The multicultural “Mother City” buzzes as the economic and cultural hub of South Africa. But what makes this metropolitan even more attractive is its sprawling coastline and vast mountain ranges.
Tucked between its infinite peaks and valleys, Cape Town has a number of picture-perfect picnic areas. So many, in fact, that it’s difficult to narrow it down to just a Top 10.
From sea to sand, and mountain top to grassland, the beauty of Cape Town is unlike any other. Grab your picnic blanket, pack a basket and indulge in a lazy afternoon at one of these family-friendly destinations.
1. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens are among some of the most popular in the world. Sit back, relax and enjoy picnicking amongst all its beauty. The site was founded in 1913 to celebrate the rich biodiversity of South Africa, and to promote, conserve and display the diverse range of plants and flowers native to the region. Over 7,000 different types are in cultivation today. Kirstenbosch lies in the heart of the Cape Floristic Region, and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2004. In 2015 the International Garden Tourism Awards Body named Kirstenbosch the International Garden of the Year. There is certainly no shortage of things to do here – check out the Tree Top Canopy Walkway, Arboretum and Tea Room Restaurant.
Price: Adults R65.00, Students R35.00, Children R15.00
2. Table Mountain National Park
Cape Town’s most iconic landmark. Table Mountain is one of the oldest mountains in the world, and one of the richest floral kingdoms. The massive national park is considered a natural world heritage site, and is comprised of several smaller parks. What better place to picnic than this Natural New 7th Wonder of the World. Admission varies depending upon where you enter the park, and some areas are free of charge.
3. Lion’s Head
If you want to work up a sweat, climb the two hour Lion’s Head trail to the summit of this 2,195 ft mountain. Enjoy a spectacular view of the city while you snack and enjoy a cold beverage. If you don’t feel like hiking, you can also take the Table Mountain Cableway to the top.
4. Cape of Good Hope Nature Reserve
The Cape was a beacon of hope to sailors for many years. It’s not hard to miss the lighthouse and large boulders scattered throughout the rugged landscape. There are numerous picnic spots, walking and biking paths, tidal pools and isolated beaches. Set up a picnic and listen to the sound of the waves crash as they roll in.
Price: Adults R147.00, Children R76.00
5. Tokai Forest
This wooded section of Table Mountain National Park is a favourite for picnics, biking and nature walks. Over 1,555 different trees are planted in the Tokai Arboretum. Pack a basket or braai and relax in the shade of a tree canopy. Food and drink are also available for purchase on site.
Price: Adult R25.00, Children R15.00
6. The Company’s Garden
This peaceful retreat sits in the heart of the city. It’s rich in horticulture, and you’ll find several historical monuments throughout. Now a heritage site, the land was given its name in the 1650’s by sailors that used Cape Town as part of their trade route. The fertile ground was perfect for growing fresh produce, and as ships rounded the Cape, they’d replenish their food stock with a trip to the garden. The park is also home to the South African National Gallery.
7. Green Point Park
This urban park offers an escape from city life. Get lost in the Outdoor Labyrinth, or plan the perfect playdate for the kids. Soft green lawns and shady spots make this an ideal picnic area.
8. De Waal Park
Popular with dog walkers, this park has a fountain and bandstand to compliment its wonderful green space. The park was officially opened to the public in 1895 and named after former Cape Town Mayor, David Christiaan de Waal. It is said that Mayor de Waal loved trees for their “serene dignity” and compared them to a symbol of prayer. Under his leadership thousands of trees were planted in Cape Town that continue to flourish today.
9. Clifton Beach
Four beautiful beaches dotted along the western coast of the city, with white sand and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Dip your toes in the sand, enjoy a swim in the salt water and take in the oceanfront picnic view.
10. Your Own Backyard
What better place to host a family picnic than in the comfort of your own home? You don’t need to go far to find a peaceful retreat, or outdoor space to relax and enjoy the fresh air. Your backyard can be transformed into the perfect picnic area with a little help from Easigrass. Artificial grass is the perfect alternative to create a lasting green space for your home. Contact us for a free quote.