Whether it is a romantic occasion or just a fun family outing, a picnic in the Great Outdoors under KwaZulu Natal’s big sky, with the benefit of the sublime weather (nearly) all-year-round lends itself to this pastime that never grows old.
Impromptu road-trips and exploring the countryside are perfect opportunities to pack a picnic basket to be enjoyed outdoors – and here are five tips on what to include:
- A blanket or picnic mat to sit on
- Properly-sealed plastic containers to keep the ingredients fresh – including the salad dressings or custard for dessert
- The necessary plates, cutlery, serviettes, plastic/glass cups/mugs, a cutting board, rubbish bags and moist towelettes for sticky fingers
- A cooler box for drinks, ice, salad ingredients, fruit, butter etc
- An umbrella, sunscreen and insect repellent
However if you are planning a visit to Tala Collection Private Game Reserve why not experience a day-trip with a difference and enjoy a game drive AND a Gourmet Picnic Basket?
Tala Collection has introduced the Gourmet Picnic Basket in response to visitors wanting to lunch outdoors in a picnic atmosphere – but still enjoy the delights of the Tala Restaurant.
“We have come up with a delicious menu to choose from,” says Armand du Toit, general manager at Tala Collection. The selection includes calamari with a tartare sauce, smoked snoek pate with crackers or chicken and red onion marmalade sandwiches – on the savoury side – and chocolate tarts, mini custard puffs or fruit skewers (on the sweet) to name a few.
The Gourmet Picnic Basket costs R220 per basket which consists of eight selected items and serves two people.
“Additional items can be ordered at R30 per item and a minimum of 24 hours is required to prepare the special basket,” Du Toit adds.
“We have so much to enjoy and appreciate here at Tala Collection – the tranquillity of the African bush, a mix of acacia thornveld and open grassland, our resident wildlife which include hippo, giraffe, rhino and warthog, hundreds of different bird species – a game drive to see it all and a delicious Picnic Basket makes for the best day.”