Picnic in Cape Town
What better way to spend summer days than under a shady tree with good food and good company? You can make your own picnic or order basket to take with you. Below are my top places to picnic:
- DIY picnic in Silvermine: Silvermine is part of the Table Mountain National Park. Shady picnic spots are dotted around the edge of a large dam on top of the mountain. It is a short walk from the parking area and there is a boardwalk so you can stroll around the dam to work up an appetite. Silvermine is a 45 minute drive from Bergzicht Guesthouse small fee is charged in order to enter the nature reserve. There are other hikes to do in the nature reserve if you would like to combine a walk with the picnic.
- Picnic in the gardens at Kirstenboch: Big lawns framed by leafy trees and flowerbeds blooming with local flora are a pretty setting for a picnic lunch. Bring your own basket of your favourite foods and drinks and enjoy the smells and sights of the garden. Alternatively the Tea Room restaurant offers a picnic menu where you can create your own basket at Kirstenboch (http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch/virtualtour/kirstenbosch-tea-room). Kirstenboch is a 15 minute drive from Bergzicht Guesthouse and please note that there is an entrance fee to the botanical garden. Kirstenbosch hosts summer sunset concerts, which are the ideal setting for a picnic. Book your tickets in advance and enjoy some good music and good food!
- Picnic with a view at Cape Point Vineyard: Enjoy a picnic on the slopes of Chapmans Peak, overlooking the wild Atlantic Ocean. Cape Point Vineyards is a spectacular location to enjoy good food and wine while watching the sun set over the horizon. Co-ordinate the picnic with a trip to Cape Point (refer to the blog entry for travel tips). http://cpv.co.za/restaurant-noordhoek/vineyard-picnics/
- Picnic in the vineyards at Buitenverwagting: Buitenverwagting is a historical vineyard in the oldest wine district in South Africa. A down-to-earth atmosphere paired with great food and wine is a recipe for the perfect outing. Visit their website to book your spot: http://www.buitenverwachting.com/picnic.php
- The winelands (Stellenbosch and Franschoek) also offer plenty of picturesque picnics. I have visited Boschendal, which offered a tasty basket of homemade goods. They also sell delicious wines to accompany your lunch. You can also explore their fruit and vegetable gardens after your meal. You can book your picnic online on their website: http://boschendal.co.za