Best Braai Spots in the Cape Peninsula  

24 September is Heritage Day, and a Public Holiday in South Africa.  It has become an annual day of celebration and is also known as National Braai Day.  Whether you call it Chisa Nyama, Braai or Ukosa – we as South Africans celebrate with family, friends, visitors (and sometimes strangers) love gathering around an open fire whilst preparing a feast in unity and to share a heritage that is quintessentially South African.

Braai /braɪ/ verb 1. to grill or roast (meat) over open coals noun 2. short for braaivleis

Braai /braɪ/ verb 1. to grill or roast (meat) over open coals noun 2. short for braaivleis

So in the spirit of Heritage Day and National Braai Day – find yourself a braai and celebrate.  If you don’t have your own braai,  try one of these public braai places in the Cape and invite some friends to enjoy the fire and coals with you.

Remember that most public braai areas do not provide ALL aspects of your braai so do bring a braai grid, wood and firelighters (don’t forget the matches!) along with your braai feast, crockery, cutlery and accompaniments.

Boerewors on the Braai Photo: Google Images

Boerewors on the Braai Photo: Google Images

What you need to bring to the braai:

  • Braai Grid, Wood, firelighters and matches
  • Crockery and cutlery
  • Blankets and or fold up chairs to sit on
  • Braai Meat
  • Snacks and braai accompaniments – salads, breads etc
  • Drinks
  • Cash (for entrance fees)

Best Braai Areas

** Please note that Silvermine Braai Areas have not re-opened following the March 2015 fires.  Walking in Silvermine East is open but Silvermine West and the Braai areas near the reservoir remain closed until further notice.

Buffelsbay and Bordjiedrif: Cape of Good Hope Section of Table Mountain National Park

03 Cape Point Nature Reserve Photo: picnicandbraai.co.za

03 Cape Point Nature Reserve Photo: picnicandbraai.co.za

There are 2 sections with demarcated braai areas within the Cape of Good Hope Reserve.  Both have beaches, tidal pools, grassy picnic areas and braai spaces.   Both areas are worth the drive for the views alone but you can’t beat the combination of ocean views, rugged rocks and the rich natural heritage of flora and fauna in the Table Mountain National Park reserve at spring-time!  Baboons are common visitors to the braai areas, please take care of your food and do not feed the baboons!
Bring: Own wood and braai grid
Opening times: 
07h00 – 17h00 (Winter: April- September)
06h00 – 18h00 (Summer: October – March)
Cost:  Cape Point Entrance Fee:  R110 adults;  R55 children
Contact:  021 780 9204 or email: Table.Mountain@sanparks.org


Perdekloof:  Scarborough

Perdekloof Photo: Horizon Cottages

Perdekloof Photo: Horizon Cottages

Just 45 minutes outside of Cape Town on the way to the Cape of Good Hope,  in Scarborough – Perdekloof also offers good shade combined with a sense of “getting away from it all”. There are concrete tables and benches and ample braai facilities, but you need to bring your own wood and grids. No portable braais or gas braais allowed.  Just next door is Wildeschutsbrand: another well looked after braai spot with many concrete tables and benches at your disposal.
Bring: Own wood and braai grid
Opening times: 09h00 – 17h00 (Open in summer: October – March)
Cost:  R10 Adults  R5 Children
Contact:  021 712 7471 or email: Table.Mountain@sanparks.org


Tokai Forest: Tokai

Tokai Forest Photo:GalleryProperties.co.za

Tokai Forest Photo:GalleryProperties.co.za

This section has recently reopened to the public following the march 2015 fire that caused the area to close temporarily. Tokai forest picnic area has always been a popular braai spot due to the space and the tall pine trees that offer welcome shade.
Bring:  Own wood and braai grid
Opening times:
08h00 – 17h00 (Winter: April – September)
07h00 – 18h00 (Summer: October – March)
Cost:   R20 Adult;  R10 Children and R20 per vehicle.
Contact:  021 712 7471 or email: Table.Mountain@sanparks.org


Millers Point: Simon’s Town 

Millers Point Photo: City of Cape Town

Millers Point Photo: City of Cape Town

This is an excellent spot for the whole family, there’s a tidal pool for the children, fantastic snorkelling on calm days and a boat launching slipway. Portable and gas braais are welcome.  This spectacular recreational area is approximately 5km south of Simon’s Town on the road towards Cape Point and has everything from grass banks, boulders, sandy beaches and a sheltered cove!
Bring:  Own wood and braai grid
Opening times:  08h00 – 17h00
Cost: Currently free
Contact: 021 786 1142


Soetwater Recreational Area: Kommetjie 

Soetwater Recreational Area Photo: lifewaitsornoone.com

Soetwater Recreational Area Photo: lifewaitsornoone.com

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 braai area is adjacent to the tidal pool and there are demarcated braai facilities, but you need to bring your own wood and grids. Please note that no alcohol is permitted at Soetwater.
Bring:  Own wood and braai grid
Opening times:  08h00 – 18h00
Cost:  R12 Adults,  R6 Children
Contact: 021 783 5914


Maiden’s Cove: Clifton

Maiden's Cove Photo:  picnicandbraai.co.za

Maiden’s Cove Photo: picnicandbraai.co.za

Between Clifton’s Fourth Beach and Glen Beach in Camps Bay, is a beautiful scenic lookout point that is also a public braai and picnic site, with a tidal pool that’s perfect for a dip on a hot day.  This open stretch of coastline has great views of the twelve apostle mountain range and Camps Bay and is also a great free diving spot with awesome sunsets! Beware the SE wind though.
Bring:  Own wood and braai grid
Opening times: Always open
Cost:  Free
Contact: 021 438 8212


 Oudekraal: Camps Bay

Oudekraal Photo: erusmusu.com

Oudekraal Photo: erusmusu.com

Amidst the coves and little white beaches on the Atlantic Seaboard drive from Camp’s Bay to Hout Bay, there is one secret gem that is accessible and allows you to braai!  That’s right Oudekraal has over 40 braai areas (although most don’t have grids) but the setting is magnificent with huge boulders and old Milkwood Trees which provide protection from the SE Wind.  The waters are clear for snorkelling and it’s an ideal family venue. Oudekraal is very popular on public holidays like Heritage Day, so we recommend arriving early to get a braai spot.
Bring:  Own wood and braai grid
Opening times:
08h00 – 18h00 (Winter: April – September) 
07h00 – 18h00 (Summer: October – March)
Cost:  R35 per adult, R15 per child
Contact: 021 712 7471 or email: Table.Mountain@sanparks.org


Wynberg Park:  Wynberg

Wynberg Park Photo: insideguide.co.za

Wynberg Park Photo: insideguide.co.za

With several free braai areas and picnic spots, tons of space and large rolling green lawns for sitting or playing,  Wynberg Park is an old favourite for Capetonians. Add a fully equipped kiddies’ play area with slides and a jungle gym, this is one great location for your heritage braai get together.
Bring:  Own wood and braai grid
Summer opening times: 07h00 – 19h00 (From 1 Sept)
Cost:  Entrance is free
Contact: 021 444 8849


Newlands Forest:  Newlands  

Newlands Forest Photo: picnicandbraai.co.za

Newlands Forest Photo: picnicandbraai.co.za

The natural beauty of Newlands forest is a delightful suburban escape into nature for Cape Town city dwellers.  Woodlands and hiking trails leave from the braai area.  Bring your own portable braai or use one of the built-in braai pits. There are many secluded spots for privacy from other braai-ers.
Bring:  
Own wood and braai grid
Opening times:  08h00 – 18h00 (Open for Braai Day and summer from Oct – March)
Cost for braai area: R20 per adult, R10 per child. Vehicle rate: R20
Contact:  021 712 7471 or email: Table.Mountain@sanparks.org


Cape Point Route loves braai-ing (& penguins!) 

Braai Time at Oudekraal Photo:  erusmusu.com

Braai Time at Oudekraal Photo: erusmusu.com

Cape Point Route also offers day tourspackagesaccommodationactivities and car hire in Cape Town’s south peninsula in addition to teambuilding events in Cape Town. Call 021 789 0093 or visit www.capepointroute.co.za

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