That’s the question on everyones mind in this new lockdown life. So before you head to Google, here is my list of ideas and recommendations on what you can do in Johannesburg this weekend. Most ideas include walking, so dust off your walking shoes and get your sunblock ready, especially now that Spring is around the corner.
1. Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens
This is one of South Africa’s nine National Botanical Gardens. It is beautifully well-maintained and is home to an abundance of wildlife, over 220 bird species, a number of reptiles, antelopes and jackals. As of 3 August 2020, the gardens are open for walking, hiking and running. Unfortunately no picnics nor social orientated activities are allowed.
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2. The Zoo Lake
The Zoo Lake is a beautiful area to go for a walk, especially if you have a little cabin fever but don’t want to head out too far. Take some food to feed the ducks and some snacks to feed yourself while you get fresh air and walk about this area.
3. Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve
Take a drive to the Rhino and Lion Nature Reserve. The Reserve is a quick 45 minutes drive from Johannesburg and is located in the Cradle of Human Kind. What is nice about this Reserve is that you don’t have to get out the car! So you drive through and spot the animals without going anywhere near people. So if you’re neurotic about this whole Covid pandemic, like me, this little outing is perfect for you. There is a picnic area though if you choose to eat out the car.
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4. Get arty and crafty
Do something creative this weekend and get busy with some arts and crafts at home. Order something fun and exciting off www.smartcrafts.co.za and set up a work space in the garden. Treat it like a fun date for you and your partner. Or even a fun a fun task for the kids. Smart Crafts has an endless supply of craft tools so be sure to check them out.
5. Picnic in the park
Support your favourite restaurant (especially in these times!) and grab a takeaway and go for a picnic in the park. Don’t forget to pack a blanket in the car so you don’t end up sitting on the grass. We recently did this with takeaways from Mr Souvlaki and loved it! There are so many parks to head to but our favourite is James & Ethel Gray near Melrose Arch. The views are breathtaking from here and I love that you can spot nearly every breed of dog roaming here! I am a real dog lover and this makes me happy! After your picnic, take a walk around the walk. Its beautiful!
I’m on a mission to do more things in Johannesburg so I can add more to this list. Stay tuned for a weekly update on this blog post!
In the meantime: Where can we go for a hike in Johannesburg?