What a better way to spend quality time with friends and family than with a picnic in the sunshine surrounded by picturesque landscapes only Cape Town can provide?
We have compiled a list of Cape Town’s very best picnic spots for you to choose from.
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If you are lucky enough to be spending your summer in Cape Town, a picnic should be on your itinerary! First, you should decide on your surroundings. Location is key if you want an epic picnic. Do you want to be in the forest, on the beach, in a garden or on top of a mountain? Then decided if you want to pack your own basket or if you want a gourmet pre-made picnic or if you prefer to get into the true Mzanzi spirit and have a braai. It would also be a good idea to check the weather in advance. The best weather for a picnic is a mildly warm day with little wind.
Please be considerate of our wildlife, do not litter or feed the animals.
Remember to pack these picnic essentials:
1. Umbrella / Sun protection
2. Picnic blanket
3. serviettes/eating utensils
4. Wet wipes
5. Trash bag
A hidden gem nestled between Clifton Beach and Glen Beach, Maiden’s Cove is a perfect picnic spot if you would like to braai while sipping on some wine and watching the sunset over the ocean.
Beautiful views of Table Mountain and tidal pools to cool off, this spot ticks all the right boxes.
COST: FREE | BRAAI: YES | WHERE: 44 Victoria Rd, Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001
Only a short drive from Cape Town, Little Bay is situated on Blouberg Beach. It has a lawn-covered braai area where you can set up or you can picnic on the beach.
COST: FREE | BRAAI: YES | WHERE: Blouberg Strand
Llandudno is known as one of the most beautiful beaches in Cape Town. White sand and clear blue water is the perfect backdrop for a romantic picnic.
COST: FREE | BRAAI: NO | WHERE: Victoria Road, Llandudno 7806
TWELVE APOSTLES HOTEL
If you are looking to impress and want a gourmet luxury picnic with an ocean view, this is for you. The Twelve Apostles Hotels offers a romantic private picnic spot on Stanley’s Rock overlooking Camps Bay. Their gourmet picnic baskets include a variety of options to suit your dietary requirements and tastes.
COST: R2450 For two WHERE:Twelve Apostles Hotel & Spa, Victoria Road, Camps Bay, Cape Town
Surrounded by beautiful trees, Tokai forest has one of the best braai areas in Cape Town. It is a perfect spot for family picnics bring and braai or pack your own picnic basket and blanket and go hiking for your perfect spot in the woods.
COST: R20-ADULTS/R10=KIDS/R15-CARS | BRAAI: YES | WHERE: Table Mountain National Park, Tokai Rd, Porter Reform Estate, Cape Town
You can choose to pack your own picnic basket and blanket and sit amongst the trees for a more private picnic or use the designated braai area to grill up your meal.
COST: R25-ADULTS/R15-KIDS/R25-CARS| BRAAI: YES | WHERE: Table Mountain National Park (Nature Reserve)
If sitting on soft, green grass surrounded by beautiful South African plant life is your cup of tea, then Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden is your ideal picnic spot. It is one of Cape Town’s most loved picnic spots and it’s easy to see why.
COST: R60-ADULTS/R15-KIDS/FREE-KIDS U 6yrs | BRAAI: NO
WHERE: Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735
Settle in amongst vineyards and oaks while enjoying the view of the surrounding mountains. Zorgvliet wine farm lovingly packs your picnic basket with freshly prepared gourmet goodies. There are a variety of options to choose from. They have a basket for kiddies, vegetarians, couples, families or if you just want snacks.
COST: R490 (zorgvliet basket for two) | WHERE: Zorgvliet Wine Estate, Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch
Throw a blanket down on the green lawn under the shade of an oak tree or choose one of the tables provided. Another spot is The Rhone Rose Garden Picnic area which has views of the surrounding vineyards, the Rhone Homestead, the Cellar Door, and Winery. Don’t worry about packing a basket, they have you sorted with a picnic basket for two. They also offer a vegetarian and kiddies option.
COST: R480 (Rhone basket for two) | WHERE: Boschendal Wine Estate, Pniel Road, Franschhoek Valley
If you are the active type and in the mood for a hike then you have the opportunity to get the best view of Cape Town from the top of Lion’s Head while enjoying your picnic lunch. Or catch the sunset for a romantic picnic for two with a glass of bubbly and a few snacks.
COST: FREE | WHERE: Signal Hill Road, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa.
If you aren’t up for a hike, but would still like to see the amazing views from on top of the world-famous Table Mountain while enjoying your picnic, no fret! Just take the aerial cableway.
COST: ADULTS RETURN-R255/KIDS RETURN-R125 | WHERE: Table Mountain National Park, Tafelberg Rd, Gardens, Cape Town, 8001
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