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Lounge in Luxury at Cape Town’s Public Parks

picnic-2171692_640We’re well into the swing of spring and with it comes the Cape Town luxury of long hours filled with sunshine. Lap up these glory days at one of the city’s superb recreational parks that pack a powerful punch when it comes to picnics and outdoor fun.

Apart from the obvious choices like Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and Table Mountain National Park, the Mother City has a host of lesser-known places up her sleeve. Try some of these places to spread your picnic blanket, and yourself, out among gorgeous natural scenes.

  • The Company’s Garden
    Loved by locals and visitors alike, this swatch of green is the centrepiece of the city found right next door to the Parliament buildings. History and nature join forces here to bring you a lifetime’s worth of leisure alongside lily ponds, rose gardens, an aviary and towering trees. Bring some nuts along to feed the friendly squirrels.
    Opening hours: daily: summer 7am – 7pm, winter 7am – 6pm
  • De Waal Park
    Close by at the top end of Adderley Street is De Waal Park. Huge trees provide a shady respite for dogs and children to play in peace while their owners and parents take a break from the bustle of the city. The main highlights here are the magnificent Victorian fountain and the free concerts held during the summer months.
    Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm
  • Green Point Urban Park
    A hub of local activity, Green Point Urban Park provides stunning panoramas of the Stadium and Signal Hill with plenty to do besides appreciating the view. Pump up the fitness on foot or on your bike along the paths, gym and stretch on the grassed areas, let the kids loose in the adventure park, or visit the biodiversity nursery in between idling on the vast lush lawns.
    Opening hours: daily 7am – 7pm
  • Arderne Gardens
    These beautiful acres of Claremont real estate are the first choice for many a wedding photographer, with romantic recesses and shady spaces as well as a Japanese garden. Here you will find one of the country’s richest examples of exotic trees and shrubs – with over 300 of them labelled for easy identification.
    Opening hours: daily 9am – 4pm
  • Maynardville Park
    With manicured lawns dotted with bird-filled trees it’s no surprise that this elegant place is home to the famous Maynardville open-air theatre. Its other claims to fame include a water feature, children’s playground and year-round community-based activities.
    Opening hours: daily 8am – 6pm

Make the Most of it

Try to find a blank spot in your itinerary to indulge in another side of the city during your visit to Cape Town.

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