Skip the backyard-Easter egg hunt and try one of these alternative local spots in and around your city
Tired of keeping it in the backyard? Head out and discover your city and its nature, with a side of chocolate.
1. Honest Chocolate on Wale Street in Cape Town.
So, technically I understand that this is not a a literal Easter egg hunting ground. But this shop makes the best chocolates this side of Swtizerland.
From spiced salted caramel tarts to handmade truffles and hot chocolate, take a family here for the ultimate Easter chocolate extravaganza.
2. Green Point Urban Park
Entry to the park is free as long as you adhere to the rules set by management. Bring a picnic, enjoy views of both Lion's Head and the Cape Town Stadium while you hide a few Easter treats in the surrounding grounds for some family fun*.
*Be sure to chaperone young children at all times as the park does have some water features.
TIP: De Waal Park, Newlands Forest, Kirstenbosch and Cape Point Vineyards are also worth a shot!
3. Walter Sisulu Botanical Gardens in Roodepoort
Free for children under the age of 6 and R50 for adults, this ‘Rocky Highveld Grassland’ is ideal for Easter Weekend. Go hunting for eggs among a mosaic of grassland and savanna*.
*Be sure to keep the egg-hunting parameters tight as you don't want your choccies to get lost in the vastness of the gardens.
4. Johannesburg Botanical Gardens and Emmarentia Dam
Enjoy a picnic and Easter egg hunt right in the centre of Jozi, where it's safe and green.
Currently R110 for adults and free for children under 6, the park is in pristine condition and offers a vast plant life, including succulents and indigenous trees. Also visit the herb garden!
TIP: Also try Zoo Lake or the Lindt Chocolate Boutique in Sandton for some decadent spoils!
5. Chocolate Heaven in Nottingham Road, KwaZulu-Natal Midlands
Did anyone say chocolate covered strawberries? Instead of buying Easter eggs, go here, the KZN house of dark, white and milk chocolate. YUM!
6. KZN National Botanical Garden in Pietermaritzburg
So many places to play! Go hide some eggs in the striking Plane Tree Avenue, or the theme gardens including the popular Zulu Demonstration Garden, Cycad Garden and a Permaculture Garden.
The entrance is only R27 and kids under 6 go in for free.
TIP: Try the Beachwood Mangroves Nature Reserve by the Umgeni River in Durban North.