SOME­THING DIF­FER­ENT: PUTTINGTHE CHIC BACK INTO PIC­NICS

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Um, no, that’s not it. Chic­nics are the new pic­nics for food­ies – it’s all about rolling green lawns, crisp linen and ex­cep­tion­ally good food.

If you’re a gour­mand, you prob­a­bly know about this new trend and even had the ex­pe­ri­ence.

If you’re on the look­out for some­thing dif­fer­ent from the tra­di­tional red and white checked ta­ble cloth and rus­tic pic­nic bas­ket, why not try one of these places that are putting the chic back into pic­nics.

MOUNT GRACE, MAGALIESBERG

The coun­try es­tate and spa in the heart of the Magaliesberg Moun­tains have been do­ing chic­nics since 2013, so they’ve had some time to im­prove upon the con­cept. From gar­den pic­nics to rainy day op­tions, the menu can be ad­justed to suit any oc­ca­sion. Price: R250 per per­son Con­tact: +27 (0)14 577 5600; email

ALLÉE BLEUE, FRANSCHHOEK

Set in the mag­nif­i­cent Franschhoek winelands, this es­tate is all about fab­u­lous sum­mer liv­ing. Known for their fresh herbs and fine wines, Allée Bleue takes every­thing you know about pic­nick­ing and turns it up­side-down. There’s no pic­nic blan­ket in sight – just ta­bles, chairs and green grass as far as the eye can see. Price: R195 per per­son Con­tact: 021 874 1021

HART­FORD HOUSE, MOOI RIVER

or call Drink in the views at this his­toric ho­tel on the Mid­lands Me­an­der.

“Our pic­nics in­cor­po­rate our guests choos­ing from our won­der­ful counter dis­play at the tea house and thus cre­at­ing their own,” says head chef Con­stan­tijn Hah­ndiek.

Con­tact: 033 263 2713

LETHABO ES­TATE, LANSERIA

Ro­mance is in the air with Lethabo’s river­side pic­nics. The es­tate caters for fam­i­lies and cor­po­rate func­tions, but their main area of ex­per­tise are cou­ples pic­nics. Their prices are a bit steep, but they of­fer a be­spoke ser­vice.

Prices: Ranges from R500 to R3 300.

Con­tact:

RAIN FARM GAME & LODGE, BALLITO

The pri­vate game re­serve on the North Coast of­fers two pic­nic op­tions which in­clude a game drive or horse­back trail.

Priced from R700 per cou­ple, guests can look for­ward to an ex­pe­ri­ence at the edge of the Umh­lali River.

Con­tact:

Serene Mount Grace set­ting.

Lethabo Es­tate in Lanseria.

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