Last week I rounded up some amazing wine estates which offer fabulous picnic hampers and a gourmet picnic experience. Today’s post highlights ten scenic spots in and around Cape Town to enjoy a picnic and soak up the outdoors. Silvermine and Kirstenbosch are definitely my favourites, which are yours?
1. SILVERMINE NATURE RESERVE
This is one of the best nature reserves to visit during the Summer months especially if you’re looking for a good picnic spot next to the dam or just a beautiful hike.
Open from 7am-6pm
Conservation fee: Adults R40, Children R20
2. KIRSTENBOSCH BOTANICAL GARDEN
Known as the most beautiful garden in Africa, Kirstenbosch is one of the best and most beautiful picnic spots in Cape Town. With the wide variety of fynbos, animals and birds this spot is just picture perfect. Their Summer Sunset concerts start towards the end of November, be sure to book in advance and get there early to get a good spot!
Open from 8am-7pm
Entrance fee: Adults R50, Children R10, SA Students R25
3. CHAPMANS PEAK DRIVE
This 9km drive offers stunning 180° views but isn’t only a drive. There are many areas to stop along the road and have a picnic taking in the surrounding scenery. Before taking the drive to Chapmans Peak make sure to check if the road is open as it is sometimes closed due to bad weather conditions or fallen rocks.
Tariffs: Light motor vehicles, minibus and utility vehicles R38
4. DE WAAL PARK
If you’re not looking to drive far, in the middle of the city bowl, beneath Table Mountain lies De Waal Park. This is a great spot to take your dog along for a picnic under the huge trees. From November through to March, they hold free concerts in the park every Sunday.
There are no opening hours and no tariff to enter.
5. COMPANY GARDENS
This garden was formally established in 1652 by Dutch settlers. Throughout the years the garden expanded and became famous for its plants. Here you can enjoy the beautiful garden, squirrels and birds during your picnic as well as the history it contains.
Open from 7am-7pm
6. GREEN POINT URBAN PARK
With a 12.5 hectare space neighbouring the Cape Town Stadium, this park is great for picnics with the family, friends as well as your dogs. There are many learning activities as well as fun activities to keep the kids busy too.
Open from 7am-7pm
7. OUDEKRAAL BEACH
This beach is part of the Table Mountain National Park area and is one of Cape Towns best kept secrets. Tucked away in a cove, this spot is great for intimate picnics f you’re looking for something more private.
Open from 8am-6pm
Conservation fee: R30 per person, R15 per child
8. NEWLANDS FOREST
This is not only a picnic spot but also has many hiking trails and walks that can be enjoyed if you’re looking for a more action-type picnic. On these hikes look out for indigenous forest with loads of fynbos, moss, mushrooms and more.
Open all day
9. SIGNAL HILL
A prominent landmark from which the historic noon gun is fired, Signal Hill creates a perfect picnic spot. The Table Bay harbour is the wonderful view that Signal Hill looks out on to and creates the perfect scenery for a picnic.
Open all day and year round
10. RHODES MEMORIAL
This historic monument is a spectacular spot for a picnic for not only is the monument itself a beautiful sight but it over looks Cape Town and the Hottentots Holland mountains. There is also a forest that you can wonder into and find a more quiet picnic spot.
Open from 7:30am-7pm