With so many places to host South African’s most favoured pastime, Joburg Tourism travels throughout Jozi to highlight some of the best picnic Braai spots in Johannesburg. While there’s nothing more South African than a good ‘ol fashioned braai accompanied by a lekker tjop & dop, what makes this meal-type even memorable is enjoying it in the open Jozi air!
From the North to the South, East through West, Joburger’s have landmarked a number of picnic spots in Johannesburg best ventured with “worse en vleis” in tow.
To follow, find five of our favourite picnic braai spots in Johannesburg to get your Chesa Nyama on!
- Golden Harvest Park
One of the lesser frequented parks in the city, Golden Harvest Park is a hidden gem located on 55ha of land, not far from the Northgate Dome in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg. Looping around a lovely dam along well maintained walkways amidst indigenous bushveld, Golden Harvest Park offers a picturesque park experience. Forming part of the collection of Johannesburg City Parks, Golden Harvest Park is not just a great braai spot for a little bit of “local lekker” but it’s great for birding and botany enthusiasts too. Explore the natural landscapes, discover resident water fowl and other birding species as well as an ancient iron smelting area native to this idyllic picnic braai spot in Johannesburg.
- Zoo Lake
Home to a number of Egyptian Geese and various other water fowl species, Zoo Lake located near Rosebank Johannesburg is one of the more popular parks to frequent when looking for a central place to braai up some borewors. Host to annual Jazz Festivals and other events taking place throughout the year, Zoo Lake is a cultural hub for musicians and artists to showcase their wares while sporting enthusiasts and picnic fanatics gain an equal amount of pleasure from this outdoor braai spot in Johannesburg.
- Orlando West Regional Park
Offering loads of amenities to various cultural, sports, leisure and play enthusiasts, the Orlando West Regional Park in Soweto is the ideal family braai place and picnic spot. Planted with endemic succulents and over 300 olive trees, the Orlando West Regional Park is equipped with a variety of sports, recreation and play equipment, including basketball and netball courts, a jogging track, swings and a wheelchair friendly playground - great if you are looking to get out, have an outdoor Jozi jol and finish up with the smell of sizzling Chesa Nyama!
- Footloose Trout Farm
Centrally located in Midrand, home to some thirteen dams each well maintained and stocked with Trout, Bass, Barbel and Carp, Footloose Trout Farm combines the beauty of outdoor fish braai-ing with angling. Start the day with a morning cast and a midday braai break in between. The venue also offers rolling grassy landscapes, safe swimming facilities, playgrounds and the option to host other private events.
- Innesfree Park
Found in the country’s key financial hub, Innesfree Park is located in the heart of Sandton, Johannesburg. With two manicured dams, outdoor braai and picnic spots, rolling grass hills and facilities that cater to various sporting and musical events throughout the year, bring along your portable braai and find calm and concord in the bustling business district.