Pack your picnic basket and head up to one of many picnics located around Durban. Our key picnic site is situated in Berea, the Durban Botanic Gardens is currently the oldest surviving botanic garden on the African continent and is Durban’s oldest public institution. Developed in 1849 as a botanic station for the trial of agricultural crops, the Gardens has progressed as part of a network of botanic gardens internationally to focus on core areas of biodiversity, education, heritage, research, horticultural excellence and green innovation. As well as being an enjoyable day out in the warm Durban weather, the Gardens also feature music concerts on a regular basis. Visitors can either bring along their own picnics or purchase food at the venue.

While Durban itself is a busy urban centre, visitors will find a number of outstanding wildlife destinations within a few hours’ drive from the city. KwaZulu-Natal is a leading conservation area with a multitude of game parks and reserves. In the north are the Hluhuluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve and the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, a World Heritage site. A few hours inland is the uKhahlamba-Drakensberg Park, another World Heritage Site that is home to abundant plant and birdlife. A number of smaller boutique game reserves such as Tala and GwaHumbe lie in the mid-Illovo region.