Summer Picnics Spots in Cape Town

We love summer – blue skies, bright sunshine and long days. One of the best things about summer is summer picnics – being outdoors  preferably under a shady tree, with a lovely view and either a patch of grass or a sandy spot to get comfy and a few supplies.   Picnic delights vary depending if you are catering for the whole family or on a romantic picnic for two.

beach picicHere are our best picnic spots in the South Peninsula, and keep reading to find out where to get your picnic supplies!

Cape Point Vineyards: Noordhoek

Cape Point Vineyards- picnic area

Cape Point Vineyards- picnic area

These guys have made it really really easy to spend the afternoon enjoying   a relaxed picnic on their wine farm, accompanied by magnificent wines and breathtaking views – hang out on the lawns next to the vineyard dam for picnics, cheese platters & sundowners. Prices vary according to your personal selection. Groups of more than 6 must please book in advance though!  Read More…
Opening Hours: Available on Saturdays and Sundays from 11h00 – 20h00
Call:  021 789 0900 (weekdays) or 083 444 7088 (weekends)

Silvermine: Picnic area: Table Mountain National Park

Picnic at Silvermine Nature Reserve

Picnic at Silvermine Nature Reserve

Definitely among the most spectacular lunch venues in the Park the Silvermine picnic site is situated on the banks of the reservoir with spectacular views of the fynbos clad mountains. A universal boardwalk provides wheelchair access to a picturesque trail around the reservoir that takes about 25 minutes.  Picnic spots abound around the reservoir so find a cozy corner and settle in for the day. Please note that the braai areas are be closed for open fires from end of October due to the risk of wild fires. Read More…
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday from 7am – 6pm (Sept to March)
Cost: Adults- R40; Children <12- R20 (Free with Wild Card)
Call: 021 780 9002

Noordhoek Common:  Noordhoek

Picnic on Noordhoek Common

Picnic on Noordhoek Common

This lovely area with trees, open space and footpaths is very popular for an outdoor gathering. This open space is almost directly opposite Noordhoek Farm Village and is absolutely gorgeous for a picnic. Bear in mind that there are no ablution facilities and as per City of Cape Town By laws – no loud music, alcohol or open fires are allowed.  Cars are not permitted on the common.
Picnic Groups:  R60 per group
Bookings:  through Noordhoek Tourism
Call:  021 789 2812

Soetwater Recreational Area: Kommetjie

Soetwater Recreational Area (photo City of Cape Town)

Soetwater Recreational Area (photo City of Cape Town)

Soetwater means “sweet water” and is situated on a beautiful narrow strip of land between the sea and Slangkop mountain in Kommetjie. It’s a wild stretch of sand and sea with a safe tidal pool for swimming. The Day visitor area is adjacent to the tidal pool in an otherwise rocky stretch of coastline and has space, grass and is very popular in summer. Please note that no alcohol is permitted at Soetwater.
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm
Cost: Adults-R11 Children (age 6 -11) R5.50
Cost per group: If more than 30 people R5.50 for everyone
Tel: 021 783 1747

Perdekloof Picnic Site: Scarborough

Perdekloof Picnic Site, Scarborough

Perdekloof Picnic Site, Scarborough

Perdekloof is located just 45 minutes outside of Cape Town on the way to the Cape of Good Hope on the outskirts of Scarborough. Perdekloof also offers good shade combined with a sense of “getting away from it all”. There are concrete tables and benches which make it perfect for a shady and sheltered picnic spot.  There is plenty of space for the kids to run around and it’s not far from the beach.
Cost: R10 adults and R5 children
Opening Hours: Monday – Sunday 9am – 5pm
Tel: 021 780 9100 during office hours

Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif: Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve

Buffels Bay Tidal Pool and picnic area, Cape Point

Buffels Bay Tidal Pool and picnic area, Cape Point

Situated right on the beach in the Cape of Good Hope, these 2 sites within the reserve are the most popular recreational areas – not only are they picturesque venues for a picnic, but they have long grassy patches dotted with picnic and braai sites as well as safe bathing in the tidal pools. However, troops of Chacma Baboons are regular visitors and are attracted by food and can be aggressive. Please try to avoid the baboons and do not feed them. Buffels Bay in particular is a very popular picnic spot with the scuba divers, kayakers, spear fishermen and fishermen (who launch from the slipway here).   Read More..
Cost: Cape Point Entrance Fee:  R105 adults and R60 children (aged 2-11)
Winter Opening Hours:  May- Sept: Monday – Sunday 7am – 5pm
Summer Opening Hours: October –April: Monday – Sunday 6am – 6pm
Tel: 021 780 9100 during office hours

Millers Point Recreational area: Simon’s Town

Millers Point Recreational Area

Millers Point Recreational Area

This resort is approximately 5km south of Simon’s Town on the road towards Cape Point. It is a spectacular setting with large boulders along the coastline, partly sandy beaches and in a sheltered cove. This is the main boat-launching spot on the southern side of the False Bay Coast so Millers Point is well used by anglers and divers.  There are 2 small beaches, a tidal pool and some sheltered coves for excellent snorkelling in the kelp beds around the giant granite boulders.  There are some lawns behind the tidal pool with picnic and braai sites.  A small fee is charged over weekends and in peak holiday season and there is a boat-launching fee.  The area in and around Millers Point is excellent for  recreational scuba divers with a choice of popular dive sites including Partridge Point, Castle rock, Pyramid , whittle rock and the Smitswinkel wreck dives.  Millers Point is also a launch spot for surfskis and seakayaks.
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm
Cost: Small fee on Weekends and Peak Holiday Season.
Tel: 021 786 1142

Other great spots for a picnic:

Chapmans Peak Drive Picnic Site

Chapmans Peak Drive Picnic Site

  • Chapman’s Peak Drivepicnic spots and view points along the route
  • Beaches:  Hout Bay, Noordhoek, Scarborough or Misty Cliffs, St James  (see our beach guide for more details)  
  • Mountain: Hike to one of the Peaks – Elsie’s Peak, Noordhoek Peak or to the Kalk Bay Caves and take your picnic with you and dine with a view from above.

We suggest visiting one of the local delis on the Cape Point Route to organise your own picnic basket filled with delicacies and treats for your picnic.

Cape Town Picnic

Cape Town Picnic

In Hout Bay:  Go to Mariner’s Wharf– there’s a bakery, liquor cove and Fishmarket with their smoked snoek speciality – perfect for picnics.

In Noordhoek :  The Foodbarn Deli at Noordhoek Farm village is a delight with fresh produce, interesting picnic items, superb breads and salads.  Fantastic pies!

In Kommetjie:  the organic farmstall at Imhoff Farm has wonderful home made, home grown produce. Healthy picnic items and plenty to choose from

In Cape Pointthe Food Store has some fantastic deli products and take-aways for your picnic.

In Kalk Bay: Olympia Cafe and Deli is the way to go for freshly baked goods and

Or contact the Picnic Company: They make up baskets to order from a classic picnic range to a gift hamper picnic range.  They offer kiddies picnics, Romantic picnics and even a Canape platter range.  Prices vary but all orders need to be made by 11h00 on the day prior to delivery/collection.  Delivery Fees range from R175 in the City Bowl and South Peninsula to R600 in the Winelands.  They also hire picnic blankets, wicker baskets and continental or scatter cushions.
Call:  021 706 8470

Picnics

Cape Point Route offers day tourspackagesaccommodationactivities and car hire in Cape Town’s south peninsula in addition to teambuilding events in Cape Town. We will happily arrange group activities, transport and extended programmes.
Call  021 782 9356 or visit www.capepointroute.co.za 

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