This story was first published on 16 October 2015 and was updated on 27 March 2019.
Enjoy a little R&R on lazy summer days at the waterside with these great country picnic buys
If you’re itching for a little trip, these 12 waterside Country Escapes are ideal for a quick getaway, along with all of these great buys.
SO FRENCH: A sturdy but stylish carrier for condiments, cutlery and napkins. The Joie de Vivre Cutlery and Condiment Box (R999, Yuppiechef) is made from weathered oak and is great for patio dining.
GET CUSHY: Spruce up your old cushions with cheerful, retro fabric. These scatter cushions from Hertex feature a range of colours and designs to suit any patio and are made from 100% polyester outdoor fabric. From R700 each.
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PARK OFF: Ditch the tatty blanket with the tassles. This ‘real’ picnic blanket (R450, Dial-a-Picnic) has a waterproof lining and comes in a carry bag. Choose from several colours.
BASKET CASE: This traditional wicker picnic basket (R995, Dial-a-Picnic) for four has a fantastic modern twist – a cooler compartment. It also has a bottle opener (very important), plates, glasses, cutlery and a nifty shoulder strap.
SIP IT: Reminiscent of Thailand’s jam jars (in which cocktails are served), this mason jar (R14.95, Boardmans) has a tin lid and a built-in straw to prevent spillage.
GO MINI: The Smokey Joe Original Braai (R1 369, Yuppiechef) is a miniature of the classic Weber. Only 37cm wide, it’s portable and lightweight, and ideal for braaing on the beach and small patios.
LIGHT SHEDDING: Gardens & Roses specialises in outdoor decor and furniture and these floor-standing candle holders are ideal for evening entertaining. Called Obelix Lanterns (R2 750 to R5 200, Gardens & Roses), they are made from cement and glass.
PEG IT: The Picnic Buddy Bottle Holder (R90, Dial-a-Picnic) means no more spillage in the grass or, worse, on your blanket. It’s made of polished stainless steel and you simply spike it in the ground.
Now that you’ve got your picnic gear, here’s where you can find the best picnic spots in SA.
Compiled by Linda Piegl. Updated by Leigh Hermon