Top Braai Spots in Joburg


Braaing is what we South Africans do best! And with National Braai Day (or Heritage Day if you will) just around the corner, you’re probably looking for some great spots to fire up the braai and get some steaks on the grill with friends and family. Here are our top spots to celebrate your heritage in Joburg!

Emmarentia Dam – Greenside

Not too far from Greenside, Emmarentia Dam is the perfect spot for a day out in the sun with family and friends. Filled with shady trees, statues, fountains and ponds, this is a beautifully scenic backdrop for your Heritage Day braai. There is more than enough space for the kids to run and play, and be sure to bring a picnic blanket so that you can relax under the big Willow trees.

Details: Opening times: Sunrise to sunset | Thomas Bowler Street, Roosevelt Park, Johannesburg | Tel: (011) 782 7064.

Photo Credits: Joburg Parks

Zoo Lake – Parkview

Busy over the weekends, Zoo Lake is a popular hangout spot for young and old, offering a great space to have a relaxed day out. Laze on the green grass, braai up some lekker steaks for your picnic and watch the kids play on the jungle gyms. If you want to cool down, you can take a paddle in the man-made lake or feed the ducks!

Details: Corner Jan Smuts Avenue and West World Street, Parkview, Johannesburg.

Wemmer Pan/Pioneer Park

This spot holds rowing competitions and flower shows during the summer, and is definitely a great place to kick back and relax outdoors! Wemmer Pan (or Pioneer Park) is the perfect place to have a picnic with friends and family. And if you want to braai, be sure to bring your own portable braai stand, meat, tongs, herbs … the works. The adventure park is also ideal for kids.

Details: Corner Rosettenville Road and 11th Street, La Rochelle | Tel: (011) 435 0425.

Gillooly’s – Bedfordview

Gillooly’s offers you great braai facilities, beautiful scenery and enough room to run around and play sports. Ladies, you can sunbathe on the soft grass while the men monkey around and show off their braaing skills this Heritage Day! Be sure to stock up on some refreshing beverages (alcohol is allowed) and pack a picnic basket with yummy treats … just don’t forget the sunscreen!

Details: 47 Boeing W Rd, Bedfordview, 2007 | Tel: 0860 543 000.

Pines Resort – Krugersdorp

For a day out in the sun with family and friends, make your way to Pines Resort out in Krugersdorp for an afternoon of braaing and water slides! Relax and fire up some chops on the braai, find a great spot to have a picnic and keep cool with Pines Resort’s swimming pools by testing out their water slides!

They are open Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays from 09:00 to 17:00. There are braaing facilities available.

For more information, visit their website.

Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve – Kromdraai

After an afternoon of game watching, sit back and relax with a picnic and braai at the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. There are 30 shaded braai areas, there’s a kiddies play area to keep the little ones entertained and there’s also a swimming pool for you to cool off in. Entry is R140 per adult and R100 per child.

For more information, visit their website.

Golden Harvest Park – Northwold, Randburg

One of the biggest public open spaces in the northern suburbs, Golden Harvest Park offers you great scenery and a big open space for you to do some walking, fishing, exploring, bird watching and mountain biking. There is a play area that will keep the kids entertained, and most importantly, in the name of National Braai Day, there are braai facilities available!

For more information, click here.

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