10 Best Cape Town Picnic Spots
What could be more enticing during the summer than to set out from your affordable Cape Town holiday accommodation to enjoy an al fresco picnic amongst the beautiful scenery and lovely beaches? Whether you are planning a family picnic or a romantic picnic for 2, there are so many lovely spots from which to choose. A picnic can be enjoyed on any of the beaches of but for those who choose not to mix their food with sand; this article suggests choice spots that specifically cater to picnics.
Silvermine Nature Reserve: The Silvermine reserve is part of the Table Mountain National park, between the suburbs of Tokai and Noordhoek. At the top of the mountain, on the old wagon road to Simonstown is a National Parks sign marking the entrance to the Silvermine Reservoir. There is a nominal entrance fee charged, and toilet facilities are available at the parking. A pleasant and easy walk, suitable for family outings, leads along a trail that meanders alongside a bubbling stream through lovely indigenous flora, with a number of boardwalks to cross the stream, ending at the Silvermine reservoir. Along the walk one may enjoy spectacular panoramic views across False Bay. There are a number of quaint stone benches and tables situated in shady nooks, where one can picnic or make use of the barbeque hearths, and enjoy a peaceful sojourn with nature. During the warmer weather one will enjoy a swim in the cool, clean blue water of the dam
Chapman's Peak Drive is surely one of South Africa's most spectacular coastal scenic drives, easily accessible from our Noordhoek guest house. The drive skirts the mountainside high above the Atlantic Ocean; following the rocky coastline hundreds of metres below, and winds through 114 bends and curves. One can almost never tire of the magnificent views from the sandy white beaches. There are a number of designated picnic spots along the Drive; each offering spectacular view spots where one can pull off the road and enjoy a picnic in a lovely setting, and where concrete tables and benches are thought fully provided. If you plan your picnic for the afternoon you will be bound to experience the majesty of the colourful sunsets over Hout Bay.
Oudekraal may be the city's best kept secret picnic and bathing spot. Oudekraal is located between Camps Bay and Llandudno on the way between Cape Town to Hout bay, and is set against the awesome backdrop of the peaks of the 12 Apostles. There are a number of sheltered coves and small sandy beaches situated between the massive granite boulders, offering safe swimming, with some having picnic and barbecue sites sheltered beneath indigenous Milkwood trees, whilst others have spectacular views of mountain and ocean, and you will probably see the resident seal colony.