No visitor should miss the opportunity to explore Table Mountain National Park, a World Heritage Site and part of the magnificent Cape Floral Kingdom. You can climb this iconic Cape Town attraction or choose the slack pack option and take the cable way system - either way the views from the top are truly wonderful. Catering is available at outlets on the mountain near the cable station or you can bring your own picnic.
Signal Hill or Lions Head
Both options provide spectacular views of the Atlantic Seaboard and the ocean. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset over a glass of wine or watch the moon rise at night. Lions Head is accessed via a dirt track just off Kloof Nek Road in the city bowl and is popular for hikes at full moon.
This is a very popular spot for family picnics and is situated on the Atlantic Seaboard. You can sit under some Milkwood trees or relax on the beach. This inlet has some interesting stone boulders and a seal colony. You can find the beach on the road between Camps Bay and Llandudno beneath the 12 Apostles.
The last stop on the Atlantic Seaboard before Hout Bay is the exclusive Blue Flag beach of Llandudno. Wonderful scenery frames a crescent of soft white sand and the bright blue ocean. The road to the beach is steep and you need to get there early for a parking near the sand.
There is a range of exciting things to do at Cape Point so you can make a day of it and investigate all the attractions, but when it comes to picnics many people head for Bordjiesrif and Buffels Bay tidal pools in the reserve. The scenery is breathtaking and you can even spot a variety of wildlife.
Just further along from Cape Point is lovely Boulders Beach near Simon's Town. The beach has the characteristic stone boulders of this coastline, endless sea views and gentle waves washing into a series of coves. The Penguin Colony here is highly protected and a major attraction.
Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens
Nestled in the eastern foothills of Table Mountain is this national treasure. The picnic options here are endless and you can pack your own delights or order a picnic from the tea rooms or from the deli and restaurant. There are many wonderful spots to sit in and children can run, climb or investigate the streams. Summer concerts are held between November and April, so book to see your favourite band in action.
Groot Constantia Wine Estate
Leafy and majestic, this historic wine estate in the Constantia Hills is a firm favourite for just about any occasion. There are 2 picnic venues to choose from each with sumptuous foods and great views of the surroundings. A range of live music is regularly offered.
Spend time in the beautiful Tokai Forest and you'll soon be away with the fairies! You can hike and bike in this wonderful environment and then relax with a picnic amongst the trees and Fynbos. The Tokai Arboretum features about 1 500 trees with at least 250 different species.
Buitenverwachting Wine Farm
For a fine lunch out in the Constantia Winelands you can book your pretty gingham covered table and chairs in the garden at Buitenverwachting. The lush lawns and colourful borders offer a sublime setting for a delicious meal under giant oak trees. The picnic is packed for you into a wicker basket.