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Where To Picnic In Cape Town

Spend the day under the shade of the trees, enjoying the warmth of the long-awaited spring weather, at these picnic spots in Cape Town. 

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Warmer days are finally upon us – which means a blanket, an array of snacks, and your favourite family and friends with whom to spend the day in nature makes for the perfect relaxing and fun day out.

From thriving botanical gardens to the Winelands, there is an array of locations to choose from in the Cape.

Picnic options in Cape Town 

Cellars-Hohenort

Bask among the blooming flowers at The Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia as you spread a picnic blanket on their lawn and unwind in the sun. The five-star hotel is hosting picnics from October onward – and the added bonus is a visit to South Africa's majestic, second-oldest camphor trees, which are situated on their grounds.

With three picnic basket options available, you are spoilt for choice. Picnic basket option one includes tapas, fresh homemade ciabatta with farm butter, free-range roast chicken, artisanal house salads in a jar with vinaigrette, carrot cake with cream cheese icing, bottled water and freshly pressed juice – priced at R185 per person. 

Menu options two and three include all the abovementioned foodie treats, as well as additional items, and are priced at R200 and R285 per person. If you are in a festive mood, wine and MCC are available upon request, including bottles of Veuve Cliquot for those celebrating a very special occasion. 

Bookings are essential and must be made 24 hours in advance with full payment. To book, contact them at restaurantres@cellars-hohenort.co.za.

Address: 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town

Cost: R185–R285 per person, plus drinks

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens 

Known as one of the best botanical gardens in the world, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens is nestled under the eastern slopes of Table Mountain and is the ideal location for a family or romantic picnic. The grounds are home to the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway – better known as the Boomslang – a bridge structure located on the upper part of the grounds which is aimed at creating a feeling of swinging in the trees. The Boomslang offers panoramic views of the gardens and the southern suburbs of Cape Town. 

Catering to all, Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens provides wheelchair-friendly areas in certain parts of the gardens. 

Address: Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town

Cost: Entry to the gardens is R75 per adult, South African students (with proof of ID) R40, learners aged 6-17 years R20, kids under 6 years enter free of charge, and pensioners have free access on Tuesdays (excluding public holidays).

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Arderne Gardens 

With a diverse and valuable collection of exotic trees located in the Arderne Gardens, this park is a haven for lovers of greenery. It is home to one of the largest trees in South Africa, a Moreton Bay fig – well known to locals as the Wedding Tree – and possibly the largest Aleppo pine tree in the world.

While the gardens are a mere five hectares, they are filled with more than 400 trees for you and the family to explore. Roll out a picnic blanket and while away the day as you watch the ducks, guinea fowl and geese stroll past. 

Arderne holds a history of family picnics and generations of wedding photographs, and is a South African Provincial Heritage Site.

Address: 222 Main Road, Claremont

Cost: Entrance to the park is free of charge 

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Groot Constantia Wine Estate: Simon's Restaurant 

Located on Groot Constantia Wine Estate, Simon's Restaurant offers picnic baskets and an idyllic location to spend the day with your feet up, relaxing under a giant willow tree.

Picnic baskets should be ordered in advance, and are filled with a variety of delicious items such as cured and cold meats, local cheeses and preserves, a dessert option and more. There are various basket options including vegetarian, halal and a kiddies option. 

With a vast green lawn, tables and chairs, visitors are spoilt for choice on where to enjoy nature and the outdoors. Visitors must order a picnic basket 24 hours in advance by contacting Simon's Restaurant on 021-794-1143.  

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Grande Provence, Frasnchhoek 

For the summer months, the Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate will open its landscaped gardens for picnics. If you are feeling like escaping from Cape Town for the day, this is an ideal option for you.

The packed picnic baskets are filled with delicious artisanal foods, including fresh fruit, freshly made hummus, local cheeses, salad, Danish pastries, farm-baked ciabatta and more. The basket is paired with a bottle of Grand Provence's popular Angel's Tears wine, and still or sparkling water. 

Catering to various diets, Grande Provence has a vegetarian basket option, while for kids there is a basket with chicken strips, fruit salad with honey and yoghurt, chips and more available. 

The Grande Country Picnic is available from October 2019 to April 2020. It's advisable to call and make a reservation for a picnic basket by contacting 021-876-8600 or emailing restaurant@grandprovence.co.za 

Address: Main Rd, Franschhoek

Costs: R700 for two people sharing a basket or R350 for a single basket. Children under the age of 10 will be charged R150 for the kiddies basket. 

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