesburg is the largest man-made forest in the world. This is something made up by drunk guys around a braai night. And like many rumours, it's spread the country over.

But Jozi does boast a lot of pretty cool parks. From Zoo Lake to Westdene Dam, and everything in between, we don't have a shortage of picnic spots. But lately these formerly picnic-only zones have become the home of another Joburg staple - the jogger.

Parkrun - as the community is known - organise weekly, 5 km timed runs around the city. They are open to everyone, free, and are safe and easy to take part in. Some notable parkruns would be Delta Park in Victory Park (which is also a prime mountainbiking spot), the Lonehill Park Dam, and the Woodlands Office Park. All you need to do to join in is to register on the official parkrun website. On the site you will also find details about events taking place in your area. These runs are spread all across the city, and country for that matter.

Discovery Vitality members, 18 years and older, can earn 300 points for participating in a parkrun event. Visit the Discovery website for more information. It is a partnered initiative by the financial services group to invest in grassroots  athletics events to further healthy living in South Africa.

By Shawn Greyling

Have you been on a Parkrun before? Let us know what you think of it in the comments section below. Thinking of getting into shape or looking for a new challenge? Then share this link on social media with your friends and family. 

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The Zoo Lake Vibe

Nine hectares of prime picnic location: that's what Zoo Lake is all about. Over the years the park has grown in popularity. Both locals looking for a place to wind down their weekends, and international tourists, who are looking to soak up the African sun in the busiest city on the continent, enjoy the park's vibe.

What once was a favourite amongst the Joburg Randlords is now a melting pot of different creeds and cultures. Zoo Lake is a public park situated right across the road from the Johannesburg Zoo. Go on a lazy boat ride, visit an African market or the iconic Moyo Restaurant. The park is famed for being dog-friendly and often pooches can be seen chasing sticks and catching balls. The park is always busy. Varsity students from UJ and Wits frequent it to take a break from their studies. Zoo Lake is also the venue for the annual Jazz on the Lake festival, Carols by Candlelight events and the Artists Under The Sun Open Air art exhibition. Plus, two blocks up from the park is the South African Military Museum which is a fascinating visit in itself.

What to do

Whether you're into canoeing, picnicking in the park or just napping under a tree, Zoo Lake is the place for you. There are also jungle gyms for the little ones and basketball and tennis courts for the older kids. It is worth noting that fishing or swimming at the lake is not permitted. But, you are welcome to bring seeds or bread along and feed the ducks, swans and pigeons that hang out around the lake. The area makes for a scenic jog as well. Security is ample and safety comes first at Zoo Lake, but as always it pays to stay alert.

Zoo Lake

Have you been to Zoo Lake? What did you think of this cool public park? Let us know in the comments section below. Do us a solid and share this on social media – that way we can increase the popularity of our parks. 

What Is It?

Now in its 27th year, this annual Jazz on the Lake concert has become Joburg’s unofficial spring welcoming party and is always a fab day out at Zoo Lake! The best part is that this event is FREE to the public. Remember to bring your picnic baskets, camping chairs, blankets and cameras too. No alcohol may be brought onto the property, but there will be a beer garden with plenty of drinks available for purchase. We recommend getting there early so you can secure a good spot.

When Is It?

Sunday, 01 September 2019 at 10:00 – 17:00. 

Where Is It?

Zoo Lake, Cnr Jan Smuts Ave & West World Street, Parkview, Randburg, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is free!

For More Information

Visit their Facebook page for more information.

Contact them on 011 482 3580. 

Emmarentia Dam

Emmarentia Dam is always a picturesque location, whether it's summer, winter, autumn or spring. Not only is the dam itself calming and inviting, but the botanical garden next door is also something any photographer ought to take advantage of at least once or twice in their life. In autumn and winter, if you arrive before sunrise, you get the opportunity to take stunning dew and fog photographs. Sure, it's quite nippy, but the outcome is so worth it.

Munro Drive, Houghton

The top of Munro Drive in Houghton is the ideal spot to see the northern cityscape of Johannesburg. You won't be able to see the Johannesburg skyline from this point but you can definitely indulge your lens in some awesome shots of Sandton and Randburg. This is also a great spot for spring photography, so if you fear the cold make sure you go during the warmer months.

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Delta Park

Delta Park is the perfect place to shoot if you're looking for a juxtaposition of the man-made city and mother nature in the city. On one hand you have the waterfall, small wildlife and birdlife and on the other is the Johannesburg buzz, views of the skyline and geographical contours that blend the two worlds quite seamlessly.

Melville Koppies

Here you can get some stunning shots of the autumn or winter sky that have a very noir effect to them. The rocky environment turns the whole experience into an adventure of its own, so not only will it be a photography excursion but also a mini hiking trip. From here you can also get a beautiful shot of the Johannesburg skyline. There's no getting over that beauty!

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Inner-City Johannesburg

Inner City areas such as Newtown, Braamfontein and Maboneng always have awesome graffiti, street art and street style to photograph. If you don't want to capture an influx of people walking on the streets then autumn is the perfect time to snap in these areas. Plus, the grey weather will definitely enhance your photographs in a unique manner.

Northcliff Hill

Northcliff Hill will definitely be chilly in autumn and winter, however, you can also bask in the afternoon sun while snapping some cityscapes and winter flower stills on the hilltop. Round off the photographic afternoon with a mug of hot chocolate or a glass of red wine, although we don't advise shooting and drinking – for your camera's sake.

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Walter Sisulu Gardens

This is another scenic place in Johannesburg with a waterfall and stunning plant life. With its abundance of flora, we recommend you go early for the dew and sunrise images. Or you could go in the late afternoon for golden and sunset images, with the chance of catching its resident nesting eagles in full flight. Absolutely breathtaking.

Hartbeesport Dam

Hartbeesport Dam is a favourite for most photographers and photography students. It's perfect for a day's road trip to explore the dam, the partially deserted streets and the zoo to take in all the nature you can. You can even turn the venture into a weekend getaway!

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Rietvlei Zoo Farm

This is another awesome spot to go to for the photography opportunities and the potential road trip and/or weekend getaway. The farm offers other fun activates, so you can really take full advantage of this and capture some great shots you would have otherwised missed on your own.

Zoo Lake

Although Zoo Lake is more popular for braais and socialising, when you go there to observe and appreciate nature, there are some hidden gems worth capturing and exhibiting. As with most of these venues, it's best to arrive before sunrise to capture the serenity of nature before the Johannesburg buzz begins.

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WITS

With so many things to do in Johannesburg, there’s no reason to be left out in all the wonderful happenings and trends in and around our diverse city. Check these top 10 cool hangout spots for students.

Neighbourgoods Market

An obvious one for choice is this market. Set in the trendy town of Braamfontein, every Saturday the Neighbourgoods Market covers two floors and is filled with craft beer and cocktails, finger-licking food and plenty of things to buy. This is where you will find artisan trend-setters, foodie fans, design extravaganza, and so much more!

Where: 73 Juta Street, Braamfontein

Market On Main

Second up is Market On Main. This is a weekly market that trades in regional foods and local design. It takes place every Sunday at Arts On Main between 10:00 and 15:00, and the first Thursday of every month between 19:00 and 23:00, Market on Main is open for you to get your fix of fine food and great design. From stunning clothing and must-have accessories to gourmet eats, they’ve got it all, which makes Market On Main a great place to spend time with friends and family.

Where: 264 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct

Student Hangout Spot

Mary Fitzgerald Square

Set in the hub of the city, situated under the M2 Highway lies Mary Fitzgerald Square. It is a vibrant, unique, and cultural complex that is home to three theatres and two art galleries and on Saturday mornings a flea market continues at the theatre. Across all this lies the Newtown Junction Mall, where you can always get what you’re looking for!

Where: Miriam Makeba Street, corner of President Street

Maboneng Precinct

One may feel overwhelmed at the number of things there are to do in this trendy area. Maboneng is a gentrified precinct filled with creatives, a day and night market, fine food, drinks, parties, movies and so much more! This is a stop for everyone – no matter what your tastes or preference.

Where: 286 Fox St & Kruger St, Johannesburg

Melville

Being a residential area to most WITS and UJ students, the bustling 7th Street on Melville is filled to the brim with restaurants, bars and shops – it’s the place to go! Melville is also home to 27 Boxes, an innovative shopping centre made out of shipping containers. More and more people are flocking to this super-trendy area for food, drinks and a bit of retail therapy in this bustling centre. The best part is that its FREE!

Where: 7th Street, Melville

Student Hang out 2

Campus Square

To all the students around Auckland Park, this is your convenience centre for almost everything. From your daily necessities, monthly groceries, retail shopping, yummy takeaways, to grabbing a quick drink with a friend, this is the square where you can get all that done and more!

Where: 39 Kingsway Ave, Auckland Park

Zoo Lake

For a peaceful and sunny afternoon grab your mates and head to Zoo Lake. This is one of Johannesburg’s most popular outdoor spaces and certainly one of the safest, particularly over weekends. On the first weekend of the month, there is the ‘artists under the sun’ art market, which draws the crowds. You can enjoy picnics, riding, jogging and mouth-watering meals and drinks from close by restaurants.

Where: Corner of Jan Smuts Avenue and West World Street

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