A picnic among verdant groves or on a wide expanse of isolated beach is a summertime activity that epitomises Cape Town luxury for many visitors to the Mother City. Few pastimes can compare with the joy of settling down in a picturesque spot with loved ones to simply pass the time, snacking and idling the hours away, and the Mother City is blessed with many venues which set the scene perfectly.
Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden
You can descend on the gardens any time between 9am and 6pm armed with a picnic meal of your own design, or pre-ordered from the onsite restaurant, and just let your hair down on the hectares of sprawling lawns.
Even better, visit on a summertime Sunday and treat yourself to the smooth sounds of the regular sunset concerts.
Durbanville Hills Cellar
You don’t lift a finger when you visit this prestigious venue for an afternoon picnic. Book your al fresco picnic at least 24 hours in advance and you will arrive to ready-made relaxation on the lawns of this gorgeous estate.
Comfortable blankets and pillows for ultimate unwinding are provided, as well as a hand-woven basket filled with yummy artisanal foods and a complimentary bottle of Durban Hills Merlot Rose.
Buffels Bay and Bordjiesdrif at Cape Point
If you prefer to DIY, head for the most south-westerly tip of Africa, Cape Point, for great breaths of fresh ocean air and stunning views of some of the world’s highest sea cliffs.
The grassy picnic sites have access to lovely beaches and safe tidal pools for a refreshing afternoon dip, or to keep the younger set occupied, while you spend some quality time with a cherished book or significant other.
Secluded high on the slopes of the Constantia Mountains, Eagle’s Nest is the perfect grassy retreat. Purchase a bottle of wine and a self-service picnic from the restaurant and you are all set for an afternoon of panoramic views in beautiful surroundings.
Boschendal Wine Farm
Few places on earth can compare with the winelands for picturesque picnic spots. Boschendal Wine Farm, between Franschhoek and Stellenbosch, is a famous al fresco dining spot and offers a classic fully-catered and served picnic, either seated or on the lawns.
For a more casual child-friendly experience, you can opt for a Werf Garden picnic on the Pavilion lawn with your pre-ordered basket.
Wherever you find yourself in the Mother City this summer, don’t miss out on a Cape Town luxury picnic experience.