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Love your neighbourhood: Parks to explore

Autumn is a great time to explore your local parks and we take a look at some of the best parks in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria to visit before it gets too cold!



Delta Park

Spanning over 104 hectares the park offers plenty of exploration through its grass - and woodland for visitors. The Delta Environmental Centre also offer a wide range of fascinating wildlife-related courses for adults and children. The Florence Bloom Bird Sanctuary is the perfect spot for bird lovers to spend the day!

Walter Sisulu National Botanical Gardens

Voted the best place to get back to nature in Gauteng for nine years in arow, this stunning reserve has a little bit of everything for the whole family! From a waterfall, to tree-studded lawns and even a pair of breeding Verreaux’s eagles nesting in the cliffs near the waterfall.



Newlands Forest

Situated just off the lip of the scenic Newlands this beautiful forest has winding boardwalks and myriad walking trails for you to follow. If you are feeling energetic you can follow the river path up to the waterfall.

Platbos Indigenous Forest

If you are willing to drive two hours outside of Cape Town then the Platbos Indigenous Forest situated between Gansbaai and Stanford is a magical place to visit where you will find trees a 1 000 years old! 

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

One of the great botanical gardens in South Africa, Kirstenbosch has a breathtaking collection of emerald lawns, flowerbeds, sculptures and awe-inspiring views of Table Mountain. There is the Boomslang walk way, hikes up Skeleton Gorge and a plethora of other areas to explore!



Umhlanga  Lagoon Nature Reserve

Tread boardwalks over swirling lagoon waters or explore the coastal forest where you will find a 500-year old white stinkwood!

Beachwood Mangrove Nature Reserve

For something completely different head 10 minutes outside the city to this swampy wonderland!



Rietvlei Nature Reserve


Rietvlei Nature Reserve is one of the world's largest urban nature reserves, 3 800 hectares in extent, situated south of the city but still within the city limits. The reserve is open to private vehicles and offers superb sightings of the wildlife of the South African highveld. There is a bird hide and an area set aside for picnics at Marais Dam upstream from Rietvlei Dam and there are day and overnight hiking trails as well as horse trails (all accompanied by reserve staff). 

Pretoria National Botanical Gardens


A 50 m high quartzite outcrop divides the Pretoria Botanical Garden in two sections. Its frosty south-facing section and the north-facing, warmer section present two different worlds to the visitor and botanist. Paved nature trails give access to the fascinating natural vegetation on the ridge. 


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