On 22 April, the world celebrates Earth Day in support of environmental protection. While some people are attending different events and taking part in various eco-conscious activities in light of the occasion, there’s a lot the rest of us can do to make the day just as memorable.
Earth Day is the perfect excuse to get out, explore and appreciate our planet’s many beautiful natural locations. And we’ve got a few of South Africa’s favourites that are sure to tickle your fancy.
Spend a day under the warm Durban sun at Umgeni River Bird Park, 3.5 hectares of lush, tropical landscaping that’s home to more than 200 bird species. The park also has plans to introduce interactive, educational exhibits at various points, adding to the popular family attraction’s appeal. Book a package deal or simply pop in for an hour or two – either way you’ll be spending your Sunday right!
Is there really any better way to feel one with nature than spending a day out picking fruit? Situated in the picturesque Hermitage Valley, Wildebraam Berry Estate boasts views of the Langeberg Mountains and rich berry orchards as far as the eye can see. While berry-picking generally happens between November and January, we put a visit on our list of recommended activities anyway because it’s always a breathtaking location, and Earth Day should be celebrated all year round!
Dubbed Johannesburg’s Premier Eco Urban Venue, The Living Room combines bustling city life with the wonders of nature. Situated in the Maboneng Precinct, the venue is alive with thriving trees and plants, and is positioned on a rooftop – allowing for an unforgettable view of Jozi. Sunday is The Living Room’s most popular day, which lines up perfectly with Earth Day. Go and enjoy good music, cocktails, organic edibles and great vibes!
No visit to the Sunshine Coast would be complete without admiring the roaring Indian Ocean and the playful dolphins making their way through the waves. Pack your camera and go for a hike up the spectacular Morgan Bay Cliffs to enjoy drinks at sunset, or watch the sun rise over the sea. The views are incredible and it’s the perfect way to kick back on a Sunday to appreciate the natural wonders of our country.
While spending the day out and about does us a world of good, let’s not forget what Earth Day is really about. The smallest efforts can affect our environment positively in so many ways, and it’s up to us to start the movement so future generations can appreciate it too. So, wherever your TATA wheels take you, do your part to make the journey worthwhile.