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Enjoy the purple haze … jacaranda spotting leisure activities

October 5, 2018, Author: Candice May

We’ve rounded up the best leisure activities that let you take in the beauty of jacaranda season! 

Every year, during the months of October and November, a sea of purple petals from thousands of jacaranda trees bloom above the suburban streets and turn the city into a glowing purple haze. Trust us – it’s a sight you’ll want to take advantage of while it lasts! 

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Sundowners at the Munro Drive viewpoint 

Munro Drive is practically a monument in Houghton that takes you up one of the longest, steepest hills in the city. Halfway up is the lookout point that overlooks The Wilds Municipal Nature Reserve and offers some of the most magnificent views of the surrounding jacarandas. Grab that someone special and a bottle of bubbly and take a drive up at golden hour for an evening of romance. PS: this is also a great idea after a first date (if it went well, of course) – the make-out views simply don’t get more scenic than this! 

4 Munro Drive, Houghton Estate 

Mountain biking on the Braamfontein Spruit 

The Braamfontein Spruit is one of the most popular mountain biking trails in the country. Why, you ask? For starters, it’s a greenbelt in the middle of a city. Plus, it’s 60km long – but don’t worry, it’s an easy to moderate level trail (still a next-level endurance ride nonetheless!). The trail starts in Melville Koppies AKA jacaranda central and runs all the way through to Paulshof. It also joins up with paths from various other points along the route, namely Albert’s Farm, Emmarentia, Delta Park, The Sandton Field and Study Centre in Parkmore, Sandton Field, Riverside and Bryanston Drive. For safety reasons, it’s recommended that you ride in groups of at least four. 

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Yoga and breakfast at Four Seasons Hotel – The Westcliff 

An invigorating morning yoga session followed by an alfresco breakfast at the Four Seasons Hotel – The Westcliff isn’t just a fabulous way to #treatyoself, but also to admire the jacarandas. Steven from Yoga Works gives the yoga class, which is followed by a healthy breakfast buffet – think fruits, juices, smoothies, tea, coffee and snacks – that you can enjoy on the lawns. The next event is on 22 October 2018. Keep an eye on the Yoga Works Facebook page for other upcoming events. 

67 Jan Smuts Avenue, Westcliff 

072 835 2525 

www.facebook.com/YogaWorksSA/ 

Park at Marks Park Sports Club across Judith Road, Emmarentia and access from North Gate 

 A stroll through James & Ethel Gray Park 

There are plentiful green spaces to enjoy a weekend stroll in Joburg, but when it comes to jacaranda sightseeing, there’s one place that has an edge on views and ambience – James & Ethel Gray Park. This lush, hilly park offers a spectacular view of the downtown skyline fringed by the Observatory Ridge. It’s a favourite spot for dog walking and to lay a picnic blanket (in which case you should make sure you load up on fresh fruit, cheeses, crackers and bread). 

Entrance at Edgewood Avenue, Melrose 

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Candice, our Digital Editor, is a coffee-drinking, fashion-obsessed lover of anything and everything lifestyle related. She’s also a self-confessed foodie, champagne enthusiast and devoted bargain hunter.

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