Without a doubt, a picnic must be one of the best ideas for a romantic date, family outing and even a quick catch up with friends.
Cape Town is home to some of the most beautiful locations that are perfect for picnics.
Here are a few picnic spots you simply must try before winter sets in.
Of course, Kirstenbosch will make it to the top of the list. This botanical garden is part of the Table Mountain National Park and boasts some of the most unique and beautiful flora, south of the peninsula. With limited timing you can simply drop in at Kirstenbosch with your picnic blanket, find the perfect spot and take in all the natural beauty it has to offer. You’ll also find restaurants and gift shops so no need to worry about snacks. For the romantics, Kirstenbosch hosts a weekly open air cinema for the special date with your partner. Simply bring along a bottle of your favourite wine, a blanket and your significant other and enjoy the movie of the day. Be sure to make your bookings online ahead of the time to secure your place on the grass.
This one is definitely for a special, romantic night out. For years Signal Hill has been known to be the place where couples go to enjoy the Cape Town sunset while overlooking the city. The hill itself is located next to Lions Head and Table Mountain. The flat top is easily accessible by car and unlike Kirstenbosch, no entry fee is required as it is a public space, open to enjoy at any time. Don’t have a car? No need to worry, simply rent a car for the day and take the scenic drive up. It will be worth it. Getting around Cape Town is tricky without a car and given all the spectacular places you get to see, you’ll need to be mobile.
Silvermine Nature Reserve
This picturesque nature reserve is definitely a local favourite. The Silvermine Nature Reserve is part of the Table Mountain National Park and is home to a large reservoir that provides a perfect picnic spot along its banks. Mountain biking, rock climbing, hiking and bird watching are some of the many activities picnic-goers indulge in during their time here. You can easily lose track of time as you’re lounging on the picnic blanket with friends and family. Consider this one of the best locations for pure relaxation and bliss. A small fee to enter is required.
The Company’s Garden
This gardens is slap bang in the centre of the CBD and is one of the best places for lunch break picnics. It features a fish pond, Iziko South African Museum, the South African National Gallery, South African Parliament and so much more. You can even grab a bite to eat at The Company Garden’s Restaurant. The garden is open to the public daily from 7am to 7pm, free of charge. Be sure to grab a few packets of peanuts before entering because the resident squirrels are definitely a friendly bunch.