Beautiful Picnic Spots in Cape Town & the Winelands

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Make the most of summer by lounging at one of these beautiful picnic spots in Cape Town. It’s a great way to take advantage of the great outdoors.

Bali Beach – Camps Bay

A well-kept secret amongst locals, this hidden cove between Camps Bay and Bakoven is the perfect spot for a secluded beach picnic, from the mountain and ocean views through to the crystal clear rock pools.

Location: Victoria Road, Camps Bay
Good to know: it’s tucked away between Camps Bay and Bakoven
Why you’ll love it: secluded, not too busy.
Hours: open 24 hours

Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve – Cape Point

Boasting incredible views, Cape Point is one of the most beautiful places on the Peninsula. Their trails, beaches and tours have become a hit with visitors as a popular way to learn about the nature reserve. Take a break from exploring and have a picnic on the serene beaches or amongst the fynbos. Admire the beauty of the nature reserve and the surrounds.

Location: Cape Point Rd, Cape Town
Good to know: there are a number of hiking and walking trails | Entry fee of R 94 (adults) and R 47 (children) *SA ID must be provided | see prices for international visitors 
Why you’ll love it: the stunning view of the Atlantic Ocean
Hours: Mon-Sat: 06h00–18h00 | Closed Sun
Contact: 021 780 9526

Cape Point Vineyards – Noordhoek

Surrounded by lake and mountain views, Cape Point Vineyards provide the perfect location for a romantic picnic for you and your beau. From smoked chicken couscous salad with harissa dressing to dark chocolate tarts, their picnic baskets do not disappoint. Enjoy your picnic with some of the stunning wines on offer.

Location: Silvermine Road, Noordhoek
Good to know: their picnic basket caters for 2 people | Standard basket: R 590 per basket; Vegan basket: additional charge of R 60 | single baskets (standard: R 350; vegan: R 400) are available upon request
Why you’ll love it: blankets, pillows and umbrellas are provided.
Hours: Wed-Sun: 16h30–20h30
Contact: 021 789 0900 | email

Deer Park – Vredehoek

Convenient for city dwellers, Deer Park lies at the base of Table Mountain, with plenty of forest for shade and sweeping views of the city. There are beautiful walks and mountain biking trails near the picnicking areas. We also love that they’re dog-friendly.

Location: Deerpark Dr W, Vredehoek
Good to know: free entrance
Why you’ll love it: there are hiking trails
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00–18h00
Contact: 021 712 7471

De Waal Park – Oranjezicht

De-Waal-Park-Beautiful-Picnic-Spots-in-Cape-Town-1x5This park is situated in Oranjezicht, and it is a great place for families and dog owners to hang out. It is known as a lovely social space where you can relax and listen to amazing live music. If you live in the CBD and you’re looking for a place to spend an afternoon with friends, visit De Waal Park and take advantage of lazy sunny days.

Location: Molteno Rd, Oranjezicht, Cape Town
Good to know: great place to bring your dogs
Why you’ll love it: many activities for the kids
Hours: Mon-Sun: 06h00–19h00
Contact: 084 888 8033

Green Point Park – Green Point

green_point_park-1x5This dazzling biodiversity park is a popular spot for families – kids and adults will love the lush lawns, impressive play areas and beautiful surroundings. It’s a great place to have family picnics – you can set up camp in a shady area or the sunshine; there are tables in certain areas of the park. If you want refreshments, be sure to visit the lovely tearoom onsite – Tea in the Park.

Location: 1 Fritz Sonnenberg Rd, Green Point
Good to know: there is great entertainment for kids
Why you’ll love it: it’s incredibly beautiful
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00–19h00
Contact: 021 444 4258 | email

Keurboom Park – Rondebosch

Keurboom-Park-Beautiful-Picnic-Spots-in-Cape-Town-1x5Keurboom park is a magnificent greenbelt that is looked after and maintained by the Keurboom Park Association. Part of the park’s mission is to provide an environment to protect Keurboom trees – you will see several of them at the park. It’s a great place to walk your dog, just be sure to keep them on a leash.

Location: Squirrels Way, Rondebosch
Good to know:  The park is maintained by volunteers; you can donate towards its upkeep.
Why you’ll love it: great place to bring your dogs
Hours: Open 24/7
Contact: 021 683 7368 | 083 284 3388 | email

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens – Constantia

Kirstenbosch-Botanical-Gardens | Beautiful-Picnic-Spots-in-Cape-TownEasily one of the most beautiful picnic spots in Cape Town. Kirstenbosch Gardens is a lovely place to relax, take a leisurely stroll along the tree-lined canopy and enjoy what nature has to offer. It’s also a great spot for kids, as they can run around the gigantic garden and learn about the plants all over Kirstenbosch. If you’re spending the day there, you can take your own basket filled with treats, or visit their Tea Room and curate your own goodie basket – just be sure to responsibly dispose of litter.

Location: Rhodes Dr, Newlands, Cape Town
Good to know: free entrance for kids under 6 years; Children age 6-17: R 40; Standard adult: R 200; SA adult R 100 (proof of ID/residency needed) | *lawn chairs, etc. not allowed.
Why you’ll love it: the tranquil setting and beautiful biodiversity
Hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00–19h00
Contact: 021 799 8783

Maynardville Park – Wynberg

Maynardville, best known for its open-air theatre productions, is another great picnic spot. Its vast, lush lawns are perfect for laying down a blanket and tucking into a magical feast before catching a play.

Location: Cnr Church and Wolfe Street, Wynberg
Good to know: great for picnics and a bit of theatre
Hours: Mon-Sun: 08h00–18h00
Contact: 021 689 4185

Mount Nelson, A Belmond Hotel – Gardens

Mount Nelson is an institution for many locals. If you’ve ever been to one of their high teas, their picnics are definitely something worth experiencing. Seek shade beneath the palm trees, whilst sitting on the rolling lawns and enjoying tasty picnic basket items.

Location: 76 Orange St, Gardens, Cape Town
Good to know: R 550 per person | R 350 per child
Why you’ll love it: the picnic basket includes savoury and sweet treats like gourmet sandwiches, fresh berries, olives, an assortment of cheeses, and more.
Hours: Wed-Sun: 12h00-close
Contact: 021 483 1000

Newlands Forest – Newlands

dog-friendly beaches in Cape TownSouthern suburbanites love Newlands Forest, it’s a stellar spot for relaxing walks. At the weekend, you’ll find plenty of visitors braaing or picnicking. There are a number of spots for you to put down your blanket and chill out. We recommend sitting alongside the stream, as it adds to the tranquil ambience of the forest. If the heat becomes a bit much, you can take a dip in the freshwater river and cool off.

Location: Newlands, Table Mountain (nature reserve), Cape Town
Good to know: Entry fee of R 38 for adults and R 19 for children aged 2-11 | *alcohol prohibited
Why you’ll love it: the hiking trails
Hours: Mon-Sat: open 24 hours
Contact: 021 712 7471 | 021 4221 601

Quoin Rock Wine Estate – Stellenbosch

For a memorable picnic experience, visit this stunning wine estate. Nestled between the Simonsberg mountains, Quoin Rock Wine Estate provides an idyllic setting, exceptional wines and exquisite food. Enjoy a double date in their picnic pods, while savouring delicious wines. Kids are welcome, making this a great place to enjoy a family outing.

Location: Quoin Rock Wine Estate, Knorhoek Road, Stellenbosch
Good to know: R 400 per person | R 180 per child
Why you’ll love it: The food, service and wine tasting.
Hours: Wed-Sun: 12h00–17h00
Contact: 021 888 4750 | email

The Cellars-Hohenort – Constantia Valley

The Cellars-Hohenort provides the ideal picnic spot for a romantic date or a sophisticated yet relaxed gathering with friends. Indulge in tasty tapas, farm baked goods and artisanal salads; the menu has many delicious options, even kid-friendly ones.

Location: 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights
Good to know: there’s a cost of R 395 per person | Wine and MCC are available on request at an additional charge
Why you’ll love it: kid-friendly food options are available
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11h00–18h00 | bookings only (24 hours notice; limited seating)
Contact: 021 794 2137

The Company’s Gardens – CBD

Company-Gardens | -Beautiful-Picnic-Spots-in-Cape-TownThe Company’s Garden almost needs no introduction. It’s the oldest garden in South Africa, having been established in 1652. This garden is steeped in local culture and is frequented by people working in the area who visit to enjoy their lunch. Pack a picnic, find a shady spot and enjoy this iconic inner-city greenbelt.

Location: 15 Queen Victoria Street, Cape Town
Good to know: buy a bag of nuts to feed the squirrels
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00–19h00 (during summer)
Contact: 021 423 2919

Tokai Forest – Tokai

Famed braai and picnic spot, Tokai Forest, is located deep in the leafy green nature of the southern suburbs. It’s famous for its hiking and biking trails; it’s also a great place to have a picnic with your mates.

Location: Tokai Road
Good to know: no alcohol allowed; baboons visit the area from time to time | Entry fee of R 38 for adults and R 19 for children aged 2-11.
Why you’ll love it: there is an arboretum and you can go horse riding
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00–18h00
Contact: 021 712 7471

Silvermine Nature Reserve – Ou Kaapse Weg

dog-friendly places in Cape TownPart of the Table Mountain National Park, Silvermine Nature Reserve, has extensive trails and a large water reservoir with allocated picnic areas, which are easily accessible from the entrance on Ou Kaapse Weg. Perfect for scenic walks along the lake and serene picnic dates.

Location: Table Mountain National Park, Table Mountain
Good to know: entry fee of R 38 for adults and R 19 for children aged 2-11 | *only cash accepted | no alcohol allowed
Why you’ll love it: the hiking trails and views
Hours: Mon-Sun: 07h00–18h00
Contact: 021 780 9002

Warwick Wine Estate – Stellenbosch

Picnic baskets are thoughtfully prepared by Executive Chef, Nick van Wyk, ensuring a delicious feast with a serving of panoramic garden views. If you’re looking to have a romantic date, they have private picnic pods. Kiddies picnic baskets are also available, as well as a jungle gym to keep them busy.

Location: R44 between Stellenbosch & Klapmuts
Good to know: vegan menu options available
Why you’ll love it: fantastic wines
Hours: Mon-Sun: 11h00–15h00 (during summer)
Contact: 021 884 4410 | make a reservation | *book 24 hours in advance.

Zevenwacht Wine Estate – Kuilsriver

Situated in Kuilsriver, Zevenwacht Wine Estate is the ideal destination for a day trip and summer picnic. Sit beneath the shade of the estate’s trees as you enjoy a curated and delicious selection of cold meats, cheeses and more. Don’t forget to enjoy some wine while you’re at it.

Location: Langverwacht Road, Kuils River
Good to know: R 650 per basket (for 2 people) | Kiddies picnic and Farmhouse Braai Baskets are available.
Why you’ll love it: stunning views, everything is catered.
Hours: Mon-Sun: 12h00–17h00 (during summer)
Contact: 021 900 5700 | email | booking essential

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