Living in a bustling city like Johannesburg can get one feeling quite drained by the end of each week. A great option is to take the kids out for the day to a park, nature reserve or botanical garden. Youíll find so many of these oases right here in the concrete jungle. Whether itís for a hike, a picnic or to view some animals, a day trip in nature is all you need to revitalize yourself after a long week!
Itís like a mini holiday!
Most South Africans are at least a bit outdoorsy. Itís in our genes to escape into nature, making the most of our beautiful weather. Kids absolutely love the fresh air, not to mention the added bonus of spending quality time with their parents and family. Picnic baskets packed, comfortable clothes and sunscreen on, get those kids into the car and get moving!
Reptile parks, zoos and environmental centres
Most zoos and venues allow some interaction with the animals in a safe environment. Farm settings are also an advantage to animal outings so you can bring a picnic and make a day of it. Sanctuaries usually have guided tours and structured walk-abouts to educate visitors about the animals they have. The Johannesburg Zoo has guided day and night tours as well as plenty of animals to see. Reptile parks offer demonstrations and tours to educate visitors about reptiles and other animals. These zoos and venues often have a nice play area for the kids and can be used for kidís parties too. Youíll find more animal themed kids party venues
listed on our site too.
Nature reserves and city parks
Back to nature walks through indigenous grass and shrubs. Guided hikes and tours of Modderfontein, Kliprivier and Melville Koppies are interesting and fun, not to mention a sure way to get the kids off their devices for a few hours. Be sure to check which days the guided tours are on and what you need to do to book your spot.
Abundance of wildlife?
The Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens
has been voted as the best picnic spot for 5 years in a row. It boasts over 220 bird species as well as reptiles, small mammals such as antelope and jackal and over 600 naturally occurring plant species. A breeding pair of majestic Verreaux's Eagles nest on the cliffs alongside the waterfall. An outcomes-based schools' environmental education programme running in the Garden caters for school groups.
Animal school outings and zoos
Perfect school outing venues for kids of all ages, animal outing venues offer a great experience for children. The Johannesburg Zoo
offers educational school tours and demonstrations as well as different displays from time to time so keep checking on them for something new. The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa or Pretoria Zoo
is the largest zoo in the country. They boast the largest number of animals and offer various tours including aquatic, holiday programs, night tours and even a mobile zoo. Check out these and other amazing zoos in Jozi.
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