JS Marais park picnic

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This is one of Stellenbosch’s hidden gems. We see the intimidating high fences, but don’t realise the haven of silence away from the everyday rush. Come here for a mid-week picnic that will sooth your senses and refresh your soul.

Price: Free
Length: 30 minutes
Distance: 1 km
Availability: Always
Group size: 2 – 20

My Experience:

On this idle afternoon events beyond my control necessitated me to satisfy my rumbling stomach with a delicious flame-grilled Steers burger. As it were two friends shared the same predicament and joined me on my quest.

I couldn’t allow myself to enjoy this burger with the depressing view of the Simonsrust parking lot spoiling my appetite. So we headed off to JS Marais public park not really knowing what to expect. What a pleasant surprised when we found ourselves seated on luscious grass surrounded by beautiful trees and chirping birds.

After our lunch we relived our childhood and took a swing and got a little drunk from going round and round on the roundabout.

I will definitely come back here, maybe with that special someone.


  • Buy your picnic items at the Simonsrust center close to the park.



Click here for an interactive map and directions

  • Pin B is at the entrance gate
  • Enter the gate from Marais Rd accross from Victoria Street.
  • Follow the path to the right until you reach the swings.

Experienced on 12 May 2011

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