Life is not a picnic, but it could be, with so many places to choose from. There is never an excuse to not have a picnic. So go on EAT.OUT.SIDE
Kirstenbosch can certainly be regarded as one of the world’s greatest botanical gardens, and most definitely one of the best Picnic Spots in Cape Town.
This proud garden was established in 1913 by Harold Pearson after Cecil John Rhodes gave this 528 hectares of farm land to the Government.
I have had many happy days in this magnificent garden. I have watched some of the most riveting movies here with Galileo open air movies. I have enjoyed some of my favorite local music with the Kirstenbosch summer concerts, one that particularly stands out was Parletones and the Zip Zap Circus compo – definitely a goosebumps worthy memory. Another memory that comes to mind is from last winter after a couple of days in bed with a cold I was desperate to get out but still too weak for any big exertions. I spent the morning soaking up some sun with two of my besties on the beautiful Kirstenbosch lawns. Kirstenbosch gardens is big and beautiful and if you have not been there, you should definitely add it to your bucket list.
Kirstenbosch gardens is operated by South African National Biodiversity Institute Entrance fees. Adults: R65; SA Students (with card): R35; Children (6 - 17 years): R15; Under 6 years: Free
The Garden is open 365 days a year from 08:00 - 19:00 (September -March) and from 08:00 - 18:00 (April - August)
Phone: 021 799 8783
- Signal Hill
This 350m-high landmark hill, that has spectacular views of both the Atlantic Seaboard and Cape Town’s City Bowl and is another one of our favourites, it is a very popular spot for sunset picnics. So make sure to go early in summer to beat the traffic and to get the best spot.
Signal Hill got its name due to the fact that it once bore signal flags used to communicate with ships at sea.
Meeting friends here on a Friday after work is a great way to watch the sun set on the week and welcome in the weekend.
- Bakoven Beach
Bakoven is a tiny suburb on the edge of Camps Bay. Bakoven Beach is a small strip of sand between giant granite boulders, some of which are reminiscent of Dutch ovens, hence the name Bakoven.
It is on these boulders that you will find beautiful and often more sheltered picnic spots.
This is also a great spot to cool down on those long, warm Cape Town summer days.
Entry: free, finding parking can be an issue.
- Silvermine Nature Reserve
Silvermine Nature Reserve forms part of the Table Mountain National Park. It covers the section of the Cape Peninsula mountain range from the Kalk Bay mountains through to Constantiaberg.
The most popular place in the reserve, for a picnic, is the Silvermine reservoir. There are many beautiful and comfortable picnic spots along its banks.
Apart from having a picnic or a swim, you can also enjoy other activities such as mountain biking and rock climbing. You may also choose one of the many beautiful hike routes to stroll through this magical reserve.
Some of my best days have been spent here, be it training for Midmar mile, rock climbing or hiking. We always end up on one of the picnic spots on the banks of the reservoir, although you're so close to the city you can feel a hundred miles away.
This place feeds my soul and I feel like I always leave the reserve somehow better than when I arrived.
Entrance Fee is R50 for adults and R30 for children (ages 1 to 11).
- Table Mountain
For a picnic with the beast views of the Mother City there is no better place than the top, yes the top of Table Mountain.
Choose your way to the top:
Walking: If you’re trying to decide what sort of mountain experience you’re in the mood for check out Table Mountain Classics. There’s a brief overview of the route to give you a sense. There are many routes to the top of Table Mountain. http://samountain.co.za/3254-2/
Cable car: If you have not been up Table Mountain in the cable car it is definitely an adventure worth doing. In fact you might like it so much that you might buy the year round cable card. http://www.tablemountain.net/
Rates vary according to the time of the day and the day of the year.
Bonus Tip: Every year on your birthday you can get a free return ride
Once you are on top, your choice of picnic spots are endless.
- Glen Beach
Glen Beach is a gorgeous snow-white sandy beach set in a tiny enclave flanked by massive granite boulders on the Atlantic Seaboard. ... This intimate beach is nestled in the middle of the famous Camps Bay Beach and glamorous Clifton beaches yet is relatively un-crowded.
Great spot for beach birthday picnics, I have some very fond memories of beautiful evenings celebrating friends, friendships and spectacular sunsets.
Chapman’s Peak Drive is simply gorgeous for a picnic and does not have a baboon factor risking your picnic either! There are some 60 picnic tables on the 9km drive of Chapman’s Peak! Each picnic table has a view of mountain and sea with jaw-dropping scenes and sunsets. What’s not to love about sitting out in nature, enjoying good company and a plate full of delicious food? You won’t have to walk far from your car to a picnic table with a view on #Chappies.
This is one of my favourite spots to be a tourist in my own town, I try and take this drive on every occasion possible and most of the time with a picnic basket in the boot.
Tariff: R45 per car
- Windmill Beach
Like its neighbour, Boulders Beach, it is surrounded by giant granite outcrops which act as a windbreak.
Located just south of Boulder's Beach, this beach is fairly sheltered from the wind and its shallow waters make it perfect for families with little ones.
This beach is also popular for diving and Snorkeling.
I have enjoyed early morning and afternoon picnics here, we have swam, snorkeled and I have even once or twice spotted a penguin here.
Entry: free, but finding parking can be an issue
- Oudekraal Beach
This beach is part of the Table Mountain National Park area. Tucked away in a cove, at the bottom of the 12 Apostles, this spot can be sheltered against the wind and therefore is perfect for a picnic or a braai. This is a very popular spot and so it can get really busy over weekends.
Open from 8am-6pm
Conservation fee: R30 per person, R15 per child
- Newlands Forrest
Newlands Forest is a conservancy area on the eastern slopes of Table Mountain, beside the suburb of Newlands, Cape Town. It is owned and maintained by the Table Mountain National Parks Board, along with the City Parks Department of Cape Town, and includes a Fire Station, Nursery and Reservoir.
Newlands Forest is well loved by locals. The green, peaceful space is all that remains of former dense, indigenous forest covering much of the eastern slopes of Table Mountain. Back then the forest served as part of the migratory path of the Khoi. Today it's where people meet to walk their dogs, stroll or trail run or go for a picnic.
Green Point Park; a little piece of paradise in the middle of the Mother City. For a fun day out, school tours, family picnics, children’s birthday parties, outdoor exercise, romantic walks and healthy activities; this is beautiful natural place to get some fresh air and be social. This carefully curated garden is composed of a rich variety of flora indigenous to the Cape, and offers the only Biodiversity Showcase Garden of its kind, featuring 25 000 indigenous plants, trees, shrubs, bulbs and ground covers, consisting of 300 different plant species.
I was recently fortunate enough to be invited to a very special 3 year old's birthday party at the Green Point park, and what a fun morning it was. Easy to get to, plenty of parking and a really great green space right on your doorstep.
- Company Gardens
The Company's Garden is a park and heritage site located in central Cape Town. The garden was originally created in the 1650s by the region's first European settlers and provided fertile ground to grow fresh produce to replenish ships rounding the Cape. It is watered from the Molteno Dam, which uses water from the springs on the lower slopes of Table Mountain.
They have a Fresh goods and craft market here every Sunday. Fun for young and old alike.
- De Waal Park
De waal park is an urban park in Cape Town that is perfect for having a picnic. Walking the dogs and letting the kids play.
The park was opened to the public officially in 1895
They have awesome concerts in De Waal Park over the summer months – check out our events section for more details about this.
- Bigbay beach
Big Bay Beach and its contemporary, Little Bay, are the two beaches of Bloubergstrand in Cape Town.
Beach walks: There is a long promenade going from Dolphin Beach up to Bloubergstrand and after leading through a small rocky beach area further up to Big Bay. Along the promenade there is a metal and wooden climbing frame and swings for smaller kids with plenty of space for picnics close to the Visitor Center
There is also a well-kept lawn section that is a great place to have a beach picnic without the sand.
- Dalebrook Tidal Pool
Dalebrook pool is easily missed. It lies just beyond Danger Beach, between St James and Kalk Bay, and opposite Dalebrook Place. A narrow, little subway takes one beneath the railway line that runs parallel to the sea the length of the False Bay coastline. This has to be one of the most beautiful pools along the coast.
"We didn't realize we were making memories, we just knew we were having fun." Winnie The Pooh
So go on, have fun and EAT.OUT.SIDE
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