Warmer weather is upon us at long last! And that means only one thing – it’s time to get out your picnic basket, a blanket, chairs and some yummy eats to celebrate spring! Whether you fancy squashed jam sandwiches on the beachfront or a gourmet champagne hamper in the winelands, here are five top places in our beautiful Cape Town to enjoy a spot of picnicking in the spring sunshine.
1. Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Kirstenbosch is the perfect place to take in the beauty of nature, rare plant species, exotic birds, beautiful greenery, and breath-taking mountain views. Pack a basket full of yummy eats like summer fruits, raw veggies, crackers, cheeses and hummus, get your walking shoes on and you’re ready to go! There are so many wonderful trails to choose from in these gardens. Make sure you take a stroll up the Boomslang – it’s the most spectacular tree canopy walkway! (see article about Kirstenbosch)
Where: Rhodes Drive, Newlands.
2. Llandudno Beach
Llandudno is one of Cape Town’s most picturesque beaches. From the water’s edge, the setting is even more appealing, with the beach perfectly framed by natural bush, and Judas Peak and Klein Leeukoppie (or little Lion’s Head) rearing up on either side to form a dramatic mountain backdrop. Needless to say, Llandudno is the perfect place for a romantic springtime picnic. Don’t forget to pack the chocolate-covered strawberries and champagne!
Where: Llandudno Road, Llandudno.
3. Eagles Nest
Cradled in a secluded valley on the slopes of the Constantia Mountains, Eagles Nest is characterised by steep slopes and a super pretty garden setting. For just R375, you can pick up a ready-made picnic basket for two, packed with home-baked breads, fresh salads, exotic cheeses, a bottle of wine and other gourmet goodies. (Their meats, cheeses and wines are just to-die-for!) If you’re vegetarian, you’ll be glad to know they also offer veg-friendly picnic baskets.
Where: Constantia Main Road, Constantia.
One of South Africa’s oldest wine farms, Spier is well-known for its peaceful setting and gorgeous views of the Cape Winelands. Expect vast lawns, beautiful trees, a big dam and colourful birds. Take your own picnic basket, or book one through the wine farm’s restaurant, Eight to Go, from R320 and indulge in their fresh homemade breads, farmhouse cheeses, pasture-reared cold cuts and divine wine!
Where: R310 Baden Powell Road, Stellenbosch.
5. Cape Point Vineyards
I just love this beautiful, rustic mountainside spot, which offers the most calming views of Noordhoek Beach. For R395 you can pick up a lovely old-fashioned picnic lunch (just make sure you book it at least 24 hours in advance). They offer vegetarian and kids’ options too, which is great. If you feel like kicking your shoes off, sitting back and soaking up the sunshine in the most tranquil setting imaginable, this is definitely the place to go!
Where: Silvermine Road, Noordhoek.