Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden
Situated below the dramatic, 200-metre-high cliffs of the Roodekrans Ridge in the West Rand, the Walter Sisulu National Botanical Garden is the perfect escape from the rat race – a lush oasis where you can recharge your batteries and let your soul sing. Not surprisingly the well laid out gardens are incredibly popular with picnickers, and prime spots are on the big lawn by the tumbling Witpoortjie Waterfall, where Verreaux’s Eagles are often seen overhead.
There are also plenty of secluded hideaways in the wild flower garden, the arboretum and the bushveld area should you prefer a quiet, romantic spot away from the madding crowd. Concerts in the gardens provide a wonderful opportunity to eat al fresco, and one of the nice things about a picnic here is that there are lovely trails to work up an appetite, or to work off any excesses, including the spectacular geological trail that leads to the top of the cliffs.